A full-time freelance writer and photographer based in New York and the author of 13 non-fiction books. She has written travel articles for such publications as Travel Savvy, Woman's Day, the South China Morning Post, Luxury Web Magazine, and Minerva Place. Her photographs have been published in magazines and the books, The Ultimate Bird Lover, Hummingbirds: Jewels On Air, and The Exultant Ark.She loves to write about luxury and eco-travel, food, wine, and design. Melanie is a member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalists Associations.
When you think of a monastery turned into a hotel, you might think Spartan rooms with nothing on the walls, hard mattresses, and cold floors—basically the last place you’d want to be unless you’re a bargain-hunting backpacker. But lately, the trend i... Go to Article
The port town of Amalfi is the perfect home base for exploring the rest of the Amalfi Coast, but it’s worth some time by itself. Though smaller than Positano, Amalfi contains the Coast’s signature pastel buildings that almost look like they’re floati... Go to Article
Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada (just over the border from New York State) is well-known for ice wines, and the village takes full advantage of this notoriety. The main drag, Queen Street, is graced with signs for "ice wine fudge," "ice wine c... Go to Article
Well, as a tourist, that wasn't at all my experience. Some of the wines are decent. One of the expensive ice wines I had was fantastic, and a combination of a chardonnay with one of the chocolates was delectable. I enjoyed my visit; can't speak to living there.
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