Exploring. Telling Stories.
Renee Marchese Sklarew is a native Washingtonian who enjoys exploring her city’s many attractions, including its parks and trails. She’s lived in five states and three countries, but for her, there’s no place she’d call home than her beloved Washington D.C.
Renee developed her love for travel while living abroad in Switzerland and the United Kingdom as a kid – and she continues that tradition by traveling with her husband and two daughters to all corners of the world. She’s been a lifelong hiking enthusiast—taking every opportunity to explore the trails around the Nation’s Capital and America’s National Parks.
She is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Washington DC and co-author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington D.C. and Fodor’s Washington DC Guidebook. These books are the inspiration behind a tour series she led with Smithsonian Associates.
Renee has published numerous travel articles and photos in newspapers and magazines, including The Boston Globe, AAA World Magazine and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on several lifestyle podcasts. She won best Family Travel story from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Eastern Conference in 2022.
Read her stories about weekend getaways and bucket-list destinations in Fodors.com, AAA Traveler Worldwise, Virginia Living and Northern Virginia Magazine.
I’m experienced in photographing destinations and food and have had my images published in world-class media outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Fodor’s Travel, Forbes and AAA.
Writing about food and restaurants came to me naturally after decades of dining out and experimenting in the kitchen. I’ve written hundreds of restaurant stories and am especially interested in food culture. Lately, I’ve been testing out a wide array of spices and prepared everything from Afghan Pilau to Laotian Oyster Mushroom Larb. Thanks to my Italian-American parents, I can also whip up a hearty bowl of pasta and meatballs for a crowd.
I’m a content creator and have contributed blog posts, photos and travel guides for several Destination Marketing Operations, including Destination DC, Visit Arlington, Visit Loudoun County, Southwest Virginia, Abingdon, Virginia; the Shenandoah Valley and Shelby County, KY.
I’ve served as an expert on visiting and exploring the Greater Washington D.C. Area for Smithsonian Associates and in several podcasts – The Not Old, Better Show; Explore The World Travel Show; and The Unofficial Guide to Washington D.C. Podcast. I’ve led three Smithsonian tours of the Washington region inspired by my book: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington D.C.
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