Susan R. Pollack

Susan R. Pollack

Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 48 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for secondchancetravels.com. She also has written for websites including gardendestinations.com and travelingmom.com.

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Horsin' around in Traverse City

There’s plenty of horsin’ around this summer in Traverse City. And visitors are invited to get in on the fun each Sunday, through Aug. 13, when the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival hosts Grand Prix events featuring riders in various age groups and their sleek show horses, some of them Olympic-caliber. Whether they’re competing as “hunters” … Continue Reading →

Chasing chickens on Fat Tuesday is a Mardi Gras tradition in Louisiana Cajun country

While Metro Detroiters spend Fat Tuesday stuffing themselves with paczki — fat Polish donuts stuffed with jelly, creme or custard and calories — residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, practice some interesting Mardi Gras customs of their own. Unlike the often bawdy revelers in better-known New Orleans on the other side of the state, Lake Charles … Continue Reading →

Michigan resorts host fall farm-to-table dinners

    Foodies looking for a fall getaway have a smorgasbord of choices at northern Michigan resorts. As part of the growing ‘eat local’ movement,  Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville will wrap up its monthly Farm-to-Table summer series of pre-fixe dinners at the Thistle Pub & Grille Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17. Showcasing locally-sourced ingredients, … Continue Reading →

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service

I was fortunate to visit three of our nation’s greatest treasures in the past year. From roaming buffalo, erupting geysers and cascading waterfalls in Yellowstone and soaring red rocks in Zion to dramatic granite formations and waterfalls in Yosemite, our national parks are truly awe-inspiring. Today marks the centennial of the day, Aug. 25, 1916, … Continue Reading →