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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California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Views and Venues at San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is a great choice for those seeking a quintessential Southern California hotel experience, replete with spectacular waterfront views and picturesque sunsets. Conveniently located between the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego Marina and adjacent […]

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California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Seasons 52 Restaurant a Breadth of Fresh Fare

Just in time to offset the holiday gluttony and facilitate those perennial New Year health resolutions, Seasons 52 restaurant has opened its doors in San Diego’s Westfield UTC. The concept of this fresh grill and wine bar, now with 25 locations across the U.S. and more on the horizon, is […]

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Sweet and Savory Bites at SIP Wine Bar Del Mar

Locals and tourists alike have become accustomed to visiting the Del Mar Plaza for exceptional wining and dining experiences. One cozy new venue—SIP Wine Bar—is already making a tasty mark on the local scene. This intimate indoor/outdoor gastro-gem is an extension of its sister restaurant, Flavor Del Mar, which resides […]

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Chronological / Food

What is a ‘Foodie’?

I was recently immersed in casual conversation at a social function and referred to myself as a “foodie.” The person I was speaking to looked at me quizzically, and asked: “What makes someone a foodie? Doesn’t everyone like food?” To this, I replied with my own personal off-the-cuff definition of […]

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California / Chronological / Destinations / Food / United States

New Executive Chef Commandeers Bali Hai Restaurant San Diego

San Diego boasts a litany of fine restaurants, but only one offers gourmet Pacific Rim cuisine amid an exceptional panoramic view of the bay and downtown skyline: Bali Hai Restaurant. While this esteemed waterfront eatery has a rich local history, having delighted patrons for 55 years with its Tiki thematics, […]

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Chronological / Destinations / Food / Nevada / United States

Legendary Old Homestead Steakhouse Delights Las Vegas

One of the newest restaurants “steaking” a claim on the Las Vegas strip is Old Homestead Steakhouse, which recently opened its first West Coast location at Caesars Palace as a key part of the property’s two-year renaissance. Just a few months ago, the resort introduced the Old Homestead Steakhouse with […]