September 25, 2018

Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Please enjoy my video journey through my first African safari and 100th country.
Video #1: My Abercrombie and Kent African Adventure Begins
Traveling to Tanzania and Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent
July 8-10, 2018

Join me on my first safari with Abercrombie and Kent in Africa.
I have this and quite a few more videos to share of my Tailor Made Small Group Journey to Tanzania, my 100th country, and Kenya.

Lisa Niver 100th Country: African SafariI am so excited to share all of our experiences with you.
I flew from Los Angeles, California to Amsterdam, Netherlands and then Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. We stayed one night in Arusha at Mount Meru Hotel before beginning our safari adventures.

From Arusha airport, we flew to our first safari camp, Sanctuary Swala.
We saw animals from the short plane ride to Kuro Airstrip where we were picked up by Sigi from Sanctuary Retreats to start our first game drive. What animals did we see? Watch the next video to find out!

Video 2: Abercrombie and Kent July 10, 2018 Tarangire Park Tanzania and Sanctuary Swala:

Within minutes of setting out on our first safari game drive, we saw a family of elephants. A group of elephants is called a herd or a parade. I loved seeing the baby elephant. If the baby can fit under the mother, it is usually less than six months old. African Bush Elephants can live 60 to 70 years and elephants are born after a two year pregnancy.

I was thrilled to realize we were close enough to the elephants to take selfies! I had hoped we would see many animals on my safari but I was not sure if they would mainly be far away from us. We saw many birds including Southern White Crowned Strike, Lilac Breasted Roller, white-bellied bustard, crown hornbill, gray crowned crane, ostrich, marsh eagle, African vulture, and Western Red-billed hornbill.

I loved seeing a zeal of zebras. I was shocked when four of them rolled in the grass and dirt. I felt like we were in a scene from a movie. I just could not believe how many animals there were. I also loved seeing different types of animals together.

Lisa Niver in Africa: Giraffes on SafariWatching giraffes walk makes me happy. I love how majestic they look. A tower (or kaleidoscope) of giraffes is formed when two or more giraffes stand with necks together on safari. When we saw a warthog and someone said, “Pumba,” I felt like the movie The Lion King was coming to life.

Observing the animals while they were walking, drinking and moving was mesmerizing. I made separate videos of each of the animals that we watched for long periods of time so you can enjoy them too. You can find them at the end of this playlist.

My two favorite things on safari where watching animals cross the road and seeing the baby animals. I made a separate video of those two things together.

We saw black faced monkeys and later in our trip we would see Olive Baboons!
We saw all of the animals mentioned here before noon on our very first game drive.

After our picnic lunch under the Acacia trees, we saw another parade of elephants and a leopard! On our first day we saw two of the Big 5! At 5pm as we were headed to our camp, we saw African Buffalo which made 3 of the Big 5 on our first day.

Lisa Niver with Maasai Warrior Sanctuary Swala

Sanctuary Swala would be our home for the night and it had recently re-opened. Our stunning luxury canvas tents had every amenity including both an indoor and outdoor shower. We were taught about how to call for someone to walk us to the dining area after dark. You take a flashlight and shine it into the trees. It is like asking for your own superhero to accompany you and a Maasai warrior with a spear will walk you safely to the main area. There are no fences at Sanctuary Swala so there are animals all over the camp. I loved the meals with a view, pretty pathways, the animals close by and my very comfortable bed.

Sanctuary Swala by Lisa Niver

Click here to see all of my African Safari videos

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Where Did I Travel for my 100th Country? Tanzania!

Here is my August News 2018 FOR We Said Go Travel:

For my 50 New Things Before I am 50 project, I went to my 96, 97, 98, 99th countries and in July 2018, I went to TANZANIA which was my country #100! It was so exciting to travel with Abercrombie and Kent Tailor-Made Small Group Journeys on Safari! I have been posting photos to my social media and have many videos to share with you. Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me. 

Videos: Abercrombie and Kent Safari in Africa

More info and rates: https://wesaidgotravel.com/AKAfrica

Lisa Niver in Tanzania with a giraffe

Selfies on Safari: Lisa Niver with a giraffe in Tanzania

PHOTO AWARD

All of the entries from the 2017 Photo Award are now published. Please view them here.

Find the Finalists: Part One and Part Two

We anticipate announcing the winners from our 2017 Photo Award in September 2018. Thank you for your participation and patience!

Our 2018 photo award is open! Our four judges look forward to seeing your best shots! Learn more here!

On Safari in Africa! Baby Elephant Crossing the Road

On Safari in Africa! Baby Elephant Crossing the Road

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku are now over 1.2 million and I have nearly 800,000 views on YouTube! My total video views across all platforms is now over two million! Thank you for your support!

Recent videos from Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas:

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookies said “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it,” and “A mile walked with a friend contains only a hundred steps.” I hope you are actively imagining your next dream destination and goal. I am!


Thank you for your all of your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 125,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Have you always wanted to know more about We Said Go Travel and Lisa Niver?
Here are two new interviews:

Nomad No More on Explore with Erin
How One Woman is Inspiring a Traveling World on Vagabondway
See other interviews from Business Insider, The Penny Hoarder and more on my One Page

Lisa Niver on her way to Country #100

Lisa Niver on her way to Country #100

The Power of Positivity: How Did One Teenager Handle Having Multiple Concussions?

The Power of Positivity: How Did One Teenager Handle Having Multiple Concussions?
AN INTERVIEW WITH KOBY BERNSTEIN

We are pleased to introduce Koby Bernstein, a 17-year old student at the Dalton School in New York City. Koby is this year’s youth honoree of the Brain Injury Association of New York and his team is raising funds for The March On-Long Island 5K. Koby takes us through his experiences with a traumatic brain injury, how he stayed positive and is an amazing example of how one person can change the world!

Video: Who Was the Youth Honoree for 2018 BIANYS?

Q —Can you tell us about your brain injury and how it happened?

A —My first concussion happened in the middle of 9th grade. I was playing high school basketball. I was driving the ball and collided with an opposing player. I thought I was fine but during my last class I had a headache, was nauseous, felt dizzy and most of all I just did not feel  “right.” Some of my symptoms lasted for over 3 weeks. I was fully back at school and sports after about 4 weeks. My second concussion happened in 10th grade. I was trying out for the varsity basketball team and was at a practice in the gym. The back of my head collided with a taller player’s chin. I don’t think it was a harder jolt than my first concussion, but this time my symptoms were much worse and I was out for the entire basketball season. It took me 3 months to fully return to school and sports. I have had a few other bumps since then, like the time a friend threw a football in the park to the back of my head, that would ordinarily not be anything to think too much about, but when these bumps have happened to me following my other concussions, I am much more sensitive and I experience concussion symptoms that someone else would not have.

Koby Bernstein volunteering with the Brain Injury Association of New York August 2017

Koby Bernstein volunteering with the Brain Injury Association of New York August 2017

Q —Can you describe to us how you are doing now? Have you fully recovered from your injuries?

A— Even though I have recovered, I am not the same as before.  I have chronic pressure in my sinuses and head. After trying different medications, having a cat scan and nasal endoscopy, the doctors cannot relieve the pressure. I now see a chiropractor regularly and also started acupuncture treatments.  

Q —What was it like to be sidelined from school and sports for extended periods of time?

A— It was honestly very isolating and depressing. My whole identity has been wrapped up in my athletic persona and team sports, so not being able to play was very challenging. Not only because I enjoy playing and am so passionate about it,  but also not getting to do what I love was hard, yet it was much more than that – I missed seeing my friends  and teammates everyday. I also experienced a withdrawal of endorphins. I went from several hours of exercise per day to nothing. On top of all of that, there was very little I could do at home.  I could not watch television or play on my phone- I was staying away from all digital screens because my eyes were sensitive to light and loud sounds bothered me too. I had to get up from chairs or beds slowly so I didn’t get dizzy. My whole system was completely off. Missing school may sound great to someone who is healthy, but it was really tough. I hated getting more and more behind every day. I slowly got back to school. Some days I could go for one class or two. It took a long time before I could handle an entire day, keep up with homework, and be fully functional. I also have to point out that when you have a health issue that people cannot see, it makes it that much harder for people to understand your issue and accept it.  When you see someone with a physical disability, you recognize that they may need accommodations. It was very different with traumatic brain injury as there was no outward signs like a cast or crutches. In my experience, some teachers were more understanding than others.

Q — Why did you create Simply Concussions?

A— I had found that some things helped me like a particular ice pack that wrapped around my head, blue light blocking glasses, and some supplements that I was taking. These were not necessarily things that are on a typical treatment plan and they are not things that your neurologist or pediatrician tell you about. I wanted to share with others what helped me. I also needed to connect with others to see if I could find anything else that might help me. Without regular contact with my friends and teammates, I needed a community to connect with that understood what I was going through. Concussions are all unique, but people who have experienced them were much more understanding than others.

VIDEO: Simply Concussions with Koby Bernstein

Q —What inspired you to work with the Brain Injury Association?

A— I wanted to find a way to raise concussion awareness and I discovered that the Brain Injury Association had a chapter in New York, which is a non-profit entity that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families. I started out volunteering at their Long Island Walk. From there, I got more involved. It helped me turn around my negative feelings. By doing something good, I started to feel more hopeful and positive.

I also wanted to raise concussion awareness in my community and raise funds for the Brain Injury Association. During March, which is March Madness for basketball fans and also Brain Injury Awareness Month – I created and organized a fundraiser, “Basketball for a Cause.” I was fortunate to have a lot of help from friends at the New York City High School Leadership Academy, a non-profit leadership development program where I am the president.  Together we invited kids of all ages to shoot hoops, compete in contests, learn about concussions. I partnered with Dr. Elizabeth Barchi and the NYU Concussion Center; Dr. Barchi helped take some of the confusion out of concussions. I also connected through instagram with an organization called Protect Your Skull; two former football players created a lifestyle clothing brand all around concussion awareness, and they generously donated clothing to help our fundraising efforts. I learned a lot about organizing an event, building a community wide effort, and more importantly, how to turn my individual nightmare from playing basketball into something positive for the greater good.

Koby Bernstein with Dr. Elizabeth Barchi, NYC Concussion Center

Koby Bernstein with Dr. Elizabeth Barchi, NYC Concussion Center, March 4, 2018

Q —What has been the best part of your experience?

