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Lisa Ellen Niver

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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education. is a passionate writer, educator, social media ninja, speaker, global citizen and founder of We Said Go Travel who has traveled to over one hundred countries and six continents. You might find her underwater, traveling to an exotic location, teaching in the classroom or in print about social media, science education, lifelong learning, books, and travel. Recently, in print in Prevention Magazine’s “Go For It” section about setting goals and achieving them, her weight loss was also highlighted in print in First for Women Magazine. On National Television as a science teacher on the show Career Day, she was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Niver was a 2014 nominee for the humanitarian award, the Charles Bronfman Prize. Niver writes for many online and offline publications including Wharton Business Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic, the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Jewish Journal.

wharton wheels upThank you to Wharton Business Magazine for publishing my article about Social Media and Travel.

Putting People Into Social Media Strategy

After working on cruise ships for almost seven years, it was time to return to America and “real life.” I could have lived anywhere. I chose to live in Los Angeles because of my connections. I went to high school there, my parents are there, I love the weather. My dad has always said, “It is not what you know but who you know.” It turns out that advice works for picking where to live, what to do—and how to use social media.

Partnerships and people are key for social media strategy success

Social media has saturated all the strands of our existence over the last 11 years. It is now part of our lexicon. We say, “Let me Google that.” We see television shows promoting hashtags at the bottom of the screen begging for engagement. Given the omnipresence of the tools of technology, brands need to be clear on how to best engage their consumers.

That’s a big “how.” Should brands focus on search engine marketing and optimization? Email? Definitely social media, right? Perhaps not, says Nate Elliot, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester. “Social media is not properly understood or measured. Social in comparison to search is less useful and generates less revenue. Excusing social as a young channel doesn’t make sense anymore,” he said.

Why? Social media is too big now to get wrong.

According to Elliot, almost 100 percent of marketers used social media last year and $7.3 billion was spent on social media in the U.S. He projects that number will grow to $9.7 billion this year, with 83 percent of social marketing spending goes toward ads (as opposed to agency fees and other costs).

Elliot states that social media is nowhere near realizing its potential. Marketers and brands include their top fans as ambassadors and harness social media word-of-mouth to share information about new items, sales and extra options. Brands need to understand when and how their customers are engaging and if social media is important to them. Determining your objectives is the first and most important step. Are you trying to create awareness? Increase sales? Engender loyalty? Each of these goals will mean you need a different strategy to achieve them. Only after you have assessed your assets, strengths, objectives and strategy can you turn to technology.

Starting with picking a social media channel is “asking the wrong question first,” Elliott told me. “It is not about technology and channels, it is about building relationships with people. Social was supposed to be about interaction, not about buying ads on Twitter chats.”

After interviewing Elliott, I was able to speak in person with Wheels Up CEO Kenny Dichter and on the phone with serial entrepreneur, J.R. Johnson. Both of these men exemplify what I learned at home and what Elliott has been researching. Building relationships is the most important thing to focus on to achieve business goals.

Wheels Up CEO Kenny Dichter

Wheels Up was featured in theEntourage movie, just as his previous company, Marquis Jet, was seen in the Entourage television show due to Dichter’s close friendship with the production team. Dichter shared that a key to his success comes from “hiring passionate talented people that are smarter than you.” But a closer look reveals that many on his team have been with him for decades and have rejoined in several companies due to their relationships with him and others on his team.

The way Wheels Up shares in social media is an extension of his personal philosophy to care about people and to build community. As most people are on the ground more than flying in the air, they have created Wheels Down events so that some of the #WheelsUp8760 experience (based on the number of hours in a year) can be continued together.

His choice to partner with Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh was based on evaluating risk and reward and years of experience. He recommends that all marketing directors “leave some opportunistic dollars in the budget so when a good idea appears you can take advantage in the moment.” Due to Dichter’s vast network and thriving relationships, he got a call at 6:30am one morning that led to the latest media partnership that has been well worth its investment.

How can your brand leverage relationships to thrive among social strands and styles? J.R. Johnson is a veteran of the travel industry who founded the websites Virtual Tourist, Lunch and Trippy, the latter which was listed in Business Insider May 2015 as one of the “25 hot Los Angeles startups you need to watch.”

Johnson told me that the bigger point about social media is that people desire unique experiences. They do not want cookie cutter franchise consistency. “Hotel chains are being outmaneuvered by the experiences available on Airbnb.” Consumers want something special and they are “drowning in reviews.” The next generation user experience is to have content with context.

