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10 Foodie Favorites in Fort Worth

Texas sibling cities Dallas and Fort Worth, known collectively as DFW, are connected by broad highways. Smaller Fort Worth, located approximately 30 miles west of “the big D,” is for-locals-by-locals, genuinely friendly, and not too worried about what other people think. These quirks are evident in the city’s culinary offerings, as well. Here are ten foodie favorites worth traveling for.

7 Reasons to Visit San Antonio Now

If your memories of San Antonio include a stop at the Alamo and a meal on the River Walk accented by colorful umbrellas and mariachi music, it’s time to visit again.

The ‘Pearl’ of San Antonio

In every city I visit, I zero in on a place—usually a coffee shop or wine bar—that becomes my touchstone for finding the local rhythm. I’ll see the same regulars, order the same drink, and start to get an inkling of what it’s like to call that city home. In San Antonio, I found my sweet spot at Bakery…

Finding the Perfect Balance in Texas Hill Country

It’s 7 a.m. in Austin when I pull into the parking lot at Stephen F. Austin High School with a dear friend, longtime local—and fellow travel writer—Becca Hensley. Our plan is to join the stream of people heading toward Lady Bird Lake on a soft dirt path that shadows the mighty Colorado River, which splits the Texas capital across the middle.

A Perfect Day in Austin, Texas

Spend a day in Austin and you may feel as if you’re in the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. For all its relaxed, come-as-you-are hospitality, the capital of Texas is a city of ideas, live entertainment venues, and world-class art. It’s also a place that loves its food. During my recent visit, I faced tough decisions at…

Five Trips That Changed My Life

As a travel writer, I get to explore new places all the time. But there are some trips that stand out more than others—the ones that changed my life in some meaningful way.

4 Great Hotel Home Bases in London

The best, and most memorable, hotels are reflections of the neighborhoods and cities they inhabit. But in massive cities like London, it can be tough to find the perfect fit. Here are four neighborhoods that make great home bases in one of the greatest cities in the world—and hotels to match.

Transformed by Travel: Nine Stories

I asked nine lifelong travelers to share the most life-changing trips they’ve ever taken. Here’s what they had to say.

A Moveable Feast: Exploring Quebec City

It’s hard not to eat yourself silly in Quebec City. Luckily, biking and walking are the best ways to explore this outdoor wonderland. Here are a few highlights of my moveable feast.

Quebec’s Grande Dame: Château Frontenac

Few hotels define an urban skyline like the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. This grande dame, which lords over Quebec City from a cliff overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, is one of the most photographed hotels in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s hard to take a picture of the city without the formidable property creeping into the frame. Here’s a look at the icon’s past and present.

Why Locals Love Quebec City

From hiking in the Laurentian Mountains and biking along the St. Lawrence River to being front row, center, at their city’s huge summer festivals, here’s what locals love about Quebec City.

Île d’Orléans: Parish by Parish

With 7,500 residents scattered across six parishes on a rural wonderland twice the size of Manhattan, the Île d’Orléans is an absolute must-see, especially in the summer, when it’s bursting with treasures from small-scale farms, wineries, and culinary artisans. Here are my favorite discoveries, parish by parish, on the island oasis that is known as the “Garden of Quebec.”