Jen started as a “her own backyard” travel journalist, writing articles about the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey area. She is recognized as the go-to expert on the Jersey Shore, but has also written about domestic locations across the country, from Arizona to Florida and dozens of places in between.
At sunset on a warm January evening, I walked my dog along the edge of a man-made lake at Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort. She sniffed the grass and marked her territory while I kept my eye out for alligators and staffers’ ubiquitous golf carts hauling guests’ luggage to and from their rooms.
The Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2018Read Article
Looking to get out on the open road this summer? How about one that cuts across the Appalachian Mountains and has provided drivers, motorcyclists, and cyclists with stunning views of mountains and rivers and waterfalls for 80 years?
The Blue Ridge Parkway was begun in 1935 as a Franklin D. Roosevelt New Deal project, built to give jobs to the Depression-era unemployed. It also provided tourism options to all those new automobile drivers. When the last piece – the Linn Cove Viaduct – was added in 1983, the 469-mile ribbon of road was completed, with end points in Shenandoah National Park at the juncture with Skyline Drive in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the North Carolina-Tennessee border.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 2015Read Article
“Scusi!” I called for the fourth time as I stepped off a narrow sidewalk onto a cobblestone road to get around some tourists. I said a silent prayer, too, that they also didn’t try to make a break, and that a moped or Vespa or teeny, tiny car wouldn’t whip around a corner and turn me into Roman roadkill.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 2014Read Article
Every summer Friday, Dave McNamee leaves his office in New York City and takes the New Jersey Transit train to Metropark in Iselin, where his car awaits. He then heads south on the Garden State Parkway until he can drive no more. The signpost says it all: Exit 0, Cape May.
New Jersey Monthly, June 2012Read Article
Revel, the new $2.4 billion, 6.3 million-square-foot, 1,800-room Atlantic City mega casino, is finally about to land. The undulating complex along the north end of the Boardwalk is opening in stages during an eight-week preview that starts on April 2 and ends with the official grand opening on May 25.
New Jersey Monthly, April 2012Read Article
THE Jersey Shore has long been the turf of nightclubs that cater to the young and the restless, with booming sound systems, all-you-can-drink specials and dress codes that allow a seamless transition from hung-over beachgoer to late-night barfly.
New Jersey Travel Guide
But beyond the Wide Mouth Wednesdays and No Shower Happy Hours, a wave of stylish new spots that promise a more sophisticated experience have opened along the shore in recent years, from Sea Bright to Cape May.
The New York Times, June 18, 2009Read Article
I AM a habitué of vintage-clothes shops, and while on vacation here recently, I checked out Sherry’s YesterDaze Vintage, a consignment shop in the Seminole Heights neighborhood that a friend had recommended. I was looking for a dress for Valentine’s Day, and after rummaging through racks of them found three candidates: a white 1970s minidress with flower appliqués and puffed cap sleeves; a black 1960s A-line number with a delicate velvet bow tied under the bust; and a slinky backless blue knit dress that looked as if it had been wrapped around a Studio 54 disco queen.
The New York Times, March 31, 2010Read Article