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Michelle M. Winner

Michelle M. Winner
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Michelle is a Lifestyle & Travel Editor for the new magazine LuxeGetaways and LuxeGetaways.com website and blog. She contributes regularly to several other online media outlets in luxury and culinary markets with total reach of 2-3 millionUVMs ( via content aggregate). Credits include: special project editor for the NY Times Food Archive App., twice weekly contributor at Conde Nast Digital Media, photography for Saveur magazine (100 Chefs' Edition), Forbes online, WSJ online, Northwest Travel & Lifestyles magazine and Western Art & Architecture magazine. She reviews wines, hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants and loves to interview chefs. her favorite destinations to cover are Europe, especially Greece, Italy and France, and her birthplace of Hawaii. An equestrian, she enjoys riding horses all over the world and writes about her adventures. She was a Past President and a long-standing board member of the IFWTWA. Michelle is also member of SPJ and SATW. 

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Published Articles (79)

Luxe Getaways Magazine: Wellendorf Opens at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco


Exquisite jewelry designer opens boutique in SFO.

Luxe Getaways: Four Seasons Private Jet: Luxury Travel Opportunities in 2017


See what the world of luxury travel can really be for the well-heeled.

Oenophiles Rejoice, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine Has a New Chef


As if the location, estate wine and spectacular service were not enough; now a fantastic chef takes over.

Tasting Notes: Strawberry Summer Bliss Cocktail


This refreshing cocktail sparkles for your summer with Freixenet cava.

Octopus and Fennel from the Cape Sounio Resort in Greece


Dine with a view of the Temple of Poseidon at this upscale Resort outside Athens. Recipe here.

Hotel Grande Bretagne- Exquisite Views Steps From Acropolis


A stay in this grand dame is worth every euro.

New Blood: Wines Of Santa Lucia Highlands


The unique climate of cool fog and windy conditions in the Santa Lucia Highlands makes for an especially long grape growing season encouraging great wines in the American Viticulture Appellation.

Exploring Greece’s Little Island with the Big Soul


Santorini. Even the name is magical. And the Iconic Santorini hotel is the place to stay. Trust me. . .

The Adelaide Swizzle Cocktail


This famous cocktail is delicious. But you have to have it at the Swizzle Stick Bar in New Orleans to really jive!

Andaz Napa Arises from the Quake in Time for Spring


after being severely damaged in downtown Napa, the Andaz is back in a big way in the little town.

Best Of Louisiana


Love the French Quarter of New Orleans? Did you know there are many cultures that make up Louisiana? Come on a “culinary travel” style tour of Southwest Louisiana to NOLA. Most posts are my own but we will add […]

The Best Of Hawaii


Think you know Hawaii? Check this highlight/wanderlist at AFAR.com to see. Most posts by Michelle but a few are added from other writers. this list continues to grow with each […]

Experimenting with Conn Creek’s Barrel Blending Experience


Imagine a roomful of barrels with the best “fermented juice” in an AVA for you to create a blend to your liking? Pure fun and so educational. Your Napa experience should start here.

Collectable Classics: Vintage Cars,Wines at AutoVino


By Design: Sofitel San Francisco Bay’s Sensual Feast


Best New Years Eve Party? Buenos Aires’ Faena Hotel


Where’s the hippest place to party this New Years Eve?

Hot Chef Rising Star at MOJAVE in Washington Wine Country


Chef Kristin M. Johnson, a wisp of a lady, dances along the floor of her open kitchen at Mojave Restaurant with intensity and purposeful movement. Although part of Desert Wind Winery and Inn, what she wants is to make a…

Kitchen Deconstructed – Romancing the (Almond) Tart with Miguel Carvalho


Forty years ago on a family vacation in Portugal Michelle M. Winner’s sister fell in love with an almond tart. And so did she.…

Conde Nast Digital:We’ve Got Some Sweet Hotel Deals For Valentine’s Day


From limousine shuttles to four-course meals to Ferris Wheel rides, below are 10 V-Day packages from around the world guaranteed to make you (and your special someone) feel like royalty. Le Pavillion de la Reine, Marais, Paris The Deal: The…

Humu’s Ahi Tartare Recipe from Chef Michael Lofaro at Grand Wailea Resort Maui


Humu’s, as the Maui locals call the restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is famous for fresh fish. This dish is one of Chef Lofaro’s personal favorites.…

Chef Mike Lofaro of Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at Grand Wailea Serves Beautiful Raw Fish


