Amanda Arnold

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Amanda Arnold is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. Arnold likes to give readers the inside scoop about some of the world’s most gorgeous hotels and tastiest eateries. She has worked at Discovery Communications, where she edited and composed pieces for its many websites, including TLC.com, Discovery.com and Howstuffworks.com. When it comes to her own travels, she’s game for either outdoorsy excursions (kayaking in Grand Teton) or luxury boutique stays (in the French Riviera, please!) — or better yet, one trip that includes a little of both.

  • On July 16, 2015
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    Where is Ink & Elm located?

    Ink & Elm is located at 1577 N. Decatur Road in the historic Emory Village Plaza at the edge of Atlanta’s Emory University campus. The surrounding Druid Hills neighborhood is rich with gorgeous historic homes, and the restaurant serves as a sophisticated tavern, dinner spot and daytime coffeehouse for both the affluent neighborhood and the Emory students and faculty. Although the restaurant is perched near a college campus, the atmosphere is decidedly adult — both the menu and the décor exude a mature sophistication. Patrons are welcome to enjoy a dimly lit fine-dining experience in Ink & Elm’s dining room or sink into a leather barstool or booth for smaller bites, handcrafted cocktails and craft beers in its tavern. Either way, you’ll be struck by Ink & Elm’s upscale service, rich and sultry atmosphere (complemented by a classic Blues soundtrack), and the elegant presentation of its beverages and menu items.
  • On October 9, 2013
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    Where is The Townsend Hotel located?

    The Townsend Hotel is situated in the heart of charming Birmingham, Michigan, a small city flanked by affluent Detroit suburbs where visitors and locals alike enjoy premier shopping, terrific art galleries, fine dining and a lovely city park that hosts summer concerts (among other events). Guests of The Townsend, which is located at 100 Townsend Street, will find the city to be an easy place to navigate on foot, with plenty of ice cream shops, pretty parks and high-end boutiques to enjoy along the way. The luxury hotel is also convenient to other Detroit-area attractions — it’s just 20 minutes from the Tigers' Comerica Park and 15 minutes from the Pistons’ home court.
  • On September 26, 2013
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    What restaurants does The Royal Palm South Beach Miami have?

    The James Royal Palm has two top-notch restaurants onsite: Catch Miami, helmed by chef Hung Huynh, winner of season three’s Top Chef, and Florida Cookery, led by local chef Kris Wessel. Catch, which is an outpost of Catch Restaurant in New York City’s Meatpacking District, focuses on seafood dishes, offering both a hot and raw menu. And Florida Cookery’s eats highlight local Floridian fare inspired by Wessel’s upbringing — you’ll find lime grilled chicken with avocado, fennel and arugula on a hoagie roll, as well as guava and smoked pork sliders with slaw.

    Florida Cookery’s sleek space opens up to the South Beach hotel’s pool, with a long bar where sunbathers can sidle up for a cocktail like The Royal (tawny port, crème de violette, prosecco, blackberries and grapes). You can feel the ocean breeze while you dig into lunch or dinner. Catch Miami is a two-story restaurant offering a polished ambience, with exposed brick walls, extra-tall ceilings and copper drum lamps that cast a warm glow. With a large bar, sushi bar and dining room, this spacious spot is sure to start your night out in South Beach right
  • On September 26, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit The Royal Palm South Beach Miami?

    Miami is hottest during the summer months, so it’s best to visit The James Royal Palm in the winter or early spring — think March, April and May — when it is warm but not scorching. That way you can enjoy your complimentary beach lounge chair in 70- to 80-degree Fahrenheit weather with little threat of rain or clouds (June is Miami’s rainiest month, and August is its hottest). But no matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to relish in the South Beach life, and this hip hotel is situated in the center of it all. It seems nearly everyone in South Beach is trying to make a fashion statement, so the people-watching at the hotel and on the streets just outside is top-notch; and the area’s vibrant culture and cuisine, and rumbling club scene are mere steps away from your door.
  • On September 26, 2013
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    Where is The Royal Palm South Beach Miami located?

    The James Royal Palm is located on Collins Avenue in Miami’s tony South Beach area, known for its art deco architecture, dialed-up fashion, late-night lounges and flavorful cuisine. Set on the beach, the hip luxury hotel offers two outdoor lounge chairs per guest room, and attendants-in-the-sand bring sunbathers a complimentary basket of fruit and bottled water as well as an orange umbrella for shade. If you tire of lying on the cushioned chair staring out at the surf, stroll down the scenic boardwalk that runs along the beach between the trendy hotels on Collins Avenue and the sand.