A— I had a great opportunity this past Spring to participate in a Concussion Roundtable at Mount Sinai.  That was an incredible experience. I was the only student in a room filled with doctors, nurses, clinicians, athletic trainers and more. The Roundtable was focused on discussing best practices for concussion treatment. We collaborated on protocols that work and don’t work. I was able to provide the student perspective and share the challenges that I faced in returning to school and sports. There is so much emphasis in schools on the protocols to return to play, but very little procedures exist on best practices and support to return to school. There needs to be more focus on returning to life too. Being able to advocate for changes in the system was empowering. I found that I have a voice and, even as a teenager, I can help effect real change and do something meaningful through advocacy. I got so much out of my time participating in the roundtable.

“I found that I have a voice and can help effect change.”

–Koby Bernstein

Koby Bernstein speaking at the Concussion Roundtable at Mount Sinai Hospital, April 2018

Koby Bernstein speaking at the Concussion Roundtable at Mount Sinai Hospital, April 12, 2018

 

Q — What is your message to others with traumatic brain injuries?

A—I had to stop thinking about all of the things I could not do and was missing out on.I realized I had no alternative but figure out how to move forward.I learned to appreciate Nelson Mandel’s message that “the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” My greatest discovery was learning to be positive and resilient in the face of setbacks. My message to others with traumatic brain injuries is to not give up; whatever you can do on a given day is just enough for that day. You are stronger than you think and happiness is a choice you get to make for yourself. I call my formula the 4 P’s: positivity, persistence, perseverance and perspective.

Q — Last question – What is next?

A— Right now, I am raising funds for the Brain Injury Association of New York’s 5K Walk on Long Island. It takes place on Saturday, September 15th at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York. I am appreciative of being the youth honoree and I am building a team to raise funds. I am grateful that I have recovered from my concussions,but also for how the tough times have shaped me. I am lucky that I can now help others. The money raised will go towards the Brain Injury Association of New York’s mission, which includes providing education, advocacy, and community support services that lead to improved outcomes for children and adults with brain injuries and their families. The Association offers a toll-free family helpline, chapters and support groups throughout the state, prevention programs, and publications library. And, BIANYS plays a central role in the development of public policy on the federal, state and local level.

Koby Bernstein with BIANYS Executive Director, Eileen Reardon, April 12, 2018

Koby Bernstein with BIANYS Executive Director, Eileen Reardon, April 12, 2018

Are you ready to join Koby’s team? 

Click here to get involved!

What can you do to help yourself or someone you love?

Click here for the products that helped Koby.

Note: We Said Go Travel is honored to share this story. Koby Bernstein is the nephew of Lisa Niver, founder of We Said Go Travel. We hope to see you on September 15 at the The March On-Long Island 5K.

Thank You Los Angeles Press Club and Dolly Parton

Lisa Niver, Diana Ljungaeus, Susan Bejeckian Photo by Gary McCarthy

Lisa Niver, Diana Ljungaeus and Susan Bejeckian
Photo by Gary McCarthy

Thank you to the Los Angeles Press Club for the 2018 Southern California Journalism Awards at the Millennium Biltmore. It was a night full of the all-stars of journalism. “The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.”

 

Video: 2018 Southern California Journalism Awards

I loved hearing Dolly Parton speak about her Imagination Library which has given over 100 million books to children. She also raised over $12.5 million for My People Fund supported people who lost their homes in the deadly Tennessee fires last year.
“Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.” She was honored with the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award.
Robert Kovacik, Lisa Ellen Niver and Cher Calvin

Robert Kovacik, Lisa Niver and Cher Calvin

I was honored to be a 2018 Finalist in three categories for the awards. These are the three articles I was nominated for:
Congratulations Team KTLA

Congratulations Team KTLA

The KTLA team including my producer, Kimberly Cornell, took home two awards. I worked with her to create travel segments on Napa, California and Ogden, Utah. Congratulations to everyone on their hard working team!
Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell

Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell

Thank you to the leaders of the Los Angeles Press Club, Diana Ljungaeus, Chris Palmeri and the entire board for all your efforts to create and continue the Southern California Journalism Awards. I am already looking forward to the next one!
Chris Palmeri and Lisa Niver

Chris Palmeri and Lisa Niver

More about the event:

“The Southern California Journalism Awards were born during the Cold War, when Los Angeles journalism was dominated by the city’s many newspapers. Television was in its infancy. Developments like all-news radio were still years away. Women journalists were rare in mainstream media. Minorities, even rarer.

Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. The Press Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future.

The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.”

2018 Honorees:

* LESTER HOLT – The Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement
*KIM YOSHINO – The Presidents Award for Impact on Media
*RAIF BADAWI – The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism
*DOLLY PARTON – The Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to Civic Life

“The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest is the largest and most impressive in our Los Angeles Press Club’s recent history. Our judges sorted through nearly 1,400 entries. Our finalists represent the most talented and hardworking journalists in Southern California! ”

See more photos on We Said Go TravelDolly Parton at 2018 LA Press Club 2018

2018 Best in Travel Photo Award is OPEN

We Said Go Travel 2018 Photo Award

For our 2018 Best in Travel Photo Award, share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it?  Submit a photo taken in the last two years.

Thank you for your participation!
Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

Click here for FAQ

Date: Enter from August 1, 2018 to November 1, 2018

Theme: Your Favorite Photo

Deadline: Enter by midnight PST on November 1, 2018

Fees: This competition has no fee.

To EnterCLICK HERE 

Prizes

1st Prize – $200 usd
2nd Prize – $100 usd
3rd Prize – $50 usd

Winners will be selected by our judges and We Said Go Travel Team. Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars. All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.

See all of the 2017 entries here. We are announcing the finalists for the 2017 award in August 2018 and will announce the winners shortly.

RULES

Photos will be published with the accompanying information given with the entry dependent on appropriateness and being family friendly (G rated). If your photo information is written in a language other than English, please also send an English translation.

Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. You may submit up to three photos for our 2018 photo competition.

We are looking for an inspiring travel-oriented image that shows us your experience in the world with great subject, composition, lighting, perspective and storytelling. It must be your original photo that shares the people, places or cultures you have encountered. Do not submit studio or commercial photos.

All photos, which meet the requirements, will be published on this site, WeSaidGoTravel.com. Void where prohibited.

To Enter

CLICK HERE 

JUDGING

Eve Boissonnault

Eve Boissonnault has been a leader in the international sports and travel industry for over 15 years. She started her career as a journalist at Ski Presse Magazine in Canada for which she became Editor-in-Chief. During her 10-year tenure, she was one of the very few female Editor-in-Chiefs in the North American snow sports industry. She travelled the globe reporting on luxury travel and world-class skiing events such as the Olympics. Starting 2012, she traded the mountain for the beach and set out to write a series of eight travel books about California. Her articles have been published in ELLE Magazine, BMW Experience Magazine and Air Canada’s award-winning publication EnRoute. Eve has received international recognition as one of the Top Sports Writers in the world by the Laureus Sports Organization. Since 2007, she has been acting as jury member for the Laureus World Sports Awards. Eve holds a Master’s Degree in Communication and Semiotics and is currently participating in a Continuing Learning program at Stanford University.

www.evestories.com

Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt Travel Photo Award Judge

Gary is a self-taught travel photographer who was named Travel Photographer of the Year by both the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association. Join his Travel Photography Academy!

www.everything-everywhere.com

 

travelphotographyacademy.com

 

Jeana

Travel / Lifestyle Blogger | Geeky Mom (the cool kind, of course)
North American Travel Journalists Association
International Travel Writers Alliance
Huffington Post / Surf and Sunshine

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana writes about fashion, beauty, gadgets, food, entertainment, crafts and of course, travel at her lifestyle blogazine SurfandSunshine.com. Recently named by Social Media Week asone of eight people who have more social influence than some large travel brands, Jeana is also consistently listed in Klout’s top 10 Travel influencers as well as the top 5 of Rise Global’s Top 1000 Travel Blogs. When she’s not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband’s underwear drawer.

www.surfandsunshine.com

Matt Payne

Matt Payne is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, an award-winning travel photographer and writer, public speaker and adventurer. He is the travel editor for 405 Magazine, the producer of the television show Mosaic Oklahoma and is a contributing writer and photographer to Travel Age Westthemanual.com, vagabondish.com, Communities Digital News and many other travel publications. Matt is an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University and travels the Midwest, inspiring audiences with talks covering a range of topics from travel writing and photography to screenwriting.  Matt, his wife, his daughter and two dogs live on a farm outside Oklahoma City along with several horses, two donkeys, three chickens and a temperamental rooster named Wayne.

http://www.mattpaynewriter.com/writing/

Do YOU want to be a Travel Writer? Travel Classics Montreal

Are you looking for “The World’s Most Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers and Editors?”

I was honored to participate in Travel Classics conferences in Scottsdale, Ireland, Tucson and Montreal. I am looking forward to the next conference in Scottsdale from Nov 29 to December 2, 2018.

Thank you to Maren Rudolph for creating these wonderful conferences to meet in person with top travel magazine editors and network with other journalists in fantastic destinations.

As it says on the Travel Classics website:

“There’s no better way to stay in the loop of major magazine markets, as you enhance your career with great writing assignments. Travel Classics is unlike any other conference on Earth.”

 

Montreal at Night Travel Classics by Lisa NiverWhat happened at Travel Classics Montreal?

Video: Travel Classics Montreal 2018 Part 1 of 3

VIDEO: What happens at Travel Classics Montreal 2018 Part 2 of 3

Video: Find Your Way at Travel Classics Montreal Part 3 of 3

VIDEO: Why go to Travel Classics? Ask the Editors! Montreal 2018

John Maren Ruth Travel Classics 2017

My videos from Past Conferences

from Travel Classics Tucson 2017: My post conference Dude Ranch experience

from Travel Classics Ireland May 2017: my article

from Scottsdale 2016: my article

12 Terrific Blogs to Follow From Travel Classics

Travel Classics Montreal 2018

My Canada adventures on the way to TRAVEL CLASSICS MONTREAL:

What does the conference include?

Travel Classics Writers Conferences:

There’s no better way to stay in the loop of major magazine markets, as you enhance your career with great writing assignments. Travel Classics is unlike any other conference on Earth.

Conference and Accommodations fees include:

  • 3 nights accommodations with breakfast and gratuities
  • 3 scheduled breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Refreshments during 4 scheduled breaks
  • All evening activities (including transportation to and from offsite events)
  • Editor presentations and one-on-one consultations with 7 or more editors
  • Exposure on TravelClassics.com in Alumni News and TC Authors Section

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation to and from airport
  • Lunches and snacks for guests

Montreal Conference Sponsors

SPONSOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Our thanks to the following companies for making possible this exclusive gathering of travel writers and editors:

July 2018 We Said Go Travel News and Happy Summer!