This open air, over-water tropical Polynesian hut style restaurant is what most have in mind when they visit Hawaii. With an extensive seafood menu full of sustainable options and prepared by Chef Lofaro’s deft hand, you truly are in paradise.…

Chef Tylun Pang’s Ono BBQ Chicken


Executive Chef Chef Pang has created a “plantation fusion” concept restaurant KO at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea Maui to share what locals really eat with guests. This family recipe goes with him to every potluck – only the…

Chef Profile: Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang


I’m sitting at Ko restaurant across from one of the most affable chefs I have ever met, enjoying his Maui plantation-inspired cuisine, and trying not to laugh at his quips with my mouth full. His friend at work “the Bumble…

Conde Nast Hotelchatter.com: Hawaii’s Weekend Tsunami-Warning Was Close Call for Hotels


While the country has been preoccupied with Hurricane Sandy, barely a peep has made about the fact that Saturday evening, just after sunset, a tidal wave alarm siren pierced air in Maui’s resort area of Wailea. The Governor of Hawaii,…

Rapid City, South Dakota, USA: Where to Bunk for the Buffalo Round-Up In South Dakota


Yep, dogies (buffies?), it’s that time again, the last Monday of September, when chap-wearin’, spur-clinking cowboys and a few gals sitting astride their mounts chase buffalo through the Black Hills of South Dakota in Custer State Park. This unique annual…

Conde Nast Hotelchatter.com: 7 Unusual Bloody Marys


We’re finally getting into Halloween mode and thought it would be fun to think about getting bloody. No, not homicidal (though we are glad it’s Friday), just making the switch from summer mimosas to that rich classic fall brunch cocktail,…

AFAR.com: A Culinary Walk Through Paris With Context Travel


Context Travel offers history, architecture and culinary tours in various European cities. I went on the ” foodie” tour that began on a beautiful fall Paris morning in the toney neighborhood of St. Germain- de- Pres by meeting our friendly…

CN Hotelchatter.com:Yoga Rules at Lumeria Maui Wellness Retreat


Fall is coming, but don’t put away your bikini just yet. Perfect beach weather still prevails at the 24-room luxury retreat Lumeria Maui. It’s after Labor Day, but as with most things in Hawaii, the calendar doesn’t much matter here.…

CN Hotelchatter.com: Paso Robles’ Hotel Packages Celebrate California Wine Month


It’s nearly harvest time for California growers and in Paso Robles, a small town between San Francisco and Los Angeles, that means special tastings,events, and hotel packages to highlight the season. This region has over 200 wineries growing 40 grape…

Now You Can Shower Under the Stars at L’Auberge Sedona


Romance seekers and au naturel enthusiasts will be delighted to know that L’Auberge de Sedona wants you to stand outside your room, completely naked. Well that is only true in part- but it is true. After a multiphase $25 million…

Are Maui Hotels’ ‘Free’ Amenities a Real Value?


A Hawaiian vacation is notoriously expensive, especially at the tony resort town of Wailea in Maui. So when we heard about all the free amenities at the five-star Four Seasons Maui, we were impressed, but skeptical. Had they just built…

Artsy La Posada Heats Up Santa Fe’s Wine & Chile Fiesta with Specialty Package


La Posada de Santa Fe situated in the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico refuses to turn down the heat during the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta September 26-30, 2012. Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and chef tours are…

Checking In On Hotel 1000’s Restaurant Revamp of BOKA (CNDM)


At HotelChatter we love a guy with experience and we give bonus points if he knows his way around a kitchen. It seems Benchmark Hospitality values these traits too and their choice of new Executive Chef Peter Birk to revamp…

Celebrate Julia Child’s 100th Birthday at The Kahala in Hawaii


When you get down to it Honolulu “the gathering place “ on Oahu is more cosmopolitan city than sleepy island town. The people of Hawaii have always been great travelers, and being the furthest island archipelago from a major land…

Sonoma’s Farmhouse Inn’s ‘Bike Like a Local’ Package Mimics Tour de France ( CNDM)


We like watching the Tour de France. The cute bike short-clad men (ahem) we mean, the gorgeous countryside makes for a great spectator sport. But while the world watches overseas action, there are biking events almost every week in Sonoma.…

To Book the Shakespeare Festival Package at the Ashland Springs Hotel or Not To Book?(CNDM)


We love to be the first to let you know the latest hotel happenings. It is after all, what we do best. So here is the latest from the Ashland, Ore., a region famous for its restaurants, wineries, Harry and…

Blueberry Shortbread Cookie (Honest Cooking)


