Susan Cohn

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Aug 2013

Susan Cohn writes about travel for the San Mateo Daily Journal, Berkshire Fine Arts and For All Events. She is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, and the State Bar of California. She is pictured with The Travel Angel at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, California. 

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IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME…AND PLAY A PICK-UP BASEBALL GAME, AT THE REAL FIELD OF DREAMS IN DYERSVILLE, IOWA.


For longtime fans of the 1989 Kevin Costner baseball fantasy movie Field of Dreams, there is a corner of Iowa that holds the Promised Land, or at least the promised […]

TOWARD THE END OF HIS LIFE, A MAN RECALLS HIS BOYHOOD VILLAGE: HOW EXTRAORDINARY ART CAME TO CHARLES CITY, IOWA.


Charles City, Iowa, a community of 7,500 people, holds a wealth of art treasures because of the generosity of a man who remembered the kindness of its people.

THE MOST FAMOUS (SMALL) WHITE HOUSE IN AMERICA: GRANT WOOD’S AMERICAN GOTHIC DRAWS VISITORS TO ELDON, IOWA.


Visitors come from all over the world to see the place that inspired Grant Wood’s masterpiece American Gothic and to make themselves a little part of its story.

DELICIOUS RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: A FOODIE’S TOWN WITH AN ACTUAL FOOD STREET


July 2016 Media Tour hosted by Tourism Richmond. Richmond, BC, Canada and organized by International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association.

REPENTANCE SHALL SET YOU FREE: PHILADELPHIA’S EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY STANDS AS A PROTOTYPE OF PRISON REFORM.


When it opened in 1829, Pennsylvania’s Eastern State Penitentiary was the largest and most expensive public structure in the country. Emphasizing reform rather than punishment, Eastern State closed as a […]

DINOSAURS IN THEIR TIME: JURASSIC CELEBRITIES AT THE CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA.


Superstar dinosaurs reside at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The museum, home to one of the world’s finest collections of dinosaurs and other fossils, houses an […]

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT YOU DON’T GET WET: RAIN ROOM AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART MAKES FOR A SURREAL EXPERIENCE.


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosts the West Coast debut of Rain Room, a large-scale installation in which water falls continuously to create an inside downpour that […]

WHERE BIRDS FLOCK AND BATS HANG: THE NATIONAL AVIARY IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA.


You expect to see birds at an aviary, of course. But in Pittsburgh, The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an experience unlike any other — an intimate, up-close interaction […]

CHIHARU SHIOTA’S “TRACE OF MEMORY”: ART YOU CAN GET INTO, AT THE MATTRESS FACTORY IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA.


The Mattress Factory, featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world, was founded in 1977 by Artist Barbara Luderowski in a former Stearns & Foster mattress […]

A GLORIOUS SKYSCRAPER ON THE GREAT PLAINS: THE NEBRASKA STATE CAPITOL’S MAGNIFICENT MERGER OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE.


Set on a square, three-story base, 437 feet on each side, and reaching 400 feet above a sweeping prairie, the Nebraska State Capitol in the heart of Lincoln can first […]

FROM AN ARIZONA MESA TO PLUTO AND BEYOND: FLAGSTAFF’S LOWELL OBSERVATORY OPENS A WINDOW INTO THE HEAVENS.


In 1894, Boston Brahmin businessman and astronomer Percival Lowell wanted an ideal place to build an observatory from which he could look both for proof of life on Mars. […]

THROUGH A GLASS BRIGHTLY: LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY AT THE CHARLES HOSMER MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART IN WINTER PARK, FLORIDA.


The 42,000-square-foot Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his chapel interior from […]

EAT, EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE: PUERTO VALLARTA’S PITILLAL NEIGHBORHOOD SERVES UP LA COMIDA DELICIOSA.