The bigger picture is not which social media channel your company is on but rather whether your company has something to say. Can consumers find the solutions and experiences they desire from your brand? People want to participate and belong and find others who “travel like us.” For brands or people not sure how to get started or what to do next, Johnson recommends trying out Airbnb. Better yet, he told me, “Ask a question on Trippy or answer a few questions on Trippy. You will feel smart and helpful.”

People want to participate and by giving them an opportunity, your brand can host user-generated content with a purpose.

Johnson explained: “I have never had the opportunity to help an old lady walk across the street like a boy scout, but I can answer a question and feel good about myself. I can participate and feel good about my hometown.”

Social media tells a story and builds a community, especially when you know who makes up that community.

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2015_06_18_19_35_03_OneShotFROM THE JULY NEWS for We Said Go Travel:

Inspiration Writing Contest winners!
First Place Winner:  Stephen Fabes, Don’t Look Down in Bolivia
Second Place Winner: Christina Mehriary, Marine Eyes in Iraq
Third Place Winner: Sheefa Kasar, Fulwa, India
Honorable Mentions:
Congratulations to the winners from the Inspiration Contest.
Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their story!
The Gratitude Travel Writing Contest will open September 11, 2015. Click here to learn more. I hope you will choose to participate.
I loved my visit to NYC in June!
I loved my visit to NYC in June!
July 2015 News from Lisa & We Said Go Travel:
  • I interviewed Kenny Dichter, CEO of Wheels Up in NYC. He is in my latest Wharton Business Magazine article:  Putting People Into Social Media Strategy
  • Ask Men asked me about for dating advice from teenagers: Go on Group dates!
    • Group Dates
      As adults, we may go out with another couple now and again, but for teens, group dating is the norm! “One thing that teens do on dates that adults should do is go out with a group. The stars are great about networking and going to parties as a group. They have a crowd and they easily meet more people. I think adults often want to go out in pairs or individually. I think adults should phone a friend and go with a group,” says Lisa Niver of WeSaidGoTravel, who worked as a set teacher on Nickelodeon’s new show, Bella and the Bulldogs.
    • Thank you to Cadillac, Saveur Magazine and Redbird restaurant. I enjoyed the #RoadToTable Los Angeles event and was honored to receive a social media award!
  • I was inspired by Rabbi Yoshi’s sermon at Stephen Wise Temple about the Three Lessons from the Grasshopper.
  • I sailed the night away with Harrah’s Southern California
  • What do you think Congress should do about the Iran Nuclear Agreement?
  • Thank you to Dean Nelson for sharing about 10 years of marriage equality in Canada!
  • Looking for travel tech gadgets? Cameryn shares five!
  • I am in St. Kitts this week for Restaurant week with a brand new LG G4 phone. I am enjoying testing it out. Look for great photos of my adventures on all social media: Instagram,Facebook, Twitter
  • I hope that your summer is full of freedom and fun.
  • Thank you for your support of We Said Go Travel! Lisa
ImageMy YouTube Chanel is at 343,305 views!
Thank you for watching my WSGT YouTube channel which is now over 343,000+ views! Enjoy movies from Los Angeles, Bermuda,  Puerto Rico, Palau, Guam, Hawaii, India as well as Bali and Lombok  Indonesia,  Southern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Nepal.  To find all 361 Videos: click here for the WSGT YouTube Channel. I am over 1000 followers on Pinterest, and up to 700+ subscribers on YouTube.

 

3 peppersYes I did sleep at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. I did not get to swim with the ducks but I will go back to do that! I decided to taste the new tempting summer creations at Tart restaurant and Chef Keith does not disappoint. I loved the grilled trout. I highly recommend it but honestly everything was wonderful. I loved the roasted eggplant and peanut puree, roasted farmers market eggplant and heirloom cherry tomatoes. The Pepper three ways looked like a traffic light with green, yellow and red peppers. It had grilled pardons with lime and salt, pickled farmers market peppers and stuffed sweet peppers with goat cheese, avocado honey, pecans and apricot. Truly fantastic.

I also loved the both salads I tasted: the Summer fruits salad has county line toy box melons, fresh figs, market plums, sprouts and herbs and chile lime vinaigrette and the heirloom tomato salad with gazpacho vinaigrette: shaved salted cucumbers, sourdough croutons and red watercress.

I did not save enough room for dessert but I will be back. Maybe this time I will stay in the No Tell Room! Or maybe I already did!

The Latest News ON TART!

