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Shoot ’em Up in Colorado Mining Towns

Contact Creede! Book CoverDestination: 19th century Creede and Cripple Creek, Colorado

Book:CONTACT CREEDE! A Novel of Old Colorado
(NEW 2011) by Barbara Marriott

Contact Creede! is a fun romp with an endearing heroine that travels to two Western mining towns in the early 1800’s . Both towns, Creede and Cripple Creek shriveled after the silver and gold mining booms, but survive as tourist attractions in a beautiful location in Colorado. Continue reading Shoot ’em Up in Colorado Mining Towns

New Orleans Literary Landmark Hotel Monteleone

Royal Street Stroll in front of Hotel Monteleone
Royal Street Stroll in front of Hotel Monteleone

Destination: New Orleans

Authors: Galore

Did you know that the United States organization Friends of Libraries U. S. A., designates Literary Landmarks? So when you travel in the U. S., you can check their site, visit the haunts of writers past and present, and in a few cases, stay at the same hotels. Checking state by state on the Friends of Libraries Site, you can also get some ideas of literature that came from the state you are visiting.

I just returned from New Orleans, where I stayed at my favorite hotel, Hotel Monteleone, conveniently on the edge of the French Quarter, and walking distance to everything (just ask my aching feet). But best of all, when I walked through that glorious lobby with the towering Grandfather Clock, I was walking in the footsteps of Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty and other outstanding authors.

You can even stay in a suite named for one of those three authors–although that does not mean they stayed there–it just means that the suite is decorated in a style that presumably would suit the writer. A few books by Truman or Eudora or Tennessee lie on tables for your reading pleasure.

Truman Capote loved the hotel and returned frequently. Once when he was being interviewed on the late night talk show of Johnny Carson, Capote claimed that he was born in the Monteleone. In fact, his mother and father were staying there when she went into labor and was transferred to a nearby hospital. But it made a good story to say he was born in his favorite hotel. And Capote was made of stories. Continue reading New Orleans Literary Landmark Hotel Monteleone