Articles written by: Melanie Votaw

Melanie Votaw

Melanie grew up in Louisville, Kentucky but has lived in New York City for more than 25 years. She is a magna cum laude college graduate with a B.A. in English and is the author of 13 non-fiction books on a variety of subjects. She has visited 40+ countries on six continents, and her photographs have appeared in such books as “The Ultimate Bird Book” and her own coffee table book, “Hummingbirds: Jewels On Air.” Her image of the Amazon River in Brazil was turned into a mural and used as a backdrop at the Texas State Aquarium. She has written travel stories for Just Luxe, Business Insider, Travel Savvy, Woman’s Day, the South China Morning Post, Luxury Web Magazine, City Room, Farewell Travels, Traveler's Digest, and others.

A dragonfly rests atop an alligator on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.
Chronological / Destinations / Louisiana / United States

Photo Essay: Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail

Southwest Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, known as “Louisiana’s outback,” consists of 180 miles of wetlands, beaches, and more that are ripe for boating, fishing, crabbing, hunting and wildlife and bird watching. I photographed the serene area of the Trail near Lake Charles.

Tableau Restaurant's library in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Photo courtesy of Tableau
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Louisiana / United States

Tableau: A New Elegant Restaurant in the Big Easy

As I write this article in a very cold New York City, I wish I had the Hot Buttered Rum drink that I sampled in December 2013 at Tableau, a new restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The drink was the perfect antidote to an unseasonably cold New […]

The ocean truly does carve the ice like a sculptor. Photo © Melanie Votaw
Canada / Chronological / Destinations

Icebergs of Newfoundland: Nature’s Sculptures

The Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland often becomes a wonderland of sculptural white and blue icebergs in the summer, as the temperatures warm and the icebergs break apart from their homes farther north. I visited the area off the coast of St. Anthony, which is near the northern tip of Newfoundland […]

The entrance to the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, Photo by Melanie Votaw
California / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel – An Oasis in Bel Air

The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel is located away from the traffic in Bel-Air, California in a seven-acre setting that’s fit for everything from a wedding to a weekend getaway. When we stepped into the lobby, we put the Los Angeles noise behind us and felt that we had found a […]

The facade of Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia © Melanie Votaw
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Pennsylvania / United States

Kimpton Opens Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia

The brand new Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia, which opened October 2, 2012,  is a visual feast. The décor is bright, funky and eclectic, with colorful furniture and art from across the globe. The lobby contains Asian pieces alongside African masks. Behind the check-in desk is an array of brushes hanging on a […]

Running With Wolves in Golden, British Columbia – A Photo Essay
Canada / Chronological / Destinations

Running With Wolves in Golden, British Columbia – A Photo Essay

The scent of sweetgrass wafted past my nose as the wolf raced excitedly down the path. I was hiking in a forest in Golden, British Columbia with two wolves – a singular experience if ever there was one. The wolves are captive animals at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre in Golden, which is […]

The bridges, spires, river, and beauty of Salzburg
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Surrender to Salzburg

Surrounded by mountains and dotted with patina domes and regal statues, Salzburg is, without question, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A river snakes through the center, a fortress castle watches from above, and horse-drawn carriages trot through the historic streets. Pedestrian bridges cross over the narrow […]

Rocky Mountaineer Train Journeys
Canada / Chronological / Destinations

Rocky Mountaineer Train Journeys

…These are among the images that stick with you when you travel through the remarkably diverse landscapes of western Canada. And there’s no better or more relaxing way to see these panoramic spectacles than onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train.

Sometimes Travel is for the Birds: The Ecuadoran Andes
Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

Sometimes Travel is for the Birds: The Ecuadoran Andes

It was a dizzying way to start our trip – especially after a late night landing in Quito and only four hours of sleep. But here we were standing on a mountain more than two miles high. We were on a slope of the Pinchincha Volcano, part of the Yanacocha Reserve in the Ecuadoran Andes. It was our first stop on the way to a week at Tandayapa Bird Lodge…