Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is a travel writer who has won many awards for his work, including Online Travel Writer of the Year. He was also chosen as one of the Press Gazette’s 50 Most Influential Travel Journalists in the UK. He has worked for National Geographic, American Express, The Times, The AA, Dorling Kindersley, Thomas Cook, Insight Guides, Michelin, and many more. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he has written over 30 guidebooks. He has also written three radio plays for the BBC, published a collection of his travel writing, and written a crime novel.

Mike also writes extensively online, and with his wife Donna Dailey now publishes and writes four travel websites of his own: Pacific Coast Highway Travel, Beyond London Travel, Greece Travel Secrets and Tunisia Travel Planner. Mike and Donna also write, photograph and publish their own Beyond Travel guides.

As well as travel, Mike writes about drinks, especially spirits. He runs his own website devoted to vodka, The Vodka Guy, and is an Editorial Staff Writer on Chilled Magazine.

Mike and Donna divide their time between their homes in Cambridgeshire in the UK and south of Tucson in Arizona. They write a great deal about the USA, and are co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website.

Entries by Mike Gerrard

The Loch Ness Inn

(1) Comments | Posted 19 October 2014 | (12:03)

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Haggis Bobotie? What on earth is Haggis Bobotie? First of all it helps if you pronounce it right. It sounded to me like some Scottish delicacy I'd missed out on, as I was pronouncing it like Bobbity. The right way to say it...

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Of Castles and Cottages

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2014 | (14:14)

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English whisky? We are in Scotland, right? To be precise we're at the Roxburghe Hotel, a country house hotel near Kelso and checking the bar menu for a drink before dinner. And there it is... an English whisky. And a Scottish vodka, a...

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Jesmond Dene House

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (11:30)

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In October 2014 Jesmond Dene House (above) in Newcastle was chosen by the Good Hotel Guide 2015 as one of the best boutique city hotels in the UK. Having stayed there in September, I'm not at all surprised.


Trying...

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Ten Historic US Hotels

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (14:33)

From Southern plantation homes to buildings that feature on city tours,
there are US hotels that are definitely places to see as well as to stay in.

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The Burnham Hotel in Chicago

CHICAGO
Hotel Burnham

Standing on State Street, 'that great street', the...





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A Religious Approach to Riesling

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (13:00)

Mike Gerrard visits Eberbach Abbey in the Rheingau region of Germany,
which produces some of the best Rieslings in the country.

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Eberbach Monastery

'If you left the monastery you were ex-communicated, your family would not take you back and you lived with the...


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Following Gin to Its Source

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2014 | (10:03)

Author Mike Gerrard heads to the west coast of Iceland
to check out the water source of his favourite gin


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All photos by Kristinn Magnusson, (c) Martin Miller's Gin

Rain that fell on Iceland anything from 500-1000 years ago is only now being...




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On the Tennessee Whiskey Trail

(1) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (18:29)

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The George Dickel Distillery in Cascade Hollow, Tennessee

Heading to the Southern USA in pursuit of distilleries to visit, it's easy to get confused. And that's before you've even had a drink. American bourbon and whiskey are different. Bourbon doesn't have to be made...


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Where George Washington Made Whiskey

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (15:58)

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When George Washington lived at his Mount Vernon plantation estate, which gazes across the Potomac River from Virginia to Maryland, he employed 316 slaves. Most of them worked in the mansion, in the gardens or on the farm, but from 1797 onwards, the...
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On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (15:42)

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In April 2014 Jim Beam filled its 13 millionth barrel of bourbon at its distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. The company - the world's best-selling bourbon maker - has records going back to 1795 when Jacob Beam was the first family member...
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Eat America

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (00:31)

The Top US City Food Tours

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People go to the States for all kinds of reasons - to take a road trip, visit great cities like New York, see the fall colours, take the kids to Disneyland or hang out in Hollywood. It's...
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The USA for Wine Lovers

(2) Comments | Posted 9 January 2014 | (13:36)

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The United States is the world's fourth-biggest wine-producing nation, after France, Italy and Spain. It's also seven times bigger than those three great European wine countries combined, so wine lovers will have to choose carefully where to go. Everyone's heard of...

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Drinking In the History of Cognac

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2013 | (17:34)

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They have been making cognac in Cognac for almost 400 years, and some of the best-known cognac distillers in the world can trace their history back almost as long. Martell, for instance, will be celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2015. In visiting the...
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Getting a Taste for Cognac in Jarnac

(1) Comments | Posted 19 December 2013 | (13:43)

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The name of its neighbour a few miles away is literally on the lips of spirits drinkers around the world, but the pretty little town of Jarnac in western France is also worth raising a glass to. Like that better-known neighbour, Cognac, it...
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Get Your Kicks: The Top Ten Songs That Inspired Me to Discover America

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (12:05)

Movies, books and music are what shape most Brits' views of the USA, and of the three surely nothing is as potent as popular music. A three-minute blitz of beat and emotion, heard over and over, seeps into the soul so that you know before you go that New York...

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On Sharkwatch in Scotland

(0) Comments | Posted 16 November 2013 | (16:14)

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A Close Encounter with Dolphins
(All Photos by Donna Dailey)

'What's that in the water?' asks Kathleen, pointing ahead of the boat. We're standing on the deck of the Glen Tarsan, a former fishing vessel now converted to take...


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Central London Apartment-Hotel

(1) Comments | Posted 11 November 2013 | (13:18)

2013-11-11-Citadines_Holborn_front_view.jpgClothes-lines, coffee and coat-hangers. They're small things when you're staying in a hotel or an apartment but it's usually the small things that either delight you or send you raving mad. One of my own pet hates is a sink which...

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Meet the Mob in Las Vegas

(2) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (07:37)

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All Photos by Donna Dailey


In a city famous for tearing down the old to build the new, the opening of the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas was a rare event. It saved the 1933 courthouse, where many Mafia trials took...


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Meeting the Oyster Man of Loch Fyne

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (17:14)

2013-11-01-Loch_Fyne_Oyster_Andre_Hughes.jpg'I think oysters are at their best when they're nice and small, about 65-70gms,' says André Hughes, and he should know. André is the grandly-titled Despatch and Depuration Supervisor in Aquaculture at Loch Fyne Oysters, on the shores of Loch Fyne,...

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Scallops in Scotland

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (08:08)

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Somewhere off the west coast of Scotland is a fishing trawler called the Crimson Arrow, and on the boat is a fisherman called Toastie. He brings his scallops into the harbour at Oban, and they are the best scallops in...
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Drive Scotland in a Classic Car

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (10:04)

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The Author in a Morgan 4/4

I don't know how Inspector Morse managed it. Not only did he have to solve murders, he was also driving a bus. Well, technically it was a Jaguar MKII, but when I get behind the steering wheel...
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