Stephanie has been traveling the world since the day she was born in Germany into a military family. She spent her childhood living globally, learning multiple languages and soaking up the culture of many countries; her favorites include Saudi Arabia and Germany. After receiving her BA from Eckerd College in Theatre, Stephanie worked for the Sundance Institute in their summer Playwrights and Film Laboratories and the Film Festival. Changing direction, 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.
Stephanie’s specialties include organizing family travel with a twist . Some of her recent favorites include wine-country adventures in a vintage Fiat, narrowing down the “must see” lists and cultural “scavenger hunts” that make travel unforgettable, easy and simply enjoyable. Stephanie is a detail-oriented Luxury Travel Advisor, who is constantly researching new destinations to explore with her own teenaged children and loves to share her travel experiences. When her children were young she created personalized travel guides and continues to travel the world with her family, adapting their experiences as her children’s ages and interest mature.
While Stephanie has established her roots in a Chicago North Shore Suburb, she has been determined to share her love of cultures and travel with her two children and husband. She 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; The Tented Camp, Chang Rai, Thailand, Mandarin Oriental, Munich Germany, Amangiri & The Ritz, Paris
Favorite Restaurants in Chicago: Next, La Colonial, RL and brunch at Pierrot Gourmet
Best Adventures: Mahout Elephant Training in Chang Rai, Adventuring into the Peruvian Amazon, Cold War tour of Berlin in a Russian Trabant, Wine Country Tour of Florence in a vintage Fiat and Bargaining in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul
Recently Visited: Peru, Chang Rai, Bangkok, Paris, Aspen, Sicily, Istanbul, Mykonos, Venice, Florence, Pompeii, Barcelona, Munich and Berlin
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