July News 2018  with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me. VERY SOON I will have two million views on my videos! I appreciate all of your views, comments and likes. Thank you so much!

All of the entries from the 2017 Photo Award are now published. You can view them here. Our 2018 photo award will start NEXT MONTH! Get ready to share your great shots! We will have four judges for the next award.

Lisa Niver LA Press Club Awards 2018I loved being nominated for three Press Club awards. The ceremony at the Biltmore included Dolly Parton and Lestor Holt! Wait til you see my video!

Lisa Niver at AT&T Shape 2018

Lisa Niver doing full body motion capture at AT&T Shape 2018

I went to Warner Brothers to be part of the future with the AT&T Shape Event again this year. I cannot wait for all of these 5G innovations to be widely available.

Lisa Niver at VidCon 2018

Lisa Niver at VidCon 2018

At my very first VIDCON (YouTube conference), I learned from the very best in the business. I will be using my new knowledge in future videos. Here is my conference in video: VidCon Conference, VidCon Expo Hall and VidCon Conference.

Lisa Niver with Miss SCUBA International and SCUBA Queen USA

Lisa Niver with Miss SCUBA International and SCUBA Queen USA

Going to the Scuba Show is a highlight every year for me. It feels a bit like an adult candy store! I want to try every flavor. I cannot wait to get back underwater.

Lisa Niver and Wyland on the NCL BLISS

Lisa Niver and Wyland on the NCL BLISS

Sailing with Wyland on the NCL Bliss was a real treat. His commitment to protecting our oceans is really making a difference for our planet. I hope you get involved with his foundation.

I was highlighted as a Virtuoso Luxury Travel Advisor in the latest edition of Virtuoso Life Magazine! I am honored to be included! Learn more about my Rocky Mountaineer and Canada adventures here.

Lisa Niver is a Virtuoso Luxury Advisor

I am just back from COUNTRY #100! I cannot wait to tell you all about it and show you the photos and video. YAY!

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,977,357  (1.9Million)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos from my Adventures Across Canada: to see them all CLICK HERE !

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookie said “You will live long and enjoy life.” Wishing you good health and grand adventures!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

All of the entries from our first Travel Photo award have now been published. I hope to announce the winners next month.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award starting in August.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here.

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018 by Lisa Niver

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018

More from We Said Go Travel

Wondering Where to Wander in Montreal?

I explored Montreal for the first time during the Travel Classics Montreal conference in May 2018 during Montreal’s birthday (17 May 1642).

Last summer for Canada’s 150 birthday,  I wrote several articles for USA Today 10 Best about 10 unique places to visit10 places for an outdoor adventure and 10 sites to explore the history of Canada. These three articles were part of a group that created 150 things for Canada’s 150th! I have been working my way through all of these incredible things to do in Canada.

For our pre-conference experience, I stayed at Monville Hotel which had literally just opened its doors and was centrally located so we could walk to many attractions or for our dinner! I loved meeting their resident robot.

VIDEO: Staying in the brand new Monville Hotel in Montreal

We arrived into Montreal by Rail after several days in Québec City.

VIDEOTraveling on Via 1 from Quebec City to Montreal

Where did we go? What did we see?

*Museum of Fine Art

*Mount Royal

*HA with Francisco Randez:  They have two locations and great food

*Studio 16 and the Street Art Festival

*Pointe A Calliere

From my USA TODAY 10best article: “Most people don’t know that Montreal is one of the oldest cities in Canada, let alone North America. So, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum showcases Canadian history through both permanent and temporary exhibitions.  Permanent exhibitions provide insight on how Montreal began, how it was built and how archaeologists uncovered what the city was like before human settlement.”

*Cite Memoire for Montreal at Night definitely see as many of the 60 projections as you can!

*Escondite! I loved this Mexican restaurant! Thank you to Bernardo and the entire team Vive Mexico!

VIDEO: I Loved Exploring Montreal with Travel Classics

A highlight of my trip was discovering Jewish Montreal with Mélissa Simard on her Jewish food tour.

VIDEO: Want to Discover the Jewish Heritage of Montreal with Food?

I tried something new: AERIAL YOGA. My instructor, Veronique´ Jalbert, at Club Sportif Maa was fantastic! I cannot wait to find my 2nd class.

Video: Club Sportiff MAA Aerial Yoga with Veronique´ Jalbert

Thank you to Maren and #TravelClassicsMontreal! See my next article about the conference and look at my Canada videos from Vancouver to Montreal Summer 2018:

 

Lisa Niver at Escondite in MontrealLisa Niver at Escondite in Montreal

Discover more at We Said GO Travel

More Rocky Mountaineer please! Lisa is in Virtuoso Life Magazine

Thank you to Virtuoso Life Magazine for including me in your Rocky Mountaineer article.

I loved my experience on the train!Lisa Niver Virtuoso Advisor in Virtuoso Life Magazine about Rocky Mountaineer

Read the full article:

 

My articles about Rocky Mountaineer, Banff and Lake Louise:

Lisa Niver is in the July 2018 issues of Virtuoso Life Magazine

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Enjoy your bucket list train journey on Rocky MountaineerWhere can you go on the train?

From cosmopolitan city centres to the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountaineer’s rail routes offer you the most jaw-dropping sights Western Canada has to offer.

Seattle – Vancouver – Banff
Lake Louise – Jasper – Calgary

Circle Journeys

If “see everything” is on your list, you’re in luck. Plan to start and end your journey from the same place and then get ready to take it all in. Combining two or more of our routes in a Circle Journey gives you the most days onboard the train. Lucky you!

Add an Alaska Cruise

With Rocky Mountaineer, adding an Alaska cruise to the beginning or end of your rail journey is a breeze. More specifically, an ocean breeze blowing over glittering seascapes.

Unparalleled Experiences
Over the years, we’ve been perfecting the very fine craft of creating life-changing experiences. Our secret recipe is not-so-secret and has earned us eight world travel awards, but hey, who’s counting?

Discover the Jewish Heritage of Montreal with Mélissa Simard

Thank you to Mélissa Simard for the fantastic Jewish Food Tour of Montreal on May 16 2018 with Round Table Tours. I LOVED our day exploring!

See it come to life in my video:

Where did we go?

Lisa and Melissa at Lesters Deli

Lisa and Melissa at Lesters Deli
Photo by Paul Shiro

*Lester’s Deli

 

Cheskie Bakery has the best Rugelach in Montreal! Photo by Paul Shiro

Cheskie Bakery has the best Rugelach in Montreal! Photo by Paul Shiro

*Cheski Bakery

 

My favorite bagel on the planet is from St. Viateur Bagel! Photo by Paul Shiro

*St. Viateur Bagel Shop

*Home of Mordechai Richler

*Former B’nai Jacob synagogue

*Fairmont Bagel Factory

 

Sharon Wilensky is the third generation to run Wilensky's Light Lunch! Photo by Paul Shiro

Sharon Wilensky is the third generation to run Wilensky’s Light Lunch! Photo by Paul Shiro

*Wilensky’s Light Lunch

*Hof Kelstein Bakery

*Steinberg’s Grocery

*Leonard Cohen’s home

*Globe Theater (now Cinema L’Amore)

*Cooper Building

 

Schwartz's Deli: World famous smoked meat in Montreal. Photo by Paul Shiro

Schwartz’s Deli: World famous smoked meat in Montreal. Photo by Paul Shiro

*Schwartz’s Deli

*Bagg Street Shul

and don’t miss the Shalom Montreal exhibit at McCord Museum.

Musée McCord Shalom Montreal Exhibit. Photo by Paul Shiro

Musée McCord Shalom Montreal Exhibit. Photo by Paul Shiro

Thank you again to Mélissa Simard for making the Jewish heritage of Montreal come to life. My grandfather was born here and this was my 1st visit to this marvelous city.

 

More about ‘Round Table Tours:

‘Round Table Tours offers a guided exploration of Montreal’s diverse neighbourhoods, cultures and food establishments. Your adventure will bring you beyond cheap clichés normally destined for tourists.

  • Weave together the tasting of culinary delights with the stories of the chefs and entrepreneurs that create those dishes
  • Discover flourishing communities, their histories and interesting and diverse people from the past and present
  • Explore emerging styles of cuisine and business models that are eco-responsible, including urban farms, restaurants, food trucks and food production sites

More about Travel Classics Montreal:

I was in Montreal to participation in “The World’s Most Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers and Editors.”  I am honored to be able to participate. Want to know more about it? Watch this video: Why Go to Travel Classics? Ask the Editors:

Lisa and Melissa Montreal Jewish Food tour

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Walking on the Walls in Québec City

“Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing.” Gayle Foreman

After graduating college, I went on a road trip with my boyfriend through Canada. I loved our brief stay in Québec City and have always wanted to return. When Travel Classics Montreal offered a pre-conference trip to Québec City, I knew I would be going. Although my grandfather was born in Montreal, the conference would be my first visit to that city.

Auberge-Saint-Antoine in Quebec City by Lisa NiverWhere did we stay in Québec City?

For our visit, we stayed at the family owned museum boutique hotel, Auberge Saint Antoine which is located in the historic and charming lower town of Québec City.

VIDEO: Stay at Auberge Saint-Antoine in Québec City

Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is 125 years young and was built as one of the original grand railroad hotels by Canadian Pacific Hotels.

VIDEO: Join me in Québec City at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

What did we see?

I loved walking on the ancient Wall of Québec City, which is a UNESCO and National Historic Site. The walls surround Upper Town of Old Québec and were built between 1608 and 1871 under both British and French regimes. Thank you to our fantastic guide,  Sharon Frenette and Québec Original.

VIDEOWander the walls in Québec City

During our day tour outside the city, we went to

*Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio: At the Copper Art Studio just after Montmorency Falls, you can discover the Museum Albert Gilles. We had a guided tour from copper ore to copper art and a «Repoussé» demonstration about the Art of Copper. I loved making my own copper art and learning about the art we would see at the Basilique de Ste -Anne de Beaupré. Make sure to see the exhibit of Christorama: The Life of Christ told in 50 silver panels. Do not miss Tea Time with their special canelé cake which is made in copper pans.

*Canyon Sainte-Anne and Air Canon: Would you fly over a waterfall in the Air Canyon? It is the first of its kind in Canada.

*Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré with the art of Mr. Gilles

*Lunch at Auberge Baker

*Montmorency Falls

*IIe d’Orleans

VIDEOWant to Explore Around Québec City?

Where did we eat?

