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.

Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 2: Orcas Island

Time to board the ferry for the scenic ride to Orcas Island, or as the locals call it “the Emerald Isle”. A diverse green playground, Orcas is known for having the highest mountain in the San Juan’s, the gorgeous 5,252-acre Moran State Park with 38 miles of trails for...

Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 1: Whidbey Island

There are approximately 172 islands in Washington State’s San Juan County, plus the popular neighboring islands of Whidbey and Camano, and once you start visiting them you’ll soon learn that the finest fresh caught, shucked, brewed, foraged and farmed food awaits you at every turn. The easiest, prettiest and most fun...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 5 – Peace Lodge & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 5 on Stark Insider ... “Peace-out” at Peace Lodge and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens The perfect fairy tale ending to any Costa Rica trip has to...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 4 – Hotel Belmar & Monteverde Cloud Forest

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 4 on Stark Insider ... Hotel Belmar: an oldie but still bestie Although the family-run Hotel Belmar was one of the very first hotels to open in...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 3 – Villa Caletas

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 3 on Stark Insider ... Villa Caletas: fit for a Greek God Perched on a mountain top, almost 1,200 feet high, overlooking a fertile green rainforest backed...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 2 – Alma del Pacifico

Travel writer Janice Nieder shares her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two as Janice's adventure continues with Part 2 on Stark Insider ... Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa: This stylish beachside resort is my new “happy place” I‘m not...
Beach in Costa Rica

Wanderlust: Pure luxury meets unspoiled nature in Costa Rica (Part 1)

Travel writer Janice Nieder shares her experience traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two as Janice's adventure begins on Stark Insider ... Bookended between Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts, visitors will find some of the world’s most immaculate beaches, volcanoes,...
The Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

Wanderlust: Grand Residences Riviera Cancun earns top marks

Whether you're looking for an upscale all-inclusive resort for an easy-peasy family vacation, romantic interlude, girlfriend getaway or just some much needed R&R, The Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, not only fits the (surprisingly reasonable) bill, but does so in grand style! The exclusive resort is hidden in a sweet spot...

Can’t Miss Having Fun on this Mississippi Road Trip! Day 4: Biloxi and Ocean Springs

Pull into the elegant, AAA Four Diamond Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, your luxurious home base for the next few days. Drop off your car and get ready for some serious relaxing, where your most difficult decision will be deciding if you want to take in the magnificent Gulf...

Can’t Miss Having Fun on this Mississippi Road Trip! Day 3: Tupelo-Columbus-Laurel

Janice Nieder's Mississippi road trip continues with day 3... There is so much to see in Columbus, “The city that has it all!” that depending on your time frame you might want to spend the night here. For starters, how cool is it that Columbus’s Welcome Center (where you can pick up...