Articles written by: Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn Dennis Hill, The Epicurean Explorer, was born to travel and tell the tale. From local cuisine to Michelin Star, simple to gourmet, Maralyn enjoys it all. Discovering flavors, spices, and trends worldwide, from Bocuse d’Or to being a judge at the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, Oregon Chocolate Festival and others, or interviewing chefs, she is intrigued by all aspects of spa and culinary tourism. As a professional food, wine and travel writer, through guest spots on monthly radio shows, to being editor and contributor to over eight publications, print and online, she reaches several million on a continual basis, domestically and internationally. Maralyn sometimes collaborates with her husband on articles. Maralyn’s years of writing incentive programs and meeting planning expanded her talent for digging below the surface for the unusual. She thrives on discovering different cultures and customs and feels it’s the best geography lesson ever. Also, she derives great satisfaction applying her organizational development skills. She has co-authored three books and hosted a television show for Time Warner Cable from 2002 to 2006. She is past president of The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (12-2008 to 12-2012) and continues as a board member and co-chair of the Conference and Media Trip Committee. Maralyn is always ready to explore different flavors of various cultures and share their tale. People she meets along the way are the best part. Maralyn’s description of herself: "I was born to travel and tell the tale. I’m energized by different cultures in every aspect of their lives, from food, wine, and destination, to how they conduct business. Food, wine, culture, and travel represent a continual geography lesson."

14 Tips for an Effective Meeting
Business Events / Chronological

14 Tips for an Effective Meeting

Everyone wants a successful meeting, whether it is held in the best surroundings or the worst. Details matter and there are several that can contribute to members of your audience walking out, shaking their heads, falling asleep, or not retaining what was covered.

The Sanctuary At Kiawah Island Golf Resort—Ideal for an Incentive Program
Business Events / Chronological

The Sanctuary At Kiawah Island Golf Resort—Ideal for an Incentive Program

Often it can be a challenge to discover a property or destination that is ideal for an incentive program or an upper-level meeting. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort satisfies both objectives. Kiawah Island has long stood on its own, but The Sanctuary represents an ideal complement.

Cruise Ship Meetings Bring Surprising Return on Investment
Business Events / Chronological

Cruise Ship Meetings Bring Surprising Return on Investment

For the past 20 years, cruise ships in general have been ideal for incentive programs; and because I’ve participated in and arranged numerous incentive and sales conventions, I can attest to that first hand. I can also say that in past years cruise ships were not completely ideal for general meetings. Now, I sing a different tune.

Portland, Maine—Today, Its Ship Has Really Come In
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / Maine / United States

Portland, Maine—Today, Its Ship Has Really Come In

For some years, as lobster fishing stabilized and other industries deteriorated, Portland’s fortunes deteriorated along with them. The area along its downtown coastal streets was considered quite unsafe after dark. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a son of Portland, may have turned over in his proverbial grave.

Speed, Savvy, Safety and ‘Citement: Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving
Arizona / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Speed, Savvy, Safety and ‘Citement: Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving

Frequently referred to as the “Fastest 60 Acres in America,” the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is committed to professional instruction for all levels, from novice to advanced to professional, and from individuals to large groups. It ranks as a multi-million dollar operation.

Dominique Crenn
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

Dominique Crenn

Presenting to Dominique Crenn, Executive Chef of Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco, the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association Award of Distinction in the Epicurean Arts was a distinct pleasure. One immediately discovers a woman with passion and love for her skill and profession.

French Master Chef Hervé Laurent
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

French Master Chef Hervé Laurent

After serving as Master Chef and instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in London, Chef Hervé Laurent joined the world famous Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, France and has taught the Art of Modern French Cooking in many celebrated cooking schools worldwide. In 2004, he opened The School of Culinary Arts in Central America.

Rockland, Maine: Four Perfect Days and Four Historic Inns
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Maine / United States

Rockland, Maine: Four Perfect Days and Four Historic Inns

The first thing the Hill Team learned during our adventures along Maine’s mid-coast was that four days in Rockland would not be nearly enough.

Puebla, Mexico, the True Home of Molé and Mesónes Sacristía Cooking School
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Mexico

Puebla, Mexico, the True Home of Molé and Mesónes Sacristía Cooking School

Many Mexicans refer to the colonial mountain city of Puebla, in the State of Puebla in Central Mexico, as the gastronomy capital of Mexico.

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs
California / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs

…eight scenic pools that range in temperature from a pleasantly warm Olympic-sized swimming pool, to "champagne" bubbling pools, to the hot-tub variety.