Gwen Pratesi

Member Since:
Oct 2013

Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in Journalism and an award-winning food and travel writer. She is a contributor to the Travel section of U.S. News & Word Report, coauthor of Southern Heat, and co-owner with her husband of On the Road Culinary Adventures, a culinary travel business. She also freelances for other outlets such as World Travel Magazine, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Forbes Travel Guide, and Gwen chronicles her love of international travel and culinary expertise on, where she shares the stories of some of the world's most sought after destinations, highly regarded chefs, farmers, and wine and spirits producers. Gwen has been featured on numerous websites and in newspapers, including TripAdvisor,, Bon Appé,, the LA Times, HuffPost Taste, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She's also been a featured speaker at food and writing conferences in the Southeast. She and her husband reside in Atlanta, Georgia and look forward to an upcoming move to Florida where they will enjoy the coastal lifestyle. 

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Southern Heat – New Southern Cooking Latin Style

This book is a collaboration with one of the best Latin chefs in the United States, Anthony Lamas of Seviche, A Latin Restaurant, in Louisville, KY.

Published Articles (69)

How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Dubai

With its renowned attractions – including the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest mall, and the world’s only seven-star hotel, Burj Al Arab – it’s no wonder Dubai calls itself […]

Why You Should Plan a Trip to Mexico City in 2018

Larger than Rome, London and New York City, today’s revitalized Mexico City is a dynamic and vibrant destination. With its centuries-old historic landmarks, rich cultural heritage, modern art and architecture […]

5 Over-the-Top Bucket List Trips

If money were no object, where would you go for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Imagine traveling aboard one of the world’s most beautiful ships, luxury rail lines, chartered jets or private […]

A Tropical and Wellness Getaway to Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba

As the snow falls and temperatures continue to drop, there’s no better time to plan your next tropical getaway. If images of sparkling turquoise waters, pristine soft white sandy beaches, […]

5 Food and Wine Events Worth Traveling to This Year

With so many food and wine festivals in alluring locales around the country, how do you decide which ones are worth the trip? While some extravagant culinary events are focused […]

4 Top Après-Ski Spots to Visit This Winter

Cold-weather enthusiasts and avid skiers around the globe are in search of more than days whooshing through fresh powder on challenging slopes followed by a few drinks in a rustic […]

Nights of Lights – St. Augustine, Florida

With Christmas only days behind us, there’s no reason to put the holiday celebrations to rest just yet. In fact, several destinations continue festivities well into the beginning of the […]

4 Unexpected Places to Celebrate the Holidays in Style

If you want to steer away from cookie-cutter holiday festivities and family customs this year, take the kids on a nontraditional holiday vacation. Whether you stay close to home or […]

19 Hotels That Have Reopened for Business After Natural Disasters

Properties are once again operational – just in time for high season.

4 Trips to Consider for Holiday Gift-Giving

There’s no better gift than the opportunity to travel. If you’re looking to break away from gifting a cookie-cutter getaway, consider presenting a loved one with an unexpected and meaningful […]

A Journey through Badlands National Park, South Dakota

The more we travel, the more I am in awe of the wondrous beauty of this big wide world. While so many of us yearn to globetrot to faraway and […]

17 Bucket-List Cruise Itineraries

Soak up unforgettable scenery and experiences on the ultimate journey.

The Next Frontier: How to Plan the Ultimate Alaska Road Trip

To fully appreciate the wonder of Alaska’s vast, pristine and rugged wilderness, plan a road trip to the Interior and Southcentral regions of the state. While many travelers opt to […]

3 Can’t-Miss Cities Along the Baltic Sea

The cities along the Baltic Sea in northern Europe enchant visitors with their beautiful settings and rich backstories. Imagine: Viking ships setting sail for far-off destinations, merchants of the German […]

A Stockholm City Walking Tour and Visit to the Vasa Museum – Stockholm, Sweden

During a recent cruise along the Baltic Sea to Northern Europe with Viking Cruises, we explored cities and countries we had never visited before. Interested in learning about the time […]

9 Travel Trends to Watch in 2017 and 2018

After initially investing in Expedia in the ’90s, Bill Gates publicly advised everyone to throw away their travel agent’s phone number as the future of travel planning would be self-service […]

How to Plan the Perfect Fall Getaway to Nantucket, Massachusetts

Imagine balmy island breezes, sandy beaches with sparkling waters crashing along the shoreline and sunny days that end with spectacular sunsets changing from brilliant pastel pinks and blues to fiery […]

3 Up-and-Coming Culinary Destinations to Visit in the West

Active outdoor adventures, awe-inspiring scenery and vibrant cityscapes are just a few highlights of emerging culinary destinations in the West. Often overshadowed by larger cities, such as Seattle, San Francisco […]

7 Labor Day Weekend Getaways to Book Now

There’s still time to plan an epic Labor Day trip.

