8:25 pm - Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Feed your Creativity and Feed your Belly The Best Places to Eat in Indy

This year’s SATW Convention will be held in Indianapolis on September 9-14, 2012. While you are there, we are sure your mind will be full of adventure and you will be seeking out all there is to explore in Indy as any cultured travel writer should. But you also need to be sure to fill your belly with the best cuisine Indianapolis has to offer. After all, nothing goes better with travel then good food! Here are the “best of the best” restaurants in the Indy area that you should check out while you are at the convention, compliments of indystar.com.

Best RestaurantR Bistro

888 Massachusetts Ave. Rbistro.com

Best New RestaruantMesh on Mass

725 Massachusetts Ave. Meshonmass.com

Best SushiNaked Tchopstix

6353 N. College Ave Tchopstix.com

Best PizzaBazbeaux

Multiple locations Bazbeaux.com

Best Hot DogKing David Dogs

15 N. Pennsylvania St. Kingdaviddogs.com

Best Italian RestaruantIozzo’s Garden of Italy

946 S. Meridian St. Iozzos.com

Best BrunchCafé Patachou

Multiple locations Cafepatachou.com

Best Mexican RestaurantLa Piedad

6524 Cornell Ave. Lapiedadindy.com

Best SteakhouseSt. Elmo Steak House

127 S. Illinois St. Stelmos.com

Best BurgerBoogie Burger

927 E. Westfield Blvd. Boogieburger.com

Best SandwichesGoose the Market

2503 N. Delaware Ave. Goosethemarket.com

Best Asian RestaurantSiam Square

936 Virginia Ave. Siamsquareindy.com

Happy Eating in Indy!

12:02 pm - Wed, Aug 22, 2012

In Indy with Kids: Top 5 Attractions for Families

The Society of American Travel Writers invites you, to join us in Indianapolis for the SATW 2012 convention on September 9-14, 2012. Bring your creativity and your travel experiences with you – but also bring your family to enjoy all that Indianapolis has to offer. We have collaborated the top 5 things to do in Indy with Kids just for you!


1.      Indianapolis Zoo – The ultimate summer day trip and perfect for families of any size! The Indianapolis Zoo (one of the nation’s Top 10, according to TripAdvisor) includes over 350 different animal species on its nearly 70 acres. www.indyzoo.com


2.      X-Site Entertainment – Indy’s own, state-of-the-art, Laser Tag Game. Over 12,000 square feet of fun and excitement that is sure to last all day. X-Site also features a high-tech arcade, virtual videos, and recreational activities for the adventure seeking family. http://www.xsitelasertag.com/


3.      Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - The largest (and, according to Child magazine, the best) children’s museum in the world, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a huge, five-level playground where over one million kids and parents each year come to enjoy (seriously—it’s that kind of museum) science, history, art and culture. www.childrensmuseum.org


4.       Connor Prairie Interactive History Park – This one of a kind park is based around the historic William Conner House. Through first-person, in-character narratives, costumed staff recreate life in 19th-century Indiana, engaging visitors in common activities of the 1800s. The park was awarded the 2012 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and was named one of the top five museums in the nation when it received the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions.www.connerprairie.org


5.      Rascal’s Fun Zone -  From Go-Karts, Mini Golf, A Family Gran Prix Track, Blaster Boats, Mini Bowling, and an Arcade Room – Rascal’s Fun Zone is nothing short but family fun entertainment on all levels. There is something for all ages and enough activities to keep everyone happy and running. What could be better then experiencing a family oriented Gran Prix Track in the one and only Indy? http://www.rascalsfunzone.com




11:21 am

New Member Feature: Andy Miller

Andy Miller is the Communications Manager at Park City Mountain Resort, in the heart of Park City, Utah, where he enjoys showing journalists why his home mountain is ranked among the premier destination resorts in North America. Originally a television news producer based in Washington, DC, Andy has been skiing his entire life and is thrilled to call his one-time annual ski trip destination of Park City home. Checkout his website, http://www.parkcitymountain.com/ or follow him @AndyMacMiller

9:42 am - Tue, Aug 21, 2012

New Member Feature: Kattrin Sieber

Kattrin Sieber is a media relations professional at the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership and an avid traveller who loves exploring.Ontario, Canada offers the world a diverse landscape of things to do and see, and Kattrin is thrilled to be able to discover Ontario and share travel experiences with media. Come find out more atwww.Ontariotravel.net and follow her @KattrinSieber  

