New Article: Israel’s Travel Treasures

I was flattered when ESRA Magazine asked me to write an article in honor of Israel's 70th anniversary. My new article is a guide to some of my favorite places in Israel, including food, culture, history, hikes and hotels. Whether you're coming for your first visit or your tenth, you'll find some new, exciting ideas here. You can read the full article here. Feel free to contact me. I'd love to show you more of Israel's hidden treasures.             #Israel #Tour #Guide [...]

Beautiful Views… Always Accessible

Israel is a land of tremendous natural beauty. Every part of the country… each of the seasons, offers its own particular choice of breathtaking vistas and beautiful paths to explore. I love lacing up my boots and hitting the trails. Whether it’s desert or forest, mountain or plain, I’m rarely disappointed. There’s always something new to discover. But, what if you have a child in a stroller, or are in a wheelchair? There’s no need to miss out. Israel [...]

City Tour: The Writing’s On the Wall

A trip to Israel is always full of surprises. When traveling to Israel you might imagine holy sites, ancient ruins and desert landscapes. When thinking of colorful sites perhaps you’d envision the spices and fruit of the shuk, hiking through a field of wildflowers, or maybe creative dishes at a cutting edge restaurant, but not street art. Well here’s a surprise… I had the good fortune to join Guy Sharett, veteran podcaster and street art aficionado, on one of his [...]

Hi-Tech and Homemade Granola

“Oh! Tu B’Shvat!” I heard over and over as I visited booths at the CyberTech conference in Tel Aviv last week with my bags of goodies. Since the conference fell on Tu B’Shvat (Holiday of the Trees), I brought bags of homemade granola featuring fruits from Israel, my own twist on tradition. Israel seems to be sprouting more tech startups than orange trees these days, so I took the opportunity to meet with some of Israel’s innovators in the [...]

Winter Touring: Hiking Between the Raindrops

Travelers often associate Israel with hot weather and desert landscapes of brown and yellow. However, that’s only half the story. Winter in Israel features mild temperatures and landscapes that explode with greenery and colorful flowers; for hikers it’s the perfect time to lace up your boots and hit the trail. Vistas you may have seen before will seem new as you see them covered in green, or shimmering with rain. It’s also a great time to indulge your inner [...]

The Personal Touch. Druze Hospitality in the Golan.

Last week I treated my clients to a memorable culinary, cultural, historical and emotional experience. Winding through the narrow twisting streets of the Druze village of Majd el Shams in the Golan Heights, we arrived at the home of Fausia. She greeted us with a warm smile and brought us inside. Her home was filled with the delicious aromas of traditional delicacies. She invited us to sit down, and treated my eager clients to a sumptuous lunch of such [...]

Something Sweet With Your Winter Tour? Try a Krembo!

While touring Israel in the winter, sometimes you just feel like a sweet treat. Summertime in Israel is filled with ice cream and cold watermelon. But, how do you indulge your sweet tooth during the winter? Try a Krembo! A Krembo is a decadent, sweet, sticky delight that’s only available in Israel during the winter. It’s a wonderful concoction of fluffy marshmallow cream, a round of tea biscuit, and a chocolate coating that gently cracks under your teeth. They’re craved [...]

Outdoor Tour: In Search of Early Bloomers

In a few weeks the wildflower season in Israel will begin in earnest. Forests, fields and parks will explode with a beautiful array of colors and shapes. But what if you just can’t wait? Now is the time when the eager hiker can find early blooming wildflowers. These hidden treasures are worth the effort. These lovely bursts of color and delicate form are harbingers of the season to come. From North to South many varieties are waiting for you [...]

Beating the Post-Holiday Blues… With the Blues!

Beating the Post Holiday Blues… With the Blues! It’s been a wonderful season of holidays here in Israel. We’ve experienced the grandeur of Rosh HaShana, the introspection of Yom Kippur, the festivals, tours and hikes of Succot and the pure joy of Simchat Torah. Chanukah’s not until December. It’s hard not to feel a little let down. The best way to beat those blues, might be a dose of the Blues. The Tel Aviv Blues Festival will run from November [...]

Post Tour Refreshment: Israeli Craft Beer

After a long day of touring, nothing tastes quite as good as a nice cold beer. Gone are the days when your only choices were two local mass-market beers. The Israeli craft beer scene has truly come alive in the last several years. During the summer and fall, beer festivals large and small take place throughout the country. Local craft beers are increasingly available in restaurants and pubs. In addition, some brewers like Jem’s in Petach Tikva and Dancing [...]