Janice Nieder

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. Previously a specialty food consultant in NYC, Janice is currently a San Francisco-based culinary tourism writer who has wined & dined her way through 80 countries. To keep things in balance, Janice also enjoys writing about her Girlfriend Getaways which include spa visits, soft-core adventure, cultural events, shopping, boutique hotels, and chef interviews.

Premiere Girlfriend Getaway: Puerto Vallarta

Things to see and do in this magical Mexico escape.
Wetumpka, Alabama visitor's guide

Wetumpka, Alabama: The little town that could (and did!)

Last month, while I was busy exploring Tennessee and Alabama, I received a phone call from my Seattle niece, Jill, telling me I simply HAD to go visit Wetumpka. Me, "Say what????" Not being a HGTV viewer (no need since my total home makeover capabilities basically stall out after "changing a...
The National Musuem Of African American History

Travel Tips: Trio of Musical Must-Do’s When Visiting Nashville

My first out-of-state road trip after getting sprung from lock-down was driving around Tennessee and Alabama. For some reason I had been jonesing for some authentic "Q", getting politely ma'amed, and listening to some soulful singers...IN PERSON! If you're planning a trip down south, here are three, don't-you-dare-miss stops for...
Best sipping, savoring, sights and sleeps in lower Louisiana

Wanderlust: Best sipping, savoring, sights and sleeps in lower Louisiana

If “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” then I have the perfect itinerary for you to follow next time you’re traveling to Louisiana. I recently returned from Baton Rouge, L.A., who was hosting this year's Travel South Showcase, the premier, southern marketplace event for over 500 tourism professionals. ...

Exploring Cuba: Cool, captivating and challenging

Full disclosure: I was only mildly excited about my first visit to Cuba. I think it was because most of the pictures I’ve seen were filled with swarms of Americans jumping cruise ships for the day, trying to look cool while leaning on a classic car, or puffing away...
Vista Encantada Sky Pool

Wanderlust: Vista Encantada — the stylish new kid on the Baja Peninsula

Exciting  news! Right next door to Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences, a recipient of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for the past two years, is a brand-new, even more upscale, sister property, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences. Both are members of the family-owned, Mexico Grand Hotels...