I’m a freelance writer living in the Washington DC Area, who has written about destinations, recreation and food culture since 2007. I serve as the Active at Large for the Eastern Chapter of Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). My work appears regularly in print and online publications—including The Washington Post Travel , AAA Traveler Worldwise FoodieTravelUSA.com and Getaways for Grownups.
In addition to my journalistic pursuits, I am a photographer and my images have been in countless publications and seen online. I am a tour leader and presenter for Smithsonian Associates. I served as editor for “Oh Ranger” Guides published by the American Park Network. I provide images and blog posts for Destination DC, the Washington DC visitors bureau. I occasionally work as an Inspector for ForbesTravelGuide.com researching and describing their four and five diamond hotels and restaurants in the MidAtlantic. I am the Dining Editor for VivaTysons and VivaReston Magazines. Read my story about New Orleans 300th Anniversary here. I’ve also had features in Fodors.com For more links to my work, read on.
For 2020, I did a thorough revamp of the Unofficial Guide to Washington DC. The book offers practical advice on how to navigate DC’s best attractions, find affordable hotels, as well as choose convenient transportation in and around DC. You can order the new edition online at Amazon
An earlier edition won “Best Travel Guidebook of 2016” from the Eastern Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
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. My hiking book was featured in the Washington Post Express.
- 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.
- Two cover stories in AAA Traveler Worldwise on a family trip to National Parks, and in 2020, my family trip to Japan.
- 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 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 issues.
- Complete guide to Water Destinations and Museums 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 Virginia Living Magazine
- Contributor to Washingtonian‘s travel packages in the May, August and October 2014, 2015, 2016, March 2017 and 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.
I grew up in Potomac, Maryland where I developed my deep love for the city of Washington DC. During my childhood, my family lived in Zurich, Switzerland and London, England as well. My passion for travel developed early, as my family and I explored new places. As an adult I lived in New York, St. Louis and Colorado Springs. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org