Articles written by: Leigh Cort

Leigh Cort

Her passions for travel, food and a little showbiz stardust have taken Leigh Cort to remote barrier islands, celebrity chef's tables, world-class resorts and historic inns from St. Augustine, FL and Eagle Island, GA to Sedona, AZ and Spring Lake, NJ. She spent years producing and promoting world-class events for Manhattan's rich and famous at Sardi's (alongside Vincent Sardi) and Trump Tower (as party director); and at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Ms. Cort even wrote scripts for, and appeared on Lifetime TV, as Nabisco's The Party Doctor. Leigh continues to use her writing and entertaining skills to catapult her hospitality clients into the limelight. A longtime member of IFWTWA, and its publicity committee chair, Ms. Cort's travel writing appears on and She resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.

A warm New York City Welcome
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / New York / United States

Love in New York (Part 2)

Although the week’s trip didn’t allow for an overnight at the Hotel Casablanca on W. 43rd Street, this member of the Library Collection was close enough to Shubert Alley for a quick peek, It’s a charmer ~ exotic with reminiscences of the Humphrey Bogart film ‘Casablanca’.

A warm New York City Welcome
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / New York / United States

Love in New York (Part 1)

“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going,” Tennessee Williams As the airport taxi turned from Park Avenue onto East 54th Street in Manhattan, I caught myself smiling because I was finally going to stay at one […]

“Cap” Fending Aboard the Puddle Shuttle
Chronological / Destinations / Georgia / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Relaxing Like Royalty — At The King and Prince (Part 2)

continued With an appetite for lunch, I visited Tim and Melissa Wellford’s Sandcastle Café in the Village. It’s known not only for their sumptuous breakfast buffet with 20+ made- from-scratch items ($9.95) but for great crab cakes. I ordered a nearly six-ounce beauty sautéed to perfection ($7.95). Celebrating the café’s […]

My swing on the oceanfront lawn
Chronological / Destinations / Georgia / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Relaxing Like Royalty — At The King and Prince (Part 1)

How do you capture a cosmic blazing sunrise, a dusky purple sunset, a playful dolphin peeking out of the ocean for a brief moment? Where can a solo traveler find a place of solitude for a few days that might change or enhance a memorable getaway? Perhaps it was time […]

Crazy For You features Erin Dowling as ‘Polly Baker’ with Ensemble
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining: I’m Crazy for You!

To a New York theater junkie and actress like me, having the Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville is Nirvana. Our cherished professional theater isn’t just a local venue to see shows and pair it with dinner. The Alhambra (Theatre & Dining) is an American icon that has been continuously […]

Courtyard at the Ritz-Carlton ~ Amelia Island
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

LUSH LIFE — At the Ritz-Carlton

My heart has always belonged to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. A hotel that rivals the finest iconic resorts in refinement and stunning coastline, it has boasted world-class chefs, dining, service and comfort, not with a shout but a demure whisper! The island, as you motor along the tree-canopied drive, […]

Chef Daniel and Mariela Groshell
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / United States

Cultured Beach Cuisine: Ocean 60

CULTURED BEACH CUISINE Lucky us! There is a marvelous restaurant in Atlantic Beach that has been treating patrons to dinner and special parties for many years. Ocean 60 entered the scene in 2001 ~ Where the familiar and the unexpected make delicious partners ~ Where the daily buzz includes a […]

Mills House Hotel
Chronological / Destinations / South Carolina / United States

Meet me at Queen and Meeting Streets

One could easily get lost in Charleston, lost in the extraordinary gardens, refined architecture, vibrant restaurant kitchens, tempting art and antique galleries, legendary museums and cobblestone streets. It’s a jewel of pleasurable pursuits, vivaciously enjoying a renaissance era. It’s one of the South’s acclaimed cities where today’s savvy traveler yearns […]

Late afternoon autumn sunset casting shadows on the Sandaway
Chronological / Destinations / Maryland / United States

From the Sandaway – With Love

I yearn to return to the Sandaway, where I can quietly embrace the long Indian summer days on the shore of the Chesapeake, Choptank and Tred Avon Rivers. Sandaway is a graceful and stately mansion with sloping green lawns & gardens dotted with white Adirondack chairs and chaises – reminiscent […]

Chef/Restaurateur Jean-Stephane Poinard
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

Chef/Restaurateur Jean-Stephane Poinard

Jean-Stephane Poinard has finally come to America. His arrival in St. Augustine, Florida isn’t for a brief visit, but to realize his childhood dream of living and owning a restaurant in America.