Paul and Lindsay Mayer met in Puerto Vallarta while they were traveling through Mexico. They loved Mexico, travel and food, so it was natural in 2011 for them to start […]

FLORIDA HISTORY THROUGH PAINTERS’ EYES: THE CICI AND HYATT BROWN MUSEUM OF ART IN DAYTONA BEACH.


Holding the most extensive collection of Florida art in the world, the newly opened (February 2015) Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art in Daytona Beach features a collection of […]

THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH … WITH MAKE-THEM-YOURSELF PANCAKES: FLORIDA’S DE LEON SPRINGS STATE PARK IS A PICTURE PERFECT “NATURE’S CAMERALAND.”


Ahhh … the ole swimming hole. That ideal lazy-day spot for drifting-on-an-air-mattress. You may think it exists only in your imagination, but it can actually be found in Florida’s De […]

BORN IN FREEDOM, FINDING EXPRESSION IN METAL AND STONE: ALLAN HOUSER SCULPTURES AT THE PHOENICIAN RESORT IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA.


The celebrated Phoenician resort, nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, houses a multi-million dollar art collection, the stars of which are 11 large-scale pieces by renowned Native […]

AMERICAN MASTERWORKS INTERSECT ON THE PRAIRIE: THE SHELDON MUSEUM OF ART IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA .


The Sheldon Museum of Art, on the city campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a memorial to Mary Frances Sheldon (1892-1950), whose bequest to the University for the construction […]

A MUSEUM OF LIVING PLANTS: THE DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA


The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix opened in 1939 as a non-profit museum dedicated to research, education, conservation and display of desert plants. Today, the Garden comprises 140 acres and […]

THE OTHER DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS, WHERE THE LONE STAR STATE WAS BORN.


On Feb. 28, 1836, as the siege of the Alamo raged in San Antonio 170 miles to the west, a small group of men arrived in the Texas market town […]

THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF A PRINCE AND AN ARTIST: EARLY VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN WEST AT JOSLYN ART MUSEUM IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA.


From 1832 to 1834, the explorer and naturalist Prince Alexander Philipp Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, Germany, embarked on a 2,500-mile journey into the American Interior, generally following the path of the […]

A PRESIDENT’S LEGACY FINDS A HOME AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY: THE GEORGE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM PROMOTES AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR NATIONAL EXPERIENCE.


The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum’s mission is to preserve and make available for research the official records, personal papers and artifacts of President George H.W. Bush, to support […]

IRON HORSES IN BLACK AND WHITE: A TREASURY OF STEAM LOCOMOTIVE PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE O. WINSTON LINK MUSEUM IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA.


In 1955, New York-based commercial photographer Ogle Winston Link (1914-2001) happened to be in Virginia just as the Norfolk and Western Railway announced that it would change from steam to […]

VENICE IN THE DESERT: THE QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC REIGNS IN LAS VEGAS.


Focus on the self-guided art and architecture tour of The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. This story was developed during the September 2014 Nevada Parks & Nature FAM hosted by […]

GOING DUTCH: IRON POT COOKING CELEBRATES NEVADA’S FRONTIER HERITAGE.


Culinary profile of contestants in Dutch oven cooking competition. The event was a stop on a September 2014 Nevada Parks & Nature FAM hosted by the Nevada Commission on Tourism.

SACRIFICE AND REMEMBRANCE: THE NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL IN BEDFORD, VIRGINIA.


The National D-Day Memorial was one of the stops on August 2014 “Virginia’s Blue Ridge” Press Tour hosted by the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Memorial tells the […]

AN ARTISTIC JUNCTION IN THE BLUE RIDGE: TRADITION AND INNOVATION MEET AT THE TAUBMAN MUSEUM OF ART IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA.


Article about the Taubman Museum of Art resulting from an August 2014 Press Tour hosted by the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

57,000 THEATRE SEATS: THE CURTAIN GOES UP MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT IN BRANSON, MISSOURI.


