Author Archives: Mike Gerrard

Lone Star Court Austin

14/06/2017 by .

It was our first visit to Texas and we were arriving in Austin from Houston. We’d found what sounded like the perfect place to stay in the state’s capital: Lone Star Court. Does that sound like the perfect Texas hotel or what?

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The Arty Side of Las Vegas

29/04/2017 by .

Pljay 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

13/03/2017 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

23/12/2016 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

12/09/2016 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

07/09/2016 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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