Stephanie’s earliest memory flying over the Egyptian Pyramids instilled a passion for travel that continues to this day. A childhood of living globally, speaking multiple languages and soaking up the culture worldwide inspires her daily life. After working for the Sundance Institute in their summer Playwrights and Film Laboratories and the Film Festival, Stephanie completed the Boston University Culinary Program and treasures her time spent over the stove with Jacques Pepin and Julia Child. She still pinches herself that she shared a cup of tea with Julia in her famous kitchen.
Based in the North Shore of Chicago, Stephanie has been traveling the world with her two children and husband for the past twenty years, and feels that traveling can feed your soul! She is a detail-oriented Luxury Travel Advisor who specializes in both Family and Couples travel with a strong focus on authentic and noteworthy experiences that create memories of a lifetime. Stephanie is as comfortable tasting new food in a remote village as she is sipping champagne at a luxury resort and can coordinate all types of experiences.
Some of her recent travels include Kenya, Australia, China, Maldives, Dubai, Nepal and always…Europe. She was given a Masai name by the Tribal Elder, she hugged a Panda, Scuba- Dived with Manta Rays, Oyster’d in Tasmania, and enjoyed brunch with Mount Everest after hiking in the Annapurna Mountains of Nepal and explored Berlin with her 13-year- old son in a Russian Trabant.
Stephanie is an active travel photographer and proud member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Women’s Board, Governing Member Ambassador of the Brookfield Zoo, Lurie Children’s Founders Board, Lake Forest Garden Club, and a Sustaining Member, Women’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
Favorite Hotels and Resorts: Cipriani, Venice, Italy; Four Seasons, The Tented Camp, Chang Rai, Thailand; Mandarin Oriental, Munich Germany; Peninsula Shanghai & The Ritz, Paris Favorite Restaurants in Chicago: Next, Le Colonial, RL, Pierrot Gourmet’s brunch, Girl and the Goat
Best Adventures: Bargaining in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Mahout Elephant Training in Chang Rai, The Peruvian Amazon, Hiking in Nepal and on the Great Wall of China.
Recently Visited: Kenya, Australia, Nepal, China, Peru, Chang Rai, Bangkok, Paris, Aspen, Sicily, Istanbul, Mykonos, Venice, Florence, Pompeii, Barcelona, Munich, and Berlin
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