Author: Jenna Intersimone

Jockey Hollow Restaurant Lives in a Historic Setting

Share: When I moved to my new home in the historic and bustling New Jersey city of Morristown, I knew I was in for a real culinary delight. From previous visits from my former home located about 45 minutes away, I already knew that I could head to Nagano for quality sushi in an authentic atmosphere, Guerriero’s Ristorante for Neapolitan-style dishes with unique flavors and Origin Thai for scrumptious Thai food in an elegant setting. What I didn’t know was that the iconic Vail Mansion in downtown Morristown, built in 1917 and formerly the home of first AT&T president...

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Winemaking De-mystified at Beneduce Vineyards

Share: A wine connoisseur I am not, but I’ve definitely made an effort to visit local wineries, whether I’m in San Gimignano or Seneca Lake for the weekend. This has been especially true for the wineries that are in my New Jersey backyard; these include the Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere, Cape May Winery in Cape May and Amalthea Cellars in the Atco section of Waterford Township. One thing I have noticed is that in the United States, wine isn’t for kids. This doesn’t come as a real shock. In America, wine isn’t a part of our daily lives. Instead, we...

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Atlantic City Redefined

Share: As I drive into Atlantic City on a bustling sunny Saturday afternoon, with the air heavy with the promise of short dresses and tall drinks, there is an invisible cloud that hangs above. Although I know it lingers behind sad “cash for gold” signs, dark back alleys and mahogany boardrooms with hopeful sellers, I don’t immediately see it beneath the flashing lights and well-dressed people in the casinos. Behind closed doors, the future of Atlantic City is uncertain. Within 18 months, four casinos in the legendary town have turned off their last fluorescent light. Throughout the past eight...

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European Hostels Forge Into Luxury

Share: When I visited the Amalfi Coast, a world-renowned stretch of Italian coastline known for its pastel colors, old-world charm and turquoise waters, I foresaw my accommodations, Hotel Londra, to be as alluring as the destination. Unfortunately, one of the two did not live up to expectations, and it wasn’t the Mediterranean region that has been around since the sixth century. Upon booking my trip with a popular tour group, bus2alps, I was given the option of staying at Hotel Londra or Seven Hostel, both located in Sant’Agnello, which is minutes from Sorrento. As most logical Americans and unlucky...

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Finding Luxury in Jamaica

Share: Those in need of a luxurious beach getaway to escape from busy, working cities know exactly where to turn as they book their flights for destinations such as Monaco, Bali and Capri. They yearn for impeccable hotel service, lavish amenities, exotic excursions and undisturbed beaches. The last place they look is Jamaica, which in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was ravished by such catastrophes as Hurricane Gilbert of 1988, the Persian Gulf War from 1990 to 1991 and the U.S. and Canadian economic recessions of the early 1990s. Back in those days, Jamaica was characterized by barbed wire, drug-pushing locals, feral animals and extreme poverty evident around every turn of the dirt roads. Many who visited the country during this time are hesitant to go back and give Jamaica a second chance. However, a few are giving it a go – and they are so pleased with what they find, they are going back again and again. Since the dark period of Jamaican tourism has faded, Jamaica has received more than one million visitors a year; the country celebrated a year of two million visitors by the end of 2013. Lured by the stunning beaches and pleasant weather, tourists head to the island from December to April, when it rarely rains and a pleasant breeze flows alongside reggae music. Clearly, tourism has had quite the turnaround in Jamaica,...

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