57,000 THEATRE SEATS: THE CURTAIN GOES UP MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT IN BRANSON, MISSOURI. On a busy day, the small (pop. 10,000) southern Missouri town of Branson, in the rolling […]

BET YOU CAN’T EAT JUST ONE: BIRMINGHAM’S PEANUT DEPOT ROASTS A DELICIOUS TRADITION.


BET YOU CAN’T EAT JUST ONE: BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA’S PEANUT DEPOT ROASTS A DELICIOUS TRADITION. Whether you break open a single shell on the spot, or pick up a large burlap bag full […]

SILVER DOLLAR CITY AND AMERICAN CRAFTSMANSHIP: TRADITIONAL SKILLS THRIVE IN BRANSON, MISSOURI.


TREASURES MADE BY HAND IN BRANSON, MISSOURI. Senior Craftsman Dennis Smith displays a knife he made from forging to polishing at Mountain Outfitters in Silver Dollar City, a re-created 1880s Ozark mining village […]

MMM…MMM…MONTGOMERY: ALABAMA’S CAPITAL FOOD SCENE.


  MMM…MMM…MONTGOMERY: ALABAMA’S CAPITAL FOOD SCENE. Pork jowl bacon and sweet cornbread. Buttermilk brined and fried free range chicken breast. Fried trout po’boy. Oakview Farms grits. Banana fosters bread pudding. […]

SUCH A FINE SIGHT TO SEE: STANDING ON THE CORNER IN WINSLOW, ARIZONA


SUCH A FINE SIGHT TO SEE: STANDING ON THE CORNER IN WINSLOW, ARIZONA. “Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see; it’s […]

PINK JEEPS ROLL IN RED ROCK COUNTRY: OFF ROAD IN SEDONA, ARIZONA.


PINK JEEPS ROLL IN RED ROCK COUNTRY: OFF ROAD IN SEDONA, ARIZONA. Stargazing. Hiking. Dining. Shopping. Finding an energy vortex. There’s a lot to do in Sedona, Arizona, but one […]

AMERICAN ORIGINALS IN MISSOURI: THOMAS HART BENTON AND COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS.


  AMERICAN ORIGINALS IN MISSOURI: THOMAS HART BENTON AND COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS. Thomas Hart Benton — painter, muralist and writer from Missouri — often stopped at College of the […]

CERAMICS TRIUMPHANT IN ALABAMA: A WEALTH OF WEDGWOOD AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART.


WEDGWOOD AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART. The largest collection of Wedgwood in the United States may be seen at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama. Among the […]

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES: TAKING THE CURVES AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.


Photo Credit: Jeff Robinson. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES: TAKING THE CURVES AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. It’s Memorial Day Weekend, time for the Indianapolis 500, “The Greatest Spectacle […]

FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL THE PEOPLE, FOREVER: THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART CONTINUES ITS FOUNDERS’ GLORIOUS VISION.


  KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR HOLD COURT IN CLEVELAND, OHIO. A favorite of visitors since its opening day in 1916, the Armor Court of the Cleveland Museum of Art holds […]

OL’ MAN RIVER WELCOMES VISITORS: THE NATIONAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM IN DUBUQUE, IOWA TELLS THE STORY OF AMERICA’S MOST IMPORTANT WATERWAY.


OL’ MAN RIVER WELCOMES VISITORS: THE NATIONAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM IN DUBUQUE, IOWA TELLS THE STORY OF AMERICA’S MOST IMPORTANT WATERWAY. The Mississippi River rolls more than 2,300 […]

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE CORONADO: FINDING OZ IN CALIFORNIA’S EMERALD CITY.


 THE EMERALD CITY OF CORONADO WELCOMES THE WIZARD OF OZ FESTIVAL. California’s Coronado Island has deep ties to L. Frank Baum, the creator of The Wizard of Oz, who wrote […]

FROM DINOSAURS TO ART: FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA HOLDS TREASURES OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU.