How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Berlin

With its international culinary scene, trendy neighborhoods and flourishing nightlife, Berlin is a vibrant and affordable travel destination. Once divided by war and politics, the German capital has emerged as […]

6 Places Where You Can Forage for Your Food

Today’s travelers are interested in hands-on dining experiences that connect them to far-flung destinations. The rising foraging trend goes far beyond the farm-to-fork concept and takes diners on a hunt […]

A Road Trip through Luther Country – Introduction and A Visit to Wittenberg, Germany

This region of Germany, referred to as Luther Country, is located in what was once known as East Germany. Since reunification in 1990, many of the scenic towns and villages […]

Under-the-Radar Wedding Destinations

There are endless possibilities when it comes to selecting the perfect destination for the wedding you’ve always imagined. Do you picture yourself saying “I do” on a sandy, white beach […]

4 Undiscovered European Getaways to Visit This Summer

If your heart is set on visiting Europe this summer but you want to avoid the crowds and populated city centers, consider traveling to one of these under-the-radar regions. Far […]

How to Plan Your Next Getaway to Asheville, North Carolina

This mountain town in Western North Carolina with its funky Bohemian vibe, local food focus, and exploding craft brewery scene is the perfect place for a summer getaway. Recently named […]

6 American River Cruises to Consider This Summer

Rediscover America’s heartland on a U.S. river cruise. The U.S. river cruise market is experiencing unprecedented growth with major lines adding new ships and itineraries, and new companies entering the […]

4 Lesser-Known German Towns and Villages Worth Exploring

In the former East Germany, picturesque medieval villages, storybook castles and palaces, stunning landscapes with forests, parks and gardens and a thousand-year history beckon. While most Americans may remember East […]

How to Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway to Nantucket

Imagine balmy island breezes, sandy beaches with sparkling waters crashing along the shoreline and sunny days that end with spectacular sunsets changing from brilliant pastel pinks and blues to fiery […]

Viking River Cruise from Lyon to Avignon, France – The Land of Fine Wine and Cuisine

Vibrant late fall colors painted across the trees and hillsides, the worn exterior of ancient stone buildings, spectacular views from medieval walled cities, seemingly mystical white horses on the plains […]

4 Great Places for a Girls’ Getaway

If you’re planning a getaway with your best gal pals, it’s usually signifying the celebration of something special. And special events call for pulling out all the stops and creating […]

3 Caribbean Wellness Retreats for a Spring Getaway

Wellness programs are all the rage these days, with a variety of companies implementing programs designed to help employees save money on health care costs and a growing number of […]

The 8 Most Romantic Hotels Around the World

f you’re yearning to up the romance factor, happily a variety of enchanting oceanfront hideaways and countryside retreats are designed with couples in mind. With intimate settings, acclaimed restaurants, world-class […]

How to Visit Universal Orlando Resort in Style – Orlando, FL

For thrill seekers, movie buffs, Harry Potter fans, and those in search of lively dining options and nightlife, Universal Orlando Resort and the entertainment complex, CityWalk, are sure to excite. […]

3 Hot Southern Cities to Visit in 2017

Plan the ultimate Southern adventure in these edgy and dynamic hot spots. Southern cities such as New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina, have long been on the radar of travel […]

The Best Adult Experiences at Disney World – Orlando, FL

Before the temperature starts to escalate, the kids are out of school for the summer, and many families go on holiday, now is the time to plan your ultimate adult […]

How to Experience 3 Not-to-Be-Missed Towns in France

Skip Paris and Nice for these beautiful, must-see places. France is replete with a rich history that lies within the walls and atop the hills of its ancient cities. Spectacular […]

Windstar Cruises – Cuisines & Cultures of Spain, Portugal & France

This is the second article from the Windstar Cruise from Lisbon to Dublin and features each port of call in the itinerary.

Great Coastal Getaways for WInter Escapes

With winter ushering in severe storms, long dreary days and temperatures dropping down into the single digits across much of the country, there’s no better time to escape the frigid […]

Bundle up and Head for the Winter Carnivals in Québec!

Quebecers embrace their winters with a “joie de vivre” and there’s no better evidence of this than the spectacular winter carnivals that take place each year in Québec City and […]

Visiting Western Montana – Where to Dine and Stay in Glacier Country – Part 2

“Small Towns, Big Eats” Glacier County has a wide array of casual and upscale dining options along with an up-and-coming craft brewery, winemaking, and distillery scene. Their intensive culinary arts […]

Visiting Western Montana – Things to do in Glacier Country in the Winter Part 1

I was so lucky to have been born here and into Montana life. The ground of this valley fed, entertained and healed my family. We grew on the creeks, rivers, […]

In Search of Paradise on Nevis – Part 2 Where to Stay & Dine on the Island

Nevis seems to be the hottest island destination in the Caribbean right now. Recently named one of the “11 Underrated Caribbean Destinations to Visit this Winter” by U.S. News & […]

In Search of Paradise on Nevis – Part 1

You can’t know the soul of an island until you put your feet in the water, feel the sand between your toes, talk to the people, and watch the sunset […]

48 Hours in London, Rubens at the Palace and Hotel 41

On a recent whirlwind tour through South West England, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend a few days in London at the end of our trip. It had […]

Why You Should Explore Quebec and Its Lesser-Known Regions

A taste of Europe is not as far away as you may think. With much shorter flights than the long-haul routes across the pond, the Canadian province of Quebec offers […]

I refuse to let Zika or terrorism keep me from experiencing the world

How to travel in today’s volatile world when there’s so much hype and not always the facts.