​I loved the rooftop view from the ​Penthouse of Hotel 71, in Old Quebec City​. The building used to be ​the National Bank of Canada’s first head office in Quebec City. ​The penthouse kitchen is in the old vault! ​I loved the art in the lobby and Italian dinner at Il Matto​ Restaurant.

VIDEO:  Dinner at Hotel 71

I loved eating my breakfast and my special dinner at Auberge Saint Antoine’s signature restaurant, Chez Muffy!

My visit to Québec City was so enjoyable! I cannot wait to return. I might come back for Winter Carnival. Enjoy all 20 of my Canada videos here:

Lisa on the walls of Quebec City

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Banff Sunshine Village: Tackling My Fears

My goal is to feel more confident on the mountain. I believe that I am a solid blue (intermediate) skier but that it not true. I am actually an advanced (black) skier in my body but my mind is not always with me. I had challenges learning to ski as a child and when I hear skis scrape on the ice or the light goes flat, I can forget that I have been skiing for years at many mountains and I can do it.

VIDEO:  Why to Ski and Stay at Banff Sunshine Village

Sophia Faller has been teaching skiing at Banff Sunshine Village for 2 years and was at Lake Louise Resort and Gondola for three years before that. She is spending two days with me to show me around the three mountains and give me a few pointers! Her teaching style is to add tools to attack different ski conditions and use great metaphors like stepping down the stair case so you can understand what your body is meant to do.

Ski Banff May 2018During our first day we skied at Wawa, up the Great (Continental) Divide where we were in two provinces in one run and to the harder part of the three mountains, Goat’s Eye Mountain. The most challenging section of the mountain is not open right now due to spring conditions in May. Safety is paramount at every ski mountain and it is no different here on my first trip to ski in Canada.

I can see Delirium Dive which is inside the boundaries of the resort and has restricted entry. You must wear a transceiver to enter and you should be with your ski buddy and carry avalanche gear. Maybe someday I am going to ski there.

Lisa Niver and Sophia Faller at Banff SunshineMy goal is to go helicopter skiing and cat skiing next season. That was my goal this season but the snow in Utah did not cooperate on the trip where I had planned to cat ski and then I got a bit afraid that I was not ready yet.

With Sophia, I learned that my next step is to take an avalanche course so I know how to use a beacon. I would go with an instructor into Delirium Dive but I want to know how to use the tools and be prepared. Sophia has given me another goal to come back and ski the chutes. I like to know the steps to reach my goal because it feels less overwhelming. I know I can do it if I just keep going.

It is a mental choice. I am strong enough and I have been practicing. I still need more days on snow but I also need to believe in my abilities. Sophia gives a ten week class which meets once a week and often the goal is to take strong blue skiers to the next level of skill and confidence and at the end they ski the shoots.

What if you believed you could do anything you tried?

What would your goal be?

Banff Sunshine Village Photo by Lisa Niver

Sunshine Mountain Lodge is a family owned mountain side hotel which is only reachable by gondola. Banff Sunshine’s 2018 season ended this year on May 21, 2018. They will reopen in November 2019. Will you be here? The Ski Team is ready to welcome you and help you take your skiing to the next level.

GEAR: Blizzard Black Pearl from SkiBig3

I took the train from Vancouver to Banff and then skied at Banff Sunshine Village. I rented my ski clothes and gear from SkiBig3. I was thrilled with the top skis. I have used Black Pearls at several resorts and they are phenomenal skis. The clothes were perfect and the service was superb.

STAY: Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Gondola is open until 5:30pm.

I loved my room which is the only property with ski-in/ski-out in all of Banff. Sunrise from my room was gorgeous over the ski mountain. It was so much fun to stay overnight at the top of the world. The food is fantastic and the room was really comfortable. It was great to stroll through the building to dinner and breakfast and be able to be first on the mountain.

EAT: Eagles Nest, Chimney Corner, Mad Trappers. There are many choices at Banff Sunshine Village.

TRANSFER: How to get here? Fly into Calgary and it is a 90 minute car or bus transfer to the mountain, a 20min gondola ride to the top, and your luggage will be transferred up and down seamlessly! I arrived in Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Lisa Niver skiing at Banff Sunshine Village

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June 2018 Jumping for Joy: We Said Go Travel News

June News 2018 Jumping for Joy with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me.

Thank you to AARP for sharing my story: “How to Stay Fit on Vacation: 6 easy exercises you can do when you’re away from home.” Thank you to my three fitness experts, Beth Kageyama, Bryant Johnson and Phong Tran, for making time to talk to me!

Lisa Niver's story for AARP on Travel and Fitness

If you are in the Los Angeles area, please join me at my art studio for our Summer Show: Hooked on Clay June 29 and 30.

The Clayhouse Summer Sale 2018

 

Thank you to Rise Boarders for their list! Out of over 1000+ travel blogs, I was listed as the top female travel blogger and We Said Go Travel was #4!

Lisa Niver and We Said Go Travel are #4 on the Top 1000+ Travel Blogger ListLisa Niver and We Said Go Travel are #4 on the Top 1000+ Travel Blogger List yay

Thank you to Scuba Diver Life for publishing my story about swimming with the Jellyfish!

Lisa Niver swum with the Jellyfish , ScubaDiverLife

I absolutely LOVED my adventures in May in Canada!
Read and watch here:

Lisa Jumping for JOY rocky Mountaineer

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,913,089 (1.9Million)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos from my Adventures Across Canada: to see them all CLICK HERE !

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookies said “Failure is the tuition you pay for success” and “It’s not only important to add years to your life but to add life to your years!”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

All of the entries from our first Travel Photo award have now been scheduled. After July, when all the entries are published, we will announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award starting SOON!

TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here.

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018 by Lisa Niver

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018

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Secret Spring Skiing In The Canadian Rockies

After seeing the photos of the gorgeous blue waters of Lake Louise, I knew I needed to visit the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada but I did not realize my first visit would be to see snow in May! I traveled by Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff National Park and stayed at the historic and stunning Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. I skied, hiked and relaxed in this UNESCO World Heritage Area. Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park established in 1885 and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site in 1984.

VIDEO: Want to Ski, Hike and Stay in Lake Louise?

This area has had many names. First called Ho-run-num-nay by The Stoney meaning “lake of the little fishes,” in 1882 a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) workman, Tom Wilson, named it Emerald Lake, but in 1884 the name became Lake Louise in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. The area was a station for the railway called Laggan when they were building the train through Kicking Horse Pass.

Lisa Niver skiing at Lake Louise with Serge Metikosh

Lisa Niver skiing at Lake Louise with Serge Metikosh

I loved traveling to this area by train and it was my first time in Alberta, my first time on Rocky Mountaineer and my first time skiing outside of the United States.

I spent a day at Lake Louise Resort and Gondola skiing with top instructor and guide, Serge Metikosh. He has been an instructor for over 43 years and has spent two decades skiing here. I fell in love with the long runs, stunning views and being able to ski in Banff National Park. If you want to disconnect from your busy life and connect with nature, this is one of the last wild places and has snow from November to May. Skiing Summit and Paradise Bowl was tremendously great skiing.

My ski gear including my clothes was rented from SkiBig3. You can travel here knowing that they have top quality equipment including the Blizzard Black Pearl’s that I loved using all over this mountain. I literally skied in every season as it briefly snowed on us, we had sunshine as well as spring skiing conditions.

Ski lake LouiseAfter one of my favorite ski days ever, I stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise which was developed by the Canadian Pacific Railway along with Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Château Frontenac. My well appointed room had a stunning view of the frozen lake and inspired me to get outside and explore.

I borrowed snow cleats from the concierge and walked to the frozen waterfall around the lake. In the afternoon, I joined a guided hike led by Mike Vincent, who was a park ranger for 10 years and walked with a group up to Fairview Lookout. I used snow cleats and my ski pools and was rewarded with a spectacular view of the Lake and the Fairmont hotel.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise by Lisa NiverFairmont Chateau Lake Louise is family and pet friendly and ready to assist you in enjoying this beautiful national park. There are mindfulness walks, yoga and seven different dining options including Fairview, Lakeview Lounge, The Wallister Stube, The Chateau Deli, Poppy Brasserie, the Alpine Social (formerly the Glacier Saloon), and the seasonal Italian cuisine kitchen Lago. Do you want to have a ski experience, a family vacation a girls’ powder retreat?

Lisa Niver staying at Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseRemember, Will and Kate honeymooned in the backcountry of The Lake Louise Resort and Gondola at Skoki. Don’t feel FOMA (the Fear of Missing Out), decide to come and visit! The Royals did it and the Men’s downhill world cup happens in Lake Louise too.

Enjoy my other 2018 Canada Adventures:

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Hooked on Clay: Clayhouse Summer Sale 2018

Amy Kivnick

David Stone

 

SUMMER SALE HOURS 2018:

Friday, June 29

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 30

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Diana Ungerleider

At the Clayhouse,

we are HOOKED on clay….

 ADDICTED  to artistry….

and are CRAVING creativity!

Come see what our many talented members

have been busy creating.

Featuring hand-crafted ceramic bowls, mugs, platters,

plants, wall hangings, wind chimes, teapots and more!

 

WHERE:

The Clayhouse, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd,

Santa Monica CA 90404

310.828.7071

Deborah Levin

SUMMER SALE ARTISTS

Alia Joslin * Amy Kivnick * Ann Cooper * Cheryl Silver

Deborah Levin * Diana Ungerleider * Edo Antal

Jamie Weber * Janet Domino * Janet Grings

Kathy Mudgett * Kristi Sherman *  Leila Smith-Danes

 Lisa Blons * Lisa Niver * Nani Grenell

Stephanie Sea *  Tani Sims

THE CLAYHOUSE

is the oldest high fire ceramics studio on the Westside. The unassuming storefront on Santa Monica Blvd. displays some of the work of the many talented Clayhouse members. In the back is a large studio with tables, potter’s wheels, glazes, gas-fired kilns and pottery in various stages of production. Group classes and private lessons are offered during the day and evening, as well as studio memberships.  For over 4 decades, potters of all ages and abilities have been coming here to learn, develop their creativity and have fun.

More information:

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I hope to see you at the Studio! Lisa Niver

Information from Holiday Sale 2017,  Summer Sale 2017 and 2016 Winter Sale

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor
Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take a Class:

Wheel classes

Students will learn how to use the potter’s wheel to  “throw” functional items such as mugs, bowls, vases and more. Glaze instruction is also included.

