WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of January 2017

A pigskin bomb, Prohibition and a wacky restaurant score historic ‘firsts’ for Mazatlan

A pigskin bomb, Prohibition and a wacky restaurant score historic ‘firsts’ for Mazatlan

Besides the dubious distinction of being the first city on this side of the world to be bombed from the air, Mexico’s Pacific port at Mazatlan was home to the country’s first beach resort – at a time when today’s playlands at Acapulco, Cancun, the Riviera Maya,  Los Cabos, Ixtapa and the like were mostly just barren stretches of sand.

48 hours in George’s NYC

48 hours in George’s NYC

George Washington was not really a New Yorker.  He was born, raised and died in Virginia.  He spent much of his public life, as both a president and a general, in his favorite city of Philadelphia. But New York?  Not so much. Travel Authority Rich Grant tells what really went down in the Big Apple.

No Kiddin’: Iceland really has a penis museum

No Kiddin’: Iceland really has a penis museum

“Somebody had to do it,” says Hjotur Gisli Sigurosson, curator of Iceland’s Phallological Museum. Collected over 37 years and displayed in the museum are 280 penis specimens ranging from tiny knob-like appendages to giant whale organs. The museum’s visitor count is around 11,000 (mostly women) a year.

Getting to Know Juneau

Getting to Know Juneau

Did you know Juneau, Alaska is an up and coming foodie destination? Travel writer Ginger Dingus takes us on a guided food walk that will make you a believer in Alaska as a foodie destination. It’s a journey appreciated one tasty bite at a time.

Richard Halliburton: The travel writer’s travel writer

Richard Halliburton: The travel writer’s travel writer

During his brief life (1900-1939), Halliburton rode an elephant Hannibal-style through the Alps, managed to get jailed for a while on Devil’s Island, climbed the Matterhorn, served in the French Foreign Legion, hung out with pirates and headhunters and did all kinds of other crazy stuff. His books prompted a number of today’s travel writers to get out and see the world.

Author of the Month

KUDOS TO RICH GRANT

Denver-based travel writer Rich Grant was awarded Runner-Up in the Pluma de Plata Award from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board for the best article on Puerto Vallarta to hail from the North America Travel Journalists Association Convention. The prize was a week in Puerto Vallarta that Grant says he’ll take this year while, of course, writing another story on the destination tucked into the inner Bay of Banderas.

Peurto Vallarta was made famous in “The Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner released in 1964. Burton brought Liz Taylor, fresh off her divorce from Eddie Fisher to the set of the John Huston film in Miamaloya, immediately south of PV. Gossip columnists put the spotlight on the wildly popular couple and Peurto Vallarta was suddenly popular by association. From 1977 to 1986, the entertainment industry gave Peurto Vallarta yet another boost when it was featured as a regular port of call for the hit TV series “The Love Boat.”

Grant was communications director for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau for 35 years. Since his retirement in 2014, he has reported on his travels around the world in WatchBoom.com and other travel magazines and newspapers including the Huffington Post and he co-authored “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die” with journalist Irene Rawlings in 2016.

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