Matera: Southern Italy’s City of Stone

An ancient city of stone and caves, Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, quite literally dug out of the rock. All along the edges of the ravine are caverns and grottoes in the limestone layers, which have provided habitation for humans since the Paleolithic era. Located in the region of Basilicata, it is hauntingly beautiful.

Illuminated nighttime view of Sassi on edge of rock ravine, Matera, Italy.
Matera at night: The illuminated nighttime view of the Sassi on the edge of the rock ravine, Matera.
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Palm Springs: The Best Year-Round Destination in California

The desert city of Palm Springs is nostalgic and truly timeless. It serves as an iconic example of mid-century California living in the form of 1960s architecture, vintage cars, and palm-tree-lined streets. I have been vacationing in Palm Springs since I was a young girl, and it’s easy to see why it’s a popular, family-friendly holiday destination.

Palm Springs Desert
Palm Springs Desert © Elizabeth Orient

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A Weekend Stay at the Hotel Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico

Hotel Sagrado is Bohemian luxury at its finest, and guests are guaranteed to fall in love at first sight. Whether it is the giant 90-pound Brazilian citrine quartz that hangs above the lobby and shines on you from the moment you walk in, the beautiful black-billed magpies that fill the air, or their amazing restaurants, spa, salt-water pool, and indoor rainforest.

Balcony view from Hotel Sagrado
Hotel Sagrado balcony view © Christina Kantzavelos

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Albuquerque: Where the Creatives Roam and the Artists Play

New Mexico firmly stands by its state slogan as being the Land of Enchantment. Many people have mixed opinions about Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, but it has certainly grown on me. Each time that I visit, a new experience awaits my arrival. The city’s expressive personality keeps its culture “New Mexico True.”

Yellow, orange, pink, purple, gray sunset over Albuquerque Albuquerque Sunset © Elizabeth Orient

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Living Life Like a Local in Hungary

Living life like a local means having your favorite pizza shop or sandwich shop or place to get good Asian food; it’s knowing where you can find a clean bathroom in Budapest. Living life like a local is being able to tell tourists where they can find the Metro stop to the Szechenyi Thermal Baths or how to find a great wine shop.

KEFO is the college where Diane Dobry taught. Kecskeméti Főiskola.

KEFO is the college where Diane Dobry taught in Kecskeméti Főiskola © Diane Dobry

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Dealing With Covid-19 Through Santa Fe and Colorado Springs

Recently, in June 2020, my wife and I ventured on our first real trip in months. Our June trip to Paris had been cancelled, so we decided to take a road trip from The Woodlands, Texas to visit our son in Colorado Springs.

Historic Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado, USAThe historic Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River in Colorado, USA 
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The Mysteries of the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Three mysteries surround the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe: who built it, the engineering behind its construction, and the materials used.

Stained Glass Windows  Stained Glass Windows and Crosses in the Loretto Chapel © Janie Pace

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Traveling Through the Eye of the COVID-19 Storm

The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 has changed our lives this year, and all indicators show that we are not clear of the dangers yet. My tale is a personal one as we were very close to Ground Zero when it hit the airwaves at the beginning of the year. What started as a few cases in Wuhan, China quickly spread to other parts of Asia. The media picked up on it, and the rumors started flying.

02-03-2020 Airline billboard showing cancelled and no status due to pandemicCambodia flights cancelled © Norm Bour

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5 Things I Can't Travel Without

We are pleased to share member byline content created by our food, wine and travel writers. To publish in our magazine or this blog category, we require original content that meets IFWTWA goals and professional standards. The following article, by member Liz Orient, originally appeared on The Traveling Editor — All Rights Reserved. 


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A nostalgic look back to 1996 – IFWTWA Istanbul Conference

Ronnie Greenberg avatarWith gratitude to Emeritus member Ronnie Greenberg, we proudly share memories from our 1996 Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey. Ronnie is a featured award-winning travel, culinary, wine & spa editor/columnist and correspondent and esteemed member of the IFWTWA since 1991.


IFWTWA 1996 Istanbul Conference Attendees
IFWTWA 1996 Istanbul Conference Attendees

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Travel Writer Insiders on Big Blend Radio

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Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for this episode of Big Blend Radio’s Success Express Business & Career Show broadcasting live from the historic Homestead Inn in Twentynine Palms, California, gateway to Joshua Tree National Park.

