Articles written by: John Lamkin

John Lamkin

John Lamkin is an award-winning travel journalist and photographer based in Taos, New Mexico. When not in Taos, he can be found roaming the world and photographing and writing about it. He has written for many newspapers and magazines, and is a contributor to several online publications. He is a board member and Publications Chair of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and a member of NATJA, ITWA, SPJ, TWN and TWA. Mr. Lamkin is owner/editor of Paloma Blanca Press, and Executive Editor of Global Writes Magazine.

Global Writes Gone But Not Forgotten
Chronological

Global Writes Gone But Not Forgotten

As of July 15, 2015 the old, familiar Global Writes ceased publication. “GW” served us very well for many years, but now IFWTWA has created a new, exciting digital publication, FWT Magazine:  food  wine  travel. The new magazine will offer IFWTWA member contributors much better exposure to the public in […]

One of the pools with view of the Caribbean
Caribbean / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

Barefoot Luxury in Tropical Placencia, Belize – Chabil Mar Villas

Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia, Belize The driver took us a short way along this narrow peninsula that is Placencia, through the heavy, expertly carved, gigantic wooden gates and into this eye-popping lush tropical paradise. We had arrived at Chabil Mar Villas. The first thing I noticed was the verdant, tropical […]

Hotel Las Hadas - Fairyland,  © John Lamkin
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Mexico

The Brujo and the Ring of Fire in the Land of Magic, Suchitlan, Colima, Mexico

  It was in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico and I was staying at a five-star hotel on the beach called Las Hadas (meaning the fairies). (“Bo Derek slept here” while filming 10.) I heard that in the morning there was a van leaving on a trip to the Magic Town (Pueblo […]

A Farm to Fork Revival: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / New Mexico / United States

A Farm to Fork Revival: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

Farm land has been disappearing rapidly in Albuquerque’s North Valley in the last few years. New high-end residential development is taking its place. Matt Rembe and family, owners of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, are doing something about it…

The Mexican Spa
Chronological / Destinations / Mexico

The Mexican Spa

“SPA TREATMENTS” read the hand-lettered sign, which seemed perfectly normal…until I remembered I was in a prison, in Mexico!

La Petite Crêpe, A Mexican Culinary Experience
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Mexico

La Petite Crêpe, A Mexican Culinary Experience

We were having a culinary adventure (and mis-adventure) coming up from the Belize border, heading toward Cancun. On the way down from Cancun we had a quest – find the Peninsula’s best flan. We did, at Rancho Encantado in Bacalar.

BOOK REVIEW: Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel
Book Reviews / Chronological

BOOK REVIEW: Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel

The nature of travel writing has changed, as has travel itself. Today the emphasis is on cultural travel and experiential travel, on learning first hand about the cultures one visits – their customs, their food, and how they think and feel.

The Hippie Hat
Chronological / Destinations / Mexico

The Hippie Hat

We were looking for sombreros–hats. Viewing the giant hat sculpture in the village plaza, there was no doubt we had arrived at the hat-making town of Becal, Campeche, Mexico.

Cerocahui, Mexico: Tarahumara Indians, Jesuits and Wine
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Mexico / Wines & Spirits

Cerocahui, Mexico: Tarahumara Indians, Jesuits and Wine

…I could have been somewhere in Southern Europe, but I am actually near the edge of the Barrancas de Cobre (Copper Canyon), Mexico’s Grand Canyon. Little did I expect to find ancient vineyards here on top of the world.

Rancho Encantado: Hidden gem of the Yucatán
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Mexico

Rancho Encantado: Hidden gem of the Yucatán

Nestled on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, far from Cancún, travelers can find relaxation and adventure at Rancho Encantado…