Terri Peterson Smith

Terri Peterson Smith

Member Since: Oct 2014

Winner of IFWTWA's 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award, Terri Peterson Smith is Minneapolis area freelance writer specializing in science and travel. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Acura Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Continental, National Geographic Green Guide, Scientific American.com and many others.  She has written about an incredible array of subjects and people, from dismantling bombs in the former Soviet Union and making electricity from microbes, to Broadway shows, mice, and potential cures for cancer. She was the 2008 recipient of the Michael DeBakey Journalism Award from the Foundation for Biomedical Research. Her book, "Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways" received the 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award for travel/guidebook and the Midwest Travel Writers' 2015 Mark Twain Award for best travel book. Library Journal called it “a bookworm’s dream” saying, “this title is an inspiring, unique read. Book clubs and the literary-minded will love it for the travel ideas, book lists, and delightful commentary on each city’s history. Highly recommended.” Terri also speaks regularly on the topic of literary travel. You can also follow Terri's travels on her blog, www.offthebeatenpagetravel.com, as she explores the places where literature and travel intersect, shares ideas for book club travel, and examines the ways in which great authors give us a better understanding of the places we travel. She received a BA in history and journalism from the University of Michigan and an MA in journalism from Indiana University. Born and raised in Michigan, she currently lives in Edina, MN (near Minneapolis) with her trophy husband and a big dog. 

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Published Articles (9)

USA TODAY TRAVEL: Fan Fare-Signature Food and Drinks at 2016’s Major Sporting Events

Food has become an integral part of American sports culture.

USA TODAY TRAVEL: Made in the Southwest – Trademark Tastes of Albuquerque, N.M.

Nowhere is Albuquerque’s heritage, ethnic diversity and personality more apparent than in its food culture.

Water Links Us All

Explorer Ann Bancroft takes on a new challenge: Raising Awareness of the World’s Water Crisis
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USA TODAY TRAVEL: Half Moon Bay, Calif.’s bounty lies beyond the pumpkin patch

There’s much more to Half Moon Bay than pumpkins; it’s a fishing town, bountiful agricultural community, and a mecca for surfers, foodies and nature lovers.

Bainbridge Island: The Island That Inspired Snow Falling on Cedars

from my blog, Off The Beaten Page Travel– From Seattle’s busy waterfront along Alaskan Way, it’s only a forty-minute ferry ride across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island but it’s a voyage to another world and a slower time.…

AAA Weekender: Fargo

Appeared in Live/Play/AAA- If your image of Fargo is stuck in the days ofs the Coen Brothers’ movie, it’s time to revisit North Dakota’s largest city.…

The Wild Still Calls

Appeared in Live Happy magazine. California’s Jack London State Historic Park volunteers safeguard nature, history, and the spirit of a timeless place.…

Raymond Chandler and a Noir View of Santa Monica

A typical post from my blog, Off The Beaten Page Travel…There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down […]…

Novel Destinations

Cover story for Minnesota Monthly. Book related destinations in and around Minnesota.…

Published Books (1)

Off The Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs and Girls on Getaways

Off the Beaten Page encourages avid readers, particularly those in book clubs and other groups, to leave the security of their living rooms and seek to experience in person the places they’ve read about. Inspired by years of excursions with…