Fran Endicott Miller is a luxury focused freelance feature writer for a variety of lifestyle publications and websites, editor-at-large for JustLuxe.com, and 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. When not traveling, she can be found walking her Northern California neighborhood with her beloved golden retrievers Reggie and Nate. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @frandicott, and find below a small sampling of her many articles.
Yountville in home to some of the best things in life, and at the center of the bliss is Bardessono, the town’s crown jewel of hospitality.
In addition to her role as a Harvard and Stanford educated emergency room physician, Dr. Laura Catena serves as Managing Director of her family's Argentine winery Catena Zapata .
25 celebrated and significant Italian, German, and English manufactured automobiles, scenic Northern California vineyards and coastline, and camaraderie-laced pit stops and gourmet meal gatherings. This is the Napa Valley 750.
Featuring a prime location, luxurious accommodations, a tranquil pool, and now a destination restaurant, North Block checks all of the boxes.
These renowned NorCal restaurants, known for insanely innovative cuisine, continue to push the hospitality envelope with elevated viticultural offerings curated by their top-of-their-game sommeliers.
Bottega Veneta. Bvlgari. Ducati. Gucci. As members of Italy's Altagamma Foundation, these and 107 other high-end brands are recognized globally as authentic ambassadors of Italian style.
Elegant. Glamorous. Unrivaled. Rosewood Miramar Beach is the American Riviera's most stunning resort.
HOTELS & RESORTS
The recreational offerings are plentiful at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, but you'll not be faulted if your ideal activity is simply to sit on your porch and gaze westward toward the beautiful Santa Ynez mountains.
Cloaked for the past three years in The Ritz-Carlton’s aura of understated elegance, Bacara takes full advantage of its stunning natural setting while offering impeccable hospitality and innumerable activities.
Edgewood Tahoe's magic is found in its combination of authenticity and luxury.
San Luis Obispo finally has a hotel befitting its stature as home to one of California's top-ranked higher learning institutions.
If luxury is in the details, then Sonoma’s MacArthur Place easily tops the list of Northern California wine country’s most luxurious hotels.
The Francis House artfully marries the building's historic past with modern comforts.
Spacious, tranquil, and scenic. The Inn at Newport Ranch more than delivers.
Grand, elegant, and historic – like the city itself - Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace provides full access to the best of Budapest.
Located on 16 prime Menlo Park acres with the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and Stanford University to the east, Rosewood Sand Hill’s buzzy energy is inherent.
No matter the season, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is always a feast for the senses.
Those who ‘get it’ know; Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is greater than the sum of its parts. More than a hotel; it’s a lifestyle.
Surrounded by groves of fragrant eucalyptus and panoramic Golden Gate Bridge views, these two luxe hotels are San Francisco’s best kept hospitality secrets.
It’s a winning combination - the Four Seasons brand of luxury hospitality and California Health and Longevity Institute's personalized nutrition and fitness services.
The charming Olea Hotel welcomes guests with a level of gracious hospitality typically found in five star establishments.
The elegant Hotel Drisco blends seamlessly with the Pacific Heights mansions that surround it.
Blending seamlessly into Lanai’s pristine landscape is Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the ultimate spot from which to enjoy the island's beauty.
To stay at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is to abandon allegiance to any other favored Hawaiian locale.
At Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, the Four Seasons brand of stellar service has never presented itself so completely.
The Dominican Republic's Casa de Campo is more than the sum of its spectacular parts.
The Big Island is home to yet another of Fairmont's dream worthy-destination hotels.
Of the multitude of resorts that line the Southern California shore, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has no equal.
Just as its Royal Family muse has embraced modernity, so has Victoria B.C.'s Grand Dame, the Fairmont Empress.
WINE & COCKTAILS
Ornellaia. The mere mention makes wine aficionados swoon. Since its first vintage in 1985, this iconic Italian wine has been considered one of the top red wines in all of the world.
It was the early influence of his father’s storied career that set Jesse Katz on his winemaking path.
When those in the know are asked to name the most beautiful Napa Valley winery, Kenzo Estate unfailingly makes the short list.
From Naval missile navigation engineer to product manager for IBM to award-winning winemaker, Tony Arcudi's path to Napa Valley was not of the straight and narrow variety.
Cliff Lede's love of rock music is evident to all who visit his Napa Valley Stag's Leap District winery.
How and why Crescere Wines tapped London-based artist Yehrin Tong to design its ethereal logo.
Royal Prince Wines, a new Napa Valley label, promises pedigree without pretense.
The Central Coast AVA supplies fruit for top makers around the state.
Each of these stellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons is sure to wow even the most discriminating palate.
Pierre Seillan and his children Hélène and Nicolas steward their vineyards on two continents utilizing Old World expertise and flawless, modern winemaking technique.
Home to some of the most historic and recognized wineries and vineyards, this AVA is considered the birthplace of Napa Valley's commercial wine industry.
