Articles written by: Allen Cox

Allen Cox

Allen Cox, a Pacific Northwest native, has always tuned in to the call of the wild, whether in the remote, natural regions of Washington, his home state, or in the line-caught Coho on his plate. He has a knack for finding fascinating stories, both in other countries and close to home. For him, this naturally translates to sharing great destinations, cultures and food through travel and lifestyle articles. A self-described tree-hugger, Allen is particularly drawn to sustainable tourism, responsible travel, agritourism and locally sourced cuisine. Allen left a 30-year career in marketing management to live his dream. He joined IFWTWA's Board of Directors in early 2010 and chairs the organization's Excellence Awards Committee, which recognizes best-in-field travel and tourism providers as well as journalists. He is the Editor of HARBORS magazine, a destination-focused custom publication, and co-chairs Pacific Northwest Travel Writers Conference, a volunteer organization that produces Travel & Words, the Northwest's premier events bringing travel writers and tourism professionals together, and where he presents writing and marketing workshops. He authored Best Easy Day Hikes Seattle and Best Easy Day Hikes Tacoma. And he is a travel and lifestyle journalist whose work has appeared in many regional and national publications, such as AAA Journey, Northwest Travel, Oregon Coast, Native Peoples, Northwest Palate and many others. Besides reading his work on Global Writes, you can view other articles on his website www.allencox.org. Be sure to check out his blog www.localroads.wordpress.com, where his series “Nuggets for New Travel Writers” has been well received by experienced writers and those just starting out.

With Record-Breaking Exports of Provence Rosés to the U.S., Marcell Ott Comes to Mind
Destinations / Europe / IFWTWA Scholarship Award Winners / Wines & Spirits

With Record-Breaking Exports of Provence Rosés to the U.S., Marcell Ott Comes to Mind

by Susan Newman Manfull, winner of the IFWTWA 2014 Emerging Writer Scholarship Award When I read the news earlier this month [October 2014] about the continued dramatic growth of exports of Provence rosé to the United States, I couldn’t help but think of Marcel Ott, the brilliant founder of Domaines […]

Virginia is Making a Name for Itself as a Wine Destination, with Hundreds of New Vineyards
Destinations / Virginia / Wines & Spirits

Virginia is Making a Name for Itself as a Wine Destination, with Hundreds of New Vineyards

Story and photos by Alex Palmer, winner of IFWTWA 2014 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award   There are wine trails and nine distinct wine regions with companies like New Kent, Saude Creek, Dog and Oyster, and Philip Carter. Virginia is well-known for its wealth of U.S. history, but the reds and […]

A Simple Guide to Burgundy Wines (with maps)
Destinations / Europe / IFWTWA Scholarship Award Winners / Wines & Spirits

A Simple Guide to Burgundy Wines (with maps)

Editor’s note: The following article by Hilarie Larson is the IFWTWA 2013 Emerging Writer Scholarship Award winning entry, originally published in Wine Folly on July 8, 2013. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ by Hilarie Larson Want more confidence buying Burgundy wine? This simplified guide includes maps, infographics and the most important facts on the […]

Haven’t You Always Wanted to Visit a Butter Museum?
Destinations / Europe / Food / IFWTWA Scholarship Award Winners

Haven’t You Always Wanted to Visit a Butter Museum?

Editor’s note: The following article by Barbara Ramsay Orr is the IFWTWA 2013 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award winning entry, originally published as a Special to The Globe and Mail on August 19, 2013.   by Barbara Ramsay Orr +++++++++++++++++ Any town that has a butter museum is good by me. […]

Boeger Winery, by Wende Luco
California / Chronological / Destinations / United States / Wines & Spirits

Liquid Treasure in El Dorado

On a wine route through Northern California’s El Dorado County, I met the descendants of generations of pioneer winemakers still plying the trade, as well as some visionary and dead-serious newer arrivals. This wine region in the Sierra Foothills northeast of Sacramento is California’s wine-trail-less-traveled, offering an unstaged realism, a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh and Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates
Book Reviews / Chronological

BOOK REVIEW: Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh and Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates

Recently, I had the good fortune not only to acquire a copy of John Sarich’s latest book, Chef in the Vineyard, but to experience a guided tasting by the wizard of wine-food pairings himself.

Coastal Culinary Center
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Oregon / United States

Coastal Culinary Center

When Oregon’s small coastal town of Lincoln City built and opened their new Culinary Center, city planners had figured out that culinary tourism is a prominent star in the contemporary travel universe. They created a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen with TV cameras and monitors installed over a professional kitchen with space for two chefs to work separately, and a large versatile arena for students, diners, observers and competition judges to take in all the action—all this with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean.

Driving Chuckanut
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States / Washington

Driving Chuckanut

In northern Washington, an old highway known as Route 11 bids a welcome adieu to the rush of Interstate 5 and heads northwest through Skagit Valley farmland. Soon, pastures fall away to estuaries and forested hills rise up out of Samish Bay, breaking the flat delta landscape.

Meeting Where Art Plus Nature Meet
Business Events / Chronological

Meeting Where Art Plus Nature Meet

Coming up with fresh destinations can give meeting planners an enormous headache. While the requirements are reasonable, they usually make the task seem like spinning straw into gold.

Cannon Beach, Oregon: Where Meetings Become Retreats
Business Events / Chronological

Cannon Beach, Oregon: Where Meetings Become Retreats

It’s remarkable what a change of scenery can inspire. A fresh perspective. Renewed energy. Surprising creativity. A sense of camaraderie. Hosting a conference or meeting at a destination away from the office or corporate campus can amount to better teamwork and a pop in productivity…