The class fee is $280 which includes a 25-lb. bag of clay and tools, access to the studio anytime, plus the firing. An advance deposit is required to hold a space in class.
All classes last six weeks and include clay, tools 
firing, glazing and access to the studio. 
Classes are small to allow individual attention. 
Call soon to reserve a spot in a class! 
Advance deposit required.   
call 310-828-7071 for more info or to sign up
Store hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm
As Henry Moore said, “To be an artist is to believe in life.”

All the Things You Wanted to Ask About Rocky Mountaineer

Having worked for years on a cruise ship, when I started to think about my first Canadian Rockies train journey, I realized I had many “dumb” questions. I thought you might appreciate the answers:

1. Do I sleep on the Rocky Mountaineer train?

No! You do not sleep on the Rocky Mountaineer train. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and snacks on the train but you will sleep in hotels.

Lisa Niver is jumping for joy to get on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

2. How do I find the train and get to the station?

You will meet the train representatives in the lobby of your hotel and be transferred to the train station by motor coach. You will receive information and timing the night before your train journey begins.

VIDEO: All Aboard the Train! Rocky Mountaineer is leaving Vancouver

3. What happens with my luggage?

In your packet of information, you will have a boarding pass for the train with your seat number as well as luggage tags and square boarding card. It will tell you what time to be in the lobby and when your luggage will get picked up from your room. You do not need to bring your luggage to the lobby, however, you do need to bring whatever you need during the day. If you need medications, bring them with you. I recommend you bring a portable charger for your phone or camera so you can keep taking photos all day long!

When you arrive at your hotel in Kamloops, your luggage will already be in your room. You also will already be checked in. The train hosts will give you your keys and you can go directly to your room, no waiting in line!

Breakfast on Rocky Mountaineer Train

4. Do I eat breakfast in the hotel?

Absolutely not! Do not eat at the hotel! You will have a lovely made-to-order breakfast on the train. There will be coffee in your hotel lobby if you need that for your short route on the motorcoach. There will also be coffee in the train station. If your route begins in Vancouver, notice that tall windows at the station which used to be the locomotive garage.

5. Where do I eat? What will I eat?

If you are traveling in Goldleaf, you will sit upstairs and watch the beautiful scenery and then go downstairs for your carefully prepared meals. There are two seatings for meals in Goldleaf and if you are second seating for breakfast, you will have freshly baked scones and coffee until your turn for breakfast. The following day you will be first seating. If you have second seating lunch, you will have wine and cheese before you go down to eat.

If you are traveling in SilverLeaf, your food will be brought you in your seat. The menu onboard changes each day and is full of local and regional specialities like salmon and Alberta short ribs beef. The fruit and vegetables are locally sourced.

85% of the food you will eat is cooked on the train. If you need a special menu like halal, kosher or gluten free, please let the Rocky Mountaineer team know in advance. They can also do kid’s menu, ketogenic and all of the sauces onboard are gluten-free. Make sure to look for the recipe book, it even has the cinnamon scone recipe!

VIDEO: Rocky Mountaineer Day 2 Kamloops to Banff

6. How do I dress?

Please wear flat shoes for the train. You only need casual comfortable clothes for your bucket list journey. There are stairs in Goldleaf and they do have a wheelchair lift. When moving around the train especially on the stairs, please hold the handrails.

7. Should I come early to Vancouver? What should I do?

YES! Wherever your journey begins or ends, I recommend you spend extra days and enjoy Canada. In Vancouver, I recommend Grouse Mountain, Capillano suspension bridge, Granville Island and so much more. My train journey was from Vancouver to Banff. During my days in Banff, I went skiing for my first time in Canada at Lake Louise Resort and Gondola and at Banff Sunshine Village. I also stayed at both the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

VIDEO: Do you want to explore Vancouver?

8. Which route should I take?

This is a great question! Feel free to call the team at Rocky Mountaineer to discuss the 65 different options and packages you can choose. I cannot wait to travel again and visit Jasper and see the icefields. I loved my journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer. The host team on board helped us to see osprey nests, eagles, big horn sheep and five bears were sighted. I learned about the history and the environment around us. I loved going through the spiral tunnels and seeing Hells Gate.

9. Where do you take photos?

I took photos from every window upstairs in Goldleaf, during meals through the window and outside on the vestibule. Please enjoy my videos taken from my journey, Classics West. Remember to keep your eyes peeled and listen to the team on board, during my journey there were five bear sightings from our train.

 

10. Are the seats comfortable?

I loved my chair on the train. Not only is there a table where you can have your wine and cheese, but also there are many ways to move your chair and raise the footrest. The seats are also heated so you can enjoy a “spa” for your lower back while you have your hot towel to cleanse your hands before your meal.

VIDEO: What to Do and Where to Stay in Banff

11. Can I have a meeting or party on the train?

Yes! Every journey on the Rocky Mountaineer might feel like a party with the wine, cheese and new friends you make! However, you can book the lounge car and have a wedding reception or company meeting. You can also go on a cruise and then take the train before or after your sailing.

12. Is there shopping on board?

Yes! There is a souvenir catalog of Rocky Mountaineer products. You order on Day 1 and it will appear on your seat when you arrive on Day 2.

Snacks on Rocky Mountaineer Train

13. What is a good meet? Learn to talk like a train engineer

A good meet is when a train goes by in the opposite direction and you do not have to stop. Often when a freight train is passing a passenger train, the smaller train (passenger train) pulls to a side rail to allow the larger train to pass.

Our Train manager Wendy McMichael told us that our train was 17 pieces of equipment with 50 crew members and 273 guests onboard on Day 1. From Kamloops, our train split and we went to Banff with 11 pieces of equipment and 156 guests. The other guests went to Jasper.

Freight trains are generally 50 to 300 pieces of equipment and Rocky Mountaineer is typically 11 to 25.

14. What is unique about this trip to only Rocky Mountaineer?

Traveling on the historic Canadian rail line you can see where the final spike was placed on Nov 7, 1885 at Craigellichie. Rocky Mountaineer is the only passenger train that runs between Kamloops and Banff. If you want to see the engineer marvel of the Spiral tunnels, as well as the historic location of the final spike you will need to travel on the Rocky Mountaineer. This is also the section of the track were you are more likely to see bears.

Rocky Mountaineer began in 1990 and has traveled 8 million kilometers or 150 times around the globe. They have received 67 Awards, planted 8436 trees planted for Employees’ anniversaries and carried over two million guests through seven awe-inspiring mountain ranges. The top 5 wildlife sightings from the train are bear, elk, big horn sheep, bald eagle and osprey.

Are you ready to book your first Rocky Mountaineer Journey?

For rates and more information, click here.

Enjoy your bucket list train journey on Rocky Mountaineer

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Did you see Lisa Niver at the Hollywood Improv?

Did you see me at the Hollywood Improv?

Don’t worry! I have the whole thing on video for you!

VIDEO: Watch Lisa Niver Live at the Hollywood Improv

What did Lisa say?
“When you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. I often do things that are work, but I don’t feel I am really working”

Lisa Niver speaking at Freshbooks“I am impatient, but I am really perseverant.”

Lisa Niver Live on STAGE at the Hollywood IMPROV

“Use social media to support your interests and business and don’t let it be the boss of you.”

Live on Stage at the Hollywood Improv with We Said Go Travel

“My definition of success changes according to my needs, this year I am focusing on my business’ finances, last year it was about overcoming fears and trying new things.”

Lisa Niver featured speaker at the Hollywood Improv

Take Your Business to the Next Level

Running a small business is rewarding. But let’s be honest: It can also be challenging. Why not lean on others for support? The #IMakeaLiving event is here to help!

The #IMakeaLiving events bring together an eclectic group of small business owners for a lively, candid, and often hilarious, conversation.

Part small business boot camp, part group therapy, you’ll leave feeling inspired and motivated. Plus, you’ll get lots of actionable insights to take you and your business to the next level.

It’s free (yes, FREE) to attend and we’d love to see you there. (And, no, this isn’t one of those events that’s actually a sales pitch).

Event: #IMakeALiving powered by FreshBooks

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 9am–12pm

Where: Hollywood Improv Comedy Club, 8162 Melrose Avenue 90046

Cost: Free

Freshbooks Los Angeles #IMakeALiving

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3x Finalist! What are the SoCal Journalism Awards?

What are the Southern California Journalism Awards?

2018 So Cal Journalism AwardsThe Southern California Journalism Awards were born during the Cold War, when Los Angeles journalism was dominated by the city’s many newspapers. Television was in its infancy. Developments like all-news radio were still years away. Women journalists were rare in mainstream media. Minorities, even rarer.

Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. The Press Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future.

The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.”

Lisa Niver is a 2018 Finalist in three categories for the Southern California Journalism Awards:

 

Lisa Niver article on Smithsonian

Lisa Niver's article for Popsugar Fitness

 

The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest is the largest and most impressive in our Los Angeles Press Club’s recent history. Our judges sorted through nearly 1,400 entries. Our finalists represent the most talented and hardworking journalists in Southern California! ”

 

Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2017 and Honorary Awards for 2018.

The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest as we award the best and brightest of Southern California journalism!

We’ll also be honoring:

LESTER HOLT – The Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement
*KIM YOSHINO – The Presidents Award for Impact on Media
*RAIF BADAWI – The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism
*DOLLY PARTON – The Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to Civic Life

Get your tickets today!

ABOUT THE GALA

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018
4:30 p.m. – red carpet
5 p.m. – cocktails and silent auction
6 p.m. – dinner and program

Where: Crystal Ballroom
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

 

What is the Marvelous May 2018 We Said Go Travel News?

Marvelous May News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me.

Lisa Niver Top 5 Travel BLoggers May 30 2018I am so honored to share that I am a 3x finalist for the Los Angeles Press Club Awards and also the Top Female Travel blogger on the Top 1000 Travel Blog list!

“The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest is the largest and most impressive in our Los Angeles Press Club’s recent history. Our judges sorted through nearly 1,400 entries. Our finalists represent the most talented and hardworking journalists in Southern California! Winners announced on June 24, 2018.”

I will let you know in June what happens with the LA Press Club awards dinner. Here is more information from last year’s event.

Lisa Niver is a catalyst at MAVERICKI am a catalyst for MAVERICK. Click here to see my challenge! And this link will take you to download the app which is a creator network that connects and inspires Gen-Z girls and young women and engages them through a blend of digital and live experiences. Founded on the belief that they not only can but will rule the world, Maverick’s mission is to help build the next generation of creators, innovators and changemakers. #DoYourThing

May was a very exciting month! Besides being a 3x finalist, a catalyst and the top female travel blogger, I spent nearly three weeks in Canada and was on TV in NYC! I am working on the videos from my adventures which I plan to share with you very soon. You can follow along on my social media to see the photos now.