Blueberry Shortbread Cookie ”I like to use a large tart or springform pan for the convenience of a removable bottom, but this recipe can also be made in a typical 9” cake pan.  There is no hard and fast rule,…

Makers Mark Margarita Rita-Rita ( Honest Cooking)


Makers Mark Margarita Rita-Rita Print   Recipe type: Alcoholic Drink Author: Michelle M. Winner Prep time: 3 mins Total time: 3 mins Serves: 1 The Makers Mark Margarita Rita-Rita is named after Rita Cote, owner of the Tanque Verde Ranch.…

Flame Flower Sculpture Caps Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter’s $25 Million Transformation (CNDM)


The Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego has just completed a year-long property-wide renovation debuting the brand’s new sleek look. And capping off the expensive revamp is the installation of the grand “Flame Flower” sculpture. Westin’s $250,000 40-foot sculpture Flame…

What to pack For a Stay at Tanque Verde Ranch ( CNDM)


We know that packing the appropriate attire makes for a better trip, so we’re helping you pack your bags for “dude-luxe” horseplay at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Let’s start with footwear. While  barrel racing and penning dogies, all…

Where Does Madonna Sleep When She’s in Lisbon? Only The Pestana Palace Will Do (CNDM)


We’ve long obsessed over the hotel choices of Madonna who only stays in the finest hotels around the world. So it’s no surprise to us that her lodging of choice in Lisbon is The Pestana Palace. While Madonna’s entourage shacks…

Discover the Art of Paris with the Art Concierge at Le Royal Monceau (CNDM)


We love specialty concierges here at HotelChatter so when we learned that the Le Royal Monceau Raffles Parishas an art concierge on staff, we had to know more. Domoina De Brantesholds a Masters Degree from the Sorbonne in Conception and…

EPOCH TIMES: ” BFF SPA Get-Away”NYC,SFO,LAX,Washington DC, and online editions( with Maralyn D. Hill)


As soon as we hear the first Marco Polo ringing out from the pool area, we are in a get-us-out-of-here mode. One of us dials for travel reservations for some much needed respite before the onslaught of summer.…

Destinations Travel Magazine: Spring Break for Grown-ups Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama


As surely as the BP oil spill changed the public perception of the Gulf Shores area, in truth it’s a stunning locale with loads of natural beauty in a relaxed beach side town. The beach clean up goes on in…

CITYROOM.COM:Celebrate Hawaii Regional Cuisine with Chef Mavro


Tonight I’m putting on my lipstick and heading out to celebrate by dining at one of the 12 original HRC chef’s stellar restaurant Chef Mavro. Won’t you come too? . . .Ten minutes from the Waikiki Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort…

FORBES.com: Hawaiian Honey Joys ( from Epoch Times)


“Lia” a tiny voice screams out from next-door through the hedges. Get the ball! Its an ordinary day, with kids playing volleyball on a beachfront lawn that spills out toward the ocean with a view to the Mokuluas, here in…

EPOCH TIMES: Culinary Traveler:Thanksgiving at Berekely Plantation


The First Thanksgiving was not at Plymouth. Find out where in Virginia the actual first Thanksgiving was. Celebrate with recipe for Miss Porter’s Slow Cherry Cordial too.…

JUSTLUXE.COM: The 20th Anniversary of Hawaii Regional Cuisine at Chef Mavro Restaurant


On his first day in Honolulu 23 years ago he was already in love with Hawaii. He says, “I awoke at sunrise, looked out over Waikiki Beach to Diamond Head and said to myself, ‘that’s it, I’m home!'”…

Epoch Times NYC/Wash D.C. print editions and online( also onenewspage.com): Chef Hugo Pinto Le Velvet


Le Velvet occupies a smart corner of an in-the-know Paris favorite, Hotel Beauchamps, with windows that see out to a narrow street just steps away from the grand boulevard Champs Elyses.For nearly a year, Chef Hugo Pinto has been commanding…

RIDE Magazine: Riding the World With Michelle Winner: Half Moon Cay


Sea Horses: Half Moon Cay is the kind of place you dream about if you want a powdery crescent of beach curving around turquoise water with soft sand bottom. Add a horseback ride along the beach and you are in…

Business Insider( via Cityroom.com):Celebrate Hawaii Regional Cuisine at Chef Mavro


“Flying-in” and “shipping- in” these words began a quiet revolution in Hawaii called Hawaii Regional Cuisine, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of HRC can you describe how you crystallized this common idea between the 12 original HRC chefs?.CM: 22…

