Ghosts of NEVADA

Robert Ellsworth hits the Top 5 Haunted Haunts in Virginia City. Ever had the feeling that someone was following you, only to discover upon turning around that you’re all alone? Sensed a sinister presence that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Well, if you’re visiting Virginia City, Nevada these experiences can easily be explained, as this former gold and silver mining town is … [Read more...]

BARCELONA’S Beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Set in a former Hispano American bank headquarters on the Passeig de Gràcia, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is a five-star hotel with all the trimmings.  You couldn’t ask for a better location as the hotel sits along Barcelona’s most exclusive shopping street and across from Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's famous La Pedrera, the famous undulating stone building (circa 1906) that's now a cultural … [Read more...]


Proto Restaurant has been serving fresh seafood from the Adriatic to monarchs and movie stars since 1886. With an errant bura – a crisp, northerly wind – whooshing into the covered alleyway, diners can sit back and enjoy the quaint, romantic atmosphere of Proto, a Dubrovnik institution since 1886.  What could appeal to tourists more than the chance to chug back a couple of native oysters … [Read more...]

Chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker Sizzles in SCOTTSDALE

The popular San Diego restaurant has a thriving new outpost in Arizona. The original Searsucker in San Diego opened in 2011 and remains  a great bar and trendy eatery founded by celebrity chef, Brian Malarkey of Top Chef Season 3 fame.  The boyish-faced Malarkey, now a mentor on the new reality show, The Taste, with Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre, has launched a new … [Read more...]

NEW ORLEANS: The W Gets Re-Styled and N’Awlins Gets Wild for Halloween

The newly renovated W New Orleans - French Quarter is the perfect landing spot from which to explore the spirit, spark and sexiness of The Big Easy The W brand masterfully creates design integrated with the cities it resides in, and in the Big Easy that means celebrating the music, magic, cuisine and cocktails that New Orleans is famous for. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the pulsating … [Read more...]

Hi Tech Meets High Design at the OPUS Hotel in Vancouver

Robert Ellsworth checks in to this 21st-century boutique hotel that blends technology and style with coolness and calm. If Vancouver is the hipster capital of Canada, then the fashionable Opus is its decadent heart. Situated in Yaletown, one of Vancouver's swanky hip zones, this 96-room cosmopolitan hotel has a chill vibe with a sophisticated and colorful ambiance. The adjacent neighborhood … [Read more...]

TURKEY’S Museum Hotel A Masterpiece

The only thing more hypnotic than Cappadocia's luscious landscape of churning gorges and sandcastle cave formations—complete with their frescoed basilicas, ancient homes and even complete underground cities—are the eye-catching boutique hotels spouting up like stalagmites.  Once known for its burnt out backpacker hostels, Cappadocia, in South Central Anatolia, Turkey, now has more hotels than … [Read more...]

Jeep Ironman in San Juan, Puerto Rico + Local Eats

With a whole slew of athletic types making the trek to San Juan this upcoming weekend for the Ironman 70.3 events, we've got Puerto Rico on the brain.  Since its inception in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 series has become the fastest growing triathlon series in the world. On Sunday, March 18, ambitious amateurs and steadfast pros will undertake the 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run … [Read more...]

Vancouver’s Cheesiest Food Truck

Expect delicious, piping-hot gooey sandwiches at Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck Currently, Vancouver has about one hundred licensed food trucks parked around its spic-and-span streets.  Once limited to greasy hotdogs and roasted chestnuts—don’t worry they’re still ubiquitous here—the new Vancouver food truck scene is one of the most amazing in the world, with newly minted star chef’s proffering some … [Read more...]

Discovering Sao Paulo, Brazil

Just a one-hour flight from Rio, Sao Paulo is a fast-paced, cosmopolitan megalopolis and Brazil’s cultural center with a lively music and arts scene. Concert lovers should head to Sao Paulo this November 12-14 for the Starts With You Music & Arts Festival to experience an impressive line up of global artists playing hip hop, reggae, rock and world music. The SWU fest also focuses on a … [Read more...]