Stacey Wittig

member for over 8 years

Member Since:
Mar 2010

Stacey Wittig's culinary adventures have led her up the Inca Trail in Peru eating fried caterpillars and roasted guinea pig, across the plains of northern Spain on Camino de Santiago enjoying steamed barnacles and through the canals of Bangkok munching Mango Sticky Rice.

The award-winning writer and photographer launched her career in travel writing after a successful 30-year stint in media sales. AAA Arizona Highroads, AAA Via magazine, Arizona Vines and Wines magazine, AZ Wine Lifestyles, Forbes Travel, Lake Erie LifeStyle magazine, London Telegraph, Travel + Escape, TravelWorld, USA Today Travel, WHERE and others have published her colorful travel pieces.

National Geographic Traveler online, Arizona Daily Sun, QWEST Dex Travel Section and others have published Wittig's photos of off-the-beaten-path destinations.

As a savvy social media hack, she "tweets" as @Travelwriter, talks travel on Facebook, blogs on and is a coveted foodie for "TasteCasting" events at local restaurants. Invited to be a guest blogger on, she earned a readers' favorite award. For four consecutive years she received NATJA awards for her travel pieces.

"The Grand Canyon State is a remarkable place to call home," declares the wandering writer. 

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Spiritual & Walking Guide: Lourdes to St Jean Pied de Port, France

Today’s most comprehensive spiritual guide for walking from Lourdes to St Jean de Pied Port in France. Many modern pilgrims desire to walk the primitive pilgrimage route from Lourdes to […]

Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago on El Camino

Today’s most complete spiritual guide for walking from León, Spain, to Santiago de Compostela on El Camino de Santiago. What about pilgrimage helps you let go of […]

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO WALKING TOUR – A Self-guided Pictorial Walking Tour

A long and colorful history, coupled with cutting-edge art, makes Santa Fe unlike any other place on the globe. Native people with roots in ancient Puebloan cultures mingle with Hispanic […]

GRAND CANYON TOUR – Insider’s Secrets

Grand Canyon National Park attracts over 4.5 million visitors per year. People come from all parts of the world to stand on the rim and view the glory of the […]

Published Articles (77)

Quebec: Adventures in Nature

Written as an experiential travel piece after a Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, media trip, the article brings the reader along by focusing on soft adventure. Published by Unstoppable Stacey travel blog.

Go Flagstaff: Best wine spots

Wine bars bring people together to unwind, observe the local culture and, of course to find their new favorite vino. Here are Flagstaff’s best spots to swirl, sniff and sip. […]

Nomads Global Lounge offering international vibe

The hip wine bar and 38-seat eatery that opened in 2016 as a gathering place for young internationals had morphed into a restaurant that is attracting locals, who are 40+. […]

Try a gourmet hiking holiday without gaining a pound

Lake Erie LifeStyle magazine published this article online as well as a two-page spread, plus two half pages of my images and words. The hosted gourmet foodie hiking tour took […]

London Telegraph: Santa Fe Hotel Review

I first placed a story about this hotel in regional publications after an invite by a PR agency. When I was contacted by the London Telegraph to pitch story ideas […]

AAA VIA Magazine: Taking the High Road

First published by AAA Arizona Highroads magazine in 2013, this article was picked up by AAA VIA magazine in 2017. The popular article relives northern New Mexico’s history through art, […]

Glamping: Catering to a new breed of campers

Glamping – or glamorous camping – was born from the “Out of Africa,” Edwardian-style safari where canvas tents were decked out with mahogany writing desks, four-poster beds were adorned in […]

Summer Getaway: Rim Country

First published by AAA AZ Highroads magazine in May 2015, the article was picked up by AAA VIA magazine and republished in July 2017. Explore the rugged terrain and backcountry […]

Fire on the Mountain at Angel Fire, NM

Some bonus, pre-Fam Trip coverage for my PR friends and hosts for the upcoming Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup

UK Telegraph: Enchantment Resort

Hotel and food review for The Telegraph (London, UK). Hosted by Enchantment Resort. Restore mind, body and spirit at this luxurious getaway. Marvel at the stars with astronomers, experience Native […]

WHERE Magazine: Destination Food

Flagstaff’s growing culinary scene, an article published in glossy, full color in-room visitor guide distributed in upscale hotels. The piece was inspired by a Foodcation Fam trip hosted by Flagstaff […]

