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The Mysteries of the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Three mysteries surround the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe: who built it, the engineering behind its construction, and the materials used.

Stained Glass Windows  Stained Glass Windows and Crosses in the Loretto Chapel © Janie Pace

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Traveling Through the Eye of the COVID-19 Storm

The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 has changed our lives this year, and all indicators show that we are not clear of the dangers yet. My tale is a personal one as we were very close to Ground Zero when it hit the airwaves at the beginning of the year. What started as a few cases in Wuhan, China quickly spread to other parts of Asia. The media picked up on it, and the rumors started flying.

02-03-2020 Airline billboard showing cancelled and no status due to pandemic

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5 Things I Can't Travel Without

We are pleased to share member byline content created by our food, wine and travel writers. To publish in our magazine or this blog category, we require original content that meets IFWTWA goals and professional standards. The following article, by member Liz Orient, originally appeared on The Traveling Editor — All Rights Reserved. 


Open suitcase with camera, notebook, hat & other essentials

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A nostalgic look back to 1996 – IFWTWA Istanbul Conference

Ronnie Greenberg avatarWith gratitude to Emeritus member Ronnie Greenberg, we proudly share memories from our 1996 Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey. Ronnie is a featured award-winning travel, culinary, wine & spa editor/columnist and correspondent and esteemed member of the IFWTWA since 1991.


IFWTWA 1996 Istanbul Conference Attendees

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Travel Writer Insiders on Big Blend Radio

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Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for this episode of Big Blend Radio’s Success Express Business & Career Show broadcasting live from the historic Homestead Inn in Twentynine Palms, California, gateway to Joshua Tree National Park.

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Join #TheGreatAmericanTakeout Tuesday 3/24

The Great American Takeout Tuesday 3/24

America's restaurants need our help! The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the future of an industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. That’s why a coalition of restaurants is asking for help. On March 24, we’re asking everyone in America to show their support for the restaurant industry by joining The Great American Takeout. Please join us and share to your social channels, tagged with #thegreatamericantakeout! Many establishments offer discount coupons, curbside pickup or free delivery. 

Couple enjoying takeout food at home

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Do We Stay or Go? Travel in the Time of Pandemic

"I asked my writers if they would share stories of how the virus is affecting them and theirs, and they responded big time.... I hope you find some useful information in this special edition of Food, Wine, Travel Magazine where our writers address how the coronavirus is affecting them and you during this world-wide emergency."  — Chris Cutler, Executive Editor. 

FWT Magazine 2020 Special Edition Cover

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Spring Happenings in Omaha of Culture, Beer Poking, and Gourmet Cuisine

Omaha, Nebraska: I learned from living in the Midwest that you need to grab spring quickly when it comes. The weather goes from winter to summer with but a brief interlude called spring. This makes Omaha the perfect place to visit right now. 

Lauritzen Gardens in the springtime

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IFWTWA Associates on the Radio: CityPASS and Visit Phoenix

Learn from our seasoned experiential story tellers. See our calendar for upcoming LIVE radio segments or listen anytime on-demand to lively and fact-filled podcasts created by our esteemed members. 


On this episode: February 28, 2020—Focusing on spring city destinations across North America, this episode of Big Blend Radio features Deborah Wakefield of CityPASS and Douglas MacKenzie of Visit Phoenix

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A Goldmine of Fun! Who knew all this was in Flagstaff, Arizona?

Flagstaff, Arizona: I was awestruck at all there is to see and do in Flagstaff. I think readers of this blog will be intrigued to learn about all the fun things there are to see and do in Flagstaff and the surrounding area as well—the Grand Canyon is just 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, and Phoenix is a little over 2 hours south.

Flagstaff Monument Sign with push/pull female tourists

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A Stellar Introduction to New Mexico Wines

Deirdre Michalski, Travel WriterOk, I admit it right out of the gate—I am a Southern California gal with a penchant for wines from Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles. I have been up North at least 80 times in my adult life. The highest elevation vineyards I've visited during was during a cooking class at Chappellet Winery above the dreamy Hennessy Lake in Napa. So when I tried to wrap my head around grapes being lovingly grown at 4,000 to 6,000 feet in elevation, I was utterly perplexed. Who does that? Well, in New Mexico, that is EXACTLY what they do honoring a long tradition, which is always comforting—and the wines are amazing. VIVA VINO! 


Many empty Viva Vino labeled goblets ready for wine

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IFWTWA Announces 2019 Hospitality Scholarship Award

Chesapeake Culinary Center in Denton, Maryland wins IFWTWA's 2019 Hospitality Scholarship Award. As part of Caroline Culinary Arts, this organization provides high school students and community members an introduction to the foodservice and hospitality industry in preparation for future culinary careers. 

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IFWTWA Announces 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award

Jacqui Gibson wins the 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award for her article “The Kings of Creole.” Jacqui’s background includes a 20-year writing career that spans newspaper reporting, magazine feature writing and general communications. 

 Jacqui Gibson bridge search for whales

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Pack Light, Shoot Well! Travel and Blogging Camera Strategies

Elaine Masters, author & freelance writer and IFWTWA member shares her valuable knowledge and insights during the #IFWTWA2019 Conference Workshop: Making and Editing Videos: Demystifying Video Storytelling - Shortcuts for Travel Writers. 

Elaine Masters taking pictures with gimble and cell phone in Petra, Jordan

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5 Reasons to visit the U.S. destination of Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, is both a gateway to the Rockies and a vibrant arts, food and culture destination, as New Zealander Jacqui Gibson finds out on a visit to the United States. In this article Jacqui shares her top five reasons to visit Denver, Colorado, USA.

Denver Art Museum - modern angular silver building

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Visit Halkidiki, stress-free, in the footsteps of IFWTWA travel writers

Greece offers more than blue water beach vacations or ancient sites and museums chock full of antiquities. IFWTWA travel writers bring you in depth reviews and insights from their journey to help you decide where to focus your attention when visiting all that is modern and ancient Greece. 

Ancient Ruins in Greece - Rear view of The Acropolis, Athens

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Hello Santa Fe! We can’t wait to stay at La Fonda on the Plaza!

The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is thrilled to be visiting New Mexico this November 11-13, 2019. Conference attendees will be staying at the “casually elegant” historic La Fonda on the Plaza during the #ifwtwa2019 Conference. 

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The Feel is in the Destination, Baros Maldives

Opening in 1973, the Baros Maldives was only the third island destination resort in the Maldives. It’s gorgeous beauty and proximity to Male were among the primary reasons for it’s opening. Even though such history is fairly recent – things were significantly different back then. 

Couple Jumping Hi on Baros Island in Maldives

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The World of Travel Writing – No Writer is an Island

It’s human nature to want to feel a part of something. That’s one of the main reasons people join clubs and organizations. When I made the transition from full-time nursing to full-time freelance travel writing, I realized that as exciting as my new life was, I wasn’t part of a team like I had been at the hospital. 

Message in a bottle washed up on the ocean shore

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Six Reasons Why I am Going to the Annual Conference (and you should consider coming, too…)

We asked for more workshops. IFWTWA gave us more than any conference in recent years. Here are 6 reasons for going to the 2019 International Food Wine & Travel Writers Conference and the first is: 

Hotel conference room with guests seated for workshop presentation

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