Exquisite jewelry designer opens boutique in SFO.
Michelle M. Winner
Michelle is a Lifestyle & Travel Editor for the luxury magazine LuxeGetaways and LuxeGetaways.com website and blog. She contributes regularly to several other online media outlets in luxury and culinary markets with total reach of 2-3 millionUVMs ( via content aggregate). Credits include: special project editor for the NY Times Food Archive App., twice weekly contributor at Conde Nast Digital Media, photography for Saveur magazine (100 Chefs' Edition), Forbes online, WSJ online, Northwest Travel & Lifestyles magazine and Western Art & Architecture magazine. She reviews wines, hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants and loves to interview chefs. her favorite destinations to cover are Europe, especially Greece, Italy and France, and her birthplace of Hawaii. An equestrian, she enjoys riding horses all over the world and writes about her adventures. She was a Past President and a long-standing board member of the IFWTWA. Michelle is also member of SPJ and SATW.
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Published Articles (79)
Exquisite jewelry designer opens boutique in SFO.
See what the world of luxury travel can really be for the well-heeled.
As if the location, estate wine and spectacular service were not enough; now a fantastic chef takes over.
This refreshing cocktail sparkles for your summer with Freixenet cava.
Dine with a view of the Temple of Poseidon at this upscale Resort outside Athens. Recipe here.
A stay in this grand dame is worth every euro.
The unique climate of cool fog and windy conditions in the Santa Lucia Highlands makes for an especially long grape growing season encouraging great wines in the American Viticulture Appellation.
Santorini. Even the name is magical. And the Iconic Santorini hotel is the place to stay. Trust me. . .
This famous cocktail is delicious. But you have to have it at the Swizzle Stick Bar in New Orleans to really jive!
after being severely damaged in downtown Napa, the Andaz is back in a big way in the little town.
Love the French Quarter of New Orleans? Did you know there are many cultures that make up Louisiana? Come on a “culinary travel” style tour of Southwest Louisiana to NOLA. […]
Think you know Hawaii? Check this highlight/wanderlist at AFAR.com to see. Most posts by Michelle but a few are added from other writers. this list continues to grow with each […]
Imagine a roomful of barrels with the best “fermented juice” in an AVA for you to create a blend to your liking? Pure fun and so educational. Your Napa experience […]
Where’s the hippest place to party this New Years Eve?
Chef Kristin M. Johnson, a wisp of a lady, dances along the floor of her open kitchen at Mojave Restaurant with intensity and purposeful movement. Although part of Desert Wind […]
Forty years ago on a family vacation in Portugal Michelle M. Winner’s sister fell in love with an almond tart. And so did she.
From limousine shuttles to four-course meals to Ferris Wheel rides, below are 10 V-Day packages from around the world guaranteed to make you (and your special someone) feel like royalty. […]
Humu’s, as the Maui locals call the restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is famous for fresh fish. This dish is one of Chef Lofaro’s personal favorites.
This open air, over-water tropical Polynesian hut style restaurant is what most have in mind when they visit Hawaii. With an extensive seafood menu full of sustainable options and prepared […]
Executive Chef Chef Pang has created a “plantation fusion” concept restaurant KO at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea Maui to share what locals really eat with guests. This family […]
I’m sitting at Ko restaurant across from one of the most affable chefs I have ever met, enjoying his Maui plantation-inspired cuisine, and trying not to laugh at his quips […]
While the country has been preoccupied with Hurricane Sandy, barely a peep has made about the fact that Saturday evening, just after sunset, a tidal wave alarm siren pierced air […]
Yep, dogies (buffies?), it’s that time again, the last Monday of September, when chap-wearin’, spur-clinking cowboys and a few gals sitting astride their mounts chase buffalo through the Black Hills […]
We’re finally getting into Halloween mode and thought it would be fun to think about getting bloody. No, not homicidal (though we are glad it’s Friday), just making the switch […]
Context Travel offers history, architecture and culinary tours in various European cities. I went on the ” foodie” tour that began on a beautiful fall Paris morning in the toney […]
Fall is coming, but don’t put away your bikini just yet. Perfect beach weather still prevails at the 24-room luxury retreat Lumeria Maui. It’s after Labor Day, but as with […]
It’s nearly harvest time for California growers and in Paso Robles, a small town between San Francisco and Los Angeles, that means special tastings,events, and hotel packages to highlight the […]