Woof-worthy Santa Fe, New Mexico

I was a guest at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder where your four-legged pal, 75 lbs or less, spends their pet-cations on the second floor of the AAA Four […]

FBomb Brand Making an Impact

When traveling for business to Japan, it was difficult for Ross Taylor, who follows a high fat/low carb diet, to pack oils and nut butters. “You can find good veggies […]

Historic Renovation in Old Town Cottonwood

Improving the visitor experience is what the folks in Old Town Cottonwood are all about. The epicenter for the Verde Valley Wine Trail and tasting rooms from all over Arizona, […]

Culinary Duos Making Valentine’s Celebrations Sweet, Savory

Inspired by Flagstaff CVB foodie fam: “Husband and wife culinary teams are behind innovative ideas at three relatively-new Flagstaff restaurants. Gastronomic power couples are not new to Flagstaff restaurants (think […]

UK TELEGRAPH: L’Auberge de Sedona Resort

The UK Telegraph hired me to write several luxury hotel and restaurant reviews for their London-based publication. “The resort balances the casual ambiance of a creek-side property with impeccable service […]

Arizona Spring Training Road Trip: Flagstaff and Grand Canyon

Blog post commissioned by Flagstaff CVB: Your Arizona Spring Training Road Trip to Flagstaff has bases loaded with three National Monuments along the route to home plate, Grand Canyon National […]

El Portal Sedona Hotel

El Portal complements the Sedona experience of rest, reflection and rejuvenation. The comfortable luxury inn is a place where sophisticated travellers feel at home enough to put their feet up […]

UK TELEGRAPH: Amara Resort and Spa

Hotel and restaurant review for London publication: “Thoughtful amenities and bonus services included in resort fees make this ritzy retreat one of Sedona’s finest values. Whether you indulge in the […]

Road Trip Jordanian-Style

…I glanced at the speedometer as we hit the second asphalt roller coaster: 80 km per hour and I tried to do the math – how many miles per hour? […]

Flagstaff CVB Blog Post: Flagstaff Snowplay

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid singing the Jingle Bells song. Just when I thought that my […]

LONDON UK TELEGRAPH: Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Hotel review assigned by the LONDON TELEGRAPH describes the Sedona, Arizona, experience. “Situated along the spectacular Red Rock Scenic Byway, this is a destination resort worthy of its acclaim. The […]

Visit Natchitoches for French, Spanish flavor (magazine version)

I just returned from an intriguing trip to the historic town of Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-A-Tish), Louisiana, which maintains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and food

Visit Natchitoches for French, Spanish flavor (online version)

Lake Erie Lifestyle magazine publishes experiential travel story inspired by press trip with Louisiana North.

Three Perfect Days in Sedona

Vagabonding Lulu designs a 3-perfect-days visit to Sedona, including great food and activities. If you’re a hiker, spa person or adventure type, let journalist Stacey Wittig tell you why Sedona […]

AAA AZ Highroads: Dishes Worth the Drive

Fun restaurant review for AAA publication’s ‘Dishes Worth the Drive’ section. Celebrations of Generations is a quaint eatery that serves up modern dishes in the pioneer town of Snowflake, Arizona. […]

Forbes Travel Guide: Sedona’s L’Auberge Cress Restaurant

Finding ways to get you closer to the creek was the idea behind the complete renovation of L’Auberge de Sedona’s waterside dining destination, now called Cress on Oak Creek.

Journey through Jordan

My “Journey through Jordan” chronicled by Lake Erie Lifestyle magazine on three full glossy print magazine pages.

Journey through Jordan – online

My “Journey through Jordan” as chronicled online by Lake Erie Lifestyle for additional coverage for pleased hosts. Photo album included with this publication’s articles.

ARIZONA: Exploring Flagstaff’s Forgotten Underground

Flagstaff’s underground labyrinth has been rumored to house Chinese opium dens, bordellos and smuggling rings during Arizona’s early territorial days.

Fusion Magic at Up the Creek Restaurant

While swirling and sipping a fine D.A. Ranch Petite Sirah, the new owners of Up the Creek described their innovative directions for the time-honored restaurant. From where we stood at […]

SPAIN: Walking the Way of St James

Lake Erie Lifestyle magazine publishes Stacey Wittig’s travel piece on the intriguing Spanish pilgrimage. While trekking the medieval pilgrimage route, made famous by the movie “The Way” starring Martin Sheen, […]

Destination for Foodies and their Four-legged Friends

For foodies who choose to travel with their four-legged friends, Chandler, Arizona, makes for a tail-wagging destination. The food scene is vibrant and many Chandler restaurateurs not only welcome pets […]

AAA VIA Magazine: Kayaking Below Hoover Dam

First published by AAA Arizona Highroads magazine and then picked up by AAA VIA magazine. Las Vegas-sponsored press trip and overnight kayaking and hiking adventure.

