All posts by Anne Roderique-Jones

Anne Roderique-Jones is New York City-based freelance writer and editor that covers travel, food, and lifestyle topics in print and online. Among her favorite places to travel include Japan, Vietnam, India, and Italy. She’s written for USA Today, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur, Yahoo! Travel, The Daily Beast, and DuJour among other publications.
Grace Panama Hotel
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Just mention the great metropolis that makes up Panama City, Panama and you’ll hear many of the locals compare their home to Miami. And they’re not far off — here, nearly 13 million inhabitants live among a glittering skyline that’s brought in visitors from around the globe. Jetsetters mingle with surf studs... Read More

Copa Airlines
Copa Airlines

Have you heard about Copa Airlines? It’s Panama’s fast-growing airline that’s greatly expanding its American footprint. From the top on-time departures to free booze, here are four reasons to fly with Copa. 1. The on-time record is solid. No one enjoys being stranded at the airport or, worse, on the tarmac.... Read More

A room at Grace Panama
Grace Panama

Panama City is often referred to as the Miami of Central America. Here, high-rise buildings dot the skyline, and there’s certainly no shortage of fancy hotels. But we went searching for a boutique-style alternative that embodied the cosmopolitan glitz of the city while offering the warm service that Panamanians... Read More

A guestroom at Mississippi's Graduate Oxford
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Until this past September, finding a swanky spot to rest your head in Oxford, Mississippi was a challenge. Lodging options in this college town, rich with history, mostly included charming B&Bs or budget chains. What Oxford needed was a boutique hotel, filled with reading nooks, locally commissioned art, and... Read More

The Courtyard at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Courtyard/The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

Situated on the edge of New Orleans’ French Quarter, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans most certainly qualifies as centrally located. But stay here and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a luxury mansion somewhere in Europe. The property is set within a 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, and upon... Read More

Pensacola Beach
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Pensacola, Florida has long been known as a resort destination for beach lovers across the United States. Here, (truly!) white sand blankets the beautiful coastline — reminiscent of the Caribbean, but just a short drive from most southern cities as well as the Midwest. What many people may not know, though... Read More

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Napa Valley might first come to mind when you’re dreaming about a West Coast wine weekend escape, but Washington State has its own share of first-class wineries that shouldn’t be discounted either. The estates are incredibly convenient and fun to tour — and they’re perfect for a relaxing girls’... Read More

Willows Lodge
Willows Lodge

Willows Lodge, situated just a half-hour outside of Seattle, is one of those properties that just nails, well, everything. The rustically chic lodge has been built on five beautifully landscaped acres that borders the Sammamish River, right in the middle of Washington’s wine country. Here’s our review. ... Read More

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Taste of the Beach
Visit Pensacola

The (truly) white sand beaches of Pensacola are one of the best kept secrets in Florida. And, this September, there’s one more reason to visit this stretch along the Gulf of Mexico: a two-day food festival headed up by celebrity chef John Besh. ... Read More

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Mi Amor Hotel

Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30. ... Read More

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HotelTonight

HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel-booking app, has launched a tool called Escape to source the greatest getaway deals for the weekend ahead. Booking a room via the app is already a snap, but Escape makes it more convenient to book an entire getaway that’s up to an additional 30-40 percent off average... Read More

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Chris Heuisler is the Resident RunWESTIN Concierge for Westin Hotels & Resorts. Aside from competing in 25 marathons in 20 states, he has one of the coolest jobs ever. In 2013, Chris beat more than 1,000 applicants to the finish line for this dream job after a month-long selection process and currently leads... Read More

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David Fisher

The newly built Westin Jekyll Island is situated on a stretch of Georgia’s perfectly picturesque coastline, making it feel like it’s a secret hideaway — one with rich history, to boot. Here’s what we thought of the brand-new hotel, just an hour’s drive from Jacksonville, Florida. ... Read More

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The Ritz Carlton New Orleans

Remember how we said the (super) hot months are the time to snag fantastic deals in NOLA? Here’s just one: The iconic Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is offering a Paris Without the Jetlag package all summer that starts from just $199 — with some extra perks to boot. ... Read More

Royal Street Stroll - New Orleans Food and Wine Experience
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Most tourists head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest — and for good reason. But in a city of superior culinary excellence, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a multi-day feast for the most dedicated food lovers. ... Read More