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 side streets of historic Annapolis, sampling the region's best eats, camping with wild horses at Assateague 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 back-roads explorer.
I love magazines. As an American kid growing up in Norway, they connected me to everything back home, and as a teenager, they showed me the word beyond my home town. When I moved to New York City, my first publishing job was with a music magazine, where I got to review records, go to rock shows, and interview some of my favorite musicians.
A few years later, I discovered travel writing. My first three stories were about the Caribbean, dude ranches and Jesse James--still some of my favorite things. When I was offered the role of travel editor for Conde Nast's Modern Bride, it seemed a terrible fit for an East Village rock chick. But it allowed me to travel so I took it, and fell in love with the worlds of hotels and events. Later on, I relocated to Florida to become editor-in-chief of Bonnier's Destination Weddings & Honeymoons and SPA magazines, and wrote for their sister travel mags. I loved the honeymoon beat, because it took me all over the world, from private-island resorts and tented safari camps, but also to funky towns and quirky boutique inns. I traveled once a month for about 15 years, honing a deep love for hotels, cuisine and experiences that reflect a sense of place.
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've written for corporate clients including Hilton Hotels and INNOVET, on everything from hospitality to entrepreneurship and tech. I've been quoted on travel advice in Real Simple, Reader's Digest, The Washington Post, Brides, The Knot and more. I write about my hometown for Visit Annapolis/AnnapolisDiscovered.com, and I'm a contributing editor for Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
On my personal side, I love playing ukulele because it always sounds happy, whatever your skill level. I love an impromptu road trip and will never pass up a boat ride. I'm a history buff, especially anything to do with the 1800s West. I'm am omnivore when it comes to books, food and music. 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 Virtuoso and Largay Travel.
I'm partial to smaller hotels with great service and a true sense of place. I crave deeper experiences over drive-by photo ops, and hope fast tourism goes the way of the dinosaur. I believe pacing is everything, and strive for balance between exploration and chilling out. (It's a Libra thing.)