    At night, you’ll find there are plenty of restaurants, lounges and clubs within walking distance of The James, not to mention a couple of greats within the Miami hotel: Florida Cookery restaurant celebrates Floridian cuisine (expect dishes such as hot barbecue shrimp and Creole mahi mahi), and chic Catch Miami specializes in seafood (such as a one-and-a-half pound Alaskan king crab or crispy snapper with peppers, oyster mushrooms, chili and garlic).
  • On September 9, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What restaurants does The Townsend Hotel have?

    The Townsend Hotel boasts two top-notch eating establishments: The Rugby Grille, which offers fine American-Continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and The Townsend Bakery, a small-but-delicious bake shop that also sells light lunch fare. The Rugby Grille’s rich menu showcases numerous cuts of steaks and veal chops, as well as a cavatelli dish with Swiss chard, morels and ricotta salata, and a unique quinoa burger with parsley salad, chickpea fries and tahini yogurt. Dining at this comfy yet sophisticated restaurant is a pleasure — the warm décor includes cherry-wood walls and a cozy fireplace. Try The Townsend Bakery, situated at 175 Merrill Street and open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, for lunch — the grilled cheese sandwich with Boursin, Swiss and cheddar is particularly tempting. But it’s the bakery’s delicious pastries, breads and tortes that often attract visitors to dine at the luxury hotel.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit The Townsend Hotel?

    The best time to visit The Townsend Hotel is during the summer months, when the weather is perfect for strolling quaint downtown Birmingham, Michigan’s boutique- and art gallery-lined streets. Almost 300 retailers have stores in the city, making it a mecca for shopping enthusiasts; its central park hosts summer concerts; and on Sundays, you can check out the Birmingham Farmers Market, which features locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as handmade crafts (perhaps you could purchase a locally made souvenir). The nearby Cranbrook Art Museum, set in Bloomfield Hills, also is a lovely place to visit during a warm-weather stay; its summer exhibitions open in mid-June.
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  • On July 24, 2013
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    What are the best things to see and do in South Beach?

    South Beach has such a fun, vibrant energy — you’re sure to get swept up in the lively atmosphere. Here are a few things to do while you’re in town:

    1. Stroll down/eat on Espanola Way. This little pedestrian-only street in South Beach is rumbling with music and decorated in white lights. The historic architecture and vibe will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a quaint European town. Outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes stretches out into the street, so pull up a chair and enjoy anything from Italian to Cuban food.

    2. Enjoy the spoils of your hotel’s beachfront amenities. South Beach hotels aren’t shy about making your beach time as luxurious as possible. At the James Royal Palm, for example, guests are given a complimentary cushioned beach chair and optional umbrella, along with a complimentary basket of fruit and water to keep them hydrated. You can even order food and drinks from a server on the sand.

    3. Take in an outdoor showing of a movie. Set up on a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and watch a movie projected onto the 7,000-square-foot wall of the New World Center, with the Soundscape Cinema Series. Movies take place on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and they're free. 

    4. Lounge. Swanky lounges and clubs abound in South Beach. So slip into your South Beach-appropriate duds and hit up the subterranean FDR at the Delano South Beach (for DJs) or The Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale Hotel (for a classic cocktail and a cigar).

    5. Eat. South Beach isn’t short on delicious food. Popular restaurants include: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which serves Northern Italian cuisine; Casa Tua, which has a lovely lantern-lit patio for a romantic dinner; and, Villa Azur, which offers French Mediterranean cuisine. Or hit up one of the hotel restaurants — The Restaurant at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Setai, Miami Beach offers delicious Asian cuisine along with a dim, dressy atmosphere, while Catch at The James Royal Palm offers top-notch seafood, including a raw menu.

    6. Indulge at the spa. Many of South Beach's hotels spoil their guests with spa treatments, steam rooms and much needed pedicures — The Spa at Setai, Agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach, Renew the Spa at The James Royal Palm, to name a few. Why not take advantage? At art deco Dream South Beach, we enjoyed a unique herbal poultice massage at boutique Shala Spa that did the trick to soothe aching muscles. Plus, we were even given a fragrant, to-go poultice to try at home.  
  • On July 24, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What are the best things to see and do in South Beach?

    South Beach has such a fun, vibrant energy — you’re sure to get swept up in the lively atmosphere. Here are a few things to do while you’re in town:

    1. Stroll down/eat on Espanola Way. This little pedestrian-only street in South Beach is rumbling with music and decorated in white lights. The historic architecture and vibe will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a quaint European town. Outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes stretches out into the street, so pull up a chair and enjoy anything from Italian to Cuban food.

    2. Enjoy the spoils of your hotel’s beachfront amenities. South Beach hotels aren’t shy about making your beach time as luxurious as possible. At the James Royal Palm, for example, guests are given a complimentary cushioned beach chair and optional umbrella, along with a complimentary basket of fruit and water to keep them hydrated. You can even order food and drinks from a server on the sand.