Here are some of the TV links about Monterey County:

Lisa Niver on TV in NYC May 2018

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,860,200 (nearly 1.9M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #767: Scuba Diving with Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

Coming soon: Adventures Across Canada: Click here to see the 15 draft videos! I have more to add.

Lisa Niver on TV In NYC May 10 2018

I loved filming for TV in NYC!

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookie said “The Smart Thing is to Prepare for the Unexpected.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

All of the entries from our first Travel Photo award have now been scheduled. After July, when all the entries are published, we will announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award starting SOON!

TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here.

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018 by Lisa Niver

The sunny view at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in May 2018

First published on We Said Go Travel.

Who is the Top Female Travel Blogger? #Travel1k May 30, 2018

Thank you #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs for your list! I am so excited and honored to be #5 of the top 1000+ Travel blogs and the TOP FEMALE TRAVEL BLOGGER!

 

Lisa Niver Top Female Travel Blogger May 30 2018 #Travel1k

Rank Travel Blogger #travel1k score
1.   Profile Image Matt Matt 96.84
2.   Profile Image Charles McCool (McCool Travel) 93.82
3.   Profile Image Rick Griffin 90.62
4.   Profile Image Andrea Pizzato 87.31
5.   Profile Image Lisa Ellen Niver 83.72

Click here to see the full list May 30, 2018

 

#Travel1k We Said Go Travel #5 Top Travel Blog May 30 2018

More about Lisa:

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more unique active adventures! Find her talking travel on KTLA TV and her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.8 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra Magazine and writing about WWII for Smithsonian and Saturday Evening Post. Her 2018 publications include American Way (American Airlines), Robb Report and Wharton Magazine.
Her latest projects are a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 New Adventures Before 50,” and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition received over 500 entries in summer 2017! She has over 90,000 followers on social media and is verified on both Twitter and Facebook. We Said Go Travel was read in 222 countries in 2017 and listed as #9 on the top 1000+ travel blog list on Valentine’s Day 2018.
Lisa Niver is part of the Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for her website and tech media innovation with We Said Go Travel. Niver was recently invited to apply for the inaugural class of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars for Fall 2018.
She was a finalist in two categories in 2017 for the 59th Southern California Journalism Awards and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal story: “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers.”
Lisa Niver is #5 on top 1000 Travel blog List

Awesome April News 2018 with We Said Go Travel

Awesome April News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me. According to Buzzoole, the reach of my site and social media is 174k. Buzzoole 174K reach We Said Go Travel

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of Cruise and Resort, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

What is Virtuoso? Virtuoso is a network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 17,500 advisors worldwide. We represent the best of the best in travel, with a portfolio of nearly 1,700 preferred partners – top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more. Our advisors use their global connections to plan the most memorable experiences for their clients, from weekend getaways to dream vacations. 

Why Use a Travel Advisor?

A Virtuoso travel advisor elevates every trip. They know how to get the best value for your time and money, and, thanks to their global connections, they can VIP you at hotels, on cruise lines, on tours, and more.  

Are you looking for where to travel next?
Here are some ideas:

Lisa in the News and Media:

Find all my article links on my LisaNiver website.

Lisa Niver at the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopters

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,795,974,285 (1.8M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #767: Scuba Diving with Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

Four new videos from my recent #AccessExcess journey to Las Vegas:

Ready to stay and play in Vegas? Click here for rates and more information about The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

My fortune cookies said “Don’t pursue happiness – create it.”  and Of all our human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

 

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

All of the entries from our first Travel Photo award have now been scheduled. After July, when all the entries are published, we will announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here.

Lisa Niver at the Grand Canyon by Helicopter

Do You Want To Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me?

To honor of the life and work of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), there will be exhibitions all over the Netherlands to celebrate his art, his pupils, his networks, his techniques and his city. He is considered one of the world’s greatest artists and it has been 350 years since his passing.

I want to go to see the tulips at Keukenhof Gardens and visit the museums. Want to meet me in Amsterdam? There will be 14 exhibitions in 12 museums in Amsterdam and seven other Dutch cities. You can explore by cruise or by land. Stay next door to the Rijksmuseum, at the Conservatorium Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s famous fashion and museum district.

From now until June 24, 2018, there is an exhibit at Getty Center called: “Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India.” In this carefully curated exhibit, you can see Rembrandt’s drawings along with the original art he worked from. “By juxtaposing Rembrandt’s drawings with Indian paintings of similar compositions—and pairing Mughal artworks with European prints that inspired them—fascinating stories unfold about the flow of art and ideas across time and oceans.” Being up close to Rembrandt’s pieces created hundreds of years ago next to the ones that inspired him was remarkable. I highly recommend you visit this exhibit at the Getty and I am excited to plan a visit to Amsterdam to see the upcoming shows in his honor.

Thank you to iamsterdam team for including me in their event at Getty Center. I loved the exhibit and learning more about Rembrandt 2019. I met Barbera Wolfensberger, Director General of Culture and Media, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Udo Kock, Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, City of Amsterdam, Pieter Roelofs, Head of Painting and Sculpture, Rijksmuseum and Lidewij de Koekkoek, CEO Rembrandt House Museum.

2019: The Year of Rembrandt and the Golden Age

As part of the national celebration of Rembrandt and the Golden Age there will be special activities and exhibitions throughout the Netherlands. The Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Museum de Lakenhal, the Mauritshuis, Amsterdam Museum and the Fries Museum have special programmes focusing on the master himself.

Lisa Niver and Udo Kock, Deputy Major for Economic Affairs, City of Amsterdam

Rembrandt’s Social Network

Family, Friends and Acquaintances

1 February – 19 May 2019

The Rembrandt House’s staging of Rembrandt’s Social Network marks the start of Rembrandt Year 2019, three and a half centuries after his death. This exhibition will be devoted to Rembrandt’s friends and acquaintances and the role they played in his life and work – for even a great artist like Rembrandt was no lonely genius. A good networker, he used his social network actively and determinedly. He had a family and friends who helped him, who bought his paintings, who lent him money and challenged him artistically.

Rembrandt’s social network will be explored through some major figures in his life – his childhood friend Jan Lievens, the art connoisseur Jan Six, Abraham Francen, who stood by him in difficult times, artist friends such as Roelant Roghman and, of course, his wife’s family, the Uylenburghs, his ‘blood relations’. The informality of the paintings, drawings and prints is striking and the exhibition includes work by Rembrandt that has rarely if ever been seen in the Netherlands.

108 Years of Collecting by the Rembrandt House

7 June – 1 September 2019

The Rembrandt House is not just Rembrandt’s former home and workshop; for more than a century it has been a museum with its own collection. The collection consists primarily of works on paper. Rembrandt’s etchings are of course well represented, but the museum also has prints by his predecessors and contemporaries as well as by modern and contemporary artists who were inspired by Rembrandt.

This exhibition will feature the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection. Discover the surprising selection of old and new, big and small, fine and sketchy. You will see work by such artists as Rembrandt, Hercules Segers, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, and also by Horst Janssen, Willem den Ouden, Charles Donker and Glenn Brown.

Rembrandt Laboratory

Rembrandt’s Technique Unpicked

21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020

How did Rembrandt make his paintings and etchings? And how do we go about investigating this today? In the autumn of 2019, Rembrandt’s former workshop will be transformed into a laboratory-like setting, in which the new insights and the master’s secrets will be revealed. Follow Rembrandt’s hand as he painted; see what was added to the painting by others and consider the dilemmas of researchers and conservators.

This exhibition will bring the world of research into materials and techniques to life. In recent years scientists and restorers have subjected various works of art by Rembrandt to the latest analytical methods. This has often produced surprising and ground-breaking results. Now visitors will be able to experience the scientific methods and techniques for themselves, in the place where the works of art were made.

This exhibition is staged in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Folkert de Jong

The Perception of Rembrandt

1 October 2019 – 29 March 2020

In the autumn of 2019, the internationally-renowned Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong (1972) will take over Rembrandt’s former home and workshop. He is fascinated by today’s need to re-experience the past. In the museum he will go in search of the DNA of the Rembrandt House: exactly what that is, and how do we see (invisible) traces of the residents and Rembrandt himself?

This quest for the history of the place will engender new works of art that will occupy a subtle place in the house, giving Folkert de Jong the chance to show how Rembrandt is portrayed in film and theatre, for example. He will create an installation in the courtyard around Rembrandt’s bankruptcy and the inventory of his estate.

Folkert de Jong’s research coincides with the investigation the museum team is conducting into the museum presentation ahead of the expansion and restoration of the Rembrandt House.

The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands and world famous for its masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists of the Golden Age. The museum presents a journey through Dutch history, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. At the heart of the building is the spectacular Gallery of Honour, where magnificent paintings by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt are on show. This gallery leads you to the dedicated space created for Rembrandt’s greatest masterpiece: The Night Watch.

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. In his self-portraits, he explored expressions of emotions which reflect his fascination with light and darkness. In all his work, Rembrandt reveals himself as a great storyteller who consistently expresses true human emotions. As a result, his work retains its power even today.

The Rijksmuseum presents two major Rembrandt exhibitions:

All the Rembrandts of the museum 15 February – 10 June 2019

Nowhere in the world can you find more Rembrandts than in the Rijksmuseum. And for the first time, the entire collection is on display at All the Rembrandts of the Rijksmuseum. Twenty-two paintings, sixty drawings and the 300 best examples of his 1,300 prints give a complete and versatile picture of the Netherlands’ most important artist. The exhibition not only showcases his phenomenal technique and innovative applications, but also gives visitors an opportunity to know Rembrandt, the man. The numerous scenes from everyday life show him in his own environment and reflect what held his interest.

Rembrandt – Velázquez
11 October 2019 – 19 January 2020

In the autumn of 2019, the Rijksmuseum presents Rembrandt-Velázquez. A comprehen- sive overview of paintings by the two great masters of the 17th century from the Netherlands and Spain. Extraordinary works, rooted in realism and religion, were created in both artistic environments. Masterpieces by Velázquez, Rembrandt, Murillo, Vermeer, Zurbarán, Hals and Ribera are on display together for the first time thanks to a unique collaboration between the Museo del Prado and the Rijksmuseum.

The Spanish and Dutch masterpieces will be exhibited in pairs, each of which is an extraordinary encounter where the focus is all about beauty.

This article was first published on We Said Go Travel.

