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 and Mike has a twice-monthly blog at Perceptive Travel.

As well as travel, Mike writes about drinks, especially spirits. He runs his own website devoted to vodka, The Vodka Guy, 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.

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The Dumb Luck of Denver's Leopold Brothers

(3) Comments | Posted 1 April 2016 | (16:06)

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I'm in Bramble and Hare in Boulder, Colorado, talking spirits with 'Bar Tzar' Griffin Farro.

'We use some spirits from Leopold Brothers out of Denver,' he tells me, 'they're very good. They have everything - good vodkas, their gin...

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Arty Food in Harrogate

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2016 | (13:44)

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Many UK diners prefer to refer to The Good Food Guide rather than the revered Michelin Guide, spoken by some only in hushed tones as if it were the be-all and end-all of restaurant standards. But the Good Food Guide is...

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Cool Cocktails in Harrogate

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2016 | (16:37)

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Black pudding, fat rascals, Slingsby's Gin and Harrogate fudge sauce. Harrogate in North Yorkshire is a spa town which boomed as an upmarket tourist destination thanks to its health-giving spa waters. The waters were discovered in 1571 and it...

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Edinburgh Boutique Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2016 | (13:41)

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To be honest, we weren't looking forward to the Dunstane, a boutique hotel in Edinburgh. We hadn't stayed there before, but being up in Edinburgh for the wonderful Storytelling Festival we'd spent three nights in the city centre and...

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Historic French Quarter Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2016 | (12:57)

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Location, location, location. And for most visitors to New Orleans that location is usually the French Quarter. If you're a party animal who plans to be out till the wee small hours drinking and dancing on Bourbon Street you'll think you've...

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Chic and Central Edinburgh Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted 29 February 2016 | (17:02)

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First impressions count, especially when you arrive at a hotel. You may have had a stressful journey, you might have been driving for several hours, you might have had train delays or missed flight connections. The person at reception has no...

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Fashion Hotel in Düsseldorf

(2) Comments | Posted 23 February 2016 | (12:00)

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If I hadn't known already that Düsseldorf was a city of fashion, I would have discovered it as soon as I walked into the Hotel Indigo after a surprisingly quick, cheap and hassle-free taxi drive from the airport, which is...

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Beyond the Beignets

(0) Comments | Posted 22 February 2016 | (20:38)

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Photo (c) Stephen Young, Courtesy of Shaya

If you go to New Orleans everybody knows you have to eat beignets at the Café du Monde, try a Louisiana po' boy sandwich and sample the Big Easy's own super-sandwich, the muffuletta. You...



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Harrogate's Kitchen Garden

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2016 | (12:32)

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'You don't need 43,000 runner beans,' Ali Mundie tells me. Ali's one of three gardeners who looks after the Kitchen Garden in Harrogate's magnificent Harlow Carr Gardens, and I'm picking up some free advice on how to run your own kitchen...

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Top Ten US Driving Tips

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2016 | (13:16)

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The US Road Trip is for many people - including many Americans - the dream holiday. It's the freedom of the road, the ability to stop or move on, a chance to see the country's breath-taking scenery and cross its...

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Amsterdam's Cool New Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2016 | (15:40)

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On one side of the block you have the familiar sight of Amsterdammers tying up their bicycles as they go into the Albert Heijn supermarket, which is only across the street from the Royal Palace on Dam Square. It's like having...

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The Bacon Roll Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2016 | (10:43)

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I never knew whisky could be so much fun. The previous afternoon I was pairing whisky with chocolate truffles, and now here it is, 11 o'clock in the morning, and I'm with a small group trying to...

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Blending Like a Master

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2016 | (12:51)

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It was at the Cardhu Distillery, a few miles outside Aberlour on Speyside, that I really began to appreciate the skills of the Scottish whisky blender. You can visit Cardhu all year round, but only during the wonderful...

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A Scream of a Place in Edinburgh

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2016 | (07:42)

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I'd never encountered a Tangophone before, and that's because the one at the 2 Cambridge Street apartment in Edinburgh is the only one in the world. We'd just arrived in Edinburgh for the start of one of the lesser-known festivals...

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Staying With the Volks in Amsterdam

(0) Comments | Posted 31 December 2015 | (10:43)

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Next time we want to stay in Johnny Jukebox. Or perhaps the White Bike Room. That would be very Amsterdam. Or maybe Danny the Deer, the room designed by the Volkshotel's toilet attendant (and gadget designer) Eva van...

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Birthplace of the Blues

(1) Comments | Posted 16 December 2015 | (17:07)

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BB King called this the birthplace of the blues, and that's good enough for me. I'm at Dockery Farms, just off Highway 61 in Mississippi. It's a beautiful autumn day, the grass damp from the morning's light frost and the blue...

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Memphis's Top Ten Music Sites

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (11:04)

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With two new Hall of Fame museums opening in Memphis in 2015 - the Memphis Music Hall of Fame (above) and the Blues Hall of Fame - Memphis now has even more music attractions to entertain the music-mad visitor.

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Serenity in Scotland

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2015 | (09:47)

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'I often see porpoises when I walk my dog in the morning,' said our waiter. 'They come chasing the mackerel, it's quite something to see.'

We were on our way to a whisky weekend in Scotland's Speyside, and the Bay Hotel...

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The Big Easy Bike Ride

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (15:23)

'Most visitors never get out here to see this,' says our bike tour leader Ben Maddocks, 'but it really is one of the city's hidden gems. We're only about four miles from the French Quarter, and you can also take the streetcar that drops you right outside the entrance.'

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Eat in the Art of Amsterdam

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2015 | (18:13)

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In most places you drink in the sights but in Amsterdam you should plan to eat in them. If time is tight then instead of heading from museum to restaurant, dine at the museum. 'The...


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