APPEARANCE: Travel Advice on ABC7 Today (part 1 of 3)

I’ve been asked to appear on the ABC affiliate in Chicago again as the resident Travel Expert for This time I’m bringing along my best ideas for New Years. Here’s a transcript of the segment:

Tired of staying home and watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV every year? If you’re looking for a change of scenery and a more exciting New Year’s Eve celebration, head out of town for the holiday weekend!
Whether you’re looking for warmer weather and a big party, a big city celebration, a fun road trip or wanting to stay closer to home, Travel Expert Kris Kosach has some great recommendations and a few tricks up her sleeve for how to book your plans and get the room and rate you need. A few of her ideas are just a road trip away!

  • Miami, FL – Escape the cold and join the parties (and celebrities) going on in South Beach, Miami!!! The days are hot and the nights are even hotter!! New Year’s Eve will be no exception!

    • Stay at Doral Golf & Spa Resort – Set on 650 lushly landscaped acres containing five 18-hole championship golf courses, the Doral Golf Resort and Spa is 13 miles west of Miami. The Marriott Resort, Doral Golf Resort and Spa has hosted the PGA championship for 40 years, and some of the world’s most famous golfers play at the resort (i.e. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus). Guests can grab chairs on the outdoor patio overlooking the greens and watch the action. More than 100 treatments are available in the Spa at Doral, along with fitness counseling, fitness room and a lap pool. The outdoor heated Blue Lagoon Water Park includes four splash pools, children’s pool, spa tub and waterfall. For the kids, Camp Doral provides supervised activities for children ages five to 12.

  • New York, NY – Don’t watch the ball drop on TV–be there! If you’ve never experienced New Year’s Eve in NYC, now is the time to go! Everyone knows it is THE premier city to ring in 2007.

    • Stay at The Muse- Sitting in the middle of the Theater District in New York, N.Y., The Muse, is only one-half block from Broadway theaters and close to Restaurant Row, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the elegant shops of Fifth Avenue. With its arched limestone and brick façade, this Manhattan hotel features a mahogany-lined lobby with whimsical décor and a 15-foot vaulted ceiling featuring a commissioned Matisse-inspired mural of the nine muses. At this New York City hotel, guestrooms are spacious and feature jewel-toned accents that complement simple wood furnishings and contemporary lighting.

  • New Years Eve (Part 2 of 3)

    More from my ABC 7 appearance.

    Indianapolis, IN - Just a road trip away for those who want to leave town for a few days and stay away from those crazy airport lines - experience a newly redesigned hotel just a short distance away and indulge in a bit of luxury while ringing in the New Year!


    Stay at the Hyatt Regency - The hotel is proud to have completely redesigned its guest rooms with over $6.5 million in floor to ceiling improvements. Each of the 497 tastefully appointed guest rooms feature exceptional amenities such as luxurious quilted top mattresses, marble bathrooms, flexible workstations with ample lighting, An award winning staff is both friendly and efficient, welcoming you to the most centrally located hotel in Indy - Just 10 minutes away from the local airport, connected to Circle Center Mall and the Indiana Convention Center and within walking distance to downtown, Hyatt is the perfect choice to stay in the center of it all.

    Chicago - You want to experience the fun and great nightlife your very own town of Chicago has to offer but you don't want to have to worry about the traffic and getting to and fro NYE weekend... stay in a fabulous hotel right in downtown! Plus you can shop by day and eat at world-renown restaurants by night - Chicago is a perfect NYE

    Stay at Hotel Monaco- Located along the banks of the Chicago River in Chicago's central business area and the theater district, the Hotel Monaco is three blocks from the fashionable shops of the Magnificent Mile. Once a hat factory built in 1912, the Hotel Monaco welcomes guests to its atrium-style lobby sanctuary, complete with French Deco furniture, marbled floors, antique rugs and plush seating in front of an inviting fireplace. At check-in, a Hotel Monaco signature trademark features a bowl of glimmering goldfish, something each guest is encouraged to take to guestrooms for the duration of the visit. The hotel features a hosted evening wine reception with tarot
    card and palm readers, handwriting analysis, chair massages and old-fashioned board games. The 192 contemporary guestrooms of the Hotel Monaco are washed in red and gold, and off-set by sunburst-shaped mirrors, meditation window seats and mini-bars. Buddy
    Guy's on South Wabash St. (nearby) features some of the best in national blues acts. This live music spot is frequented by members of the Rolling Stones who make surprise stage appearances.

    James Kim: RIP, Brother

    I am absolutely devastated by the loss of my former colleague and friend, James Kim. I had the privilege of knowing James when we worked together at TechTV, and collaborating with him on TechTV’s Digital Audio for the Desktop, among the many other projects we worked on together.

    James was my go-to-guy for any technology-related question I had; be it basic or complicated.  James was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He NEVER condescended to me like many techies can. He was one of my favorite people in and out of work. He was my friend, and I will miss him horribly.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Kati and the girls. A fund has been set up in their name. If you wish to contribute, please visit this site. And as an homage to James, our colleagues at CNET have set up this memorial.

