My Favorite Posts of 2011

We're all in a mode of 2011 reflection right now.  My priorities also include Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's and pretend shopping for a dog on animal shelter sites (kills me! yet play shopping may soon become real).  But I'm also making lists of goals and To Do's, including spending more time in England, Scotland & France this year, going to Africa, and continuing to build my writing portfolio and work with GOOD PEOPLE. 

Here are my favorite posts of the past year, on my journey of chronicling hotels, travel and New York City.

If you're not familiar with my Type A list of 2,600+ hotels I want to visit around the world, click here for "Yes, I'm a Hotel Nut"

I'm one of Christopher Elliott's 12 Travel Blogs to Read in 2012.

NEW YORK CITY:

A day in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which is changing every day

Spending the day with NYC chocolate icon Jacques Torres 

Taking America's Oldest Bike Path to Coney Island 

The Tiffany Suite at the St. Regis Hotel 

The River Cafe made my bad day excellent 

The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden 

HAWAII:

CHINA

INDIA

  • Each hotel was better than the next, but seeing the Taj Mahal (especially from the Oberoi Tajvilas rooms) was beyond anything I'd expected

THE HAMPTONS

RUSSIA

JORDAN

CANADA

RHODE ISLAND

 ARIZONA

CHICAGO

  • A 21st birthday celebration for my brother at the best city hotel plus baseball, hot dogs, & bars

SPAIN

CALIFORNIA

DUBAI

RANDOM FAVORITES:

  • My National Geographic Intelligent Travel interview with Travel Channel's Samantha Brown
  • My interview with best-selling author Adriana Trigiani, who loves NYC as much as I do
  • My interview with Bachelorette Trista Sutter on her favorite hotels
  • My Travel + Leisure post on Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which has received almost 2,400 Facebook "likes" on their site (a record!).