TART Restaurant and Coolhaus Ice Cream are Mint for Each Other
TART Gets Fresh with Frozen Treats and Tantalizing Ice Cream Cocktail, Coolhaus Dirty Mint Chip Julep
LOS ANGELES – July 17, 2015 – TART — the unique, onsite restaurant nestled inside the iconic Farmer’s Daughter Hotel that serves comfort food with a twist — is celebrating summertime by collaborating with the architecturally-inspired and beloved, LA-based gourmet ice cream company, Coolhaus.
To kick off the cool-down, TART’s executive chef, Keith Shutta, has dreamed up a refreshingly naughty but n-ice cream cocktail, called the Coolhaus Dirty Mint Chip Julep ($13). Coolhaus’ fresh mint infused ice cream, chocolate chips and a hint of brown sugar make a sweet partner for the wickedly good blend of Four Roses Bourbon and Crème de Menthe, that make up this perfect treat to beat the summer heat.
TART’s summer dessert menu has two other delicious new recruits: Coolhaus’ Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich ($8) and the Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich ($8).
“Adding Coolhaus to the menu and creating a cocktail with its all-natural ice cream is something no one else has done before and we know our guests love those unique experiences,” said Keith Shutta, TART’s executive chef. “Partnering with a local and loved business that also uses locally farmed and sourced goods is the perfect match for TART,” added Shutta.
“This partnership is a meeting of the minds, and taste buds. Coolhaus and TART both blend unusual flavors that develop into famous favorites, and I know that the Coolhaus Dirty Mint Chip Julep will become another local celebrity,” added Natasha Case, CEO and co-founder of Coolhaus.
Coolhaus’ ice cream sandwiches and the Coolhaus Dirty Mint Chip Julep are available at TART now, for a limited time. TART is located at 115 S. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. For reservations, call (323) 556-2608 or visit: http://tartrestaurant.com/

VIDEO: The Farmer’s Daughter and Tart Restaurant

the little doorI loved celebrating at The Little Door in Santa Monica! The setting is beautiful and relaxing. Sul and the entire team took great care of us. I cannot wait to return and try more wonderful choices. The gluten free chocolate souffle was a real treat at the end of this fantastic meal.

We ate:

ZUCCHINI CARPACCIO, BABY KALE, BABY ARTICHOKES, CHERRY TOMATOES, FETA CHEESE & DILL

Lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Toasted Pine Nuts

FRESH GOAT CHEESE LAVENDER TART, TRIO OF ROASTED BEETS

Frisée and Radicchio, Lemon and Extra Virgin Olive

GRILLED MARINATED WHITE MEDITERRANEAN SEA BASS, SAFFRON ESPELETTE SAUCE

Haricot Vert, Roasted Mini Peppers and Basil Pesto Fingerling Potato Mash

 VIDEO: Dine at The Little Door Santa Monica

Celebrating at @thelittledoorsm the atmosphere is inviting! I love the decor!

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Is #glutenfree #chocolate 🍫 soufflé delicious? @thelittledoorsm it smells heavenly and tastes even better

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ABOUT THE LITTLE DOOR SANTA MONICA:

From the same ownership group behind Acabar, The Little Door, and The Little Next

Door, partners Frederic and Nicolas Meschin have teamed up with Paris-born Marc-

Antoine Rambaud, to open The Little Door Santa Monica in September 2014.  The

Little Door has been a fixture of West Hollywood since 1996 and continues to uphold its

longstanding tradition as one of Los Angeles’ most romantic restaurants.  With Executive

Chef T. Nicolas Peter bringing authentic Mediterranean cuisine and charming intimacy to

the denizens of Santa Monica, the new Westside locale captures the spirit of the south

of France with its rustic charm and enchanting ambiance. Bartender Michael Gannon

leads the cocktail program with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create farm-to-

glass beverages that compliment Chef T. Nicolas’ menu. Guests are invited to escape

the outside world to a dining sanctuary in which the atmosphere is as divine as the food

and drink.

I loved my visit to NYC in June!

NYCThank you to all the writers who participated in the We Said Go Travel 2015 Inspiration Writing Contest!

The 2015 Independence Travel Writing Contest Entries are being published now. The Gratitude Travel Writing Contest will open on September 11, 2015. I appreciate everyone who has read, shared and participated in all of my contests.

