Larry Olmsted

By Everett Potter There’s nothing quite like hotel room service. Be it an indulgence or a necessity, few things seem better suited to serve a jet-lagged traveler than a freshly delivered breakfast tray or a late-night sandwich. While seasoned road warriors may have their room service routines down to a

By Larry Olmsted A new wrinkle in the travel industry, RockStar Hotels is a group of lesser-known and hidden gem luxury properties worldwide that combines lodging and a VIP experience and may interest travelers seeking twists on both popular and offbeat destinations.  Hotel groups are like movie reviewers or celebrity chefs –

By Larry Olmsted When I stared in travel writing almost 25 years ago, the world seemed a much bigger place, and editors constantly turned down pitches by saying “that’s too exotic” or “no one will ever go there” – about places like Bali and Patagonia. Far off destinations like Australia

Longtime contributor Larry Olmsted has written an important and groundbreaking book about the food that we eat every day, Real Food, Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It. It’s already on the The New York Times Bestseller List and you can probably

Everyone seems to be in love with Charleston these days, and in recent years the city has been awash in awards and accolades. It has been named the Number One US City by readers polls of both of the nation’s two highest profile travel magazines: for three years in a

Well-heeled travelers are increasingly faced with more choices than ever, as the hospitality industry continues to expand rapidly at the high end, with top tier hotels opening in many of the world’s most popular business and leisure destinations. If you are someone who enjoys creature comforts and standout service when

Bigger is sometimes better, but that is not usually the case with luxury hotels and resorts. Beyond a certain size they often lose their intimacy, their hands-on service touch and the magical feeling that they know and care about guests as individuals. In short, big resorts often lose the sensation

  In recent years Las Vegas has emerged as one of the world’s greatest eating cities, home to more acclaimed celebrity chefs and Michelin-Star winners than anyplace else, but also full of less glamorous yet still delicious down home eats. With close to 40 million annual visitors, Las Vegas is

Winter will be here any day, but in Europe cold weather just means things are heating up for the traveler. While the coming ski season will not see a single new luxury hotel of note open at a major resort in this country, new openings are coming to the Alps

    In Part One I ran five tips from expert travel journalists, including myself, based on questions I routinely get asked by people about to travel or those planning trips. I’ve rounded up top strategies from the some of the most expert travel professionals I know, and consolidated them with