Articles written by: Merilee Kern

Merilee Kern

Merilee A. Kern is a good life connoisseur who keeps her finger on the pulse of the leisure and lifestyle marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points – the affordable to the extreme. The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories are detailed in her exclusive column, “The Luxe List,” which reaches millions of consumers and travelers each month through multiple international editorial and television syndication channels. An array of top-tier online, print and broadcast media outlets feature Merilee’s insightful and informative content. With this highly marketable and adaptable Luxe List brand, Merilee is a regular on air contributor with FOX5, XETV Channel 6 (The CW) and KUSI-TV in San Diego where she serves as a “gift guru” and consumer/travel trends expert. She also serves as a national Satellite Media Tour (SMT) spokesperson. In addition to her Luxe List endeavors, Merilee owns and operates a highly successful boutique Public Relations agency, Kern Communications (, where she serves as a senior-level publicist and spokesperson for various products, services and brands proffered by the clients she represents. Merilee has been marketing and publicizing multi-industry B2B and B2C initiatives since 1994. Over this past decade, hundreds of her articles, news items and interviews have been featured by media outlets worldwide. She is also a highly regarded marketing and PR industry expert source within the media, contributing perspective and commentary to leading media outlets. As a former fitness competitor and champion twice over, having won the title of “Miss South Florida” and “Miss Palm Coast,” Merilee is also a published author whose health-related fictional children’s title, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids,” ( earned a coveted iParenting Media ‘Excellent Product’ award in both 2006 and 2007 as well as acclaim from Oprah’s personal trainer Bob Greene and media personality Sally Jessy Raphael. Merilee is also the creator of the award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” smartphone APP based on her book. Merilee was a Finalist in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business – an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the companies they run, hailed by the New York Post as “the business world’s own Oscars.” Merilee holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a marketing specialty and a Bachelor of Science degree, both earned from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, author, journalist, publicist, athlete, health advocate, and proud mother of 2.

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Arizona / Chefs of Distinction / Destinations / Food / United States

Divine Dining by Design at The Second Story Liquor Bar Scottsdale

Crazy. Sexy. Cool. No, I’m not referring to the gals of the famed pop music trio TLC, but rather Scottsdale’s hottest new haunt—The Second Story Liquor Bar. This eclectic eatery is trending as the see-and-be-seen Old town Scottsdale hotspot, and with good reason. The vintage-inspired vibe and visionary victuals at […]

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Arizona / Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Food / United States / Wines & Spirits

Bounty and Beauty at Dominick’s Steakhouse Scottsdale

There’s much to love about a classic American steakhouse—from the dimly lit atmosphere, refined dark wood décor, white linens and formal service staff to impeccable cuts of meat cooked to perfection. In this age where avant-garde grub is captivating culinary attentions, one restaurant’s traditional approach continues to delight: Michael Dominick’s […]

Hotels & Resorts / Mexico

Cultural Immersion at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

There is just nothing quite like a vacation to an exotic foreign land, especially one that immerses visitors in the local culture so they can enjoy the essence of the region in an authentic way. This, the CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta delivers, offering guests the opportunity […]

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Destinations / Mexico

Adrenaline and Enchantment in Puerto Vallarta

The beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta is perfectly situated along the western coast of Mexico. Over the last several decades, this city has become a mecca for travelers seeking an all-in-one vacation destination. Puerto Vallarta certainly fits the bill, offering everything a leisure traveler could want: amazing sunsets, gorgeous sandy […]

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California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Catalina Island’s Hamilton Cove Offers Creature Comforts and Commanding Views

As a revered Southern California getaway destination for couples, friends and families alike, Catalina Island offers that perfect vacation combination of natural beauty, fun activities, divine dining and accommodation options, complete with amenities. Located just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, a quick boat ride—only 90 minutes via […]

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Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Amps Up VIP Program

As of May 2014, ten years will have passed since the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened in Hollywood, Florida. Now with a 96% year-round occupancy rate, an AAA Four-Diamond rating and an array of accolades, this destination is at the top of its game. Located in the Seminole […]

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Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Exemplifies Eco-Luxe Lodging

Many hotels are making strides to go green with eco-friendly practices, but one has been a pioneer on the hospitality “green scene” — the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Having commenced its earth-friendly program in 2007, this property is well ahead of other hotels and resorts that are just dipping […]

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California / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Lakers Basketball and Four-Legged Friends at Luxe City Center Hotel

For those seeking a luxurious and accommodating hotel in the heart Los Angeles’ downtown sports, entertainment and business district, look no further than Luxe City Center Hotel. Mere steps away from a killer sports, showbiz and social scene, this unique boutique hotel is directly adjacent to the famed STAPLES Center, […]

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California / Chronological / Destinations / Food / United States

RA Sushi San Diego Still Rockin’ 10 Years Later

December 2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of RA Sushi—a staple in San Diego’s famed Gaslamp District that’s known for its stylish spin on sushi and cool lounge-like atmosphere that draws patrons in droves.  Nearly every night of the week throughout its decade-long lifespan, this uber-stylish, music-filled hotspot packs in pleasure-seeking […]

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California / Chefs of Distinction / Destinations / Food / United States

Pacific Rim Panache at Roy’s Restaurant La Jolla

A long-time favorite eatery in San Diego’s inland La Jolla UTC neighborhood is Roy Yamaguchi’s Pacific Rim Cuisine—one of 31 Roy’s restaurant locations world-wide that famously combine European technique with Asian flavors and Hawaiian “aloha” hospitality for a unique fine dining experience. As Roy’s has cultivated a hefty fan base […]