About Eileen

Eileen Barish is a multiple award-winning author and nationally known niche-travel expert. Eileen’s books have been reviewed by over 1500 publications. She is a contributing columnist to national magazines including GUEST INFORMANT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER and NEWSWEEK and is a frequent guest on CNN and other networks. Eileen’s sage advice in her articles and books on unusual travel experiences has enriched the lives of hundred’s of thousands of her readers. Her current books are available at all major bookstores or by calling 1.800.638.3637 and include:

Lodging In Italy’s Monasteries

Lodging In France’s Monasteries

Lodging In Britain’s Monasteries

Lodging In Spain’s Monasteries

Best Spas USA

Vacationing With Your Pet

Doin’ California With Your Pooch

Doin’ Arizona With Your Pooch

Doin’ The Northwest With Your Pooch

Doin’ Texas With Your Pooch

Doin’ New York With Your Pooch.

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19 Comments so far ↓

  1. Just saw eileenbarish.net from a post called “50 Awesome European Travel Blogs,” you are doing terrific work, and we’d would love you to consider a link exchange.

    My partner Danielle and I are currently traveling to nearly every country in Africa (we are writing now from Dakar, Senegal) meeting with farmers, workers, NGO’s and community groups writing about innovations and projects that our working to alliviate hunger and poverty. We travel blog everyday at BorderJumpers (www.borderjumpers.org). We are trying to highlight stories of hope and success.

    Thanks so much for your consideration! My email is borderjumpers1@gmail.com

  2. Bethany Hawkins says:

    Dear Eileen,

    I found your gem of a book on monasteries in Italy a couple of years ago…my sister and I went to Italy for 3 weeks to celebrate my 30th birthday and stayed in your recommended monasteries in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Venice. What a beautiful way to travel! We had the blessing of staying at Villa Linda…Sr. Constantina is a saint. So, THANK YOU! We could not have enjoyed our trip more! Bethany

  3. eileen says:

    Dear Bethany,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. They are truly appreciated.I am pleased that you were able to celebrate your 30th birthday in Italy staying at the recommended monasteries in my book. And what a trip you had! Rome, Assisi, florence, Cinque Terre and Venice, how wonderful for you and your sister. And a belated happy birthday to you. Ciao, Eileen

  4. eileen says:

    Dear Bernard,

    Would be pleased to share a link with you. See my email. Thanks. Eileen

  5. Hi Eileen,

    Saw you via Gypsy Nester. What an amazing site and writing niche you have. I am pleased to find your site! Sincerely, Kathryn Bechen, http://www.KathrynBechenInk.com professional writing services.

  6. eileen says:

    Hi Kathryn,
    Thanks so much for your kind words about my site and books. I’m a niche writer – my first niche was dog travel – as some of my friends say, from mutts to monks. Thanks for writing. Ciao. Eileen

  7. Karen says:

    My husband and I used your books for France and Italy — great! Aren’t there places like these in the U.S.?

  8. eileen says:

    Hello Karen

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the experience (and the low cost of lodging). Yes, there are many monasteries in the US and I am gathering info for a new book.


  9. Júlia Gouveia says:

    Dear Eileen,
    My name is Julia and I’m a reporter at Viagem e Turismo, the most important brazilian travel magazine. I’m working on an article about “spiritual hotels”. And by that, I mean: monastery, convent, temples, etc, that accept guests. I was wondering if you could give me an interview about that. Thank you very for your attention. Hope hearing from you soon. Best, Júlia.

  10. Lania Knight says:

    Hi Eileen,

    I’d like to take a group of undergraduate students to Spain for a creative writing workshop. Are there any monasteries you could recommend for a group of 16-20?

  11. Eileen —
    I am looking to find three convents/monasteries to visit for a few days each this May for a story on monastery travel in Italy and how it might differ from more conventional travel. Am looking, ideally, for one in Rome, one in smaller city like Siena or such, one a true remote “mountaintop” experience. I’d also like the facilities to have a really palpable sense of spirituality to them and be run by and staffed by the religious communities. Do you have any suggestions? And are you available for a phone interview concerning monastery travel in Italy?

    Thanks very much!
    Mary Beth McCauley
    The Christian Science Monitor

  12. jesper (from Denmark / Europe) says:

    Hi, Eileen!
    I´m mailing you from Denmark. I´ve tried to order your book about lodging in french monasteries, but the danish web-company, that tries to get to the book from “Baker and Taylor” in UK, tells me, that they can´t tell me, when I´ll get the book. Maybe more than 6 weeks, and my mother and I are leaving for France the 19th og July (in 14 days from now)… Help me;0) What do I do? Because I desperately needs the book to plan the vacation… Hope you can…. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best wishes from Jesper (in Denmark/Europe)

  13. julia gregson says:

    Hi Eileen,

    Delia Ephron and I have been commissioned to do a travel piece for MORE magazine in the U.S.A. on a holiday of our own devising in Spain. We are both novelists with books coming out next year. We would love to do a monastery retreat, and wonder if you have any suggestions for us: we’ll be taking a train from Barcelona to Madrid to Jerez, so would prefer the Southern part of Spain . We’ll mention your book in the box that will go with the story.

    with very best wishes, Julia

  14. Pam in Oregon says:

    Eileen — We have attempted to book two nights in the lovely “Monastero dei Santi Benedetto e Scolastica” in Lucca, Italy. The number indicated in the “Lodging in Italy’s Monasteries” book is not the number for this monastery. We have called and attempted to fax the monastery. They do not seem to have an email contact. The number seem to be:


    We are trying to pin down our trip and this is an important part as we will be looking for our family in Lucca. Can you help us?

    Pam in Oregon

    P.S. This will be our second experience with monasteries. We raved to friends about our trip in 2005!

  15. eileen says:

    Hi Pam

    Try this…
    Via della Zecca, 41, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
    +39 0583 496657 ‎


  16. Mal says:

    Are you books available in a Kindle format?

  17. Céline Berthelot says:

    Mrs Barish,
    I just discovered your website last week and I have ordered your book about Monasteries in France.
    Could you tell me if one week is the limit to stay in a monastery ?
    I can;t wait to receive your book! I don’t know when it was first published but if it was many years ago, what is the best way to verify if they still offer accommodation ?
    Thank you,

  18. eileen says:

    Hello Celine

    Each monastery has its own rules about length of stay but most of them permit a stay of at least 7 days. To answer your other question – Even though change in monastery policy for guests remains rather stable, you should always confirm the monastery’s accomodation guidelines.


  19. Céline Berthelot says:

    Mrs Barish,
    Using your book about accommodations in France, I have been trying to contact ” Association Marie-Clotilde ” in Nice. The e-mail adress didn’t work. Would you have another e-mail adress that I could you use ?
    Thsnk you,

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