Thank you very much! Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

First Place Winner:  Stephen Fabes, Don’t Look Down in Bolivia

Second Place Winner: Christina Mehriary, Marine Eyes in Iraq

Third Place Winner: Sheefa Kasar, Fulwa, India

Honorable Mentions:
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The We Said Go Travel Team thanks everyone who shared, tweeted, promoted and participated in our Travel Writing Contests. We hope you will join in our next  Travel Writing Contest.

 

Thank you to our esteemed judges!

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End

AnneLise Sorensen is a travel writer, editor, photographer, and TV/radio host who has penned – and wine-tasted – her way across four continents, reporting for multiple media outlets, including New York Magazine, MSN, Time Out, Yahoo Travel, Rough Guides, Gourmet, and Galavante. AnneLise regularly appears as a travel expert on NBC and CNN and she teaches popular travel writing classes and workshops at Mediabistro and travel events and shows.

Thank you for your participation in creating a growing global community of engaged travelers and concerned citizens.

 Other Contests, Courses and Books about Travel Writing

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! 


I hope you will choose to share a story in our next contest. Thank you!

 

Rabbi Woznica speaking at Stephen S Wise Temple July 17, 2015

Growing up an American Jew in Los Angeles, I was always told if you ask three Jews a question, you will get four opinions. Last Friday night, I went to shabbat services at Stephen Wise Temple. I began by reading the words below from Rabbi Joshua Knobel about Pioneers and the weekly parsha. Then, I listened to  Rabbi Woznica’s passionate sermon about the issues with the Iran Nuclear Agreement. I included information from AIPAC and the Jewish Federation about their desire for Congress to oppose the joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program, signed on July 14, 2015.

Be Brave and Form an Opinion. Take Part and “remember that while the greatest victories are not won without bravery, they are also not won without risk.” What is your opinion on the Iran Nuclear Agreement? What do you think Congress should do? Are you willing to be vulnerable and share your opinion? What risks are you willing to take?

From Rabbi Knobel about this week’s parsha:

In modern Hebrew, the word ‘halutzim’ refers to the pioneers of the Israeli state, brave souls who, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, ventured forth into an unknown, often dangerous land, determined to create a home for themselves, as well as their Jewish brothers and sisters worldwide.

The origins of the word ‘halutzim’ appear within this week’s Torah portion. The tribes of Reuben and Gad, enamored of the land west of the Jordan River, ask Moses’ permission to stay, rather than pursue holdings in the Land of Canaan. In exchange, they boldly offer to lead the invasion of Canaan by serving as the vanguard – the halutzim.

The gallant bravery shared between the Biblical and modern halutzim seems plainly evident, but these two groups share another characteristic, as suggested by their names’ Hebrew root – halatz. In the Bible, halatz refers to genitals (Gen 35:11), while halitzah denotes a public shaming ritual (Deut 25:9). What common thread ties these disparate ideas together?

Vulnerability.

It appears our ancestors understood that true audacity requires us to expose ourselves to peril. Only by rendering ourselves susceptible to the cost of failure can we accomplish greatness. As we seek achievements as individuals, as a congregation, and as a people, let us remember that while the greatest victories are not won without bravery, they are also not won without risk.

Rabbi Woznica’s sermon from Shabbat July 17, 2015

Rabbi Woznica Assesses The Proposed Deal with Iran from Stephen Wise Temple on Vimeo.

7.17.15 – Rabbi David Woznica’s Shabbat Sermon

From AIPAC:
 The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Unacceptable Consequences

After 20 months of negotiations, Iran and the P5+1 have reached a nuclear agreement. The agreement fails to halt Iran’s nuclear quest.

Instead, it would facilitate rather than prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and would further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror.

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capability. Through its proxy armies of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Iranian regime is supporting terrorists that have carried out attacks on American troops and Israeli civilians.

Click here to read AIPAC’s press release on the proposed deal.

  1. Iran must stop its nuclear weapons program.
    American policy must unabashedly seek to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability. A nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to Israel and would arm the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism with the ultimate weapon.
  2. Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism. 
    Iran finances, arms and trains terrorist groups operating around the world. It is the leading sponsor of Hamas and Hezbollah, and armed insurgents that have fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  3. Stop the human rights violations.
    In the aftermath of the 2009 Iranian presidential election, which falsely awarded Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) quelled popular protests by arresting civil leaders, beating and killing peaceful protesters and cutting off internet and mobile access to its citizens.

An Unacceptable Deal iran

Urge Congress to Oppose the Bad Deal with Iran

From AIPAC:

AIPAC has consistently supported diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and we appreciate the commitment and dedication of President Obama and his administration throughout these negotiations. Unfortunately, this proposed agreement fails to halt Iran’s nuclear quest. Instead, it would facilitate rather than prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and would further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror.