  WHEN DINOSAURS ROAMED ARIZONA. Docent Norman Mayes (left) discusses a life-sized model of a Dilophosaurus with a visitor to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The first specimens of this distinctive […]

THE COCOANUTS GROW WILD (AND WACKY) AT THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IN ASHLAND


  IT’S MARX MADNESS AT THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. Harpo (Brent Hinkley), Chico (John Tufts) and Groucho (Mark Bedard) make an entrance in The Cocoanuts, the 1925 screwball stage musical […]

YOU’LL BE WORKIN’ ON THE RAILROAD: BE AN ENGINEER AT THE NEVADA NORTHERN RAILWAY MUSEUM IN ELY.


RAILROAD REALITY WEEK PUTS THE CLASSROOM ON THE TRACKS. The Nevada Northern Railway Complex in Ely, Nevada is the best preserved, least altered and most complete main yard remaining from the steam […]

LONG MAY HIS STORY BE TOLD: WYATT EARP HELPS KEEPS THE OLD WEST ALIVE AT THE BUCKET OF BLOOD SALOON IN VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA.


  WYATT EARP IN NEVADA. Lawman Wyatt Earp can be found keeping an eye on the action at the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. Fast Draw Master Michael Curcio […]

MAKE A BEELINE TO SHEPHERDSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA: WHERE THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR MEETS REVOLUTIONARY THEATER ON THE BANKS OF THE POTOMAC.


AN ARMY IS BORN. The Bee Line March Monument stands in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. It commemorates Virginia volunteer riflemen who answered the Continental Congress’s call to arms […]

DIG THIS: EARTH-MOVING MACHINES ARE THE BIGGEST TOYS AROUND AT A SUPER-SIZED SANDBOX IN LAS VEGAS.


DIG THIS! IN LAS VEGAS. Visitors take the controls of the biggest toys around at Dig This, the Heavy Equipment Playground in Las Vegas.  Here, the force of an excavator’s bucket pressing […]

A PIG AND POTATOES BRING COUNTRIES TO THE BRINK OF WAR: WASHINGTON STATE’S SAN JUAN ISLAND HOLDS ONE OF AMERICAN HISTORY’S MOST FASCINATING FOOTNOTES.


BRITISH CAMP IN THE SAN JUAN ISLAND HISTORICAL PARK. Visitors look down on the blockhouse and formal garden at English Camp on the edge of Garrison Bay, part of the San […]

PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA WELCOMES WINTER VISITORS: ANNUAL MONARCH BUTTERFLY MIGRATION PROVIDES A FASCINATING AND COLORFUL SHOW.


THE PISMO BEACH MONARCH BUTTERFLY GROVE IS READY FOR VISITORS. From left, California State Park Docents Jan Jeffries, Heidi Boatman and Suzy Will prepare to explain the wonders of the […]

ART POPS IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA: THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM HONORS A NATIVE SON.


PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA EARTHCAM MAKES ANDY WARHOL GRAVESITE A PLACE OF (VIRTUAL) PILGRIMAGE. An EarthCam gives 24/7 streaming video access to Andy Warhol’s final resting place near his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Visitors from […]

ELVIS, LEAD BELLY, AND THE RESIDENTS: SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA REVELS IN ITS MUSIC.


THE RESIDENTS: FROM SHREVEPORT TO SAN MATEO TO THE WORLD STAGE. A banner hanging during the 2013 Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport, Louisiana depicts The Residents, the famously anonymous multi-media artists […]

HISTORIC ASHLAND SPRINGS HOTEL CELEBRATES THE BEST OF OREGON’S FARMS, ORCHARDS AND VINEYARDS.


LOCAL PRODUCE IS A MENU HIGHLIGHT AT LARKS RESTAURANT IN ASHLAND, OREGON. Executive Chef Damon Jones brings the best of Oregon produce to the table at Larks-Home Kitchen Cuisine restaurant inside […]

CROQUET IS WICKET FUN AT MEADOWOOD IN THE NAPA VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA.


