Melissa Arnold has been in the travel industry for 30 years, working in hotel / motel management, Convention and Visitors Bureau management, and as a freelance travel editor and writer. Melissa's travel writing focuses on restaurant reviews, Baltimore and its surrounding area, nostalgia and family travel, and the scenic roads of America. She also has written children's book "I am Not a Purple Door", and locally-focused books "The Hauntings of Ellicott Mills" and "The Hauntings of Omaha", and is an award-winning poet and motivational author/speaker. Samples of Melissa's travel writing can be found at http://www.travelwriters.com/melissa_arnold
Clark Norton is a freelance travel writer and a long time San Francisco resident who now splits his time between California and New York. He is the author of "Where Should We Take the Kids?: California and Around San Francisco with Kids" and has contributed to several other California guides, including "California's Best Bed and Breakfasts." Clark has written about traveling in California for "San Francisco Magazine," "Los Angeles," and "West." Check out his Web site at http://www.clarknorton.com
Christina Tree has written roughly a thousand stories about New England for "The Boston Globe" Sunday travel section. She has also authored half a dozen books on the region, updating them through more than a dozen editions, notably "Maine: An Explorer's Guide"; "Vermont Explorer's Guide"; and "The Berkshire Hills & Pioneer Valley: An Explorer's Guide to Western Massachusetts." Chris is also a contributing editor to the annual "Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England."
Jim Yenckel served as editor and writer for "The Washington Post" for 33 years, the last 16 as their travel writer. He writes a weekly travel column for a suburban newspaper and is a regular contributor to several national magazines, including "Budget Travel" and "Washingtonian."