We strongly believe that the alternative to this bad deal is a better deal. Congress should reject this agreement, and urge the administration to work with our allies to maintain economic pressure on Iran while offering to negotiate a better deal that will truly close off all Iranian paths to a nuclear weapon.

Congress should insist on a better deal.  Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose the bad deal with Iran.

Key Points

  1. The proposed deal does not ensure “anytime, anywhere” short-notice inspections;
  2. The proposed deal does not clearly condition sanctions relief on full Iranian cooperation in satisfying International Atomic Energy Agency concerns over the possible military dimensions of Tehran’s program;
  3. The proposed deal lifts sanctions as soon as the agreement commences, rather than gradually as Iran demonstrates sustained adherence to the agreement;
  4. The proposed deal lifts key restrictions in as few as eight years;
  5. The proposed deal would disconnect and store centrifuges in an easily reversible manner, but it requires no dismantlement of centrifuges or any Iranian nuclear facility.

FROM JEWISH FEDERATION by email July 21, 2015:

This summer Congress will be reviewing the Iran nuclear agreement and it is imperative that our elected officials hear our voice. Below is our statement on this matter of national security. Please contact your member of Congress today — the time is now.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles joins with Jewish communities across the country in urging Congress to oppose the joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program, signed on July 14, 2015.

The proposed agreement with Iran is not a partisan issue; it impacts the security of the United States, the stability of the Middle East, the future of the State of Israel and the safety of every Jewish family and community around the world. This Iran deal threatens the mission of our Federation as we exist to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad and mobilize on issues of concern.

Our Federation wants a diplomatic solution that ends Iran’s nuclear program. We recognize the efforts of the Administration to reach such an agreement. We regret and are gravely concerned that the proposed agreement allows Iran to remain a threshold nuclear state, does not allow for “anytime, anywhere” inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities, and offers immediate rather than gradual sanctions relief without requiring Iran to address the military dimensions of its nuclear program.

The proposed agreement releases Iran from arms embargos in five years and ballistic missile sanctions in eight years. Iran’s past behavior gives us reason to be concerned that these deadly weapons will be shared with terrorists including Hamas and Hezbollah and will hasten the creation of an Iranian hegemony in the Middle East.

As Americans and Jews who yearn for peace and are invested in the future of our children and grandchildren, we must voice our concerns about an agreement that will destabilize a fragile region. We encourage members of our community to raise their voices in opposition to this agreement by contacting their elected representatives to urge them to oppose this deal.

Congress has until September 18th to review the agreement. That means that by acting promptly, you can start the Jewish New Year knowing you made your voice heard when it counted.

Thank you,

Leslie E. Bider
Chairman of the Board

Jay Sanderson
President & CEO

Lisa Niver and kellee Set Go HarrahsI enjoyed my cruise with Harrah’s Southern California and was delighted by the tasty treats and incredible team. I am going to explore the Lazy River. Do you want to Dive in with me?

Dive at Harrah’s Resort Southern California celebrated its debut in July 2013 and the trifecta of pools includes a lazy river, main pool, Southern California’s only swim-up bar and nine hot tubs.

The lazy river winds its way through grottos and waterfalls and is nearly 400 feet in length. Cocktails, are available for guests 21+ at the swim-up bar. There are21 cabanas and 10 daybeds throughout the pool area.

VideoHarrah’s So Cal Your First Resort for Fun

Dive Saturdays: Guests can get FIT with poolside fitness classes taught by FIT Athletic. Classes are at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays throughout the summer with poolside activities such as water volleyball, putt-putt, craft beerology and live music to follow.

Explore Dive Day Club on Sundays with world-renowned, live talent and a poolside Vegas-style party experience. Guests must be 21+.

1st & Dive: Guests can dive into football season at the pool and watch NFL games on 9’ x 16’ LED TV, with different games being shown in each cabana, with food and drink specials Sundays throughout the season. 

Dancing the night away @harrahssocal amazing food, music and gaming #harrahssocal do you like my new outfit?