Epoch Times NYC/ SFO print editions & online ( also online AllVoices): $750 Decadence d’Or Cupcake


Chef Johann Springinsfeld of France charms the foodie journalists attending the IFWTWA 2012 Conference in Las Vegas into submission but is still intent on charming the Remy Martin Cognac to stay inside the blown-sugar fleur-de-lis that will crown the $750…

RIDE Magazine:It is rocket science: Synergist Saddles


Everyone has a saddle story. You might still have your first show saddle, or perhaps you can’t let go of a treasured antique from grandpa. But have you analyzed the fit? Michelle shares her own quest for the perfect saddle.…

EPOCH TIMES:An Interview With Honolulu’s Chef Mavro( NYC, Wash.DC.,SFO editions and online)


Chef Mavro is chef/proprietor of Honolulus top-rated Chef Mavro restaurant, holds the James Beard award, and is the founding member of Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC).…

Epoch Times NYC print & online: Mother’s Day Date Syrup Cake Pops – Lower Sugar Treat


Colleen Sundlies small organic company began as most companies doshe needed something she could not find. As an American mom living with her husband and very young son in Al Ain outside Dubai, United Arab Emirates she discovered iron rich,…

COWGIRL MAGAZINE: Go West! ( Indies)


This Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. Commonwealth, was the answer to a vacation wish list compiled by my friend Jessica and I: a safe locale for two cowgirls traveling alone, where we didn’t have to convert money or…

EPOCH TIMES FOOD:Cumin Seared Ahi ( SFO,Wash.DC,NYC and online)


Courtesy of Chef Mavro, this dish is served with Waimea vegetable seviche and anchovy pure…

RIDE MAGAZINE: Ride Utah’s Snowbird Wilderness


“Snowbird gets to you. People keep coming back year after year.” ~P.J. Owner High Country Exploring…

EPOCH TIMES: Holoholo Hawaii for Sun, Fun and Fantastic Food! Editions: Alberta, Ottawa,Vancouver, Canada/NYC/LAX/SFO/ Wash D.C.& online


Its time to re-think Hawaii. And because each island is so different, the best way to experience Hawaii is to island hop by planning a seven-night, two-island vacation.…

EPOCH TIMES:Culinary Traveler’s Lugano: La dolce vita!: Multiple editions: DFW,Wash.DC.,United Kingdom,NYC,Northern Calif and Oregon, SFO, LAX,


Along the way, weathered palazzos and churches touch bricks with the modern marvels of Mario Bottas glass architecture. Standing between the ancient and the new buildings in full sunlight youappreciate why Lugano has always been the sundeck of Switzerland.…

Justluxe.com: Recipe : Asparagus and Mushroom Crepe Chef Sean Laceby Blomidon Inn ,Nova Scotia


A multitude of incredible local wines, cold-water lobster, and fresh produce from nearby Annapolis Valley farms in Nova Scotia grace the table at Blomidons each night. This dish was designed by Chef Sean to honor his mom, Donna…he hopes that…

RIDE MAGAZINE: Nova Scotia: Ride with Boulderwood Stable and Hatfields


Jim is English but has lived here for many years with his wife Ann and his mother, an accomplished jumper. He’s not emulating the Western Cowboy – he’s dressed in a simple lace up boot, zip-on jacket and a grin-…

Business Insider and Wall Street Journal Online: Allison Inn Delights Her Majesty


“Her Majesty’s” husband comes up with a new idea for anniversay getaway and scores . . . at The Allison Inn & Spa and Jory restaurant in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine county.…

JustLuxe.com: Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Is This Really Alabama?


In truth it’s a stunning locale with loads of natural beauty in a relaxed beach-side town. Yes, the beach clean-up goes on but the water and sand are clean and stringent measures are taken to assure wildlife preservation and water…

Spa Tours Worldwide: Allison Inn and Spa Delights


Natural elements of stone,wood and water are integrated into soothing design of the Allison Inn and Spa by Seattle firm.…

SAVEUR: Photo :The Saveur 100 Chefs’ Edition Jan 2011


Michelle’s photo of Chef Lucero Soto Arriaga of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico appeared in Saveur’s 100 Chefs’ Edition issue alongside an article by Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, Chicago on Chef Lu.. ( MMW Media)…

Justluxe.com: Jory’s Chef Jin shares his Pinot Burger


Chef Jin has creates a burger worthy of Jory’s wine country location.…

JustLuxe.com: Cheese Fondue Recipe From Lausanne, Switzerland’s Cafe du Grutli


It seems that fondue, the very definition of 1960s culinary lan and the toast of nearly every suburban American housewife’s kitchen, is making a comeback. Not because we yearn for a cheesy piece of bread on a stick, but because…

