All posts by Laura Motta

Laura Motta had lived in NYC for five years when she quit her life and moved to Paris. While she was in Europe, she cultivated a taste for macarons, got sunburned on many French and Italian beaches, and became obsessed with travelling artfully – and frugally. Before coming to ShermansTravel, where she is currently the Director of Publishing, she worked as an editor at Everyday Health and iVillage. She hails from Massachusetts.
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Key West/iStock

Ready to book your summer beach getaway? We’ve assembled all of our best tips and advice for finding the most beautiful, least touristy, and affordable spots across America. From the green cliffs of Kauai to the boardwalk in arty, resurgent Asbury Park, here’s how to make the most of... Read More

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If you’re dreaming of packing the car, turning up the radio, and exploring your state, region, or even the whole country this summer, we have you covered. Here’s a list of products that will make your trip more memorable, and more fun. For those watching the sky… On August 21, 2017... Read More

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Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis

If you’re looking for one of Minneapolis’s most buzzworthy, fastest evolving neighborhoods, look no further than the North Loop, which is sometimes referred to as the Warehouse District. Chockablock with turn-of-the-century brick buildings, this is where you’ll find the city’s newest and chicest shops, an evolving selection of restaurants... Read More

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Rethymno, Crete/iStock

When it comes to European-style romance, Venice and Paris often hog the spotlight. And while no one disagrees that those cities are made for love and lovers, small-town Europe offers some of the best places to stroll, watch a sunset, or canoodle with your better half. Just don’t get... Read More

Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta
Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta

The onsen — or traditional hot springs — experience is a must-do in Japan. Whether you’re heading to a big-city bath house that resembles an amusement park, or to a natural pool in a small town, there’s nothing more Japanese than stripping down, lathering up, and soaking for an... Read More

Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

With an incredible variety of lodging — from traditional-style boutique hotels with 10 rooms to soaring luxury hotels in skyscrapers — booking a place to stay in Japan can be an overwhelming experience. That’s especially true in a city like Kyoto, which can sometimes be touristy and hard to... Read More

Martin Van Buren sculpture/Laura Motta
Martin Van Buren sculpture/Laura Motta

It’s the classic American road trip: a rambling drive along Interstate 90 in South Dakota, stopping at such iconic sights as Mt. Rushmore and Wall Drug along the way. The route also passes directly through Rapid City, which offers a mix of history and Old West charm, along with... Read More

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There’s no shortage of idyllic seaside towns along the coast of Maine — the kind where you’ll find picturesque lobster shacks and weather-worn lighthouses. The town of Rockland, though, is doing its best to shatter that sleepy stereotype. A boundary-pushing new museum, an eclectic collection of galleries, and a... Read More

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Pontchartrain Hotel

Most travelers don’t exactly head to New Orleans to see a fast-paced, cutting edge city. From its graceful wrought iron railings to its careful traditions around jazz, Mardi Gras, and cooking, visitors are lured more by a sense of its lovingly preserved past. If you look closer, though, there’s... Read More

Pinnacles Overlook/Laura Motta
Pinnacles Overlook/Laura Motta

South Dakota’s Black Hills, in the southwestern part of the state, epitomize the idea of the American West. Rolling, grass-covered plains, buffalo munching on grass, herds of ambling black cattle, craggy rock formations that predate human existence — it’s all there. So many pass through this area while traversing... Read More

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Viking Star Wintergarden/Rottet Studios

Architect Richard Riveire of the firm Rottet Studio had designed Viking’s longships, but in 2013, he was asked to develop an entirely new product for the cruise line — an ocean ship. He sat down with us in the Wintergarden of his first oceangoing vessel, the Viking Star — now... Read More

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Boca Raton Museum of Art/Laura Motta
Boca Raton Museum of Art/Laura Motta

When it comes to Florida’s Atlantic coast, there’s always the beach. Miles of gleaming sand and pearly blue ocean have drawn visitors to Palm Beach County for generations. But beyond the shoreline, this part of Florida gives travelers much more to do than work on their tans. Here are... Read More

Se7en Bites, Orlando
Se7en Bites/Laura Motta

Orlando isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of trendy. But beyond the water rides, roller coasters, and mouse ears that put Orlando on the map, the city has a personality all its own — apart from the theme parks. Here’s what to do, see, and eat if you’re... Read More

Rooftop at the Ace Hotel New Orelans
Rooftop at the Ace Hotel New Orelans

It seems right that New Orleans should have its own Ace Hotel. The trailblazing hotel chain, with its youthful sense of energy and style, seems like the perfect choice for one of America’s most vibrant, and quickly evolving destinations. The property, which opened in the spring of 2016, makes... Read More

Eau Palm Beach
Eau Palm Beach

Is there any beach destination in the U.S. with more of a luxury pedigree than Palm Beach? A vacation destination for business magnates since the turn of the 20th century, its shores are fringed with opulent mansions, golf courses, and 5-star resorts. One of those resorts, Eau Palm Beach... Read More