 

 

Marvelous March News 2018 with We Said Go Travel

Marvelous March News 2018 with We Said Go Travel: Happy Spring, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to me!

Lisa at Google for International Women's Day How have you been celebrating Women’s History Month? I went to Google International Women’s Day for Women Techmakers and it was amazing! I also went to an event with Bixel Exchange about Diversity and Inclusion and Designing Equality – Advocacy, Advancement and Action for Women in the Workplace.

I was invited to a workshop at AT&T to learn about taking 360 and Virtual Reality Videos. I cannot wait to try it out on my next trip.

In Las Vegas this month, I stayed at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. I cannot wait to share photos, video and all of the “just the right amount of wrong that happened!

Did you want to know more about my adventures in Utah:  A Festival of Food at Firewood and Best Meals in Park City.

New Articles:

American Airlines Tweet about Lisa Niver's article

 

Lisa in the News and Media:

Find all my article links on my LisaNiver website.

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku alone are now over one million! My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,736,974,919 (1.7M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2 MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Lisa Niver Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

 

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

 

Video #766: Make Your Candy Dreams Come True

Video #767: Scuba Diving with Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks

My fortune cookies said “Do What Makes You Happy!”  and All things are difficult before they are easy.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 100,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

 

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

We are now publishing the entries from our Travel Photo award! After all the entries are published, we will announce the winners. This will take several months. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here. We hope you will participate in our 2018 Awards.

Deer Valley

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?Tupelo

Carl, Heather and I agree with Emily Summers from Deer Valley Resort and highly recommend the hot Buttermilk biscuits with honey butter at Tupelo! We cannot wait to eat them and everything else again!

Carl and Heather raved about the Beef with Barley made with Nirman Ranch Sirloin which they both said was nearly like risotto! They loved it. I had the tasty Mary’s Airline Chicken which had great spices and was so juicy. This chicken is cooked by Sous-vide which uses hot water immersion to cook food slowly over a long period and then you have succulent and tender meat.

Next time we are eating the tempting desserts FIRST!

Thank you to Chef Matthew Harris, the entire team and especially our server, Sean O.

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?Waldorf Astoria Park City

After skiing all day, are you wondering where to dine?

Heather, Carl and I loved POWDER at the Waldorf Astoria Park CityThe Red bicycle wheat and beer batter bread with black Hawaiian sea salt and Wisconsin butter was a delicious beginning. I loved the carrot ginger citrus bisque!

We shared the simple artisan greens and the wood grilled cauliflower. It was hard for me to share a taste of my buttermilk fried organic chicken, because it is so outrageously good! Heather loved the guajilli rubbed buffalo tenderloin and Carl highly recommended his unique Ora king salmon from Tasman, New Zealand. See more photos on Facebook.

Thank you to Chef Michael Zachman, Nick, Ryan and of course, Danielle!

“Powder is the ideal location to gather for breakfast, lunch, après, dinner and drinks with unique fresh and flavorful menu offerings for the entire family. We offer indoor private dining and additional outdoor season seating with views of the pool and scenic outdoor courtyard.”

Congrats Waldorf Astoria Park City

They have been voted the United States’ Best Ski Hotel and Top Three World’s Best Ski Hotel 2017 at the World Ski Awards™ ceremony in Kitzbühel, Austria. The World Ski Awards™ is the only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism. This year, a record number of votes were cast by ski consumers from across the globe – over 1.5 million!

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?HIGH WEST DISTILLERY 

People often ask me, “Can you drink in Utah?” YES YOU CAN!

At High West, you can have Whiskey that is distilled in Utah and was named Whiskey Distiller of the Year in 2016! They make craft spirits which you can find in 49 states and internationally but it might be best if you come in and taste them yourself with some fantastic food. I love that for Pioneer Day they make the historic Mormon whiskey recipe! YES! Mormons used to drink and have their own whiskey recipe.

Carl and Heather loved the smoked cheddar, bacon and jalapeno mac but my favorite was the warm corn and pepper salad.  What else to eat? The Bison Burger with caramelized onions and the chicken schnitzel. YUM! Oh and try the pretzels too!

HighWest FACTS:

2006 High West Becomes Utah’s First Legal Distillery since 1870. Yippee Ki-Yay!

2009 High West Saloon in Park City opens

2015 High West Distillery on Blue Sky opens - Marks the beginning of a new High West era.

2016 High West is Named Distiller of the Year by Whisky Advocate

Are you looking for the Best Meals in Park City, Utah?

FIREWOOD

 Whether you live near Main Street, Park City, Utah or you are in town to ski and celebrate, I can promise the food, service and company will be fantastic at Firewood Park City. We chose to go there to celebrate my very first art sale at Artworks Park City. Carl, Heather and I were ready to enjoy our evening but were unprepared for the great lengths the team would go to accomodate us. I have several food challenges which were no problem at Firewood. We dined on incredible food and even tasted new things that quickly became favorites.

 

Wondering about some of my other favorites? Read my article about Amazing Meals, my story in Trivago and watch my Park City videos.

More about my skiing adventures with National Ability Center in

Ski Utah

Sierra Magazine

USA Today 10 best

Deer Valley

We loved skiing at DEER VALLEY RESORT!

First published on We Said Go Travel 

Are you Ready for a Food Festival? Celebrate at Firewood

Lisa Niver, Chef John Murcko, Heather Fudala and Carl Law at Firewood Park City

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodWhether you live near Main Street, Park City, Utah or you are in town to ski and celebrate, I can promise the food, service and company will be fantastic at Firewood. We chose to go there to celebrate my very first art sale at Artworks Park City. Carl, Heather and I were ready to enjoy our evening but were unprepared for the great lengths the team would go to accomodate us. I have several food challenges which were no problem at Firewood. We dined on incredible food and even tasted new things that quickly became favorites.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

Chef John Murcko lovingly designed and built the restaurant literally. He handmade the wood tables and the big door at the back of the main dining room! Many repurposed materials were used and we loved the exposed brick walls of the historic building at 306 Main Street. If you can get a reservation, sit at the chef’s table called Chef’s Library and Murcko will serve you his mouthwatering menu through the window and talk to you all night.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

You can see the hardwood-fueled open flame of the Infierno 154, the fourteen foot long Grillworks with four modular grilling stations, a central fire station, as well as a 48-inch rotisserie, where your food is being created through floor-to-ceiling glass windows which were salvaged from a Midwestern schoolhouse which provide an unobstructed view of the kitchen.

Murcko uses locally sourced ingredients and the menu rotates with the seasons. Over the last thirty years, Chef Murcko has opened more than 25 restaurants in Park City as well as in Sun Valley and he is thrilled to be sharing his favorite style of cooking with his family, long time friends and new friends like you at Firewood.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodHe carefully selects different woods like cedar, cherry or maple to enhance the flavor of the dishes. Murcko said, “Open flame cooking is a passion of mine and I have enjoyed sharing this unique dining style with my family around the holidays for many years. I know Firewood guests will love the rich flavors, nuanced variety in the entrees and the truly multi-sensory culinary experience.  It’s an honor to have a restaurant on Main Street and I love serving my family and friends in the best mountain town in the world.” He is passionate about food, family and great dining.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodDo not worry if you do not eat meat as Murcko has a vegan main which was developed by the team in a Chopped-style competition. The chefs were given ingredients and the staff voted on their favorite which is a cauliflower and avocado cake with wild mushrooms, spaghetti squash, cashews and chimichurri. Before or after dinner, make sure to visit downstairs at The Nickel Bar for cocktails.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodAre you wondering what did we eat? Honestly, with our server Victoria’s suggestions, we tried almost everything on the menu. First of all, we loved the Crumb bread from Logan and the Pallazzo della Torre wine that Greg recommended. Not only do they use cherry wood for the salmon and branzino, they smoke the sugar cubes for the drinks! Carl recommends you definitely try a Manhantan. I prefer Prosecco and Greg brought me one made from Moscato grapes. My new favorite is the Viatto.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewoodTo begin our festival of food, we had Beef Tartare, Baked Gnocchi with Pesto, Pork Belly and Juniper spiced Elk Loin. Heather said, “I ate two things I would not have tried and they are both really good and maybe my new favorites. The steak tartar with horseradish panna cotta and the pork belly with tarragon.” Carl’s favorite was the Elk Loin and I loved the gnocchi.

For salads we shared the Orange salad with fennel seed and champagne vinaigrette and the coal roasted beet salad with figs.

are you ready for a food festival? celebrate at firewood

For dinner, Heather said, “The cherry wood smoked brisket is a symphony for my mouth, complex and goes together marvelously.” It comes with goat cheese smashed potatoes and was my personal favorite. I also liked the Branzino which Carl and Heather recommend with the Orange Salad. Carl chose the Lamb Chop with duck confit, pork belly and pickled onions. We were so happy with our dinner choices and to celebrate together in this wonderful space. I loved watching the chefs at work through the glass windows and we were thrilled to be invited to visit Chef Murcko.

For dessert, I loved the chocolate soufflé torte. It was so great that I knew I would have to come back again the same week and have it again which I did. Heather and Carl loved the Olive Oil Cake. When we came back later in the week for dessert only, Carl had the amazing and unique homemade gelato flavors including Pistachio, Honey chamomile and Hazelnut Orange Blossom. We also learned about Benjamin’s trip to Nepal and Victoria’s competitions in the X Games. The entire team is well traveled in places, activities and knowledge of food. 

When Heather declared, “I wish I had more room in my stomach.” Carl said, “I wish I had another stomach!” Everything was made to the highest standards of quality and taste. There are seasonal changes to the menu but whatever they have when you arrive, I am certain that the food will be outstanding, the service will be remarkable and you will have an amazing dining experience! 

Fun in February with We Said Go Travel: 2018 News

 Happy February with We Said Go Travel 2018 NEWS:

I hope that your Valentine’s wishes came true!
I spent the week in Utah with some of my favorite people.

We skied, we dined and we laughed! Photos and restaurant suggestions coming soon!

On Valentine’s Day, I received the gift that We Said Go Travel was listed as #9 in the  top 1000+ Travel blog list!

I have been telling you about Daymond John‘s new book and the need to Rise and GRIND! I am thrilled to report that my hard work is paying off and people are noticing We Said Go Travel!

I was on The Good Life radio show talking about travel with Mike Wreyford. I also went to the Travel and Adventure Show. See below for my one minute video of where to go next!

See Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

Did you see me on TV? I did a travel segment about Ogden, Utah. I hope you entered the Valentine’s Getaway Giveaway! CLICK HERE to see me on KTLA!

