Travels with Larry Olmsted

By Larry Olmsted Golf has long remained a classic sport, especially in American culture. While playing the major courses is certainly on every golf aficionado’s bucket list, there are plenty of spots worth playing that aren’t as well known. To help you navigate the unfamiliar terrain, here are four courses

Known as much for skiing as sunbathing, summer in New England is short and sweet, so locals and visitors alike make the most of it, flooding beaches and coastal resort destinations from Connecticut to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard to the Maine Coast, and the lakes and mountains of the unspoiled inland

I have to give the folks at TheDailyMeal.com credit for perseverance – they crank out more restaurant and food surveys and rankings than anyone I know. Using a panel of selected journalists, food writers, bloggers and other presumably qualified sources (I voted in their best burger survey) they release list after

By Larry Olmsted Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is still best known for his movies, especially his early successes Patton, Apocalypse Now, and the mega-hits, The Godfather and the Godfather Part II, which have become two of the most lauded and popular films in history. All of these critically acclaimed bombshells were made in

By Larry Olmsted The word “tourist” has taken on a negative connotation, especially when used to deride an activity or place as a “tourist-trap,” or suggest that a restaurant or sight is only for tourists. It is true that there are many commercialized or stereotypical sights and activities in certain

By Larry Olmsted America’s love affair with barbecue has never burned hotter than right now – and the opening of new specialty barbecue restaurants where you’d least expect them is fanning the fire. Not too many years ago if you wanted truly great barbecue, it usually meant traveling to one

By Larry Olmsted As far as tourist destinations go, few cities can rival the likes of New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Orlando and Los Angeles. But if you haven’t been before, each of these places can overwhelm and easily fill an entire week. The solution? Cities well designed to

  By Larry Olmsted Was your New Year’s Resolution to travel more? Or to see more of the world? Or to have life changing experiences and create forever memories? If so, there’s a “Bucket List” trip for you to take this year – and not just any amazing journey, but

By Larry Olmsted There has been a lot of talk the past six months about rising airfares, here and abroad, but summer vacation season to Europe is when leisure travelers typically get sticker shock, with peak season fares ratcheted up. The bad news is that fares are higher this summer

By Larry Olmsted Nearly 40,000,000 people visited Las Vegas in 2012, and by most accounts the Las Vegas Strip was the third or fourth most popular tourist attraction in the world, dwarfing tourism icons such as Disney World and Niagara Falls. The city’s appeals are obvious, and the vast majority