Laura Janelle Downey

Forbes Travel Guide Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Laura Janelle Downey is a correspondent who covers Atlanta for Forbes Travel Guide. After receiving a master’s in journalism at Florida A&M University, she landed in New York City as a reporter for People, where she once followed Billy Crystal to the men’s bathroom just to get a quote. Since then, she has been a fashion/entertainment editor, magazine journalism professor and managing editor of 944 and Vegas/Rated magazines. Her favorite pastimes include hitting the spa, finding out which Five-Star hotel has the most comfortable bed and trying out delicious dishes in any given city.

  • On May 22, 2013

    What do you have planned?

  • On May 22, 2013

    Yeah, totally!!! I'm inspired and relaxed now. Tee hee.

  • On May 22, 2013

    I just love the packaging my bottle of spring water from the Four-Star Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta comes in. There's a Taoist proverb on the wrap that says, "No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see." Plus, the shades of blue waves covering the packaging leaves me feeling very relaxed and Zen-like.

    On May 22, 2013

    Very nice. Enlightenment-infused hydration!

  • On May 22, 2013
    Laura Janelle Downey answered the question: Laura Janelle Downey

    What is the dress code at American Fish?

    The dress code at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended American Fish restaurant located inside Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino is smart casual. If you’ve spent all day at one of the resort’s pools in a bikini, I would encourage you to stop by your suite and put on a little black dress or jeans and a cutesy blouse with heels —especially if you’re there for a date. Men should wear classic khaki pants or jeans, a button-down shirt or cotton polo with boat shoes to enjoy the comfortable setting at the Michael Mina establishment. Although this is not a place where you are required to don a jacket, you definitely do not want to wear shorts and flip-flops. When I had dinner there, I wore a colorful designer dress with chic sandals.
  • On May 22, 2013
    Laura Janelle Downey answered the question: Laura Janelle Downey

    What is the dress code at American Fish?

    The dress code at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended American Fish restaurant located inside Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino is smart casual. If you’ve spent all day at the resort’s pool in a bikini, I would encourage you to stop by your suite and put on a little black dress or jeans and a cutesy blouse with heels —especially if you’re there for a date. Men should wear classic khaki pants or jeans, a button-down shirt or cotton polo with boat shoes to enjoy the comfortable setting at the Michael Mina establishment. Although this is not a place where you are required to don a jacket, you definitely do not want to wear shorts and flip-flops. When I had dinner there, I wore a colorful designer dress with chic sandals.
  • On May 21, 2013

    I'm still excited about winning the third place in the Loews Atlanta Hotel's Amazing Race-inspired relay this past weekend. Here's what it was all about: http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/atlantas-city-wide-scavenger-hunt

    On May 21, 2013

    You are unstoppable! Congratulations on the adventure!

  • On May 21, 2013
    Laura Janelle Downey is now following Art Smith
  • On May 21, 2013
    Laura Janelle Downey answered the question: Laura Janelle Downey

    What is ARIA Resort & Casino's Michael Jordan Invitational?

    The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino serves as the host hotel for the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, while the actual golf tournament takes place at the world-renowned Shadow Creek Golf Course. The tournament has been in partnership with ARIA in the past thanks to a three-year contract. But now that the contract has ended, I’m hoping a new contract is negotiated for another three or more years. This is because Las Vegas is the perfect place to play—whether you’re golfing, hitting the nightclubs or frolicking around in one of the Spa Suites at Four-Star The Spa & Salon at ARIA. During the star-studded MJCI this past April, everyone from Michael Jordan (of course!), Don Cheadle, Brody Jenner, Will Smith and more came out to play. The event isn't all about golf either — think VIP tent filled with lots of food such as salads and pasta, plus, mixed drinks and beer — it's a prime place for fun and celeb watching.
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  • On May 17, 2013

    Living the M Life is an amazing experience. Read all about it here: http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/mgm-offers-vip-vegas-itineraries

  • On May 17, 2013
    Laura Janelle Downey answered the question: Laura Janelle Downey

    What are some of the specialty cocktails available at Sage?

    Every Vegas experience has to include a cocktail (or two). But not just any old beverage will do. Head to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Sage restaurant at ARIA Resort & Casino for its unique drinks list, which guests can read up on via an iPad brought to your table by a sommelier. It’s all in the presentation, right? Start the night off with a complimentary amuse-bouche such as the Pink Lemonade. The beverage is poured into an ice-filled absinthe balancier and then moves slowly through a see-saw device in an effort to create the perfect libation. Other drink favorites include The Cat Walk (Belvedere Lemon tea vodka, aperol, St. Germain liqueur, orange cream, rooibos tea, passion fruit, egg white and prosecco) and the Last Word (Plymouth Gin, green chartreuse, Luxardo maraschino cherries and fresh lime). If you don’t know what to order, just ask for general manager Robert Nikodem or any of the other mixologists — they’ll explain the subtleties of the beverages and craft choice concoctions worth checking out.
  • On May 16, 2013
    Laura Janelle Downey is now following Seychelles
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