David A. Keeps

Travel and Design Journalist, TV Producer and Host

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T+L's Definitive Guide to Los Angeles
Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood still draw shoppers and sightseers, but a new generation of talented young transplants has helped transform Hollywood and...
The Stylish Beaches of Tulum, Mexico
Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl in the red bikini and cork sandals steps through a craggy passage in the walls surrounding the 1,000-year-old ruins of Tulum. She...
Mérida's Moment
Church bells are pealing as I enter the Plaza Grande, Mérida's main square, which is bordered by 16th-century Spanish colonial buildings and the oldest cathedral in the...
Palm Springs and the High Desert
This is a tale of two deserts: one as glittering and artificial as a futuristic theme park, the other as spare and elemental as boulders and cactus. It's roughly a 32-mile...
Go on a Retreat
Until a year ago, the words yoga retreat elicited from me a disdainful cause-and-effect reaction-you say hatha, I say, "See ya!"-rather than any feeling of anticipation or...
Vancouver Rising
The Friday-night crowd jockeying for cocktails and microbrews at the illuminated marble bar of Lift, a swank Vancouver waterfront grill, looks like any well-heeled cosmopolitan...
Driving Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Sprawled out like a running squirrel-its hindquarters linked to Minnesota and Wisconsin, its head reaching eastward into Ontario, Canada-Michigan's Upper Peninsula was the...
A Drive Down Mexico's Pacific Coast
There is only one word you need to know when you are driving in Mexico: tope. That's Spanish for "speed bump." Topes pop up on big-city streets and on roads into and out of even...
Palm Springs' New Parker Meridien
Designer Jonathan Adler, whose dotty ceramics and mod pillows launched a hip home-décor brand, has always favored Palm Springs for a little R&R. In his case, that means research...
Tips from Hotel Design Stars
Tony Chi Principal, Tonychi and Associates, New York Adept at setting a scene with backlighting and textured fabrics, Tony Chi (MObar and Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, New...
Road Trip Across Michigan
Ask a Michigan native where he's from and he'll usually show you the palm of his right hand. Having grown up on the Lower Peninsula, the part of the state that looks like a...
Evaluating the 'Do Not Disturb!' Sign
I was waiting...and waiting...for Jennifer Lopez in a suite she'd reserved at the Beverly Hills Hotel when I got a call from one of her people, telling me that the interview was...

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