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.

Accomplishments include winning first place in both the 2017 and 2016 Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards for Travel Writing/Magazine category and being selected as a fellow for the second time (2018 and 2016) to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa, Calif. In 2017, I received my Wine & Spirits Educational Trust certification. 

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Published Articles (13)

Rockin’ and Rollin’ Down the Blues Highway

Journey down Mississippi’s Highway 61, known as the Blues Highway and the birthplace of American music. Featured in Lake & Sumter Style magazine, the article was the result of a […]

Girlfriend Getaways

Three destinations featured in Lake & Sumter Style’s women’s issue for unique “girlfriend getaways.”

If Walls Could Talk

Turning historic downtown buildings into lofts has become quite trendy. This story featured in DeSoto Magazine~Exploring the South resulted from several press trips, including Explore Georgia and Travel South as […]

Islands You Can Drive To

Florida has some amazing islands that don’t require an airline ticket to get there. Check out these off-the-beaten path destinations for some island fun.

Battle of the Red Blends

A tasting of French Bordeaux and Napa Valley wines had some surprising results. Salute’ is my monthly wine column for Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in Central Florida.

Inspirational Southern Gardens

The South has several world-renowned public gardens that are rich in history and beauty. Originally published in DeSoto Magazine ~ Exploring the South.

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 […]