I’m a freelance writer living in the Washington DC Area, who has written about destinations, recreation and food culture since 2007.
I am a tour leader and presenter for Smithsonian Associates
Editor for “Oh Ranger” Guides published by the American Park Network
My book was featured in the Washington Post Express
Contributor to RootsRated.com the outdoor recreation site
Interviewed about my book on the Not Old-Better podcast
Worked with Destination DC both online and for their annual travel guide.
Write reviews of hotels and restaurants for ForbesTravelGuide.com
Features in Fodors.com
My book 60 Hikes With 60 Miles of Washington DC co-written with Rachel Cooper is now available on Amazon. To read about some of the region’s best hikes check out Facebook and this blog post Read an interview featuring my book at Getaways for Grownups.
Co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Washington DC with practical advice on how to navigate DC’s best attractions, find family-friendly hotels, as well as choose convenient transportation in and around DC order the guidebook now UG WASHDC book cover 2015r $12.99 on Amazon. The book won “Best Travel Guidebook of 2016” at the Eastern Conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
Here are links to recent writing and photography:
- Travel features in The Washington Post In Silicon Valley, Dropping in at GooglePlex, Jobs House and Tech Museum and Bypassing Vacation Headaches with Travel Passes.
- Cover story in AAA Traveler Worldwise on a family trip to National Parks
- Guest blog on RailEurope on benefits of Swiss Travel Pass.
- Cover stories on Weekend Getaways and Day Trips have appeared bi-annually in Northern Virginia Magazine since 2006. Look for my cover story on Weekend Getaways in the September 2016 and 2017 issues.
- Complete guide to Water Destinations in Virginia
- Posts on RootsRated.com like Food, Brews and the Self-Guided Cultural Excursions in Shenandoah Valley.
- Articles advising readers on “Multi-generational Cruising,” most recently in The Boston Globe March 2015.
- Guest Spotlight on Windstar Cruises’ Blog.
- Curbed.com’s Hotels Week 2014 featured three of my insider recommendations on booking hotels.
- Contributor to ForbesTravel.com describing luxury hotels and restaurants.
- Contributor to Washingtonian‘s travel packages in the May, August and October 2014, 2015 and 2016. Most recently in March 2017 and in August and October 2017.
- Reporting on restaurants in the DC Area in The Washington Post Express
- Serving as the current dining editor for “Taste of Tysons” in VivaTysons
My features have appeared in a wide variety of publications and websites including DC Examiner, Adventure Biking, Running Times, Park & Recreation Magazine, Maryland Life.I also published a chapter in Chicken Soup for the Soul Stay at Home Moms and a monthly column in Northern Virginia Magazine called “Kin” from September 2006 until August 2012 which delved into challenges faced by parents including mental health issues, adoption, divorce and nutrition.
As a photography enthusiast, my photos have appeared in Boston Globe, USAToday, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Washington Post, VivaTysons, AOL Travel and Northern Virginia Magazine.
The Unofficial Guide of Washington DC was awarded “Best Travel Guidebook of 2016” at the Eastern Conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) judged by the University of North Carolina School of Journalism.
In 2008, the Virginia Press Award for Lifestyle Writing recognized my September 2008 cover story (co-written with Kathryn McKay) on traveling the region: “High Tech to Low Country.” “Why I Love My Hometown” was a winner in The Washington Post’s essay challenge.
Education and Career Experience
I graduated from Indiana University in English and Journalism, and worked in television at Entertainment Tonight (New York Bureau), then in radio in St Louis’s KMOX. I moved onto communications and development for nonprofit health organizations, including the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. I served as Executive Director of the Combined Health Appeal of the National Capital Area. I attended Catholic University’s graduate program for a Masters in Social Work.
My passion for travel developed early, as my family and I explored new places–both exotic and local–from home bases in Washington DC, Zurich, New York, St. Louis, Colorado Springs and London. When I visit a place, I love walking the streets, sampling native delicacies, and meeting locals. For the last several years, my extended family has gone on holiday together, and consequently, I’ve learned a lot about what works for multigenerational travel.
To contact me please write to email@example.com