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‘Condé Nast Traveler’ publishes my article on new Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibits

Two thoughts from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s new series of exhibits, “The Nation We Build Together,” which I just wrote about for Condé Nast Traveler

  • The issues America’s grappling with now—women’s equality, voting rights, religions tolerance—are part of a long-term push towards liberty for all that’s achieved a lot.
  • 300 years later, I can’t believe we’re still dealing with this shit.

Anyway, read the article.

Derby Home Rental LLC has another banner year advertising Louisville, Kentucky homes for short-term Derby weekend rentals

Derby Home Rental advertises Louisville, Kentucky area houses for rent during Derby weekend.Derby Home Rental LLC—my small business that advertises Louisville, Kentucky, Derby weekend short-term house rentals at (did you note all the keywords crammed in there?)—just had another banner year.

Seventy homes advertised (a record), 33 of which rented (just two homes fewer than the previous high). Derby 2018 likely would have been a record too if it weren’t the meddling politicians. In August 2016, Louisville Metro Council passed an unfortunate regulation regarding short-term rentals, which required homeowners in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods for Derby-weekend rentals—Old Louisville—to pay a one-time fee of $1,000 to register a home for a rental. As a result, far fewer homes in that desirable neighborhood advertised.

The Louisville Metro Council had considered a Derby-time exemption for short-term rental regulations. I strongly supported that legislation, contacting every council member to explain why it was a good idea. And while it sounded like it’d pass, it got voted down. Hopefully Louisville Metro Council members will reconsider.

Anyway, if you’re interested in renting a home for Derby weekend 2018—or you’re a Louisville, Kentucky, area resident interested in renting out your house—please visit You also can keep tabs on the homes advertising on the site by following Derby Home Rental on Facebook, FlipboardGoogle+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter or subscribing to our email alerts. And, because links, we’re on CrunchBase and About.Me too.


JetSmarter declares ‘unicorn’ status with $1.5 billion valuation, announces plans for 80 new routes. I break the story for ‘Condé Nast Traveler.’

Today private-jet app JetSmarter announced it had a valuation of $1.5 billion. And, in an interview with me for Condé Nast Traveler, the startup’s founder, CEO, and chairman, Sergey Petrossov, unveiled plans to add 80 new routes by the end of 2017, allowing its members to travel from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, as well as many destinations in between. Read my article:

“JetSmarter Announces Major Expansion for Private Jet Flights”

I previously wrote about JetSmarter for Fast Company: “Six Companies Changing the Way We Travel.”

Journey into The Ritz-Carlton publishes my thoughts on the perfect Washington, DC weekend

Ritz-Carlton logoJourney into The Ritz-Carlton is a portal into the hotel company’s travel expertise. Travel experiences and memories from around the world are inspired by the desire to create memories that last a lifetime. The storied hotel brand has brought together a collection of truly unique experiences and moments that range from Balinese weddings on white sand beaches through to fabulous cocktail recipes from chic rooftop bars.

For Journey into The Ritz-Carlton, I wrote “Washington, D.C.: A City Reborn.”

I join the campaign trail for a morning, covering the Trump International Hotel Washington DC opening for Fox News

Trump International Hotel Washington DC opening

Yesterday the U.S. presidential campaign checked into the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C. when Donald Trump joined his family for the new opening’s ceremonial ribbon cutting. It was a  bit different from other hotel openings I’ve covered: Omarosa and New Gingrich were present, as were about 400 political reporters. And while travel writers were wondering where the champagne was, those political reporters seemed thrilled to be getting free coffee. 

Anyway, read my article and view my photos for Fox News:

“Already a success? Trump uses official DC hotel opening to plug brand triumphs”

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