Susan D Lanier-Graham

Member Since:
May 2011

Susan Lanier-Graham is a freelance travel journalist based in Arizona. She holds degrees from the University of Maryland and Regis University in Denver. Susan has been writing professionally for more than two decades, specializing in travel and food. She has contributed hundreds of articles to print publications across the country and writes frequently for online sites.

Susan's work has appeared in such publications as AAA Highroads, AOL Travel, Phoenix Home & Garden, Uptown Magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, So Scottsdale!, Go Gilbert!, View Highlife, Design & Architecture, Cowboys & Indians, Western Horseman, American Cowboy, Steamboat Magazine, Rosewood Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, Fox News Travel. She has authored and co-authored more than 75 textbooks and guidebooks. She contributes to travel radio programs for Travel Planners Radio and The Insider Mag Radio Program. She is a luxury travel writer for Examiner.com and regular contributor to Luxe Beat Magazine.

Susan currently writes about life's "wow" moments - around the world or across the street - at www.WanderWithWonder.com.


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Burgundy Terroirs: Wines of Maison Louis Latour

Burgundy Terroirs: Wines of Maison Louis Latour

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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

Georg Riedel and Angelo Gaja: An interview with visionaries

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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: Restaurateur

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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

Pass the Salt: Turning sodium chloride into gold

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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

Eat Local: Farmers Markets Nearby

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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

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

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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

7 Southwestern Watering Holes

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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

90210 turns 100

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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

Happy Birthday San Marcos Hotel

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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

A New York state of mind for the holidays

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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

Say ‘Hi’ to Ojai

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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

Arizona’s Salsa Trail

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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’s Fairy Tale Castle: Chateau de la Messardiere

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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 […]

It’s all about chocolate: a healthy superfood

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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 […]

All Hail the Queen Mary and Long Beach, California

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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 […]

Three must-have finds for travelers

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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 […]

Top Can’t Miss Experiences in Phoenix, Arizona

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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 […]

Paulette Beverly Hills creates little Parisian macaroons

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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 […]

Culinary Adventures: 6 great local international cuisine delights

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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 […]

Winter Wonderland: Snow brings out the best in Greer

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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 […]

Phoenix in 5…

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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 […]

Food Files: What’s Brewing

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

Visiting London in Royal Style

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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 […]

Go Dine: A Slice of Heaven

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

5 Best Photo Opportunities in Flagstaff

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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 […]

Go Dine: Going Downtown

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

Flagstaff with Kids: A Perfect Family Day

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]