Teresa Bitler

Member Since:
Apr 2016

Teresa Bitler weaves culture, food, and drink into her travel articles. She's shared a meal with a Hopi family in Northern Arizona (followed by cupcakes and Kool-Aid with a 90-year-old medicine man), toured a naturally growing cacao farm in the Belize jungles, and attended Grape Camp in Sonoma. One of her favorite experiences was attending a Sunrise Ceremony, a rite of passage ceremony for Apache girls. The resulting article won a SATW Gold Medal (Western Chapter).

Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, American Airlines, AAA Highroads, Sunset, Wine Enthusiast, Family Fun, Country's Best Cabins, Valley Guide, Su Casa, and several local magazines. Online, she has written for Sherman's Travel, Home & Away, Visit Phoenix, Jetsetter, Away.com, and Complex.com, to name a few.

Teresa has also authored two travel guides, co-authored another, and contributed to several travel apps.

For her, travel is about pushing yourself to explore new things and meet people you normally don't come across in your day-to-day life, whether its a Hopi medicine man or the resident artist at an upscale hotel; travel writing is about telling their stories and inspiring readers to experience their part of the world. 

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Published Books

Fodor’s Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2016

I contributed two chapters to this comprehensive guide to Arizona.

Backroads & Byways of Indian Country

I loved writing this book because I was able to learn about a new culture and explore unique places as well as popular tourist attractions.

Great Escapes Arizona

A look at 52 soft adventures and weekend getaways in Arizona

Published Articles (17)

Discovering Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor has great restaurants and more.

Art in Brew City


This came out of a press trip hosted by Visit Milwaukee.

Santa Fe’s House of Eternal Return


Santa Fe pitched the idea to me; I pitched it to AAA Highroads and sold this story. At least one more article on the way.

Spectacular Sunrises


I wrote this article for the Arizona Office of Tourism about sunrises, a twist on the typical sunset story.

The Tamale Store


I wrote this article for Visit Phoenix about a woman whose quest for the perfect tamale led her to open her own tamale store.

Crop to Cup


I wrote this for Visit Phoenix about a woman who serves coffee drinks made from the beans her dad grows on the family […]

10 Eats for Under $10 in Phoenix


For this Sherman’s Travel blog post, I worked with Visit Phoenix and PR agencies to gather information and photos on some of the best places in Phoenix to eat for […]

Indulge in Chocolate Falls


I wrote this article for AAA Highroads. Although I didn’t visit on a hosted trip, I did work closely with the local CVB to find sources.

Which Vacation: Cancun, Cozumel, or Playa?


This is one of three articles generated from a press trip to Playa del Carmen.

48 Hours in Pittsburgh


This article is one I wrote as a result of the IFWTWA / Visit Pittsburgh press trip in September 2016.

Ranch to Table: Flagstaff butcher and deli focuses on local, organic meat


I pitched this article to AAA Highroads after meeting with the Flagstaff CVB to find out was new and noteworthy .

Turf and Surf: Experience the former playground of the stars in Del Mar


I worked with Townsend Publications, Meads Durket, and Marguarite Clark Public Relations to cover highlights of Del Mar for this AAA Highroads article.

48 Hours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


I’ve written two articles for Sherman’s Travel based on this trip and a feature for AAA Highroads coming out this summer.

Aji Spa’s Native Healer


This article about Belen Stoneman and how she incorporates native healing practices into her treatments appears on the Visit Phoenix website.

8 Must-Try Dishes in St. Croix


I wrote three articles based on this press trip sponsored by Visit USVI, and I’m still pitching more.

The Original Grand Circle: Tour a few of the most scenic landscapes of the Southwest


From one press trip, I produced this print story for AAA Highroads, an online one, and several posts for Sherman’s Travel.

Going Greek: Mount Athos Restaurant tantalizes taste buds in Florence, Arizona


This article came out of a press trip I was invited to attend a year or two earlier. I’m constantly marketing the destinations I visit.