ABOUT NANCY DEPALMA
Nancy DePalma began her career at two prestigious New York City publishing houses, learning the ropes in the publicity and marketing departments. Whether it was arranging reviews and author appearances, handling logistics for multi-city book tours, or working on a top secret book launch party for Salman Rushdie (still under fatwa), she mastered the ins and outs of the book and media business. While working toward a full-time freelance career, Nancy was selected by travel industry veteran Valerie Wilson to co-author a coffee table book on the world’s top resorts. It was the perfect marriage of her love for the written word and her passion for travel, and during the two-year project, research took her to various spots across the globe.
As someone who always liked offering advice, sharing tips, and telling people where to go, she decided to focus her attention solely on travel and fine dining. She has contributed to over 30 different guidebooks and she exclusively wrote the features for all 3, 4, and 5 star hotels in the United States for Mobil Travel Guides for several years. She authored two editions of America’s Best Hotel & Resort Spas, two editions of America’s Best Hotels & Restaurants, and contributed to Where to Eat Boston/Cape Cod. She was tapped to contribute to the first Michelin Red Guide published in the United States (New York 2007) and was a regular contributor to the New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco Michelin Red Guides for many years. Nancy also completed the second and expanded edition of Valerie Wilson’s World with Ms. Wilson in 2012. She is currently working with U.S. News & World Report on the Best Hotels list.
While consulting for one of the largest independently owned travel consulting firms in the United States, Nancy traveled like an A-lister, staying at some of the world’s poshest resorts and being treated to the full red carpet treatment. On the flip side, she has also traveled, dined, and even spa-ed undercover to see what a place is really like when they think nobody is watching.
Nancy’s “Eats” column, a collection of reviews and news about Connecticut’s dining scene, was awarded “best column” in 2013 by the CT Press Club.
In addition to writing articles for print and digital outlets, Nancy is the editor of NJ Meetings + Events magazine and PA Meetings + Events magazine.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Nancy and her family returned to central NJ in the summer of 2013. She shares her familiar favorites and undiscovered gems on her blog, statesecretsnj.com.