Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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When COVID-19 incited an abrupt closure of ski resorts last March, it wasn’t clear how this viral bogeyman managed to spark outbreaks from the Tetons to Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain. Eight months later, it is. Knowing that the novel coronavirus prefers slinking through crowded indoor spaces...

Shoulder season, the cooler autumnal days from October through Thanksgiving, are traditionally quiet ones as ski resorts ramp up for the peak winter season. Not this year.  With work from home mandates extended and remote school nixing the need for families to stay at home,...

On December 19th, my daughter Bella received the ping she had been dreaming of: Congratulations, Bella! You have been admitted to the class of 2024. With maize and blue coursing through the veins of her grandparents and parents, she was thrilled to have her chance...

A culinary swing through Israel. Skiing in the southern Hemisphere. Hiking in Sardinia. This may sound like fluff when people are struggling to put food on the table. But, traveling isn’t just my passion, it’s my profession. I spent decades honing my craft for the...

By Amy Tara Koch July 24, 2020 I am in the Catskills in a charming, tucked-away treehouse of an inn. My room, walking distance to hiking trails, overlooks a waterfall. Morning coffee and evening vodka tonic are taken on the deck where the temperature clocks in at...

Even with the global pandemic, many Americans have been itching for a summer getaway. To make travel realistic this year, both the hospitality industry and those they hope to serve have had to make significant pivots. Travelers have swapped dream trips for vacations that make them feel comfortable , like away -from-the -fray outdoors experiences while hotels and...

BY AMY TARA KOCH May 24, 2020 Photographed by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, Vogue, August 2017 You may not be jetting off to far-flung locales this summer, but you can certainly stoke your wanderlust—and avoid culinary ennui—by incorporating global flavors into basic dishes. Chefs from some of our favorite hotels...

After weeks of chugging wine from a sad juice glass, eyes glued to MSNBC, I’d had enough. Enough of consuming news 24/7. Enough of pajamas as day wear. Enough focusing on doom and gloom. I decided to perk things up, first, by turning off the...

You can’t go to the vineyard, but some of Napa and Sonoma’s best wineries are letting you buy a bottle, then participate in streamed tastings. By Amy Tara Koch April 8, 2020 If you are bored with your at-home cache of pinot grigio and merlot, Sonoma County and Napa...

If you’re looking for a more bespoke Zoom wine tasting, try this one from Aperture Cellars. By Amy Tara Koch  With tasting rooms closed due to COVID-19, wineries have been quick to pivot to virtual experiences. Aperture Cellars in Healdsburg, CA, has gone well beyond the standard remote wine tasting with their...