Articles written by: Gayle McCarthy

Gayle McCarthy

Gayle wrote her first book in the fourth grade and hasn't stopped writing since. Originally from New Jersey (but not necessarily a Jersey girl), Gayle's writing has taken her around the globe, from living and teaching in Ecuador to working at a pub theatre in London. Her writing focuses mainly on experiential travel, soft adventure stories, and destination locations with a penchant for steeping outside of her comfort zone.Her work has been featured at the local and national levels in newspapers, magazines and online publications, including The Princeton Packet,, South Magazine, and GlobalWrites. She is also a featured travel writer and humor columnist with the daily online publication, Gayle earned her master's degree in journalism and mass communications and has worked professionally as an editorial program manager for Forbes and managing editor for a four-color lifestyle print publication based in New Jersey. Additionally, she taught journalism and literature at the American School of Guayaquil in Ecuador where she was the teacher advisor and editor of the school's newspaper, La Iguana. She has been a member of the IFWTWA for two years. Samples of her writing can be viewed on her website,, and she can be contacted via email at

The Inn's guestrooms combine modern comfort with historic charm
Destinations / Food / United States / Vermont

Finally, a Bed-and-Breakfast for Foodies

A new culinary standard has been set by the best-kept secret in New England at the Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont, a rustic yet refined bed-and-breakfast originally built in 1792 as a stagecoach stop, tucked off the road down a maple-lined drive just minutes away from Woodstock and Ludlow, […]

Puerto Rico’s Best Golf Resort: Royal Isabela
Caribbean / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Puerto Rico’s Best Golf Resort: Royal Isabela

Imagine a golf resort with tropical temps, year-round sunshine, luxury accommodations and ocean views at every turn. Now add white-sand beaches, wildflowers, stellar golf and unrivaled service. The result is the next best place you have to visit, the Royal Isabela resort, located on the rolling cliffs of Puerto Rico’s […]

Idaho, James Bond and the Ten Minute Martini
Chronological / Destinations / Idaho / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Wines & Spirits

Idaho, James Bond and the Ten Minute Martini

A perennial favorite among cocktail connoisseurs is the martini. It’s a classy, classic drink, steeped in tradition, elegance and celebrity. The most notable celebrity, of course, is James Bond, the sexy, savvy double agent who preferred his martinis strong, cold and shaken, never stirred. Bond’s favorite was the Vesper, made […]

Bottles of Pinot Gris at Sawtooth Estate Winery
Chronological / Destinations / Idaho / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Wines & Spirits

Of Vines and Varietals: Idaho’s Secret Wine Story

Some states get all the luck. Georgia, synonymous with peaches, isn’t the largest producer of the fuzzy fruit; neighboring South Carolina actually produces more. But somehow, over time, Georgia cornered the market on the crop, insisting their peaches were juicier, meatier and sweeter than any other yield, giving rise to […]

A stunning Carmel sunset
California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Modern-Day Bohemia: Quaint, Quirky Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a modern day Bohemia with an eclectic, loose-knit vibe, sans the bespectacled trendy hipsters donned in fedoras and skinny jeans. It’s a small town built on the creative genius of artists, poets and writers, muses inspired by the iconic beauty of the Monterey Peninsula and the year-round mild […]

A military docent explains the wartime efforts at Fort Morgan
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Full speed ahead: Alabama’s Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines

The Gulf Shores region of Alabama is known for its pristine beaches, fresh-from-the-boat seafood and traditional Southern hospitality. Its milder winters draw snowbirds during the colder months, and the endless summers make vacationers flock to the beach to bury their toes in the sugar white sand. The Gulf Shores is […]

Strolling the sugar-sand beach of the Gulf Shores
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / United States

The Gulf Shores: Secret Sanctuary of the South

Life as a travel writer is two sides of the same coin: On one side, you want to share your travel adventures with everyone to let them know where to visit and what to see; on the other, you don’t. You want to selfishly shield the secret destinations for yourself—and […]

The Willows Inn on Lummi Island
Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Washington

The Lure of Lummi Island

There’s a hilly piece of heaven that sits among a chain of islands at the most northeasterly section of the San Juan archipelago, an unspoiled spot just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a brief distance’s drive from Bellingham, Washington. It’s the bucolic portrait of the Northwest, dotted […]

Expert forager Jennifer Hahn explains how to find wild foods
Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Washington

Forage-To-Table: Finding Your Food

It’s become quite fashionable for trendy restaurants to tout “farm-to-table” in describing their menu selections. It’s the “think global, act local” mantra writ large across discerning menus worldwide and the feeding frenzy has seemingly just begun. Consumers today are more discriminating and willing to pay more for fresh, organic food, […]

The ceremonial start of the 2012 Iditarod in Anchorage
Alaska / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Bucket-Listing Alaska

When talking about Alaska, reactions range from “It’s on my bucket list” to “It’s the most beautiful place I’ve traveled to.” The Last Frontier is more than a destination; it’s a force of attraction that innately beckons exploration, an otherworldly land of frontiersman fortitude, pristine beauty, towering mountains and the […]