Romance seekers and au naturel enthusiasts will be delighted to know that L’Auberge de Sedona wants you to stand outside your room, completely naked. Well that is only true in […]
A Hawaiian vacation is notoriously expensive, especially at the tony resort town of Wailea in Maui. So when we heard about all the free amenities at the five-star Four Seasons […]
La Posada de Santa Fe situated in the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico refuses to turn down the heat during the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta September […]
At HotelChatter we love a guy with experience and we give bonus points if he knows his way around a kitchen. It seems Benchmark Hospitality values these traits too and […]
When you get down to it Honolulu “the gathering place “ on Oahu is more cosmopolitan city than sleepy island town. The people of Hawaii have always been great travelers, […]
We like watching the Tour de France. The cute bike short-clad men (ahem) we mean, the gorgeous countryside makes for a great spectator sport. But while the world watches overseas […]
We love to be the first to let you know the latest hotel happenings. It is after all, what we do best. So here is the latest from the Ashland, […]
Blueberry Shortbread Cookie ”I like to use a large tart or springform pan for the convenience of a removable bottom, but this recipe can also be made in a typical […]
Makers Mark Margarita Rita-Rita Print Recipe type: Alcoholic Drink Author: Michelle M. Winner Prep time: 3 mins Total time: 3 mins Serves: 1 The Makers Mark Margarita Rita-Rita is […]
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego has just completed a year-long property-wide renovation debuting the brand’s new sleek look. And capping off the expensive revamp is the installation of […]
We know that packing the appropriate attire makes for a better trip, so we’re helping you pack your bags for “dude-luxe” horseplay at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Let’s […]
We’ve long obsessed over the hotel choices of Madonna who only stays in the finest hotels around the world. So it’s no surprise to us that her lodging of choice […]
We love specialty concierges here at HotelChatter so when we learned that the Le Royal Monceau Raffles Parishas an art concierge on staff, we had to know more. Domoina De […]
“The award-winning Enchantment Resort and Mii amo destination is increasing their commitment to authentic Native American programming with the formation of its Native American Advisory Group,” Enchantment says. “At Enchantment […]
An ordinary day in Hawaii, with kids playing volleyball on a beachfront lawn that spills out toward the ocean,except the kids next-door are guarded by sniper nests and the Secret […]
EPOCH TIMES: ” BFF SPA Get-Away”NYC,SFO,LAX,Washington DC, and online editions( with Maralyn D. Hill)
As soon as we hear the first Marco Polo ringing out from the pool area, we are in a get-us-out-of-here mode. One of us dials for travel reservations for some […]
As surely as the BP oil spill changed the public perception of the Gulf Shores area, in truth it’s a stunning locale with loads of natural beauty in a relaxed […]
Tonight I’m putting on my lipstick and heading out to celebrate by dining at one of the 12 original HRC chef’s stellar restaurant Chef Mavro. Won’t you come too? . […]
“Lia” a tiny voice screams out from next-door through the hedges. Get the ball! Its an ordinary day, with kids playing volleyball on a beachfront lawn that spills out toward […]
The First Thanksgiving was not at Plymouth. Find out where in Virginia the actual first Thanksgiving was. Celebrate with recipe for Miss Porter’s Slow Cherry Cordial too.
On his first day in Honolulu 23 years ago he was already in love with Hawaii. He says, “I awoke at sunrise, looked out over Waikiki Beach to Diamond Head […]
Epoch Times NYC/Wash D.C. print editions and online( also onenewspage.com): Chef Hugo Pinto Le Velvet
Le Velvet occupies a smart corner of an in-the-know Paris favorite, Hotel Beauchamps, with windows that see out to a narrow street just steps away from the grand boulevard Champs […]
Sea Horses: Half Moon Cay is the kind of place you dream about if you want a powdery crescent of beach curving around turquoise water with soft sand bottom. Add […]
“Flying-in” and “shipping- in” these words began a quiet revolution in Hawaii called Hawaii Regional Cuisine, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of HRC can you describe how you crystallized […]
Chef Johann Springinsfeld of France charms the foodie journalists attending the IFWTWA 2012 Conference in Las Vegas into submission but is still intent on charming the Remy Martin Cognac to […]
Everyone has a saddle story. You might still have your first show saddle, or perhaps you can’t let go of a treasured antique from grandpa. But have you analyzed the […]
Chef Mavro is chef/proprietor of Honolulus top-rated Chef Mavro restaurant, holds the James Beard award, and is the founding member of Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC).
