About My Book: 100 Things to Do in Annapolis and the Eastern Shore Before You Die
For this book, I got the chance to delve into my own backyard and rediscover what makes the Chesapeake Bay region so special, be it roaming the brick-paved alleyways of historic Annapolis, sampling the region's best crabcakes, camping with wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore or taking the mail boat out to remote Smith Island. The experiences included are decidedly local: created here, only doable here, or deeply connected to the unique sense of place that exists here. I don't think I could ever get tired of exploring this beautiful home of mine.
I'm a writer, a planner and a general explorer.
I grew up loving magazines. As a Navy kid living overseas, they connected me to everything back home, and as a teenager, they showed me the word beyond my bedroom walls. My first publishing job was at a now-defunct music magazine, where I got to review records, go to concerts and hang out with Joey Ramone.
While working as a copy editor in NYC, I discovered travel writing. My first three stories were about Puerto Rico, dude ranches and Jesse James--all things I still love. When I was offered the role of travel editor for Conde Nast's Modern Bride, it seemed a terrible fit. I was an East Village rock chick, and what is less punk rock than working at a bridal magazine? But it allowed me to travel so I took it, traveling as much as I could as I honed my craft, eventually relocating to Florida to become editor-in-chief of a national destination wedding magazine. I loved the honeymoon beat, because it took me all over the world, from private-island resorts to tented safari camps. And I loved meeting and becoming close with the passionate creatives who inhabit the events world, giving their time (and often a bit of their sanity) to create magical moments for others.
Since going freelance in 2013, I've written stories on travel, design and food for outlets including USA Today, Architectural Digest, Destination I Do, Sherman's Travel, airbnb, Orlando Mag and Cruise Critic. I write about my hometown for AnnapolisDiscovered.com.
On my personal side, I play ukulele and I like that it always sounds optimistic, even when you're playing a blues song. I love an impromptu road trip and will never pass up a boat ride. I'm slightly obsessed with history, especially 1890s Wyoming. I spoil my dog, as everyone should. My office is messy and ever-changing, but you'll always find something handmade, something vintage, and something to read.
I spent 15 years as a wedding-magazine editor, seeking out the best resorts and experiences around the world, be it overwater bungalows in French Polynesia, safari camps in the Serengeti, or heli-golfing in New Zealand. (Yes, it's expensive, and yes, it's worth it.) I bring that experience and a world's worth of contacts to travel clients, via The Honeymoonist, my travel planning company done in conjunction with the fantastic Largay Travel in Waterbury, CT.
I'm partial to smaller hotels with great service and a true sense of place. I crave deeper experiences over drive-by photo ops. I believe pacing is everything, and strive for balance between exploration and chilling out. (It's a Libra thing.)