Janice Nieder

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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.
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...

Wanderlust: Falling for Greenville, SC

Full Disclosure: I’m biased. I def have a thing going on with Greenville, and once you go, I suspect you might, too. On day one of my visit, I’m thinking that Greenville a great place to eat and play. By day three I’m thinking that it’s even a greater...

Wanderlust: The Maine Course, Portland – Part 2

About an hour’s drive from Portland brings you to Sebasco Harbor Resort, where you’ll step back in time for some old-fashioned family fun--think upscale Dirty Dancing in stylish surroundings. Check out this video and you'll see what I mean. Accommodations sprawl over the 450 acres and vary from a room...

Wanderlust: The Maine Course, Portland – Part 1

In 2018 Bon Appétit named Portland, Maine, the "Restaurant City of the Year" catapulting it to the top of the list for America’s fave food destination. Shortly thereafter, People magazine gave Portland the #1 spot on their “Top 10 New Foodie Cities”. This year, Food & Wine magazine declared...