Susan O'Keefe

From strolling around Fitzgerald Park to ringing the famous bells of Shandon, Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe found a great variety of diversions in Cork city–and never once felt like a stranger. “Corkonians are friendly and engaging,” Susan says. “They’re proud of their Celtic heritage and enjoy telling stories. Just pull up a chair at a pub and listen.” Here, she shares her discoveries in the city and beyond.

I’ve been visiting Nantucket since I was in college, and until I dip my toes in the ocean at Surfside Beach, it doesn’t feel like summer. All three of my kids went away to camp this year and our annual family trip to the island was sidelined. But I discovered that flying solo has its perks.

Top 5 Yummiest State Fairs

State fairs are as American as apple pie, and have been around for almost as long (the first state fair was organized in Syracuse, New York in 1841). What’s better than spending a day watching squealing pigs run around a racetrack, viewing life-size sculptures of cows made out of butter, and whirling on thrill rides? Indulging in the often fried and always delicious culinary curiosities that have come to define this enduring summer ritual, that’s what.

The five-week National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today, and Washington D.C. is in full bloom. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. capital, and the festival will be bigger and better to celebrate the centennial in style, featuring scores of events and activities that highlight Japanese culture. Susan O’Keefe,…

My Hotel Breakfast Beef

You know the drill when you travel with kids and it’s time for breakfast. You head down to the one restaurant that’s open in the hotel, sit down, and then a waiter recites that the serve-yourself buffet is $19 per person, and the continental breakfast—a smaller option usually with cereal, toast, bagels, and fruit—runs $12.…

Farmhouse Living in Tuscany

Driving from the Florence airport to the small town of Casole d’Elsa in the heart of Tuscany feels like traveling deep into a landscape painting of rolling hills dotted with cypress trees and stone farmhouses. My perch for the week is a traditional stone casele (farmhouse) named Pulcinello (after one of the original farms on the estate), one of 28 farmhouses that have been restored at Castello di Casole, a resident/hotel property and working farm sprawled over 4,200 acres about 16 miles west of Siena.

Associate Editor Susan O’Keefe is just back from a holiday visit to New York with her family. Are you in the holiday spirit? If you’re like me, it usually takes a fresh sprinkle of snow, a festive party, and a tree trimming. This year, I attempted to get a head start on the feelings of…

Hotels editor Susan O’Keefe is just back from a weekend with her girlfriends in Charleston. Charleston packs a punch for a girls weekend getaway. With its eclectic dining scene, chic shops and galleries, and its walkable streets filled with historic homes and English-inspired gardens, the city charms visitors with old-fashioned Southern hospitality. What’s more, Southwest…

Poke around your state park’s website and you may be surprised at what you find. While recently browsing the Delaware State Parks site, I uncovered great hikes to waterfalls, yurts evocative of Hobbit housing, and a dozen waterfront cottages located at the Indian River Marina at Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth.  Each cottage has…

Thursdays with Lady Liberty

Comments Off

Starting tonight (June 3) and continuing for eight Thursdays nights through August, visitors to New York City can hop aboard a ferry from Battery Park and make the short trip to Liberty Island for a date with Lady Liberty. Bring a blanket to sit on while you nosh on BBQ dishes (included in your ticket…

Unplugged in Capon Springs

I’ve stepped back in time. Last year, when I arrived at Capon Springs and Farms in West Virginia with my family and friends for one last blast of summer, I felt like I was back at my childhood summer camp. Scattered across its 4,700 acres were tidy, white clapboard cottages trimmed in green shutters, a…

Dine Baby Dine

We at Intelligent Travel love Restaurant Week. The concept: Dine on a fixed-price, three-course lunch or dinner to sample a variety of cuisines at a fraction of the cost. Some restaurants let you select items from their full menu, others offer limited menu choices (check the website to see full menus) or specially prepared menus.…