About the Author

Laura grew up along northern California's famous coastal fogbelt - more precisely, in Pacifica, Calif., in a house that once was part of an artichoke farm that her family operated after they emigrated from Italy. She's traveled all over the world, but really hasn't moved far. She still lives in that cool, gray fog, but in the place she loves the most, San Francisco, which has been home for more than 25 years.

She was San Francisco-based bureau chief of Travel Weekly, the leading industry newsmagazine, for 16 years. She tracked new California attractions and opening and renovations of hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and old lodges in all parts of the state. She started freelancing in 2003, continuing with Travel Weekly as contributing editor and writing for a variety of other newspapers and magazines. Her articles have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Herald, Travel Professional, Meetings and Conventions, Meetings West and TravelAge West.

Laura contributed chapters to editions of Fodor's San Francisco and Frommer's Honeymoons in Mexico and wrote a book, "Selling Special Interest Travel," for those who want to learn about sales and marketing of niche travel products. In 2005, she won the Society of American Travel Writers' Silver Lowell Thomas Award for travel news/investigative journalism in Travel Professional magazine.

Laura is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

She loves to travel, particularly to hike and explore northern California's back roads and to try new places to eat in San Francisco and on the road.

For more professional biography, please see Laura Del Rosso Web site.

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