Greg Tasker

Greg Tasker

Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.

Markets are snapshots of local culture

As my friends and I plan for a trip to Italy and Spain this month, we’ve been perusing guidebooks and websites to create an itinerary, one that includes not only major ruins, monuments and museums but also hot spots for dining, nightlife and entertainment. But as I browsed the fruit and vegetable stands at Detroit’s … Continue Reading →

Michigan's best-kept secrets being shared

Some of Michigan’s best-kept secrets are being discovered. The lastest jewel shining in the national spotlight is Traverse City. The Cherry Capital was named to National Geographic’s list of the Best Summer Trips for 2012 — along with such well-known destinations as Baltimore, St. Petersburg (the Russian one), Pawley’s Island in South Carolina, the Spencer … Continue Reading →

Shakespeare in 37 languages

It’s truly a voyage of imagination this spring at the Globe Theatre in London, where actors from all over the world are performing some of Shakespeare’s most famous works in their native languages. How about Hamlet in Lithuanian (that would be Hamletas)? Or Much Ado About Nothing in French (Beaucoup de Bruit Pour Rien)? Some … Continue Reading →

Explore the Civil War online

One of the most remarkable excursions of my childhood was a two-hour drive east of Memphis to Shiloh National Battlefield. It was my first visit to a Civil War battlefield. I am not sure what I expected, but I was immediately struck by the peacefulness of the rural Tennessee landscape. Take away the stone monuments to Confederate and … Continue Reading →

Titanic at the Grand

If you’ve stayed at the Grand Hotel, you’ve experienced that sensation of feeling like you’re on a ship – but on land. So, it’s no surprise that the majestic hotel could play host to an event celebrating the history and opulence of the Titanic, the doomed passenger liner that sank after striking an iceberg on … Continue Reading →

No shortage of green in the USA

If you missed the frivolity in Corktown Sunday, you still have time to make plans to join the St. Patrick’s Day fun elsewhere around the country. Fodor’s, creator of the gold-colored travel guides, has selected the Best Stateside St. Patrick’s Day Events. Topping the list is New York City, home to two big celebrations. The … Continue Reading →

Hope for health-minded travelers

Trying to stay fit on the road is a challenge, even at the best of hotels. Most roadside hotels are off busy highways, dissuading travelers from taking a run or a walk after check-in. The fitness center is often nothing more than a small dreary room crowded with outdated weight machines. The pool has limited … Continue Reading →

Save with New York CityPASS

  If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple and have some serious sightseeing in mind, buy a New York CityPASS.   The CityPASS will save you nearly 50 percent off the combined admission to six New York landmarks, including the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern … Continue Reading →