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.
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

Rockland Harbor/Laura Motta
250 Main

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

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
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

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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