Destinations Travel Magazine :Open Skies to Paris


Fly a value priced all business class airline to Paris from New York.…

EPOCH TIMES: Fresh Start Retreat, A Journey To Radiant Health:Multiple Editions: NYC, Wash.DC, LAX, SFO, Northern Calif. and Oregon


“Hitting the downside of my fiftieth year, I decided that no matter the deadlines or other obligations I had, nothing was more important to me than my health.”…

EPOCH TIMES Newspaper/ online:Festive Beef Wellington: Arizona Biltmore


Chef Todd Sicilo shares this classic recipe with a new twist at Wrights Restaurant. Editions: NYC, Dallas, Wash D.C.…

Cowgirl Magazine: Relief Riders International :Noblesse Oblige or Soul Journey? Published Nov/Dec 2010


The phone rings and I pull over into the driveway of a Portland fire truck fabricator in a crumbling industrial area and yell out : “Im- on- the- road- can- I- call- you- back?” It’s Alexander Souri. He’s in between…

Corporate Retreats Worldwide:Best Trans-Atlantic Flight Biz Class


Find out about best comfort option to Paris with this value priced all biz class carrier.…

BOOTSNALL:How To Pack For Two Destinations in One Bag


Packing for two widely different destinations or trips with one bag can be done, but you’ll have to scrutinize your itinerary, evaluate like an actuary and cut like a surgeon. Here’s how to do it.…

Destinations Travel Magazine:Our Top Tables For Romance


From Honolulu to Paris, these top tables deliver style, fabulous food and wine and imepeccable service. But most of all the romance factor is off the chart.…

JUSTLUXE.COM: Enchantment Sedona Announces New Native Advisory Group


“The award-winning Enchantment Resort and Mii amo destination is increasing their commitment to authentic Native American programming with the formation of its Native American Advisory Group,” Enchantment says. “At Enchantment Resort we center on authenticity,” says General Manager Myra deGersdorff.…

EPOCH TIMES NYC Edition: Hawaiian Honey Joys


An ordinary day in Hawaii, with kids playing volleyball on a beachfront lawn that spills out toward the ocean,except the kids next-door are guarded by sniper nests and the Secret Service. Mackenzie and Brooke decide to make and share Hawaiian…

Luxe Getaways: Wellendorff Opens at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco


Love exquisite jewelry? Visit Wellendorff’s new boutique in SFO.…

Luxe Getaways: Wellendorff Opens at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco


Love exquisite jewelry? Visit Wellendorff’s new boutique in SFO.…

Global Writes (6)

Chef Profile: Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang

Chef Profile: Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang

I’m sitting at Ko restaurant across from one of the most affable chefs I have ever met, enjoying his Maui plantation-inspired cuisine, and trying not to laugh at his quips with my mouth full. His friend at work “the Bumble Bee” ( he gives the people he likes nicknames), is […]

Two for the Washington Peninsula

Two for the Washington Peninsula

Most people think of southern Washington beaches as a place for a family vacation. Lots of commotion and smiles of course, but what if there are only two of you and you wish for something more relaxing? Empty nesters, couples, friends, family members, take heart. “Two” can have a wonderful beach adventure if you keep few things in mind when planning.

Culinary Traveler: Riding the Rail to the Trail in Copper Canyon, Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains

Culinary Traveler: Riding the Rail to the Trail in Copper Canyon, Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains

The little mountain town of Cerocahui, Chihuahua state in Mexico is a long way from my home in the mountains of Oregon, but each part of the journey unfolds with it’s own discoveries along the way. Cerocahui is reached by train as part of a rail trip you can book through Mexico Adventures.Inc.

Michoacán, the heart and soul of Mexico

Michoacán, the heart and soul of Mexico

Ever dreamed of waking up in a city where time stands still? Where pink buildings glow in the sun as if lit from within? Add to this idyll a mass migration of butterflies. And yes, it’s real!

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IFWTWA "Conference at Sea" a stellar success!

If you were not lucky enough to be on board for this one, here is a heads up from your Conference & Media Trip Committee. In the early planning phase, the next Conference at Sea is slated for early 2010…

Vancouver, B.C. Before the Ship Sails

Vancouver, B.C. Before the Ship Sails

As the mercury climbs, the smart money heads to cooler climes; many to cruise the icy…