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Fran Endicott Miller

Luxury Lifestyle Feature Writer: Travel, Dining, Wine

Location icon United States

Fran Endicott Miller is a luxury focused freelance feature writer for a variety of lifestyle publications and websites and a California editor for luxury travel concierge service Essentialist. Prior to her journalism career she held positions in the fields of politics, television, and professional sports, and is proud to have established the Golden State Warriors’ first community relations department and programs. Principled and genuine, she’s known for thoughtful and thorough coverage, and for the quality of her writing. When not traveling, she can be found walking her neighborhood with her beloved golden retrievers Reggie and Nate.

Find below a small sampling of her many articles.
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Walnut Creek Magazine
Glen Ellen's Charming Olea Hotel

The charming Olea Hotel welcomes guests with a level of gracious hospitality typically found in five star establishments.

Walnut Creek Magazine
Stepping Into The Vault

The personal liquor lockers that line one wall at The Vault provide a tongue-in-cheek nod to the restaurant's former life as a true bank repository.

DOCO is a Sacramento Slam Dunk

Move over California State Capitol. Downtown Commons, aka DOCO, is quickly moving up the 'reasons to visit Sacramento' ladder and is taking a well-deserved spot as the area's top entertainment attraction.

65°/57° Magazine
Wandering Gypsy: Joanne Weir

Chef, teacher, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, and travel guide. Joanne Weir has worn all of these hats – most often at the same time


Haute Living
Carmel-By-The-Sea's Hotel Carmel Charms

A weekend in Carmel refreshes and rejuvenates. Spend that weekend at the newly remodeled Hotel Carmel and reap the full effects of a classic Carmel get-away.


Kerrin Laz Knows Wine

This former Dean & DeLuca wine director oversees two eponymous tasting rooms, each offering customized, private wine tastings for the most discriminating palates and enthusiastic wine lovers.

65°/57° Magazine
Town to Country: Kelly Carter

Warm, personable, and self-effacing, the former journalist and connoisseur of the luxe life now serves as director of communications at Alpha Omega Winery.

65°/57° Magazine
Making Senses

Chris Strieter, Max Thieriot, and Myles Lawrence-Briggs grew-up playing in the vineyards that they now cultivate for their Senses Wines.

Passion for Pinot: Nico Cueva of Kosta Browne

Despite his penchant for the occasional adrenaline rush, Nico Cueva prefers to fly slightly under the wine industry radar. But as Kosta Browne continues its reign as one of the most collectable brands, Cueva’s anonymity wavers.

Walnut Creek Magazine
Ravenswood Flies Full-Circle

You know the logo: three black ravens intertwined in an art-deco circle of totality and timelessness. It's perhaps the most tattooed wine logo in the biz.

Napa Valley Life Magazine
The Ackerman Heritage House

Napa Valley vintner Lauren Ackerman never intended to enter the home restoration game....

Napa Valley Life Magazine
Goosecross is Flying High

Goosecross recently released its 2014 vintage varietals – its first vintage from dirt to glass.

Nine Suns Rises in the West

Nine Suns winery shares its fabled Pritchard Hill address with viticulture powerhouses that could easily intimidate or overshadow the new kid on the block.


Walnut Creek Magazine
Oakland's Homestead Has Heart

Fred and Elizabeth Stassen are doing something (actually many things) right at their cozy Piedmont Ave. eatery.

65°/57° Magazine
Breathtaking Beauty of RH Yountville

As the elegant gentrification of Yountville continues to evolve, a new entrant on the hospitality scene is commanding the spotlight.

Napa Valley Life Magazine
Bluestem Brasserie

How this SF fave stays ahead of the fine dining curve.

Raise a Glass with Rocker Sammy Hagar at The Passage Bar in Mill Valley

To a certain generation, the legendary Sammy Hagar will forever be known as The Red Rocker and onetime front man for Van Halen. But to a generation raised on Rihanna and Bieber, Hagar is perhaps better known as that cool dude who owns rockin' bars and restaurants around the country.

Haute Living
SF: 5 Reasons Coi Will Render You Speechless

Pronounced 'kwa,' the moniker's French to English translation is 'speechless,' and that is exactly the state in which many diners find themselves after enjoying a stunning meal at this haute jewel.

Haute Living
SF: Why Little Gem Shines Bright

Little Gem, located at the corner of Grove and Gough in San Francisco, is a new kind of restaurant - a kind that is destined to become the new normal.


Haute Living in Toronto's Yorkville

Torontonians share a passion for fashion, food, and culture - the fusion of which is found in the tony village of Yorkville.

Paradise Found: Punta Mita, Mexico

You know those fantasy ads and commercials that portray a singular couple strolling a vast white sand beach, with no one else in sight? This is the Punta Mita reality.

Sonoma County Sojourn

This favored destination of oenophiles, art aficionados, spa lovers, foodies, and outdoor adventurers is described by locals as 'what Napa used to be' - quaint, authentic, and unspoiled.

24 Hour Getaway - Downtown Napa

Having long been considered a pass-through to other popular wine country locales such as Yountville and St. Helena, Downtown Napa is now considered a glamorous wine country destination unto itself.

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