    3. Take in an outdoor showing of a movie. Set up on a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and watch a movie projected onto the 7,000-square-foot wall of the New World Center, with the Soundscape Cinema Series. Movies take place on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and they're free. 

    4. Lounge. Swanky lounges and clubs abound in South Beach. So slip into your South Beach-appropriate duds and hit up the subterranean FDR at the Delano South Beach (for DJs) or The Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale Hotel (for a classic cocktail and a cigar).

    5. Eat. South Beach isn’t short on delicious food. Popular restaurants include: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which serves Northern Italian cuisine; Casa Tua, which has a lovely lantern-lit patio for a romantic dinner; and, Villa Azur, which offers French Mediterranean cuisine. Or hit up one of the hotel restaurants — The Restaurant at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Setai, Miami Beach offers delicious Asian cuisine along with a dim, dressy atmosphere, while Catch at The James Royal Palm offers top-notch seafood, including a raw menu.

    6. Indulge at the spa. Many of South Beach's hotels spoil their guests with spa treatments, steam rooms and much needed pedicures — The Spa at Setai, Agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach, Renew the Spa at The James Royal Palm, to name a few. Why not take advantage? At art deco Dream South Beach, we enjoyed a unique herbal poultice massage at boutique Shala Spa that did the trick to soothe aching muscles. Plus, we were even given a fragrant, to-go poultice to try at home.  
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  • On July 2, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What is the best thing to bring home from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo?

    It might be tough to pull yourself away from your hotel’s amazing, cliff-side, infinity-edge pool, but at some point during your stay, you really should visit the artisans market in downtown Zihuatanejo, as you're sure to come away with a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Items sold here are handmade by Guerrero locals (many of them come in from the surrounding mountains), and in some cases you can even watch the artists at work. Colorful, elaborately-painted wooden plates and bowls, traditional Mexican-style clothes for both children and adults, colorful jewelry, and hand-woven blankets are just a few of the items available at this quaint street market. It’s customary to bargain a bit with the vendors — though prices are generally already very low, especially when you consider the fact that pieces are handmade. And they do take American dollars, if you’ve run out of pesos. While you’re in the area, take a quick peek into the Zihuatanejo church across the street — it's a lovely and charming little structure. 
  • On July 1, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What are the five best Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo food experiences?

    Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s cuisine is truly delicious. Generally, you should steer toward the seafood dishes — after all, this is a seaside town — and be sure to devour all the chips, salsa and guacamole you can get your fingers on. But here are a few favorite dishes and drinks from the area:

    1. Pozole. In Mexico, this soup dish is traditionally eaten on Thursdays and includes pork and corn — but at La Casa Que Canta, it’s a seafood affair that you can order any day of the week. A waiter will bring you a bowl full of tasty wild shrimp, baby calamari and clams and then pour a hot, spicy broth over the seafood from a pitcher (adding a bit of zest to the food presentation). For a bit more spice, you can sprinkle on some Serrano peppers.

    2. Hibiscus water. Many of the hotels serve this refreshing beverage to incoming guests — perfect to cool you off on a hot Mexico day. The concoction involves hibiscus flowers fused with water and lime, which is steeped for three hours, strained and then mixed with sugar. Yum. 

    3. Mezcal. A cousin of tequila, this quintessentially Mexican distilled spirit — meant to be sipped from an attractive shot glass — has a lovely smoky flavor. At La Casa Que Canta, we were instructed to sip the mezcal, and then bite into an orange slice that had been dipped in sea salt — an altogether delicious combination. And the fried grasshoppers served alongside the mezcal turned out to be surprisingly complimentary.

    4. Chilaquiles. This popular Mexican breakfast dish involves warm fried tortillas drenched in either a spicy green or red sauce and topped with chopped onions, cheese and an egg (or two). It’s a hearty and decidedly Mexican way to begin your day.

    5. Mango … anything. Mango farms are scattered all around Zihuatanejo — as a result, the fruit simply tastes better here. At La Casa Que Canta, they might just leave one on a plate in your room during turndown. We advise you to dig in — ASAP. And at La Marea Restaurant at Viceroy Zihuatanejo, dessert includes a crispy mango cheesecake taco with a side of custard ice cream that's absolutely divine.

    6. Fresh seafood. Like we said, this is a coastal town, so local seafood is really the way to go wherever you eat. At Capella Ixtapa, for example, Las Rocas Seafood Market, a cliffside restaurant overlooking the ocean, offers local seafood caught that very day. You should definitely take advantage of the fresh deliciousness and the unparalleled views.