CROQUET, ANYONE? Mallets and champagne flutes make for a companionable game of croquet at Meadowood in St. Helena, California. CROQUET IS WICKET FUN AT MEADOWOOD IN THE NAPA VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA. […]

ROUTE 66 (AND BEYOND) BECKONS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.


THE MOTHER ROAD. Route 66 at Roy’s Motel and Café in Amboy, California, stretches east toward the Arizona border. PHOTO CREDIT: Jonas Henningsson. ROUTE 66 (AND BEYOND) BECKONS. Road Trip.  Can […]

LOCAL HISTORY INSPIRES CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE ALEXANDER HOTEL IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.


A PORTRAIT MADE OF COMBS HONORS A HAIR CARE MILLIONAIRE. Artist Sonya Clark’s image of Indianapolis-based hair care millionaire Madam C. J. Walker anchors the lobby of The Alexander Hotel […]

WAGONS, HO: THE WAY WEST UNFOLDS AT THE CALIFORNIA TRAIL INTERPRETIVE CENTER IN ELKO, NEVADA.


A WAGON FULL OF HOPE. The California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada is located on the historic California Trail, the route taken by over 250,000 pioneers on their trip across the […]

THE NEW WEST HOLLYWOOD LIBRARY SHOWS ITS STAR QUALITY.


BOOKS AND ART: HOORAY FOR THE NEW WEST HOLLYWOOD LIBRARY. “Peace Elephant” by Shepard Fairey, one of The West Hollywood Library Murals. PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Jonathan Moore. THE NEW WEST […]

A VIEW FROM THE TOP: A WORLD OF PRIVILEGE IN BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA.


A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST IN A PRIVATE GARDEN. The Great Lawn of the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, California rolls down from the estate’s Pool Pavilion. A WORLD OF […]

SOPHISTICATED FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DENVER SHOWCASES CONTEMPORARY COLORADO ARTISTS.


  ART SOARS IN THE MILE HIGH CITY. “Armada.” Doug Trujillo. Steel with silver patina. Among the collection of the FourSeasons Hotel Denver. Photo Credit: Courtesy LewisGraham Art Consultants. SOPHISTICATED […]

ARMIES IN LOUISIANA: WHERE THE UNION AND THE CONFEDERACY FOUGHT AND THE UNITED STATES PREPARED FOR A WORLD WAR


  AMERICA GETS READY FOR WAR. The Louisiana Military Maneuvers Museum, located in a replica World War II barracks on the grounds of Fort Beauregard in Pineville, La., contains exhibits […]

SEEKING CONTINUITY WITH THE PAST: PASADENA’S NORTON SIMON MUSEUM REFLECTS ONE COLLECTOR’S PERSONAL PASSION FOR ART.


GRAND ART IN PASADENA. The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California holds treasures that reflect one collector’s lifelong passion for art. Here, Museum Educator Caroline Jones, right, shares details about […]

WHISKEY MAKES NEWS IN PITTSBURGH…AGAIN: WHISKEY MAKING, AND TASTING, IN THE HEART OF WHISKEY REBELLION COUNTRY.


    PITTSBURGH WHISKEY KEEPS HISTORY FROM BEING A DRY SUBJECT. Meredith Grelli, co-owner of Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh, PA, tells of the Whiskey Rebellion during tours of the one-year-old Wigle distillery, the first […]

IT’S A RUSH RIDING THE RIVER WILD: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, WESTERN MONTANA.


WHITE WATER RIDE IN WESTERN MONTANA. Veteran river guide Joe Gallagher (in rear, with cap) takes a novice crew through rapids on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River near […]

WONDERS OF CALIFORNIA DECORATE THE PICTURE BRIDGE AT THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON HOTEL IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA.


  AN ALBUM OF CALIFORNIA ON THE PAINTED BRIDGE.  Scenes of California decorate the 40 painted panels of The Picture Bridge on the grounds of the Langham Huntington Hotel in […]