Few Napa Valley wineries - or any throughout the world for that matter - can claim history and proprietorship as compelling as that of Palmaz Vineyards.
ADAMVS wines possess the purity, precision, and elegant tannin structure of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the district is known for its world-class Cabernet Sauvignons.
Chris Strieter, Max Thieriot, and Myles Lawrence-Briggs grew-up playing in the vineyards that they now cultivate for their Senses Wines.
The wines are delicious, but the Belden Barns backstory is equally yummy.
Cain wines are definitely not for everyone. But fans claim there is nothing quite like them.
Since the winery’s founding in 1972, Bo Barrett has been involved with every vintage.
Nine Suns winery shares its fabled Pritchard Hill address with viticulture powerhouses that could easily intimidate or overshadow the new kid on the block.
With boundless energy and optimism, each of these three San Francisco hospitality icons has persevered to continue providing fans and admirers with entertaining diversion, inspiration, and hope for a brighter tomorrow
A peek at her Facebook page and Instagram feed reveals that Ransome Rombauer is not like other teenage girls...
Robert Parker has dubbed her the Queen of Cabernet, but Heidi Barrett is also known as the hardest working winemaker in Napa.
Beckstoffer. The name carries with it great - and grape - expectations. Quality, prestige, and distinction are synonymous with the iconic wine industry moniker.
With an artistry and passion undoubtedly shaped and influenced by his great uncle Pablo Picasso, Jacob Vilató is finding creative success on his own terms.
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.
Chatting with the formidable Casa Dumetz founder Sonja Magdevski about her love of Pinot Noir.
Reagan Blackwood, eldest grandchild of Rombauer Vineyards' founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer, is proud to represent the company her family founded 40 years ago.
Napa Valley vintner Dave Phinney is no ordinary winemaker. And now he's no ordinary distiller.
Warning: Friendship with Chris Strieter may lead to unforeseen entrepreneurial activity.
BEAUTY & FASHION
A personal piece of wearable art, a luxe watch conveys passion, style, and refinement.
Rothy's eye-catching, wear-all-day silhouettes have ignited a fandom frenzy rarely found within the retail sector.
Redmint is the manifestation of Helina Fan’s mission to demystify powerful TCM practices and make them accessible to all.
Orpheus Skin is the world's first 100% clean, botanical stem cell skincare dedicated to the rare Orpheus Resurrection flower.
A few fashion items remain timeless in their appeal and allure. Invest in any of the following, and rest assured, none of these items will ever find their way into your giveaway pile.
Full-bodied. Divinely scented. Succulent texture. Fleshy and supple. A description of your favorite glass of Pinot Noir? Not exactly.
Monteverdi Tuscany is making sure that anyone can bring a bit of Italy into his/her place of shelter.
SkinCeuticals, known for advanced, professional-grade, science-backed skincare, has opened its first SkinCeuticals SkinLab™ in St. Helena, California.
Fans know that to use Natura Bissé products is to love them, and to perhaps become addicted to them.
Anyone can visit a museum. Few are able to enjoy a sumptuous meal beneath a masterpiece, with the museum's curator or a famous artist as host.
Carmel-by-the-Sea has long served as a haven for artists, writers, and intellectuals drawn to the inspiring atmosphere of this unique, oceanfront hamlet.
The Danish capital of America is no longer your grandad's Solvang.
Long characterized as California's quintessential surf town, Huntington Beach shows off a new, sophisticated side.
An AmaMagna Danube river cruise is always destined to woo.
Where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in the Emerald City.
'Blown Away' is great entertainment; but why settle for television when you can experience the real thing?
AmaMagna’s experienced guests cautioned that I had started at the top of the river cruise ladder – that there is no better ship. After seven days and nights of pampering, fine dining, and exquisite wines, I knew this to be true.
Aboard Rocky Mountaineer, luxurious attributes combine to create a little bit of travel magic.
Torontonians share a passion for fashion, food, and culture - the fusion of which is found in the tony village of Yorkville.
Open space and little traffic reveal a side of California long thought lost and gone forever, but it’s real, and it’s spectacular.
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.
Three very different, soul-stirring ways to experience California luxury travel.
Chef Philip Tessier elevates the cuisine offerings at this Napa Valley favorite.
Fans wait in line for hours for Matt Horn's 'West Coast Barbecue' delicacies.
Bay Area residents seek safe alternatives for enjoying an al fresco adventure; picnics are the way to go.
Farm. Restaurant. Inn. Each of SingleThread’s three entities, connected by a namesake single thread, represent the highest echelon of their respective industries.
Three Michelin star Kenzo in Downtown Napa is a destination eatery attracting Kaiseki fans the world over.
Palo Alto's reputation as the innovation capital of the world has not necessarily extended to culinary breakthroughs, until now.
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.
The Big Four, a Nob Hill mainstay since 1976, might not be the most au courant of San Francisco spots, but its traditional, clubby atmosphere could be just what the hipsters ordered.