Merilee Kern

Member Since:
May 2012

Merilee A. Kern is a good life connoisseur who keeps her finger on the pulse of the leisure and lifestyle marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points – the affordable to the extreme. The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories are detailed in her exclusive column, “The Luxe List,” which reaches millions of consumers and travelers each month through multiple international editorial and television syndication channels. An array of top-tier online, print and broadcast media outlets feature Merilee’s insightful and informative content. With this highly marketable and adaptable Luxe List brand, Merilee is a regular on air contributor with FOX5, XETV Channel 6 (The CW) and KUSI-TV in San Diego where she serves as a “gift guru” and consumer/travel trends expert. She also serves as a national Satellite Media Tour (SMT) spokesperson. In addition to her Luxe List endeavors, Merilee owns and operates a highly successful boutique Public Relations agency, Kern Communications (www.KernCommunications.com), where she serves as a senior-level publicist and spokesperson for various products, services and brands proffered by the clients she represents. Merilee has been marketing and publicizing multi-industry B2B and B2C initiatives since 1994. Over this past decade, hundreds of her articles, news items and interviews have been featured by media outlets worldwide. She is also a highly regarded marketing and PR industry expert source within the media, contributing perspective and commentary to leading media outlets. As a former fitness competitor and champion twice over, having won the title of “Miss South Florida” and “Miss Palm Coast,” Merilee is also a published author whose health-related fictional children’s title, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids,” (www.NotFault.com) earned a coveted iParenting Media ‘Excellent Product’ award in both 2006 and 2007 as well as acclaim from Oprah’s personal trainer Bob Greene and media personality Sally Jessy Raphael. Merilee is also the creator of the award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” smartphone APP based on her book. Merilee was a Finalist in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business – an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the companies they run, hailed by the New York Post as “the business world’s own Oscars.” Merilee holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a marketing specialty and a Bachelor of Science degree, both earned from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, author, journalist, publicist, athlete, health advocate, and proud mother of 2. 

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Global Writes (10)

Culinary Prowess on Point at Kettner Exchange Restaurant San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy section has morphed into a culinary craft hotspot, with exciting new restaurants pushing food and beverage boundaries like never before. Among the array of notable establishments that have cropped up is the hip hotspot Kettner Exchange. This lively, impeccably-designed, multi-level restaurant (boasting Little Italy’s only rooftop […]

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Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla

“Bijou” is French for “jewel,” which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistro is relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou’s roots extend much deeper […]

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What’s Old is New Again at the Napa River Inn

There’s nothing I love more than an immersive vacation experience—one that transports you to a time and place that connects you with the past in a palpable way while adhering to modern standards and expectations. This is what I encountered during my stay at the historic Napa River Inn in […]

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Amour Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train isn’t so much a mode of transportation but rather a time machine transporting passengers back to an era when the journey was as scintillating as the destination, itself. Particularly well-suited for couples seeking quality together time, this excursion offers an elegant sojourn through the heart […]

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Interview with Chef Jaime Chavez, Sirena Latin Seafood Restaurant San Diego

Amid a renaissance underway in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, one new restaurant—Sirena—promises to bring Latin flair to the fare served up in this burgeoning community. This South American inspired seafood restaurant, which opened up to the public in October of 2014, dishes up a creative, sustainable and fresh-forward menu […]

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JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa Earns 10th Straight AAA 4-Diamond Award

The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa has done it again. For the tenth straight year this property has earned a coveted AAA 4-Diamond Award, further entrenching its position among an elite class of distinguished resorts and hotels that consistently earn top industry honors. In fact, out of more […]

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High and Mighty: VIP Grand Canyon Helicopter Picnic Tour

When visiting Las Vegas there’s no better VIP experience than buzzing the famed strip by helicopter, en route to a tour of the Grand Canyon—especially one paired with a champagne picnic in the colossal canyon itself. No company does this better than Sundance Helicopters, which for nearly 30 years has been […]

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Blue Man Group: Fresh, Fun, Loud and Messy

I had seen the famed Blue Man Group Las Vegas show before albeit more than a decade ago. Even so, I recently secured tickets to see what has since become a Vegas entertainment staple. I wondered how, or if, this show had evolved so it would seem fresh and new […]

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Spa Vacation Salvation at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

Luxurious spas are de rigueur for any high end resort. However, the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort takes the integrative spa and fitness experience to an impressive level. Arizona’s stark beauty provides a stunning backdrop for this revered retreat, a behemoth 65-acre sanctuary neighboring the […]

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Sofitel New York: Parisian Chic in the City

With so many hotel options in New York City it’s difficult to be distinctive. But the Sofitel New York hotel effectively sets itself apart from the pack by bringing the French style of luxury living to discerning guests taking a bite of the Big Apple. While boutique in its service […]

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