Lake Erie Lifestyle magazine: Kayaking Hoover Dam

60-mph winds weren’t supposed to hit until morning, but we awoke in the pitch dark from the incessant flapping of the tent’s rain fly. I ignored the warning and soon […]

Downtown Phoenix: It’s Cooler Than You Think

Experience Downtown Phoenix’s urban scene with this insider list of the hottest places to be cool.

MSN Travel: 5 Places to Get Epic Views Most People Miss

If you skip the typical track and visit them through a different route, you’ll get stellar views that most people miss.

Cream of the Crop: Sweet and savory treats are the name of the game at Cottonwood’s Crema Cafe

If the made-from-scratch gelato at Crema Cafe in Old Town Cottonwood brings back memories of scrumptious flavors you may have experienced in Italy, don’t be surprised. To perfect creations coming […]

New Flagstaff Eateries Bringing Historic Restoration to Downtown

Proper Meats + Provisions, a new neighborhood butcher shop and casual eatery set to open this month, is one of a slew of new eateries and restaurants that is bringing […]

Eight fancy sips at New Orleans’ craft cocktail bars

If you are headed to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, take time to savor the fancy sips at New Orleans’ craft cocktail bars. Yes, you’re going to have the opportunity […]

Protecting Artifacts: Quad Cities Business News

The VVAC, which boasts 350 members from as far away as Australia, France and Canada, is starting a capital fundraising project for their next expansion: a 20,000-square-foot facility that will […]


Yesterday it was swimming, slithering or crawling but today it is on your plate. That’s the beauty of Louisiana swamp food: it’s local and it’s fresh. But the creepy crawlies […]

The Only Ski Resort Where You Can…

With so many excellent skiing and boarding options, snow seekers might want to choose their destination based on peculiarities. Whether you are trying to keep the whole tribe happy, or […]

AZWine Lifestyle magazine: Get Your Brix on Route 66

Whether you “get your kicks” or “get your “Brix”—the winemakers’ measure of the sugar content of wine—on Route 66, one thing is sure: fun wine experiences are emerging in northern […]

Canadian Travel Channel: 7 Tips for Perfect Snowshoeing

Get into the backcountry this season on a pair of snowshoes. The short learning curve, low impact and high aerobics of snowshoeing will help you keep in shape throughout the […]

AAA AZ Highroads: Following in their Footsteps

AAA magazine publishes Stacey Wittig’s thought-provoking road trip that retraces the migration of the Ancestral Pueblo people on a drive from Mesa Verde, Colorado, to Santa Fe, New Mexico…

Zanzibar: A Trip to the Spice Island

Zanzibar. The name conjures thoughts of exotic lands, curious rituals and fragrant spices. The small island off the coast of East Africa has been a trading hub for centuries: Arabs […]

Best Black Diamond Runs of the Rocky Mountains

Ski season is kicking off across North America, and the best place on the continent to hit the slopes is, of course, the west coast and Rocky Mountains. Here are […]

Forbes Travel Guide: Sedona’s Best Food Experiences

Sedona, AZ, has a culinary culture inspired by Mexican, Western and Native American dishes. Here are the five best food experiences as recommended by Forbes Travel Correspondent Stacey Wittig…

AAA AZ Highroads: Taking the High Road to Taos, NM

AAA publishes in their Road Trip section this getaway that helps readers relive northern New Mexico’s history through art, religion, and pueblos on a drive between Santa Fe and Taos.


When travelling in wine country, it is always fun to take an afternoon to pedal, walk or drive the local wine trail. Exploring vineyards is a great way to learn […]

Restaurant Review: They Keep Coming Back for More – Rancho de Chimayo, New Mexico

“The chicken broth is made fresh every morning,” proclaims Peggy, my cheery server, describing the tortilla soup. Although the restaurant is busy with international and local guests, she takes time […]

Must-See Glaciers Before They Melt Away

Last year’s collapse of the beautiful blue Ghost Glacier in Jasper National Park reminded me that now is the time to visit glaciers, before they unfortunately melt away. The hanging […]