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Join #TheGreatAmericanTakeout Tuesday 3/24

The Great American Takeout Tuesday 3/24

America's restaurants need our help! The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the future of an industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. That’s why a coalition of restaurants is asking for help. On March 24, we’re asking everyone in America to show their support for the restaurant industry by joining The Great American Takeout. Please join us and share to your social channels, tagged with #thegreatamericantakeout! Many establishments offer discount coupons, curbside pickup or free delivery. 

Couple enjoying takeout food at home

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Do We Stay or Go? Travel in the Time of Pandemic

"I asked my writers if they would share stories of how the virus is affecting them and theirs, and they responded big time.... I hope you find some useful information in this special edition of Food, Wine, Travel Magazine where our writers address how the coronavirus is affecting them and you during this world-wide emergency."  — Chris Cutler, Executive Editor. 

FWT Magazine 2020 Special Edition Cover

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Spring Happenings in Omaha of Culture, Beer Poking, and Gourmet Cuisine

Omaha, Nebraska: I learned from living in the Midwest that you need to grab spring quickly when it comes. The weather goes from winter to summer with but a brief interlude called spring. This makes Omaha the perfect place to visit right now. 

Lauritzen Gardens in the springtime
Lauritzen Gardens in the springtime. Photo courtesy of Lauritzen Gardens 

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IFWTWA Associates on the Radio: CityPASS and Visit Phoenix

Learn from our seasoned experiential story tellers. See our calendar for upcoming LIVE radio segments or listen anytime on-demand to lively and fact-filled podcasts created by our esteemed members. 

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A Goldmine of Fun! Who knew all this was in Flagstaff, Arizona?

Flagstaff, Arizona: I was awestruck at all there is to see and do in Flagstaff. I think readers of this blog will be intrigued to learn about all the fun things there are to see and do in Flagstaff and the surrounding area as well—the Grand Canyon is just 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, and Phoenix is a little over 2 hours south.

Flagstaff Monument Sign with push/pull female touristsFlagstaff Arizona Monument Sign © Stacey Wittig 

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A Stellar Introduction to New Mexico Wines

Deirdre Michalski, Travel WriterOk, I admit it right out of the gate—I am a Southern California gal with a penchant for wines from Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles. I have been up North at least 80 times in my adult life. The highest elevation vineyards I've visited during was during a cooking class at Chappellet Winery above the dreamy Hennessy Lake in Napa. So when I tried to wrap my head around grapes being lovingly grown at 4,000 to 6,000 feet in elevation, I was utterly perplexed. Who does that? Well, in New Mexico, that is EXACTLY what they do honoring a long tradition, which is always comforting—and the wines are amazing. VIVA VINO! 


Many empty Viva Vino labeled goblets ready for wineViva Vino New Mexico glasses ready for wine tasting © 2019 Pam Baker

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IFWTWA Announces 2019 Hospitality Scholarship Award

Chesapeake Culinary Center in Denton, Maryland wins IFWTWA's 2019 Hospitality Scholarship Award. As part of Caroline Culinary Arts, this organization provides high school students and community members an introduction to the foodservice and hospitality industry in preparation for future culinary careers. 

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IFWTWA Announces 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award

Jacqui Gibson wins the 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award for her article “The Kings of Creole.” Jacqui’s background includes a 20-year writing career that spans newspaper reporting, magazine feature writing and general communications. 

 Jacqui Gibson bridge search for whalesNew Zealand writer Jacqui Gibson scanning New Zealand’s Cook Strait for humpback whales from the Bluebridge Ferry bridge. On assignment, November 2019 © Jacqui Gibson

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Pack Light, Shoot Well! Travel and Blogging Camera Strategies

Elaine Masters, author & freelance writer and IFWTWA member shares her valuable knowledge and insights during the #IFWTWA2019 Conference Workshop: Making and Editing Videos: Demystifying Video Storytelling - Shortcuts for Travel Writers. 

Elaine Masters taking pictures with gimble and cell phone in Petra, JordanPetra, Jordan ~ Image by Elaine Masters 

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