DeMarco Williams

Forbes Travel Guide Editor

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

I love three things in life: my family, sports and travel. Knowing that most people wouldn’t find my aunts all that fascinating, I chose a writing and editing career centered around the latter two interests. Before joining Forbes Travel Guide as a Managing Editor, I earned a journalism degree from Georgia State University and penned stories for outlets such as AOL, Citysearch and Destinations Marriott — all of which made my mom pretty darn proud. When I’m not writing and editing, I’m traveling everywhere from Denver to the Dominican Republic with my lovely wife.

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  • On April 7, 2014
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    What is Phoenix & Scottsdale’s restaurant scene like?

    Even though it rains just a few times a season in Phoenix, the city’s dining scene is growing at an alarming rate. Everywhere you look around the greater area, you’re bound to see (and certainly smell) something delicious. Blue Hound, which sits on the ground level of downtown Phoenix’s brand-new Hotel Palomar, is doing wonderful things with its gastro-pub menu. Beckett’s Table and Windsor are two other PHX restaurants cooking up some sustainable magic. A little further from the city center are exciting southwestern-tinged places like the TQLA in Mesa and Saddle Ranch Chop House in Glendale. But, of course, while all of this newness is cooking up, established eateries like Arizona Biltmore’s Wright's at the Biltmore and the Royal Palms’ T. Cook's are doing inventive things of their own to keep their kitchens relevant.
  • On April 7, 2014
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    What’s the best time to visit Phoenix & Scottsdale?

    Without question, the best time to visit the Valley is the late winter or early spring. The temperature is generally a pleasant 75 degrees and the calendar is usually filled with excitement. If you come to the city in early February, you can enjoy the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one of the best-run events on the PGA calendar. If you visit in early March, you can partake in annual festivities like the Devoured Culinary Classic, PHX’s premier dining showcase. Stay until the end of March and you can catch the family-friendly McDowell Mountain Music Festival. And, of course, if you come at any time of the month, you can see some unbelievable spring training baseball as 15 MLB teams play their way around 10 stadiums that are never more than 40 minutes apart.
  • On March 24, 2014
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    What are the rooms like at JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead?

    The rooms at JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead are precisely what you’d expect from a property in the heart of Atlanta’s ritzy Buckhead enclave — clean, sophisticated and unfussy. With 371 rooms and suites in the 25-floor property (the units were renovated in 2012), you might expect the aforementioned adjectives to be code words for bland repetition, but the hotel avoids any design missteps with spaces filled with eye-catching light fixtures, avant-garde mirrors and remarkable views of the downtown skyline. This sense of Southern chicness carries over to four spacious suites — these units range between 600 and 1,000 square feet compared to a typical guest room of 250 to 400 square feet — that offer sitting areas with pullout sofas and leather armchairs. Both the suites and guest rooms provide gadgets (37-inch flat-screen TVs) and grand baths (marble countertops and showers) to give your stay at the Atlanta hotel added panache.
  • On December 16, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Tristan?

    Tristan, a fine-dining restaurant located on the ground floor of Charleston's French Quarter Inn, is an upscale spot with a relaxed dress code. Although ball caps and shorts are discouraged, Tristan encourages guests to be chic but also comfortable. If you need some guidance, the city’s unofficial uniform for gentlemen consists of khakis, loafers and either a polo or oxford. Women favor stylish shifts and casual cocktail wear. As Tristan is the sort of place where one goes to enjoy a secluded date night or celebrate a special milestone, feel free to wear anything from denim and a nice shirt to a suit. Need a wardrobe boost? Stop into the Shops at Charleston Place (less than a block away from the farm-to-table restaurant) for his-and-her options.
  • On December 16, 2013
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    What is the menu like at Tristan?

    In a city that has embraced the farm-to-table movement with a serious Southern accent, Tristan’s menu offerings are a breath of fresh, mod air. Sure, you’ll find regionally sourced ingredients like Carolina quail and Berkshire pork, but in the spirit of an urbane restaurant that could be set in any number of metropolises, Tristan offers decidedly postmodern options of these old favorites with clever twists and of-the-moment accoutrements. Amuses like boiled peanut soup with puffed Carolina Gold rice in a baby tureen are an unexpected delight, while an entrée of perfectly cooked duck comes with cracklings and its own reduction served in a tiny beaker. A nightly tasting menu offers mini dishes such as lobster and carpaccio, scallops, tannarelli pasta and heritage pork pavé. Add sides such as ember-roasted carrots; accents like foaming reductions; plating that is both meticulous, artful and sometimes quirky; and a dessert menu starring an amazing smoked chocolate ice cream, and it all equals a true culinary gem. 
  • On December 16, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Tristan?

    If you are planning to dine at Tristan during any major holiday, Valentine’s Day or New Year's Eve, or if you are in town for a large annual event (such as Spoleto Festival USA, The Cooper River Bridge Run, Southeastern Wildlife Expo, or the Charleston Wine and Food Festival), you will need to make reservations as soon as possible — it’s best to book a table weeks out. During off-season weekends and weeknights, walk-ins are welcomed. If you do plan ahead, you can call the restaurant at 843-534-2155 or book your reservation via OpenTable. For parties of six or more, be sure to call the Charleston restaurant in advance.
  • On December 16, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit French Quarter Inn?

    Much like other parts of the deep South, the best time to visit French Quarter Inn is probably somewhere between April and June. The weather is a comfortable 75 degrees most of the time, and the world-renowned Spoleto Festival spreads its cultural wings in late May/early June. But if all of that excitement (and Market Street traffic) proves too much for you, try stopping by the charming city in October. Though the young men and women will be back in school at nearby College of Charleston, the usual glut of people in the shops and at the restaurants will be nonexistent. Plus, the autumn events calendar is actually quite robust, what with happenings such as the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Fall Tours going on.
  • On December 16, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at French Quarter Inn?

    The rooms at French Quarter Inn are classic colonial. The 50-room hotel has so much character in its common areas that it couldn’t help but spill over into the private quarters. The traditional guest rooms may be the most modest out of the property’s roster, but they still do a magnificent job of keeping with the hotel’s classical French motif with Parisian-themed prints and wonderfully carved beds outfitted with high-thread-count Italian linen. The junior and full suites offer a bit more square footage and a few more eye-catching amenities, namely the private balcony looking out to the market or across to St. Phillip’s steeple. A recently completed multimillion-dollar bathroom renovation project across the whole property only enhances the shimmer — upgrades include Italian marble flooring, automatic de-fogging mirrors and high-end Kohler faucets.