College Towns

For a Business Travel Alternative, Stay in Bed and Breakfast Inns

As a business traveler, looking for the comforts of home while working with clients in small and mid-size cities, I opt for local bed and breakfasts, especially if the destination also happens to be a college town, like Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State University. Typically in these communities there are not enough hotels and cookie cutter mid-range national brands accessible to all pocket books, dependable and efficient but devoid of much charm. Bed and breakfast inns today offer far more than get-away romantic retreats. With the growth of the entrepreneurial "share" culture of HomeAway/VRBO and Airbnb, they must create... Read more →


What's a Good DC Hotel for Business Travelers?

The River Inn is a longtime stalwart in the Foggy Bottom part of DC, now renovated as a European-style all-suite "luxury boutique hotel." Having been a habitue over the years of the hotel, for all these reasons, along with the comparable price and the quiet townhouse-filled neighborhood, I'd consider it a competitive choice to better-known properties like The Ritz Carlton locations. Read more →


Best Dining Flavors in Corvallis, Oregon

This week Corvallis, Oregon, was ranked the 10th best college town in the U.S. - in good company with Boulder, Ann Arbor, Berkeley and Chapel Hill but each for entirely different reasons. Home to Oregon State University, Corvallis is a naturalist's paradise, so when it comes to dining, you're more likely to find casual vegan and fresh sandwiches than fine dining (if this is your style, check out the Midwest-based Jimmy John's - the "world's greatest gourmet sandwiches" chain right by the campus. Fresh, fast and friendly. For the latter, business travelers seeking casual upscale dining with the best local... Read more →


Tucson's Art Scene - Art is Life

Visits to Tucson always bring unexpected pleasures but never more than the two days we immersed ourselves in the vibrant arts scene - formal and informal - and we only touched the surface. While there are many fine museums, we stuck to the culture of the Southwest. Here are the must-see excursions: Arizona State Museum of Art: On the University of Arizona campus, this historic building focuses exclusively on art of the Southwest, with deep respect for the history of the peoples. Adriel Heisey's breathtaking arial photography of Southwest canyons and mesas, curated by Archaeology Southwest, presents low-impact archaeological research... Read more →


Small Plates, Big Flavors in Cambridge

We had a blast both nights at Ana Sortun's Turkish and eastern Mediterrean influenced restaurants in the Boston area - Oleana, in Cambridge, for which she won a James Beard Award as Best Chef in the Northeast, and the newer Sarma, her partnership with former Oleana chef Cassie Piuma, nearby in Somerville. Check out the sights here in Sarma's image gallery. Before you go either venue, spend a few minutes with these fascinating interviews and videos featuring Sortun - on cooking, Turkey, female entrepreneurship and more. She's an inspiring and thoughtful pathfinder in the culinary space. For example, Siena Farms,... Read more →