Shawna Huffman Owen
Shawna has been a passionate traveler since spending the first few years of her life in Istanbul, Turkey. After receiving her BA from Colby College in Art History and French, and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Shawna spent 15 years as a management consultant. In 2008, Shawna decided to shift gears and focus on travel as a profession.
In partnership with her father, Tony, Shawna manages the Huffman Travel offices in Dayton and Chicago. Shawna’s specialties lie in upscale vacation planning for families and is recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as an A-List Advisor for Family Travel. As a mother of two growing children, Shawna recognizes how precious vacation time is and strives to offer travel-consulting services to ensure every detail is taken care of for her clients.
In addition to planning vacations for families, Shawna also specializes in planning romantic getaways for couples, special holidays for multi-generational groups and celebration holidays around the globe. Shawna holds a seat on the elite Travel Advisory Board for Travel + Leisure Magazine as well as on the Advisory Board for Abercrombie & Kent.
Shawna and her husband Jay and 2 children live in Chicago. Shawna is an active member of The Joffrey Women’s Board, the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Favorite Hotels & Resorts: Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, NZ, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Isle de France, St Barths, JK Place in Capri, Portrait Suites in Rome, Dunmore Beach Club, Harbor Island, Londolozi in South Africa, Rosewood London, Park Hyatt, Sydney, Amangiri, Utah, Six Senses Duoro Valley.
Favorite Restaurants in Chicago: Lena Brava, Riccardos Tratorria, RL, The Kitchen, Chicago Cut, Turkish Kitchen (NYC), Buccan (Palm Beach), Joel Rubucon Atelier (Paris).
Best Adventures: Shopping in the markets of Provence, Exploring the incredible Kingdom of Bhutan, Helicoptering into the Milford Sound in New Zealand, Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Bargain hunting in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Flying over 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Australia, Driving through Cuba in vintage convertibles and Drinking rose in St Barths.
Recently Visited: New Zealand, Tanzania, Spain and Portugal, Berlin, The Galapagos, Puglia, Australia, Provence, London, Paris, Cuba, Bhutan, South Africa, Botswana, St Barths, Anguilla, Cabo, Rome, Cortona, Amalfi Coast, Capri, St Tropez.