Author Archives: Mike Gerrard

The Arty Side of Las Vegas

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 3:46 pm by .

Play a word association game with the name of Las Vegas and the responses would be words like gambling, slot machines, showgirls, shows and the Las Vegas Strip. But there’s another more cultured side to the city, usually hidden beneath the brash neon.

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Ten of the Best American Scenic Byways

Monday, March 13th, 2017 12:39 pm by .

Everyone’s heard of Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway, two of the greatest road trips in the USA, but there are over 100 other stunning scenic drives which needn’t take you weeks to complete. These are America’s National Scenic Byways.

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Best USA Music Festivals 2017

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 2:42 pm by .

Frustrated when you can’t get tickets for your favourite US artist’s UK tour? Why not hop on a plane and catch them – along with many more – at one of the USA’s best music festivals. Nowhere does music festivals like the States and they’re a great way to combine music with a city break or road trip holiday. Mike Gerrard lists his best USA music festivals 2017.

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Swinton Park Castle Hotel

Monday, September 12th, 2016 8:44 am by .

It had been a glorious autumnal day at Fountains Abbey, as we drove from Harrogate towards Masham and our treat of the trip: a stay in Swinton Park Castle Hotel, a proper Yorkshire castle

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Cooking Gumbo in New Orleans

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 4:31 pm by .

‘I tend to scream at you and then feed you, as that’s how I grew up,’ chef Toya Boudy tells us as we start to watch her cookery demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, in the heart of the French Quarter. We’re cooking gumbo in New Orleans and it’s clear from the start that we’re in for an entertaining afternoon, and it’s no surprise to learn that Toya has been an actress and also has her own YouTube channel . She’s a natural entertainer and we spend as much time laughing as learning.

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Twelve Top USA Art Museums

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 10:27 am by .

People holiday in the States for many reasons – Disneyland, beaches, Hollywood, to ski, to see Graceland or to party in New Orleans – but going to art museums is not usually the main attraction. Nevertheless, many of the world’s finest art museums are in the USA, giving extra reasons to visit city break destinations that are already popular, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. In fact New York has so many fine art collections it’s one city that’s worth visiting for that reason alone. Here are twelve top USA art museums, in alphabetical order, from a list that could easily be twice as long.

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