12:24 pm - Mon, Aug 20, 2012

New Member Feature: Emily Chaplin

Emily Chaplin is a freelance travel photographer based out of Aspen, CO and Asheville, NC. Emily’s insatiable curiosity for exploring new places and the passion and energy she devotes to her photography show in her work and in the lasting relationships she develops with her clients. Her publication credits include Southern Living, Our State, Garden & Gun, American Way, Aspen Peak and Imbibe magazines.View her work at www.emilychaplinphoto.com and www.c2-photography.com, and follow her on Twitter @etcphoto

2:40 pm - Mon, Jul 30, 2012
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8 Secrets to Selling Your Travel Stories

In the July issue of The Writer’s Magazine, magazine editor, Diana Tonnessen shares the secrets to what she and other editors are looking for in a travel writing piece. Follow these simple tips and turn your weekend getaway or annual vacation into a marketable travel article. 
  1. Tell me something I don’t know- Find interesting and little-known facts about the places you visit. Any new nugget of information could be the key to getting your story published.
  2. Learn to love the limitations of your story- Most editors prefer bulleted lists and tips for a travel piece, so you won’t be able to include every detail of your trip. Instead, narrow your topic by choosing an angle like traveling on a budget, traveling with kids, or just focus on things to do and places to see. 
  3. Take good notes- Even though you may be on vacation, you should approach the development of a story as any good reporter would. Ask questions and take names so you’ll have accurate content and sources for your publication. 
  4. Take me with you when you go- A good travel piece will engage the reader from the beginning with strong nouns and verbs. Give the reader a detailed description of the sights, sounds and smells so they can get a complete picture in their mind’s eye of your experience. In a side column, include links, maps and other practical information about the place in case your reader decides to follow in your footsteps. 
  5. Tell me a story I can’t put down- You’re story should be based entirely on fact but should be written like fiction. It should include elements of fiction like colorful characters, a well-developed setting, conflict and candor. 
  6. Give me a reason to publish the story now- Plan your pitch according to seasonal travel, commemorative events, anniversaries and local festivals. Newspapers have a three to four week lead time, while Magazines can have a lead time of three to five months. Keep these time frames in mind when writing your piece. 
  7. Know your publicationRead up to a year’s worth of your publication’s content to get a feel of the writing style, format and audience.
  8. Know that just because we’ve “done that story before” doesn’t mean we won’t cover the subject again- The key is to approach a story from a new angle. Sometimes this can be as simple as finding different sources or using a different format, like a bulleted list instead of a longer narrative.

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9:50 am - Thu, Jul 19, 2012

New Member Feature: We would like to welcome Rosalind Cummings-Yeates to SATW!

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a freelance writer specializing in cultural travel. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and writes for a variety of print and online publications. A die hard Windy City girl, Rosalind enjoys big cities, beaches and bold adventures. Follow her on Twitter @farsightedgirl.

1:21 pm - Wed, Jul 11, 2012

New Member Feature: Kate Chandler

Kate Chandler is the Senior Editor at The Away Network, including the websites Away.com (@awayblog) and GORP.com, in Washington, D.C. She holds her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and has worked for both print and online publications. Kate lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

6:48 pm - Tue, Jul 10, 2012

New Member Feature: Jaime Dito

Jaime Dito is the Public Relations Manager for HomeAway, Inc, the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace. Jaime has been with HomeAway since June 2006 and actually started two days before the company launched its flagship site, HomeAway.com.

Twitter handle: @HomeAway_Jaime

4:58 pm - Mon, Jul 9, 2012

Get Ready for SATW 2012 Indy Convention with Some Fast Indianapolis Facts

Let’s rediscover the heartland at this year’s SATW Indy Convention! Indianapolis is a bustling, under-explored city, perfect for hosting our SATW family of travel writers. Here are few fun facts about this mid-western, hidden gem of a city.

  1. Indianapolis is home to the world’s largest children’s museum in both square footage and number of artifacts.
  2. Forbes ranks Indianapolis as one of America’s Top 25 Best Shopping cities with 18 different shopping centers and 5,955 retail locations.
  3. Indianapolis’ historic Union Station was the first union station in the world, opening in September 1853. In fact, Thomas Edison worked there as a telegraph operator in 1861.
  4. Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. in its number of monuments and memorials (33).
  5. Indianapolis boasts the first international airport designed and built after 9/11, rated number one in security by travelers in a J.D. Power & Associates poll.
  6. Indianapolis has more hotel rooms (4,717) connected via climate-controlled skywalks than any other city in the nation.
  7. The Indy 500 track is so large that Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Coliseum and Vatican City can all fit inside the iconic oval, covering 253 acres.

Join us in Indianapolis for the SATW 2012 convention on September 9-14, 2012. For more information please visit www.indysatw.com

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