Travel and Food Writing

I’m a freelance travel and food writer and non-profit professional who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took off for 2 1/2 years of travel throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. This trip fed my astonishment at the world’s varied cultures, landscapes, and, of course, food. Culinary, cultural and sustainable travel top the list of my writing interests. 

Discovering My Passion For Food and Travel

I’m a member of…

  • Travel Writers University and Travel Writers Café
  • International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association
  • TravMedia
Standing in the chefs garden with Chef Diaz overlooking the golf course.

Temecula Creek Inn and Cork Fire Kitchen: A Beacon of Sustainability — Rovology

A braised lamb shank on a bed of honeynut squash puree with pearl onions.

Savory Reviews: Cork Fire Kitchen — Savory Traveler

Hotel Ziggy: A West Hollywood Oasis for Creatives—Travel By Vacation Rental

Golf Hotel René Capt: Lose Yourself in the Enchanting Swiss Riviera -- Book Cottages

Tonya's Travel & Adventures sits down with Rug Radio at Non-Fungible Conference Lisbon​

Ruby Rosa Speakeasy at Lisbon Art Stay

A taste of city life in Lisbon — Book Cottages

Adventures in Contemporary Art – How Art Basel and SCOPE Miami Beach Captured My Imagination — Rovology

Awol Erizku's Nerfertiti: Miles Davis at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022

Photo Essay: Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 — Travel Squire

Hot Hamachi Sushi Boat

7 Must-Try Siesta Key, Florida Restaurants | Best Restaurants on Siesta Key -- Foodie Flashpacker​

Siesta Key Beach, Florida

Our favorite beaches, activities, and hotels at Siesta Key -- Travel By Vacation Rental

The warm pool at night at Siesta Key Palms Resort

Caribbean Inspired, Family-Friendly Hotel in Siesta Key -- Travel By Vacation Rental

Palm Springs Update: Supper Clubs and Shining Stars - Travel Squire

7 Fun Things To Do In Palm Springs, CA | Best Things To Do in Palm Springs - Foodie Flashpacker 

8 Must-Try Restaurants in Palm Springs, CA | The Best Palm Springs Restaurants - Foodie Flashpacker

Tonya Hennessey - Grant Writer | Travel & Food Writing | Website Audits & Copy

Steamboats and Jazz Cafes: How to Enjoy the Swiss Riviera - International Living Magazine February 2022 Issue, Editor's Choice

Inn at Palm Springs Review: One Fun and Funky Bohemian Pad - Travel By Vacation Rentals​

A plate of stir-fried cumin lamb at Koi Palace in Dublin, CA

7 Must-Try Dublin, CA Restaurants | Best Dublin, CA Restaurants - Foodie Flashpacker​

Farmers Super Food Salad

8 Must-Try Danville Restaurants | The Best Danville, CA Restaurants - Foodie Flashpacker

A Fine Dining Dish of Rabbit Leg with Sea Buckthorn Lacquer

6 Must-Try Stillwater Restaurants | The Best Stillwater, MN Restaurants - Foodie Flashpacker

A plate of stir-fried cumin lamb at Koi Palace in Dublin, CA

11 Must-Try Vallejo Restaurants | The Best Restaurants in Vallejo, California

Fern Bar at The Barlow

11 Must-Try Sebastopol Restaurants | Best Places to Eat In Sebastopol, CA - Foodie Flashpacker

Artisan Shop Downtown Stillwater

Charming Stillwater: Gem of the St. Croix River Valley - Food, Wine, and Travel Magazine

A plate of filet mignon

Seven Must-Try King’s Beach Restaurants | Best Places to Eat in King’s Beach, Lake Tahoe - Foodie Flashpacker

The Dram Shop Article

The Dram Shop – A Northern California Epicurean Delight - Travel Post Monthly


A Rustic Feast at La Maison du Moulin, Coinsins, Switzerland - The Yums

A dish of mussels

King’s Beach, Lake Tahoe: Small Plates and Happy Hours - Travel Post Monthly

Crab Legs

The Dead Fish: Elegant Surf and Turf on the Banks of the Napa River - The Yums