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

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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The Write Place

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (10:03)

Visiting the USA's Literary Landscapes

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The Florida Keys, Home to Hemingway

From the frozen north to the steamy south, and from the buzz of New York to the Pacific Ocean, America's landscapes have always inspired its authors. The country may have a reputation...

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Country House Comfort in Perthshire

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (08:14)

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The historic Ballathie House Hotel stands by the banks of the River Tay in the middle of the Perthshire countryside, and offers hunting, shooting, fishing... and eating. I'm quite happy to let other people do the hunting, shooting and fishing, as long as...

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Award-Winning Scottish Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (08:09)

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Shortly before we were due to stay at the Loch Melfort Hotel, south of Oban in Argyll, the owners were voted Scottish Hoteliers of the Year. They already claimed to have the best views on the west coast of Scotland, and their Asknish...
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Peace and Panna Cotta in Dunkeld

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (16:05)

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Strolling round Dunkeld in the sunshine we see Naked Sheep and Kettles. It isn't a surreal sculpture, just two of the small Perthshire town's delightful shops. Should we buy some ceramics at Going Pottie or stop for a coffee at Spill the Beans?...

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The Best Restaurant in Lancashire?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 October 2013 | (10:16)

Beware of what you wish for, you're told, as you might be disappointed. I'd always longed to eat at Northcote Manor, which a friend who'd eaten there many times had always told me is the best restaurant in Lancashire, if not the north of England. It's also a country house...

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In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2013 | (13:54)

2013-10-05-NamesontheMeninGateinYpresFlandersBelgium1small.jpgName after name after name, 54,896 of them, young men from all over the world with no grave, no remains, only a name carved into the Menin Gate in Ypres, in Flanders, Belgium. Major Papineau, Lieutenant Williams, Corporal Cavanagh and Serjeant Dedman...

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Chef All at Sea

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2013 | (11:44)

Stephen Boswell Produces Gourmet Meals for Passengers Cruising the Inner Hebrides off the West Coast of Scotland


2013-10-05-Stephen_Boswell_with_Biscuits.jpg'If you can eat it, I'll prepare it,' chef Stephen Boswell tells me as we sit together and gaze out at the passing...

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The USA's Ten Most Visited National Parks

(0) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (15:40)

If asked to name National Parks in the USA which attract most visitors, I bet most people would opt for the Grand Canyon, with maybe Yellowstone or Yosemite next. In fact there's one National Park which attracts over twice as many visitors as the Grand Canyon, and more than the...

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Top Stops on the Pacific Coast Highway

(0) Comments | Posted 4 June 2013 | (20:03)

What are your top stops on the Pacific Coast Highway?

It's possible to drive the whole of the USA's Pacific Coast, with a few twists and turns taking you inland now and then. It's an epic drive of almost 1800 miles, and along the way you'll see man-made wonders like...

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