Mary Ann DeSantis

Member Since:
Apr 2017

I am the new Editor-at-Large for DeSoto Magazine~Exploring the South. I will continue as the travel writer and wine columnist for Lake & Sumter Style magazine in Central Florida. Other freelance outlets have included Business Jet Traveler, Orlando Magazine, Lake Healthy Living, Florida Budget Travel, and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

My recent accomplishments include winning first place in the 2016 Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards for Travel Writing/Magazine category and being selected as a fellow for the 2016 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa, Calif. In 2017, I received my Wine & Spirits Educational Trust certification. 

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Published Articles (7)

Unplugging in the Colorado Rockies

As the iconic Broadmoor Resort nears its 100th anniversary, people are rediscovering its new Wilderness Experiences, high up on Cheyenne Mountain.

Paradise Found

A round-up article featuring luxury honeymoon destinations in the bridal issue of DeSoto Magazine~Exploring the South.

It’s a Man’s World

This destination piece ran in Style Magazine’s annual men’s issue. It focused on a road trip the guys would like, and included the Booth Western Art Museum and Old Car […]

Cruising beyond the Port

A look at the red wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley for the wine column, “Salute,” and interview with a top Portuguese winemaker.

Finding Pura Vida in Costa Rica

It was all about finding the “pure life” in the Oso Peninsula of Costa Rica with wellness and yoga retreats and eco-adventures.

“Conched Out” in the Turks & Caicos

A destination piece about the Turks & Caicos which included some Central Florida ties. The article focused on some out-of-the-way adventures and the locals who celebrated every Thursday at a […]

Time Off: Havana, Cuba

I was one of the first journalists to tour Cuba when restrictions were lifted in 2015. This story — one of five in various publications — focused on Havana’s cultural […]