Up-and-Coming Culinary Spots Across Virginia Worth Traveling For

“Virginia is for lovers” has long been the state’s tourism tagline. With its lush, rolling hills in the Shenandoah Valley and shimmering waters along its coastal regions, Virginia is definitely […]

Anguilla – The Caribbean’s Quiet Treasure

Have you ever traveled to a place where you felt as though you’d left a piece of yourself behind once you’ve returned home? A place that captured your heart and […]

Things To Do in Coastal Maine and Inn By The Sea

With the warm and longer days signaling a return of spring, many of us are thinking about summer travel plans and unique places to visit that offer memorable experiences. Summer […]

The Stunning Beauty of Kilkenny, Ireland and Mount Juliet Estate

I love when we travel to a destination and discover it far exceeds our expectations, but am disappointed when we realize the stay is far too short to experience all […]

36 Hours in Raleigh, North Carolina

The south is getting a lot of attention when it comes to food and travel. There are the obvious culinary destinations, like New Orleans and Charleston, but cities often not […]

Guinness Storehouse Experience at The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse® is the largest tourist attraction in Ireland and in fact, the most popular in Europe, according to a recent survey. If you’re a Guinness devotee (or even […]

Chef Gareth Mullins – The Marker Hotel Dublin and His Recipe for Rack of Lamb

When we set out on our travels to Ireland, we had visions of dining on Irish Stew and Bangers and Mash accompanied by pints of Guinness. What we discovered, however, […]

48 Hours in Dublin

Ireland took our breath away. From the power of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the shores, to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher rising up from the sea, the idyllic countryside […]

16 Things We Learned While Traveling Through Ireland

Our recent article, Roadtrip to Ireland, gave an overview of our travel to this beautiful country. Based on our experiences, here are some interesting fun facts about Ireland and tips […]

An Ireland Roadtrip

Ireland is spectacular; at almost every turn along the winding roads there are magnificent vistas and scenery. From sandy beaches in Lahnich in County Clare, to the breathtaking Cliffs of […]

The Emerging Culinary Scene and Culinary Fusion Expo 2015

Food is now the number one reason people travel to destinations around the globe. With culinary adventure seeking at its height, hungry and adventurous travelers are looking for extraordinary dining […]

Exploring Grand Bahama Island

Just a short distance off the coast of Florida awaits a true island paradise. With its swirling shades of brilliant turquoise and deep blue crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, […]

Exploring the Charlevoix Region in Québec, Canada

North of Québec City and just an hour and a half away, lies the Charlevoix region of Québec. With its mountains, farmland, rivers, and artisans along the Flavour Trail, this […]

The Culinary Scene in Montréal

While there are plenty of activities, theater, festivals, and the arts in Montréal, one of the most impressive reasons to visit the city is for their culinary scene.

72 Hours in Montréal

A vibrant international city with a European feel, Montréal was the last destination on our travels through Québec.

Dining in Québec City

Where to dine when traveling to Québec City – from casual eateries to late night bars.

Getting High in Orlando – Part 1

There’s more to Orlando than amusement parks. We found plenty of activities for couples in search of a romantic weekend. We started our by getting high!

72 Hours in Québec City

Close to home and yet so European, this is Québec City. Here’s what to do in and around the city in just several days.

Chef Diego Oka – La Mar by Gastón Acurio – Miami, FL

You’ll be hearing more about this talented protégé of Gastón Acurio who has brought his Peruvian and Japanese flavors to this exciting restaurant concept in Miami.

Port St. Joe, Florida – The Forgotten Coast

This quiet stretch of the Gulf Coast between St. Marks on the Apalachee Bay to Mexico Beach, is known for its pristine beaches, nature preserves, and fishing.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami – Florida

This beautiful luxury property situated on Brickell Key is close to all the activities and nightlife of Miami and South Beach, but you won’t want to leave once you arrive.

Cruising the Southern Caribbean on the Silver Whisper – Silversea Cruises

The beautiful Silver Whisper offers its guests to the Caribbean an understated elegance, yet luxury experience, with attentive service, spacious stateroom, and top-notch dining.

A Road Trip through Luther Country – Introduction and A Visit to Wittenberg, Germany

This region of Germany, referred to as Luther Country, is located in what was once known as East Germany. Since reunification in 1990, many of the scenic towns and villages […]