Ireland

By Everett Potter What is the best hotel in Dublin? There’s little doubt that it’s The Merrion, which occupies a row of four understated 18th century Georgian townhouses on a quiet street close to St. Stephen’s Green. The brass signage is so discreet that you might mistake it for that

By Everett Potter St Patrick’s Day is on the horizon, reason enough to begin contemplating a getaway to Ireland. For anyone seeking the perfect lodging, the country has plenty of five star places with baronial fireplaces, silver service dinners and loads of fellow Americans in yellow golf sweaters colonizing the

By Everett Potter I’ve stayed in castles, country homes and luxury lodges all over Ireland, but I’ve never encountered a place quite like Ballilogue.  Located in a rural setting outside the town of Kilkenny in southeastern Ireland, it’s a former hamlet that’s been transformed into a collection homes, reimagined and

By Geri Bain   Turning a bend, we emerged from a stretch of forest to catch our first glimpse of Dromoland Castle, its stone turrets and towers reflected in the gracious estate’s lake. The romantic exterior was matched by an equally regal interior.   We stepped into an antiqued-filled lobby,

By Larry Olmsted It’s been nearly 800 years since the first iteration of Ashford Castle was built in 1228. Renovated and expanded countless times over the centuries, for most of recent history, the one-time fortress has best been known as one of Europe’s most romantic and luxurious resorts. Last week

by Everett Potter Just when I thought that I’d seen it all after visiting Ireland for the past 35 years – the greatest vistas, the venerable pub that I swore pulled the best pint ever, the most comfortable country house hotel anywhere – I had a pleasant awakening last October.

Everett Potter The Merrion occupies a row of four understated 18th century Georgian townhouses in Dublin with brass signage so discreet you might mistake it for that rare private investment firm that hadn’t lost its shirt during the Celtic Tiger years. While it’s in the heart of the Irish capital,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNjsFzyKJOI In October, Ireland will host the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS2014). I’ll be attending and exploring the West Coast, which Tourism Ireland has now designated the Wild Atlantic Way. I know the West Coast well, and the mountain scenery, wild ocean and endless outdoor activities are indeed reasons enough