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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Chef Champe Speidel plating at Persimmon
Chef Champe Speidel at Persimmon

Providence, Rhode Island is one of our favorite American cities. As the grit leftover from the ’70s and ’80s continues to give way to trendy shops and restaurants, Providence has evolved into an East Coast gem. Plus, it’s an easy getaway — or even a day trip — from Boston or... Read More

Sunnylands, Palm Springs
Sunnylands/Laura Motta

Palm Springs is a classic destination to see American design at its best. From Spanish-style haciendas dating back to the turn of the century, to angular Midcentury modern, the city is a feast for the eyes — not counting the dramatic mountains and sprawling desert that surround the city. The... Read More

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan/Laura Motta

San Juan is not just a place cruise ships visit mid-itinerary; many sailings also depart and end in Puerto Rico’s historic capital. If yours is one of them, stay an extra day or two before or after your cruise to wander the city’s cobblestone streets and soak up the heady, old-world ambiance at these memorable spots. 1. Stay... Read More

Dublin, Ireland/iStock
Dublin, Ireland/iStock

We love deals like this. Great Value Vacations, a longtime partner of ShermansTravel that specializes in affordable vacation packages — especially to Ireland — has come up with a deal to end all deals. Right now, they’re offering a three-night vacation package to Ireland for $499, including air from New York City or... Read More

La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta Resort & Club/Laura Motta

With new nonstop flights on JetBlue via its New York City hub, it’s easier — and more affordable — than ever to get to Palm Springs. And the city’s booming hotel scene is ready to greet you when you get there. New and reinvented properties abound, with options for almost... Read More

Marmara Park Avenue Murphy Bed Room
Murphy Bed at the Marmara Park Avenue/Laura Motta

You have to love New York City’s creative take on efficiency, especially in its hotels. First, there was the bunk bed movement, made cool by hotels like the Wythe and the Ace. Then, there was the upgrade — the new Room Mate Grace Hotel, where plush fixtures, like ornate wallpaper... Read More

Light City Baltimore from ShermansTravel on Vimeo. Whether it’s an illuminated parade at Disneyland or holiday fireworks, a nighttime light display never fails to please. The city of Baltimore is betting as much with its newest festival, Light City, which is taking over the Inner Harbor in the evenings through April... Read More

Nightly Show Set/Laura Motta
Nightly Show Set/Laura Motta

We’ve told you how you can see TV show tapings in NYC and Los Angeles. Now, a Manhattan hotel is making it even easier for you to be part of a live studio audience. If you stay at one of the two New York City Pod Hotels, you can... Read More

Salton Sea California
Shores of the Salton Sea/Laura Motta

There are moments when southern California’s desert landscape can feel a little surreal. Maybe it’s all that flatness, or the spiny trees that look like they sprung up on another planet. But if you can tear yourself away from the cocktails and poolside parties in Palm Springs, there’s a... Read More

La Chine Chinese Restaurant the Waldorf Astoria in NYC
La Chine/Waldorf Astoria

New York City’s iconic Waldorf Astoria made headlines in 2014 when it was sold for nearly $2 billion to a Chinese insurance firm. Since then, it’s been business as usual at the hotel, which continues to look and feel like the grande dame of Manhattan’s Park Avenue. But amidst... Read More

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Brandon Presser, hose of Tour Guide on Bravo
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Travel expert Brandon Presser has visited more than 100 countries and written 50 guidebooks. Now, he’s leading a group of strangers around the world with the Bravo TV series Tour Group on an itinerary that he developed. We recently chatted with him about the series, the challenges of traveling... Read More

Turkish Airlines Super Bowl 2016 ad for Batman v Superman
Ben Affleck (as Bruce Wayne)/Turkish Airlines

Some watch for the game. Some watch for the halftime show. And some watch for the ads. If you’re like us, you’re keeping a particularly keen eye out for the travel ads. Remember Carnival’s splashy Return to the Sea campaign that ran during last year’s Super Bowl, complete with a sober voiceover... Read More

The Roxy Hotel, Formerly the TriBeCa Grand, in New York City
The Roxy Hotel/Francois Halard

New York City’s TriBeCa Grand Hotel walked an interesting line — it was both a trendy hotspot and a venerable landmark, a place to blend into a tony, residential neighborhood and a place to be seen. Now, this property is getting a whole new look and feel. The hotel has... Read More

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Pitbull at the Escape Inaugural Ceremony/Kristen Boatright for ShermansCruise

How long has humankind been celebrating the launch of new ships? Oh, since about the third millennium, B.C. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Vikings, and Ottomans all launched their ships with feasts, blessings from the gods, and — yep — the occasional animal sacrifice. Today’s biggest cruise ships are still... Read More

Omnia Restaurant Dubai
Omnia Dubai

It’s easier than ever to get to Dubai. With flights on Emirates carrying passengers there from every part of the U.S., and in style, it’s no wonder that American curiosity about this destination is growing. But now, Visit Dubai CEO Issam Kazim is looking to show travelers a different... Read More