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.

California / Destinations / United States

LEGOLAND Resort Hopping How-Tos

With the addition of the LEGOLAND Water Park and the SEA LIFE Aquarium to the LEGOLAND California Resort, it may be hard to imagine how you could see and do it all–even with the available“1-Day Resort Hopper” ticket option. I’m here to tell you that all three attractions can be […]

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California / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Hilton Carlsbad Resort Proffers Pleasure Packages

With its prime seaside location on the northwest end of San Diego County, the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa has been steadily building buzz since its summer 2012 grand opening. Understandable, as this property is located directly across from Ponto Beach, offering gorgeous panoramic ocean and sunset views, and […]

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

New Menu at Kitchen 1540 Del Mar Making its Mark

Now a year after Kitchen 1540 restaurant’s Executive Chef, Scott Thomas Dolbee, debuted a new seasonal menu featuring American cuisine he describes as “playful, whimsical and modern,” the effort is a resounding success. This as the award-winning restaurant—a landmark inside the picturesque L’Auberge Del Mar hotel—continues to garner industry acclaim […]

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California / Chronological / Destinations / Food / United States

Sustainable Seafood Shines at Harney Sushi San Diego

Many businesses today are striving to be socially and environmentally responsible, but few in the restaurant realm come close to the efforts of Harney Sushi, a San Diego hotspot that’s as cool as it is eco-conscious. This restaurant exemplifies ecological integrity by forsaking popular sushi ingredients that are either over-fished […]

Family Friendly Las Vegas
Chronological / Destinations / Nevada / United States

Family Friendly Las Vegas

Featured, Las Vegas, When considering where to go on a vacation with children, Las Vegas may not be on the top of your list. However, this city boasts an extensive array kid-friendly, world-class activity, entertainment, and dining options as well as extraordinary hotels and resorts with accommodation options that will […]

R Steak & Seafood Las Vegas Elevates Dining Experience
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Nevada / United States

R Steak & Seafood Las Vegas Elevates Dining Experience

Located in one of the most iconic destinations on the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera Casino and Hotel, R Steak & Seafood is reinventing itself as a fine dining locale that’s a draw all its own. This as the restaurant modernizes its atmosphere and amps up its culinary offerings amid […]

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Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Nevada / United States

The Venetian Offers Family Vacation Flair

Throngs of family vacationers flock to Las Vegas for the copious kid-friendly activity and entertainment options the city now has to offer, but many seek luxury lodging that provides a reprieve from the casino atmosphere central to most of the hotels on the Strip. One highly notable destination in this […]

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Chronological / Writers' Tips

Travel Finds They’ll Envy You For

This year’s spring break and summer travel season ushers in yet another impressive assortment of innovative gadgets and cleverly-designed gear that makes it easier to get from point A to point B—and more enjoyable when you are there. Here’s a roundup of some of my personal fav’s sure to make […]

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Chronological / Destinations / Georgia / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Renaissance at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta

If you’re a savvy leisure or business traveler seeking acclaimed accommodations centrally located in downtown Atlanta, look no further than the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, a historic property that recently completed a $65 million renovation that has made the property more elegant and relevant than ever. During my recent stay, it […]

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California / Chronological / Destinations / Food / United States

Modern Comfort at Marina Kitchen Restaurant

Central to a new food and beverage experience at the scenic San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is Marina Kitchen—a restaurant that serves up quintessential Southern California fare with distinctive “modern comfort food” flair. Located on the hotel’s South Tower lobby level, this eatery offers a delightful dining experience founded […]