Colleen Sundlies small organic company began as most companies doshe needed something she could not find. As an American mom living with her husband and very young son in Al […]
This Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. Commonwealth, was the answer to a vacation wish list compiled by my friend Jessica and I: a safe locale for two cowgirls […]
Courtesy of Chef Mavro, this dish is served with Waimea vegetable seviche and anchovy pure
“Snowbird gets to you. People keep coming back year after year.” ~P.J. Owner High Country Exploring
EPOCH TIMES: Holoholo Hawaii for Sun, Fun and Fantastic Food! Editions: Alberta, Ottawa,Vancouver, Canada/NYC/LAX/SFO/ Wash D.C.& online
Its time to re-think Hawaii. And because each island is so different, the best way to experience Hawaii is to island hop by planning a seven-night, two-island vacation.
EPOCH TIMES:Culinary Traveler’s Lugano: La dolce vita!: Multiple editions: DFW,Wash.DC.,United Kingdom,NYC,Northern Calif and Oregon, SFO, LAX,
Along the way, weathered palazzos and churches touch bricks with the modern marvels of Mario Bottas glass architecture. Standing between the ancient and the new buildings in full sunlight youappreciate […]
A multitude of incredible local wines, cold-water lobster, and fresh produce from nearby Annapolis Valley farms in Nova Scotia grace the table at Blomidons each night. This dish was designed […]
Jim is English but has lived here for many years with his wife Ann and his mother, an accomplished jumper. He’s not emulating the Western Cowboy – he’s dressed in […]
“Her Majesty’s” husband comes up with a new idea for anniversay getaway and scores . . . at The Allison Inn & Spa and Jory restaurant in Oregon’s Willamette Valley […]
In truth it’s a stunning locale with loads of natural beauty in a relaxed beach-side town. Yes, the beach clean-up goes on but the water and sand are clean and […]
Natural elements of stone,wood and water are integrated into soothing design of the Allison Inn and Spa by Seattle firm.
Michelle’s photo of Chef Lucero Soto Arriaga of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico appeared in Saveur’s 100 Chefs’ Edition issue alongside an article by Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, […]
Chef Jin has creates a burger worthy of Jory’s wine country location.
It seems that fondue, the very definition of 1960s culinary lan and the toast of nearly every suburban American housewife’s kitchen, is making a comeback. Not because we yearn for […]
Fly a value priced all business class airline to Paris from New York.
EPOCH TIMES: Fresh Start Retreat, A Journey To Radiant Health:Multiple Editions: NYC, Wash.DC, LAX, SFO, Northern Calif. and Oregon
“Hitting the downside of my fiftieth year, I decided that no matter the deadlines or other obligations I had, nothing was more important to me than my health.”
Chef Todd Sicilo shares this classic recipe with a new twist at Wrights Restaurant. Editions: NYC, Dallas, Wash D.C.
Cowgirl Magazine: Relief Riders International :Noblesse Oblige or Soul Journey? Published Nov/Dec 2010
The phone rings and I pull over into the driveway of a Portland fire truck fabricator in a crumbling industrial area and yell out : “Im- on- the- road- can- […]
Find out about best comfort option to Paris with this value priced all biz class carrier.
Packing for two widely different destinations or trips with one bag can be done, but you’ll have to scrutinize your itinerary, evaluate like an actuary and cut like a surgeon. […]
From Honolulu to Paris, these top tables deliver style, fabulous food and wine and imepeccable service. But most of all the romance factor is off the chart.
Global Writes (6)
I’m sitting at Ko restaurant across from one of the most affable chefs I have ever met, enjoying his Maui plantation-inspired cuisine, and trying not to laugh at his quips with my mouth full. His friend at work “the Bumble Bee” ( he gives the people he likes nicknames), is […]
The post Chef Profile: Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang appeared first on Global-Writes.com.
Most people think of southern Washington beaches as a place for a family vacation. Lots of commotion and smiles of course, but what if there are only two of you and you wish for something more relaxing? Empty nesters, couples, friends, family members, take heart. “Two” can have a wonderful beach adventure if you keep few things in mind when planning.
The little mountain town of Cerocahui, Chihuahua state in Mexico is a long way from my home in the mountains of Oregon, but each part of the journey unfolds with it's own discoveries along the way. Cerocahui is reached by train as part of a rail trip you can book through Mexico Adventures.Inc.
The post Culinary Traveler: Riding the Rail to the Trail in Copper Canyon, Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains appeared first on Global-Writes.com.
Ever dreamed of waking up in a city where time stands still? Where pink buildings glow in the sun as if lit from within? Add to this idyll a mass migration of butterflies. And yes, it's real!
If you were not lucky enough to be on board for this one, here is a heads up from your Conference & Media Trip Committee. In the early planning phase, the next Conference at Sea is slated for early 2010…