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Thank you Captain Joel & @harrahssocal what a wonderful evening on the water #harrahssocal

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The Goodland - Exterior - Photo Credit John Ellis
The Goodland - Exterior - Photo Credit John Ellis
The Goodland – Exterior – Photo Credit John Ellis

GoodBar and The Outpost: It’s all GOOD

You will have a good evening at Goodland: “All the GOOD stuff is here.” Drinks at the Good Bar are great and the atmosphere is hip, casual and uber comfortable. Cheers with “Buck Shot:” Has beer, bourbon & homemade ginger syrup. My personal favorite is the dark & stormy made with true ginger syrup.

Dining at the Outpost is a feast for all your senses:
I recommend you try these first:

  • Incredible artichoke and Brussels with tomatillo aioli
  • Brisket Bao-Bun with homemade (made in house) bun with fresh horseradish and sweet hoisin sauce.
  • Beef Bulgogi with spring squash kimchi &furikake taco to support NoKidHungry #ShareOurStrength with Chef James Siao. Great cause and truly incredible tacos!
  • California halibut with Israeli couscous, green onion, Meyer lemon and salsa fresca. This was amazing! Fantastic fish and complimentary tastes!
  • It was a seriously stellar evening and an incredible meal followed by ridiculously GOOD dessert: Banana pudding & Buttermilk pie & huckleberry compote.

Chef Derek, Zana, Chris and the entire team gives top quality service with creative inspired tasty food. I have to say that the Outpost and Chef Derek are a homerun! They opened Sept 12, 2014 and it is already a fixture in Goleta & Santa Barbara life.

Video: Dinner and Drinks at the Outpost The Goodland

See my other videos about The Goodland Hotel and Visit Santa Barbara with Lisa from We Said Go Travel

#Goodbar Good Evening at Goodland “All the GOOD stuff!” Hip feeling, casual and uber comfortable

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goodlandThe Goodland is a Kimpton Oasis in Santa Barbara! The cool chic karma vibes of this Kimpton property in Goleta permeated my stay. I loved hearing the birds chirping and enjoyed being walking distance from local shops.

The GoodBar has inside and outside spaces as well as a pool table and speciality drinks that complement the record playing vibes and fitness classes with a DJ. The lobby really invites you to lounge and stay awhile. The bicycles have a sign that says: “Take me I’m yours!”

I loved that my closet was stocked with a yoga mat, an umbrella and a robe. The bathroom held my favorite soaps from C&O Bigelow in NYC.

Plan to stay multiple nights here to take advantage of all this property has to offer: from the relaxing pool, to the welcoming fire pits and of course the incredible food at the Outpost by Chef Derek. It is so good–I had to make it a separate video.

VIDEOMy stay at the Goodland Kimpton Santa Barbara, April 2015 

See my other videos about  Visit Santa Barbara and dinner at the Outpost.

What does a record concierge do?
The Goodland has gone one step beyond putting Crosley record players in each guest room. Lea Sindija is the hotel’s on-site Record Concierge and has spent months curating a collection of vinyls for hotel guests to play during their stay (or purchase).
 
Lea scours local record stores for albums that play to the property’s luxury yet laid back, SoCal surfer-chic vibe, including classics like Ray Charles, Joplin and Hendrix and more modern favorites like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day, along with quintessential SoCal surf and skate culture tunes from No Doubt and Sublime, with some Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Black Sabbath thrown in – something for everyone.”

 

sb wheelsI loved my visit to Santa Barbara. I highly recommend eating at Kyle’s Kitchen. The burgers were great and walking distance from my hotel, The Goodland in Goleta which is part of the Kimpton Family.

Wondering what to do or where to wander?

  • Have a picnic at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in the sunken garden. It is a beautiful location and they even have movies here.
  • Along historic State Street, visit the Granada theater and see an Opera.
  • At the Painted Cabernet you can take a two hour art class with wine. An artist will lead you step by step to a fantastic painting of your own.
  • From State Street, enjoy views of the mountains and then take a short drive to walk on the beach.
  • Go to Stearn’s Wharf and explore Jellyfish and friends at Santa Barbara Sea Center
    and my favorite–take a surrey ride. Rent one from Wheel Fun and follow their map on your bicycle build for two.
  • Do you prefer to take your picnic in a rose garden? Visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara.
  • See my other videos about The Goodland Hotel and Dinner at the Outpost!

Video: Visit Santa Barbara with Lisa from We Said Go Travel

 

 

#ILoveKylesKitchen Helping the #SantaBarbara autism society

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Santa Barbara county courthouse is beautiful and they show movies outdoor in the summer.

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Star Princess at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. Just missed Amy by one week!

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Ready for “wheel fun” on a surrey ride by Sterns Wharf #SantaBarbara

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