Susan D Lanier-Graham

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Member Since:
May 2011

Susan Lanier-Graham is a luxury food, wine and travel writer based in Arizona. She has contributed hundreds of articles to print publications across the country and writes frequently for online sites. Susan is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Wander With Wonder and is a travel ambassador for Travelocity.

Susan's work has appeared in such publications as AAA Highroads, AAA Home & Away, Luxe Beat Magazine, Life Refined, AOL Travel,, Montage Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden, Uptown Magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, So Scottsdale!, View Highlife, Design & Architecture, Cowboys & Indians, Western Horseman, American Cowboy, Rosewood Magazine, Fox News Travel. She has authored and co-authored more than 75 textbooks and guidebooks. She is a regular contributor to theTravel Planners Radio.

Susan holds degrees from the University of Maryland and Regis University in Denver. She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist and a member of the French Wine Society. Susan currently writes about life's "wow" moments - around the world or across the street - at 

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Published Articles (58)

Finding Wow Moments in Waikiki

A look at Waikiki. Travelocity, January 4, 2016

5 Walkable Cities of the West

Explore Long Beach, Las Vegas, Denver, Portland and Santa Barbara on foot. Appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of AAA Highroads

Bali’s Tropical Beauty: Splendor by the Sea in an Indonesian Paradise

Explore Bali in 405 Magazine, January 2016

Cozy in Vancouver: Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Exploring the spa in Vancouver. Travelocity, 12/15/2015

A Magical Fall Weekend in Sedona, AZ

A look at Sedona for Travelocity, 12/14/15

Hot Hotel Bars

Hot hotel bars in Scottsdale, AZ. Appeared in December 2015 issue of So Scottsdale magazine.

A Festive Fusion: This Baked Apple Pie Martini packs holiday pizazz

Article on a holiday cocktail for December 2015 issue of So Scottsdale magazine.

California Dreamin’: Soak up quiet coastal life in picturesque Mendocino

Article on Mendocino County, CA appeared in the December 2015 issues of both So Scottsdale and Uptown magazines.

Exploring California’s Wine Country

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Sonoma County. On Fairmont’s Everyone’s An Original site on 11/12/15.

Discover the Best of Barcelona

Explore art, architecture, history and culture of Barcelona. Appeared on the Fairmont Everyone’s An Original site on 11/3/15

A Weekend in Solvang

Explore Solvang, California’s Little Denmark. Appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of AAA Highroads

Sustainable spas in Arizona: Feel good about feeling good

Sustainable spas in Arizona. Appeared in Green Living Arizona, October 2015.

Lights, Camera, Action: Experience Toronto’s International Film Festival

Fairmont Royal York during the Toronto International Film Festival. Appeared on Fairmont’s Everyone’s An Original site on 9/2/15

Exploring Arizona Wines: Arizona’s unique terroir produces some great wines

Arizona wines for So Scottsdale magazine, September 2015

You Only Live Once: California’s Yolo County

Yolo County California article in September/October 2015 issue of AAA Highroads.

The Mac: 100 Years of Hospitality

Explore the AAA Four-Diamond luxury Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. On Fairmont’s Everyone’s An Original website July 31, 2015

Luxe Layovers: PHL

What to do on a layover at PHL. Appeared in July 2015 issue of Luxe Beat Magazine.

Fredericksburg: A luxury escape in the Texas Hill Country

Look at Fredericksburg, TX: Appeared in the July 2015 issues of both Uptown magazine and So Scottsdale magazine

Lula Cellars offers exclusive limited production wines

Lula Cellars in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. Appeared in the June 2015 issue of Luxe Beat Magazine.


A look at spa treatments for men in Scottsdale. Originally appeared in So Scottsdale, June 2015.

Eat Your Way Through 5 Western Food Festivals

Five of the best food festivals in the Western US. Appeared as the cover feature for AAA Highroads, May/June 2015

Out of their shells

Chefs at Montage Hotels & Resorts have created some of their own delicious ways to use nuts in plates for all palates. Montage magazine, Spring 2015

London in the Spring: A Perfect Destination

London is a bustling city filled with world-class shopping, high-end hotels, and more… Appeared in the March 2015 issue of So Scottsdale magazine.

South Lake Tahoe: A perfect romantic weekend escape

February is an ideal time to head north for a romantic snowy getaway. An ideal long weekend escape is South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Appeared in the February 2015 issue of […]

Cajun Country Cravin’

Explore Lake Charles and Baton Rouge to experience a different side of Louisiana. Article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of AAA Highroads magazine.

Bespoke Wine

CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has something new to toast: the debut of its own custom wine, Dove Mountain Cuvee. Appeared in November 2014 issue […]

Burgundy Terroirs: Wines of Maison Louis Latour

One of the highlights of the recent Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) was the wine seminars presented by Wine Spectator and hosted by Bruce Sanderson, the magazine’s Senior Editor. I […]

Georg Riedel and Angelo Gaja: An interview with visionaries

Every wine enthusiast is familiar with Riedel Glass and lovers of fine Italian wines know Gaja Winery. I recently attended a wine tasting hosted by these two industry greats and had an […]

Sam Fox: Restaurateur

Sam Fox: With restaurants dotting—and defining—the local restaurant scene, Fox has become a household name and a culinary visionary. Here, the “Valley restaurant royalty” talks about his restaurant empire, family, […]

Pass the Salt: Turning sodium chloride into gold

Few things in our society have such a history and continued impact—socially, economically, gastronomically—as salt. You’ll find it mentioned in the Bible; used as an ancient form of payment; used […]

