Ben Breslerman

Born and raised in Potomac, MD, Ben now resides in Washington, DC, after graduating from Arizona State University. Before becoming an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com, Ben was a web producer for a small start-up company that specialized in Olympic sports. Ben is also an avid sports fan, music lover and enjoys playing with his 9-year-old Labrador-mix pup, Layla. The top 5 places on Ben's travel bucket list? Prague, Nice, Florence, Santorini and Barcelona.

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On this week’s episode of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri is in picturesque Palermo, Italy, located on the island of Sicily, to help the Hotel Solunto Mare  and its owners from losing their piece of prime real estate overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

After his initial walkthrough of the Solunto Mare, Anthony can’t seem to understand why the hotel is struggling; that is, until he comes across the banquet room. Anthony feels that the banquet room is ugly and outdated, and fails to feature its best assets. To help give the Solunto Mare a fighting chance, Anthony enlists the help of designer Casey Noble to revamp the room so that it plays up the hotel’s exquisite views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Will Casey and her team be able to impress Anthony, and reawaken the general manager’s passion for the hotel before its too late? Or, will Anthony’s Italian gusto not be enough to save this diamond in the rough? Find out tonight on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible at 10|9c.

Check out exclusive before and after photos of this season’s renovated hotels.

On this week’s episode of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri heads to Myrtle Beach, SC — the golf capital of the world — to keep the Brickwedde Family from letting their hotel go under.

To save the Waves Hotel (formerly the Carnival Inn), Anthony sets out to upgrade the look and feel of the building by enlisting designer Leslie Segrete to fully renovate the lobby, remodel the inside of the elevators and completely revamp one of the guest rooms to serve as a guideline for the rest of the hotel. Will Anthony be able to help the struggling Carnival Inn and bring peace of mind to the Brickweddes? Or will the Carnival Inn succumb to its mounting problems and drag down its owners along with it?

Check out exclusive photos of this season’s renovated hotels.

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Catskills Mountain Lodge: Before and After

On this week’s episode of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri visits the scenic Catskills region of upstate New York to help hotel owners Al and Kathy Guart save their property, the Catskills Mountain Lodge, from going under.

To save the Catskills Mountain Lodge, Anthony enlists the help of designer Leslie Segrete to update the guest rooms and transform the activities room into an attractive and valuable addition to the property. Will Anthony and his team be able to keep the scenic hotel from being buried by the weight of its own problems?

Check out the exclusive photos of the renovated hotel.

Hold on to your seats cowboys, Arlington, TX, located just outside Dallas, is being invaded by 2 of college basketball’s most storied, blue-blood programs in the nation. With a 9:10|8:10c tip off in the first-ever cats vs. dogs National Championship game, the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky will square off against the University of Connecticut Huskies for a chance to be crowned college basketball royalty — national champions.

Everyone knows the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas,” and no statement could ring more true for tonight on the eve of college basketball’s biggest game. After shattering the attendance record for a Final Four tournament this past Saturday with 79,444 fans, don’t expect that record to stay intact much longer — Dallas is about to see a lot more fans in blue. READ MORE

April Fools! Even though Destin, FL, is a beautiful destination, The Trip 2015 remains a mystery. If you’d like to weigh in on our next $100,000 giveaway, place your vote here. In the meantime, enjoy a local’s top 10 Destin list or imagine your dream trip to Spain and Morocco. Remember to check back with us the week of April 7, when The Trip 2014 winner will be announced.

Have you filled out your bracket yet? The field of 68 is officially down to 64 as the real March Madness tips off today. In just a little more than 2 weeks of basketball mayhem, 64 teams will vie to be crowned National Champion. With so much parity among the 4 regions of this year’s tournament, upsets are sure to abound, so let the games begin!

From Bryce Drew’s buzzer-beating game winner for Valparaiso in 1998 to number 1 seed Kansas falling to 9th-seeded Northern Iowa in 2010, anything can happen. Whether you’re from one of the best college basketball towns in the country, like Lexington, KY, or you’re a small-town guy with big-hoops dreams, head to one of college basketball’s greatest venues to be on hand for this year’s best games and biggest upsets. If there’s one thing you can always count on the NCAA men’s tournament for, it’s that it won’t disappoint the fans.

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Break out the peanuts and cracker jacks, Major League Baseball is back! And in an attempt to bring baseball’s international popularity to new heights, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers will kick off the 2014 MLB season with an opening series in Sydney. These games on March 22 and 23rd will mark the first time the MLB season has started abroad.

For the rest of the league, however, Opening Day (and night) will commence on March 30-31, where the other 28 teams will begin their grueling, 162-game schedule, all with the hopes of being crowned World Series champion in 7 months.

As you get ready to hit the road for your own Opening Day experience, don’t miss our choices for baseball’s greatest stadiums, from Baltimore’s beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards to the world-famous Fenway Park in Boston. And while the whole world gets ready for another unbelievable season, check out some of the tasty ballpark treats that will be stocking the shelves across America’s stadiums as you gear up for Opening Day 2014.

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On February 9, 1964, the Fab Four indulged the States with a 4-song set on the Ed Sullivan Show. But with all the hype surrounding the Beatles 50th anniversary show this past Sunday commemorating that event, people tend to forget about their first live performance that sparked a musical revolution.

Just 2 days after the iconic Ed Sullivan appearance, the Beatles hit the road for Washington, DC, ready to take the stage with a performance that would propel the Beatlemania phenomenon. On February 11, 4 lovable lads from Liverpool, England, walked into the Washington Coliseum for their first-ever live performance in America, and delivered an unbelievable, 12-song set that started off with a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, “Roll Over Beethoven.” READ MORE

Championship weekend is finally here, and the NFL’s magnifying glass is situated squarely on 2 very different cities: Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA.

In the first epic showdown of the weekend, 2 legends at the quarterback position, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, go head-to-head in the playoffs for the 4th time in their careers. And with Manning no longer a Colt, the rivalry remains, but the location has changed. For those attending Sunday’s game, there are a plethora of activities, hotels and restaurants to enjoy in the Mile High City. READ MORE

Heading into Pasadena, CA, for the big game? Before Florida State University and Auburn University step foot inside The Rose Bowl for tonight’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship, don’t miss out on all the great restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions in and around the City of Roses.

If you’re looking for an all-American dining experience in Pasadena, look no further then Pie n’ Burger, a classic burger joint that celebrates the American traditions of burgers and pie. Not in the mood for pie? No problem! Head to Pasadena’s favorite ice cream parlor, Fair Oaks Pharmacy, famous for its simple ice cream sundaes, lime rickeys and milkshakes. And after all that eating, burn off some calories with a walk down the road to stop by The Norton Simon Museum and check out the 5 must-see pieces at the museum named for a man and his money.

When I’m traveling to Pasadena, my favorite place to stay is just 20 minutes away, in the City of Angels: Los Angeles. For a classy place to stay, check out our picks for some of the city’s most romantic hotels. Also, when staying in LA, there are so many activities and restaurants that are sure to get your heart racing and your tummy growling. Don’t miss out on some of the simple, low-budget activities in the city, as well as some of LA’s most mouthwatering meals on wheels.

And for a little more family fun after the big game, a short, 45-minute drive down the I-5 from Pasadena will land you in Anaheim, home to Disneyland, beaches, hotels, restaurants and more.

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