AAA AZ Highroads: Flagstaff on Tap

Hop through the craft beer scene on this Flagstaff Ale Trail self-guided tour

Vagabonding Lulu: Desperately Seeking Wine in India

I fly to south India on Emirates Airlines where even economy customers are treated like sheikhs and maharajas. During the 16-hour leg to Dubai on the Arabian Peninsula, I am […]

Eat, Pray, Love: Vagabonding Lulu Discovers India

Kerala on the southwest coast of the subcontinent offers the soft side of India. PDF of print article available


Kerala, located on the southwest coast of the tip of India, offers diverse terrain for adventure enthusiasts. From tropical coastlines to inland lagoons and up mountainous cliffs and valleys, risk […]

National Geographic Traveler: Tanzania’s Swahili Coast

Photo by Stacey Wittig appears in National Geographic Traveler. Similar high-quality photos available for purchase or with article assignment.

New Zealand: Take a hike at Franz Joseph

Vagabonding Lulu is a 50-something travel writer who shares her adventures with Lake Erie LifeStyle magazine readers. She was in New Zealand on business last fall when she decided to […]

AZ Wine Lifestyles: Old Town Cottonwood

Nailed to the ranch’s rustic gate was a beat-up bucket. “Welcome,” read the sign tacked above it. “Drop your frowns in this here bucket and pick ‘em up when you […]

Surprised by Verde Valley’s Comfortable Tuscan Ambience

Are we going to drink wine while kayaking?” giggles my girlfriend climbing into the tour van. “No, we’ll float down the river, to a valley strung with grape vines. There […]

Jeep Tour Companies Find Niche in Northern Arizona

Business slant on tourism featured in Flagstaff Business News.

Wines Two Turns of the World Away

True Vine Wine Blog: It’s pretty amazing to think that wine made two turns of the world away can be found in this little town of …

Chocolate – What’s Love Got to Do With It?

During Valentine’s week, consumers will buy more than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy, ringing up $345 million in sales. That will account for 5.1 percent of total annual sales […]

Beer Lovers Choose Cans and Keep Microbreweries Hopping

“The original concept about beers in cans was cheap, watered-down rice beer, right?” said Grand Canyon Brewing Company owner John Peasley, smiling in his Williams, Ariz. brewery. Colorado beer manufacturer […]

Obama Slept Here: The InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa

President Obama is scheduled to speak tomorrow in Mesa, AZ a suburb of Phoenix. Rumors have it that he will be spending the night at The InterContinental Montelucia Resort and […]

Etiquette for Arizona Archaeological Sites

When hiking in Phoenix and other places in Arizona, it is not unusual to unexpectedly come across archaeological sites. Many are marked with signs and many more are not.When you […]

Shadowing John Wesley Powell: On the 140th anniversary of the first Canyon expedition, modern boaters travel in style

Historic travel: 7-day wilderness river rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon. Photos and article by Stacey Wittig.

Take the Guys on this Girls Getaway

This piece reprinted in Lake Erie Lifestyle magazine won the NATJA Cleveland Plus CVB Grand Prize Award for 2009. It was reprinted again in 2010 in TravelWorld International Magazine. Talk […]

4 Smart Tips on How to Travel Light

This article first appeared at and was picked up by “Tourisms” and Wave Journey.

Visual Travel Tours: Santa Fe – Culture Fusion

Photos and tour script by Stacey Wittig.

Uncover Hidden Mysteries At New Mexico’s Bandelier

Guide book. Photos and tour script by Stacey Wittig.

Sneak Preview of Benchmarking Workshop in London

This piece appeared in The Papyrus, magazine of the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.

Classic European Chef Integrating Local Foods

There is a good deal of buzz around the Southwest about Chef John Sharpe of the Turquoise Room Restaurant in Winslow. Located inside La Posada, the magnificent 1930 hacienda- style […]

Snowbowl Improving Visitor Experience

When Arizona Snowbowl opened for the 2011-2012 season last month, visitors found improvements to their skiing and snowboarding experiences. Despite waylays caused by lawsuits over snowmaking, the resort continues to […]

Beat the Heat – Go Underground

There’s nothing like sipping wine in a cool tasting room to beat the heat of an Arizona afternoon. With a visit to southeastern Arizona you can taste acclaimed wines in […]

Girl’s Arizona Adventure: Fish Pedicure?

Adventure girls who love to fish are trying something new this angling season: pedicures done by small, finned friends. Yes, stick your phalanges in the pedicure bath and LIVE fish […]