Eat Local: Farmers Markets Nearby

All across the country, people demand better food. They want to know where their food comes from and what happens to it before it ends up on a store’s shelves […]

Virginia’s Clifton Inn: Southern charm, history and luxury

Clifton Inn is a historic Relais & Châteaux hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. Set in picturesque and historic Albemarle County, Clifton Inn is a short drive from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, sitting […]

7 Southwestern Watering Holes

Take a refreshing dip in one of these nearby destinations When most people think of the Southwest, they think desert and cacti — maybe even coyotes and the Grand Canyon — but, […]

90210 turns 100

Pop the champagne — Beverly Hills celebrates its centennial on Jan. 28 What was once farmland is now one of the country’s richest six square miles of mansions, shops, and restaurants: […]

Happy Birthday San Marcos Hotel

The downtown Chandler landmark turns 100 “Formal opening of Hotel San Marcos will be Saturday, and whole world is invited.” The headline for a November 1913 issue of the Chandler Arizonan announced […]

A New York state of mind for the holidays

From parades and performances to shopping and skating, celebrate the season the old-fashioned way in The Big Apple. American holidays — from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day — have traditionally been a […]

Say ‘Hi’ to Ojai

Embrace the seasonal bounty and artistic beauty of this harmonious California town. There exists a place where local is a way of life, where Mother Nature showcases her vast capabilities […]

Arizona’s Salsa Trail

The heat is on when you follow the Old West Highway to one of the state’s most-seasoned regions. Arizona has prospered because of its famous five Cs: cattle, citrus, climate, […]

Saint-Tropez’s Fairy Tale Castle: Chateau de la Messardiere

Saint-Tropez, or “St. Trop” as it is often called by those who frequent southern France’s playground, started off quite humbly as a port city and fishing village. By the early […]

5 Best Photo Opportunities in Flagstaff

AOL Online. Flagstaff, Ariz.., is situated at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks, which rise to heights of more than 12,000 feet. With its natural beauty and rich cultural […]

Flagstaff with Kids: A Perfect Family Day

AOL Online. Flagstaff is a mountain town in northern Arizona, rich in natural beauty and culture and an ideal place for family vacations. With a little planning, trips to Flagstaff […]

Charming Stays: Molly Butler Lodge

AAA Highroads. Nov/Dec 2010. One hundred years ago, Molly Butler and her husband opened a lodge in Greer. In exchange for helping out with daily chores, hunters, fishermen and visitors […]

Charming Stays: Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore

AAA Highroads. Sept/Oct 2010. There’s just something magical about what Frank Lloyd Wright helped create at Arizona Biltmore. It’s timeless and feels relevant even in its 80th year.Today, Frank Lloyd […]

Unforgettable Spa Experience: Agave, the Arizona Spa

Agave, the Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona definitely claims a place on my top ten list, thanks to a day of unique spa experiences I had […]

Unforgettable Spa Experience: Aroma Spa at Esencia Estate

My visit to Esencia Estate on Mexicos Mayan Riviera filled me with wonder. My spa treatment there, the Ritual Ix Chel, was one of my all-time top spa treatments.

Exploring Street Markets in Taiwan

On my recent visit to Taiwan, I was amazed at how much a role food plays in the local culture. Nowhere is this more evident than in the many street […]

It’s all about chocolate: a healthy superfood

Chocolate is called the food of gods for a reason. There’s something seductive about the rich dark texture. Then, take a bite and the flavor comes alive in your mouth […]

Three must-have finds for travelers

I recently found three great items that are perfect for travelers: the RockBoom keychain speaker, a Pashmina scarf from Pashmina Ladies, and a themed journal thats ideal for tracking your […]

Paulette Beverly Hills creates little Parisian macaroons

Paulette Beverly Hills was one of those finds that brought a smile to my face. Just a short walk from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, I wandered across a little […]

Winter Wonderland: Snow brings out the best in Greer

AAA Highroads – Nov/Dec 2011. Greer is known as the town at the end of the road. While it does sit at the end of State Highway 373 in Arizona’s […]

All Hail the Queen Mary and Long Beach, California

AAA Highroads. May/June 2011. Seventy-five years ago, the luxurious RMS Queen Mary embarked on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The greatest ocean liner ever built at that time, the […]

Food Files: What’s Brewing

So Scottsdale – October 2011. Local craft breweries in the Scottsdale area offer great new choices in beer.

Top Can’t Miss Experiences in Phoenix, Arizona

Got Saga Blog. Phoenix is a fascinating city with things to do from the desert to the ballroom. Known for its fine resorts, great spas, world-class golf, and every kind […]

Go Dine: A Slice of Heaven

Go Gilbert! – November 2011. Go Dine: A Slice of Heaven: Pies Just Like Grandma Use to Make!

Culinary Adventures: 6 great local international cuisine delights

Go Dine! – Go Gilbert! August 2011. Dining out should be a way to explore the heart and soul of a community. Fortunately, the East Valley is diverse and offers […]

Go Dine: Going Downtown

Go Gilbert! – October 2011. Going Downtown: Downtown Gilbert and Chandler dining spots.

Phoenix in 5…

Being as it’s in the Sonoran desert and gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the area around Phoenix is aptly nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. Known […]

Visiting London in Royal Style

View Highlife – Feb/March 2008. London is a city known for royalty. Even here in the US we are fascinated with the kings and queens and princes and princesses of […]