    Haunted Hotels from Coast to Coast

    I made another recent appearance on The Daily Buzz- this time for's Most Haunted Hotels. During my career in the music business, I had the occasion to actually stay at some of these locations! May I recommend...

    The Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA
    In 1892, a despondent young lover named Kate Morgan threw herself from the balcony of one of the hotel's top tiers. To this day, guests report seeing a young woman clinging to the side of the building, as though she is about to jump.

    The Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA
    This renowned property is said to be the birthplace of Bananas Foster, and home to world class chefs and two precious children who enjoy playing with hotel guests. Unfortunately, they don't know they're dead.

    The Morgan House, Savannah, GA
    No haunted-anything column would be complete without a mention of the most haunted city in America. I can attest to the great ghost walking tours here (as well as in N'awlins) and Voodoo is alive and well in this gem of a city.

    Want more? Click on the puimpkins on the page for other great haunts.


    Mix 107.3

    Hey. Whatcha doing? I'm pulling a radio shift. Just played UB40 and it made me long for the sands of Jamaica again. What a trip! I know I didn't post any photos, but a girls gotta keep something to herself right?

    Girlfriend Getaways

    Here's my recent appearance on the WGN morning show discussing some great places to go with friends for an annual getaway. There is a trick to doing this- go somewhere that has many options, so that when your friends tire of one another after a few days together (c'mon- let's be honest here) they can shop, go on an adventure or see the sites.

    Unique Travel: s seen on WGN (part 2 of 2)

    More Travel Advice from my recent appearance in Chicago.

  • The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, Gatlinburg, TN – Travelers seeking idyllic mountain escapes in rustic settings or special family vacations will find all they want at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Perched on 26 acres only two miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the lodge is close to Dixie Stampede and Dollywood, the musical dinner theater and amusement park respectively owned by country-music legend and local native Dolly Parton, and the upscale Tanger Five Oaks Mall, which adds to the area’s 500-plus outlet stores. Guests can enjoy special-event facilities, walking trails, catch-and-release trout fishing and spa and health services. rates from $180/night

  • Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA – SOme call it tacky- others call it AWESOME! I had a friend spend her honeymoon there and she LOVED IT! If you are looking for a relaxing getaway with a twist, visit the Madonna Inn in California’s Central Coast hideaway town – San Luis Obispo. The world-renowned Madonna Inn offers 109 rooms, each uniquely decorated with a special theme and color scheme – and “unique” doesn’t quite capture the true essence of the themes and schemes involved. Guests can check out the many unique room choices available, including the Caveman Room with rock sink basins, the cherry blossom-themed Mount Vernon Room, and the cherub-covered Cloud Nine Room. rates from $198/night

  • APPEARANCE: Travel Advice on WGN Today (part 1 of 2)

    Just had another appearance as the resident Travel Expert for Today we’re in the Windy City, Chicago, to speak with WGN. I brought along some fun-filled ideas for unique vacation ideas today. Here’s what I suggested:

  • Castle on the Hudson, Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown is one of my favorite little towns. You might know it better as Sleepy Hollow. Yep, Washington Irving is from this little gem along the Hudson River and his book is set here as well. The little North Church is still standing, and a must-see on your visit! Where to stay? The Castle on the Hudson offers a regal escape to the enchanted days of yesteryear, where the finest European traditions are blended with superb modern amenities. This unique hotel was originally an early 20th century estate with 45 rooms, fashioned after the Norman castles scattered around Britain. rate from $287/night

  • Quinta Real Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico – Escape to Mexico for your end-of-summer getaway, and consider your stay in this 19th Century bull-fighting-ring-turned exemplary hotel a unique history lesson. The hotel’s style is intriguing yet unassuming, fitting well with the city of Zacatecas, known for its Spanish colonial buildings, cathedrals, and quaint cobblestone streets. The hotel restaurant, serving Mexican and international cuisine, overlooks the bullring, from which spectators viewed bullfights decades ago. rate from $159/night

  • Universal’s Portofino Bay, Orlando, FL – Now you can experience fabulous Portofino, Italy without having to travel all the way there! If you’re planning on visiting one of Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, Universal’s Portofino Bay Resort is a unique accommodation choice. Designers and craftsmen painstakingly modeled the ambience of Universal’s Portofino Bay after an Italian Riviera resort. Elaborate paintings decorate exteriors and faux fishing boats are anchored in the harbor. The hotel is four miles from Sea World and eight miles from Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot. Room keys at this resort allow guests to skip the lines at most Universal theme-park rides and attractions. rate from $259/night

  • TRAVEL TIP: A Brief Moment Alone

    When on vacation- even with the family- take yourself on a short walk for some alone time. As my emphasis is always on safety, be careful of course!Enlist the help of a concierge if you like. Simply ask them for a suggested place you can take in the city for a moment, whether its an adjacent park, or cobble stone walk.

    When you are alone, you are able to truly focus on your surroundings: the sights, smells, sounds of the birds. You'll likely commit the brief experience to a peak experience you will not forget. Following is a similar experience I'd like to share.