Jane Simon Ammeson

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Jane Simon Ammeson is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, food and personalities. She writes frequently for Northwest Indiana Times, AAA Home & Away, Cleveland Magazine, and Edible Michigan. She also writes a weekly food column and the weekly book review column Shelf Life for the Northwest Indiana Times, and has authored eight books. She is a member of the Indiana Foodways Alliance, a restaurant reviewer for Gayot.com and a James Beard Foundation judge. A member of Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), Association of Food Journalists and Midwest Travel Writers Association, Jane’s base camp is Stevensville, Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Posts by Jane Simon Ammeson

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  • 1
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Bernal, Mexico. I’m not sure that it’s the most underrated but I’ve never met anyone who has been there and I find it one of the most enchanting Pueblo Magicos or Magic Towns with buildings washed with soft sunset colors, Moorish influences found in the tiled fronts of restaurants and hotels, friendly people and a mystical pena, one of the largest in the world. Nearby in one of Mexico’s wine regions and in the distance are the purplish haze of mountains.

  • 2
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Always take more than one book and more than one pad of paper. Now, I might update that to making sure your Kindle is loaded with reading material. I’ve been stuck in too many airports not to know the value of having paper to write on and something to read.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Whenever I can, I like to find a saddle barn and see the countryside on horseback. I’ve explored mountains carpeted in snow in Colorado and Alaska, caves and jungle in Mexico, ridden on beaches in Florida, Santa Domingo and other spots in the Caribbean, into the dessert in Arizonia and through the forests on the sides of volcanoes in Hawaii. And that’s just a start. Horseback riding lets you explore destinations in a totally different way.

  • 4
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    No, but I’ve had to dig deep into my creativity.