Travel writer/hotels reporter for @USATODAY. Author of personal finance book Hot (Broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too. Georgetown Hoya.

What's new in New York City this summer

usatoday.com — New York City always lives up to its name. It's constantly evolving with new attractions, hotels, restaurants and bars hitting the scene. Our New York-based correspondents Ashley Day and Nancy Trejos fill you in on all the new places to check out this summer.

NOLA's Brennan's gets a new look, menu

experience.usatoday.com — For decades, Brennan's restaurant was known all over New Orleans for its lively breakfast. "Breakfast at Brennan's" had a cult following. Starting as early as 8 a.m. people would would show up to eat heaps of food and drink loads of alcohol.

Puerto Rico's food evolves

experience.usatoday.com — Jose Santaella has set out to prove that Puerto Rican cuisine goes far beyond mofongo, the typical dish of mashed up plaintains with shrimp or other proteins mixed in. Not that there's anything wrong with mofongo. It's delicious, but Santaella, one of Puerto Rico's most celebrated chefs, is trying to redefine the island's traditional cuisine, which combines African, French, Spanish and Caribbean flavors.

The Cromwell Las Vegas debuts keyless entry

experience.usatoday.com — Guests at The Cromwell, the newest boutique hotel on the Vegas Strip, won't have to worry about losing their keycards to get into their rooms anymore. The Cromwell is now letting guests open all 188 hotel room doors with their mobile phones.

Craft beer cellars

experience.usatoday.com — Craft beers are now getting the same nurturing that wines have been getting for years - literally. Bars across America are now treating craft beers as they do wines, storing them in temperature-controlled cellars for a decade or more. The best beers for aging have to have higher alcohol levels, such as imperial stouts.

Hot in Las Vegas: Divorce parties

experience.usatoday.com — LAS VEGAS -- Joe Siquig didn't have a bachelor party before getting married four years ago. So four years later, he finally threw the epic party he didn't get to have. But this time, it was for his divorce.

Learn to gamble on a Las Vegas casino floor with free lessons

experience.usatoday.com — LAS VEGAS - The house usually has the advantage in the casino pit. But at many Vegas casinos, the house is giving away some of its upper hand by teaching its patrons how to win. A number of casinos on and off the Strip offer free lessons on some of the most popular games, including Texas hold 'em, craps, blackjack, roulette and pai gow.

Bar hop in Puerto Rico's 'chinchorros'

experience.usatoday.com — MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO - A good Puerto Rican chinchorro must have one thing and lack another: cheap beer and air conditioning. Louis O'Halloran, an Irishman who has lived in Puerto Rico for 30 years, explains this to me as we drink a local Medalla beer and ignore the sweat dripping from our foreheads.

Puerto Rico's other coast: 'An easier life'

experience.usatoday.com — GUANICA, PUERTO RICO - The three-mile trail to the abandoned fort on top of the U.S. Park System's only dry forest seems easy enough to tackle. A clear path to the "Fuerte" lies ahead, surrounded by shrubs and cacti, vegetation you would not expect to find on a tropical island.

Find the best holiday shopping in New York City

usatoday.com — Millions of out-of-towners visit New York City for the holidays, and many are in search of unique gifts to bring home. Our New York-based correspondents Ashley Day and Nancy Trejos steer you to some of the city's best shop-ops. Flagships No other department store is as tied to the holiday season as Macy's, which produces the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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May 23, 2015

A few shots from inside the new One World Observatory which opens May 29. From my sneak peak last Monday. @OneWTC pic.twitter.com/QOFnz5bxDp

May 23, 2015

RT @LanghamPlaceNY: Great round-up of what is new and exciting in #NewYorkCity this #summer from @NancyTrejos & @ashnday of @USATODAY. http…

May 22, 2015

For those visiting #NYC, @ashnday and I have the scoop: What's new in New York City this summer usat.ly/1HmerRo @usatodaytravel

May 21, 2015

My latest: Hawaii tops Dr. Beach's annual list of top 10 beaches usat.ly/1SjJ6aL via @usatodaytravel //Which beach will you go to??

May 21, 2015

This was the view from last night's @northriverlobsterco cruise. @yourtake pic.twitter.com/HEoid4u4Ll

May 21, 2015

RT @MTaylorisms: Rio de Janeiro isn't the same without you, @nancytrejos. His song in Portuguese pleads "don't let samba die." pic.twitter.com/8dorK2Akqj

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