Travels with Larry Olmsted

By Larry Olmsted The National Park Service (NPS) is slowly reopening parks nationwide, but at least in the short term, some concessions and facilities will remain closed and it won’t exactly be business as usual. At this time, you should check any park’s individual website for details of what is

By Larry Olmsted Forget about crowds or spring breakers. Even when travel returns to “normal” after the current pandemic, there will be an emphasis on low-density destinations, the great outdoors, and close-knit time with friends and family, and this kind of trip addresses all of those. “This is the Caribbean

  By Larry Olmsted “When we travel again, having had time to think about how much we miss traveling and exploring, will we do anything differently? Will we make better use of our time investment by ensuring that our travels have a defined goal in mind?” I sure hope so.

By Larry Olmsted The new generation multi-mountain passes are the best deals in winter sports, and every year they are introduced right now at the lowest prices of the season, with incentives to encourage early sales. If you are going to buy one you might as well do it early, because

By Larry Olmsted I get a lot of pitches for new travel apps and websites, and while I am always on the lookout for tools that will help my readers (and myself!) enjoy travel more, most of them are near useless. But I just test drove a good one. Searching

By Larry Olmsted When the Palms opened in 2001 it was a game changer for the Vegas resort landscape, off the Strip but still packed with A-list Hollywood, pro athlete and celebrity appeal. The casino hotel was invention of the Maloof family, who have owned two NBA teams, the Houston

  By Larry Olmsted More than ever before, travelers are demanding an authentic, immersive experience when they travel and are eagerly trading cookie cutter for a unique sense of place. After more than a century as Cape Cod’s premier luxury resort, and a recent $100 million renovation, the Chatham Bars Inn offers

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

By Larry Olmsted The world is full of iconic hotels, from London’s Savoy to Venice’s Cipriani to Hong Kong’s Peninsula, but it is fair to say that the Ritz Paris is the most iconic of them all. It was the first namesake launch by the most revered main in hospitality history,

By Larry Olmsted There are luxury trains on every continent save Antarctica, but the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the one everybody knows, nicknamed the King of Trains and Train of Kings back in the 19th century. The title is fitting, as it routinely carried European royalty, Presidents, and even Russian Tsars.