 I was on stage at the Hollywood Improv for the Los Angeles Freshbooks event called “I Make A Living!” 

Lisa Niver at the Hollywood Improv Feb 2018

New Articles:

Wharton Magazine: Shark Tank Star’s Secrets to Business Success

Robb Report:  5 Sky-High Heli-Skiing Adventures

Find all my article links on my LisaNiver website.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,676,919 (1.6M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Lisa Niver at Travel Adventure Show 2018Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

Video #763: Five Star Luxury Dreams Come True in Vegas!

Video# 764:  From City Slicker to Cow Girl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

Video #765: What will you see at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show?

 

My fortune cookies said “Success will come with patience!”  and Start believing in your dreams and others will catch the fever.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 90,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Who is #9 on the TOP 1000 Travel Blogs? We Said GO Travel

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

We are now publishing the entries from our Travel Photo award! After all the entries are published, we will announce the winners. This will take several months. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

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Bobsled or Bust: 50 Adventures before 50: I Can Do It

Did you have Olympic Fever? Are you ready to try out new sports at high speeds? There are only 17 bobsled tracks on the planet with two open to “civilian” riders. In Park City, Utah you can chose to experience 3Gs of force and fly around on the ice in a 4-man bobsled! Personally I was terrified to even think of trying it, but I spent a year expanding out of my comfort zone and I considered the idea.

I grew up flying from Los Angeles to ski in Utah and was actually in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 LA Olympics. I have always wanted to be part of the Olympics again but was never a great athlete due to an undiagnosed eye issue. During my project last year, 50 Things Before I Turned 50, I had a chance to experience the Olympic Bobsled in winter after finally fixing my eyes.

Brent, the pilot, reassured me, “Lisa, I will bring you back. I promise.” I took a deep breath and sat down in seat #2 of the bobsled. Jessie, the coordinator at the Utah Olympic track, had selected my helmet and seat and promised it was the cadillac position where I would be least rocked by the 3Gs of force that I was about to experience. “How did I get myself into this?” I thought. I nearly backed out multiple times.

To go or not to go? Bobsled or bust?

To go or not to go? Bobsled or bust?

Earlier in the day I had enjoyed skiing down the double blue run Tycoon off of McConkey’s Lift at Park City Mountain, which felt like a big accomplishment. As a child, I was taught to ski because my dad would rather ski than breathe in the winter. But, I never liked it. It was cold, it was scary and just overall was not enjoyable for me. Once, I asked my dad about not going, he responded that “You can stay home.” I replied, “Dad, I am 12 years old” to which he said, “I guess you are going.” I remember thinking, “Good talk.”

As I kid, I did not enjoy roller coasters, water slides or even tetherball; all things that most children love to do. I hated them. I avoided as many as possible.  Everyone thought I was wimpy and I believed that too. Instead I liked to read, I did well in school, and I always sat in the front of the class. Looking back, my pediatric optometrist could not correct my vision to 20/20, even with glasses. A second doctor agreed but told my parents that was not anything to worry about. So, I went on with my life. 

After a near drowning, a bike accident, avoidance of sports and rides, and an overall fear of many things, I learned there was a reason for all my fears.  As an adult, I was diagnosed with left intermittent esotropia, often known as a lazy eye. My new eye doctor offered a series of tests to determine the severity of my condition. I reviewed the report (visual discrimination 9%, visual form constancy 2%, visual figure ground 1% and visual spatial relations 37%), and asked the doctor if 1% was a good score? No, the doctor explained, “Lisa, 100% is a top score just like on every other test you have taken. Honestly, when I see scores like yours, I am just happy you can read.”

I was in shock to learn at the age of 47 that I was below 50% on many of the perceptual testing areas with a learning related visual skills problem and strabismus. “But, I have a Master’s Degree,” I reacted. “I do not want to take away from any of your accomplishments,” Dr. Brodney responded, “because of the oculomotor dysfunction, you have always had to work harder. Vision therapy can help you and I can promise you that you will be better at general motor activities including sports.” 

I committed to weekly vision therapy and daily homework. It was a challenging time with frustration and tears. I reminded myself that the process involved retraining my brain and strengthening the muscles in my left eye so that my brain would use the information from both sides equally. I had no idea if all the vision therapy sessions would help and I contemplated quitting many times but I kept at it.

Lisa Niver Bobsled or BUST Utah 2017

Lisa Niver did go on the Olympic Bobsled in Park City, Utah!

After many months of therapy, my eyes gradually learned how to work together. I started to try new things that previously were impossible. I took tennis lessons. My tennis coach would say, “Keep your eye on the ball.” I would think, “what ball? I don’t see it.” With practice, I learned how to track the ball. Similarly, when I tried skiing again I realized that it was fun and quite beautiful on the mountain. Being able to keep track of what is happening on both sides of me has allowed me to experience things with an entirely different perspective.

Sitting in the bobsled at Utah Olympic Park behind Brent, a professional bobsled driver, I took heart in that Brent was an expert who had been on the track more than 3,000 times. We went for 47.38 seconds around the track at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. I loved seeing the track curves fly by and feeling the force press me deeper into the bobsled. It was an exhilarating moment to ride on one of the two bobsled tracks in America that allow recreational riding. I conquered my fear of participating and put my newly trained eyes to a new test. I am confident that whatever curves appear next I will be ready to handle them.

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Lisa Niver has explored 99 countries and is in search of #100. See over 750 travel videos with nearly 1.6 million views and learn about her 50 before 50 adventures. Learn more about National Ability Center in her articles on Sierra Magazine, SkiUtah and USA Today.

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From Terrified to Blessed: Skydiving for my Birthday

As the Winter Olympics begin, I think about the athletes and their great feats of physical strength and commitment to daily preparation to achieve their goals.  For my 50th birthday, I overcame 50 challenges that were new or adventurous and I was scared the whole time. The most amazing thing to me is that I kept saying yes. I never gave up. If I could call myself one year ago and explain everything that was going to happen, I would never have believed it. I was much more courageous than I imagined was possible.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TVFor my birthday, I did something I have always said I would never attempt. I went sky diving. While I was very nervous and excited, I was also prepared for the challenge by my choices all year.

The day before my jump, I read Rabbi Naomi Levy’s book, “Einstein and the Rabbi,” while sitting on the balcony of my perfect room at The Pantai Inn in La Jolla. I strolled on the beach, watched the seals and sea lions playing in the water and then would return and read more.

Video: Sky Diving with GoJump Oceanside

Once in Oceanside at GoJump, it was necessary to patiently wait for  two hours until the clouds cleared. I nearly had too much time to contemplate Levy’s book, my life and if I really wanted to take part in this birthday gift to myself.

When Levy wrote, “Your soul wants to teach you about your strength. It wants you to believe in your abilities and your gifts. It wants you to lift up your head with pride and claim your birthright: the life that is yours to experience. Your soul wants you to follow it through times of darkness, through the fog and confusion.

I was not sure she meant jumping out of a plane but that was where my path had brought me and it was what was going to happen next.

In the plane, I sang to myself: Kol Haolam Kulo

The song means: “All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the thing is not to be afraid.” I knew in my heart that this is the life I want to live. I do not want to be fearful of so many things. I want to risk and make my dreams come true.

Levy writes:

Your soul will lead you to heights and to loves and to kindness.”

and “Everything has led you to where you are right at this very moment.”

I chose to believe I would live through this scary experience and I imagined I might even love it. If I let fear win and I never try, my life will be smaller. I want to grow and learn to approach new experiences with excitement instead of terror.

Levy says that “The soul wants you to be uncomfortable enough to strive for more, to grow and to learn and to see what needs fixing in this beautiful and broken world. Living with soul can keep you up at night. You suddenly start seeing the humanity in the eyes of strangers you were ignoring.”

Happy Birthday Sky Diving! I DID IT

I wonder where my journey will lead. Sometimes I am not sure that it is the right path but I feel better after reading about following the path of my soul.

The soul’s journey is never linear. It requires patience and perseverance. Just when you’re ready to give up, a door opens and you are granted the opportunity to step inside if you wish. You are invited to explore new realms that were previously locked to you. Were those turns you took back there wrong turns? Were those dead ends you reached worthless? Or were they all part of the “whole”?

I said the Shehecheyanu in the plane. It is a Jewish blessing for the first time we encounter something new or arrive in a new place or for me a new state of being. I was strapped to another human being with five points of connection and I am trusting him to guide us with his parachute safely back to earth.

Levy says we must learn to take soulfie’s instead of selfies! 

If we can learn to take a soulfie, it may very well transform our lives. By making a decision to access and follow our souls, we begin a journey. It is a winding journey full of bumps and pits, stops and starts. Sometimes the road becomes flat and we can cover great distances. Sometimes we will get stuck in one place for what may seem like an eternity before we are ready to continue forward. Yes, there are times when we will get lost, when we won’t know what to do or which way to turn and it’s frightening and frustrating and we wish it could all just be easier. With soul it can get easier.

For a year, I have been following this path of fear and with each challenge I accomplish, my ability to handle fear is better. The hardest thing I did was take a mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort. I went down the mountain on a blue intermediate run on my first day and while at one point, I did cry, I never gave up and it was a great feeling of accomplishment. I thought about mountain biking a lot while waiting for my turn in the plane. I kept telling myself I can do it. I did that and I can do this. I want to do it.

Levy continues: “Life’s paths are anything but straight. And yet those winding paths, as frustrating as they may be, can lead us to a life of meaning and blessings. I pray you will choose to follow your soul on its journey.

I am following this path and I wonder what will happen next. I worry about parachutes not opening, bad landings and other horror stories but mainly I sing to myself and say the Sh’ma. “Hear O’Israel the Lord is our God, Our God is One.”

Sky Diving is amazing!I believe that I am being lead. I have made it here and my job for this day for sky diving is to remain as calm as possible and enjoy this incredible opportunity.

As Levy says: “It isn’t easy to make the journey from narrowness to a vast expanse. But we all want to wake up from our sleepwalking. We all want to topple the barriers that are standing in the way of a full life.” I do know I want a full life and by testing my limits and not letting fear win that is what I am getting. I am sure there will be more tests, challenges and scary ideas to conquer. I did jump out of a plane and fly like a bird and I will be able to overcome what comes next.

Within you are powers that you haven’t even begun to tap into. There’s a purpose to your life. A high purpose…You can lift yourself up. And as you lift yourself up, you will lift others up too. May you live to turn your curses into blessings, your fear into strength, your greatest block into your greatest opening. Amen

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Lisa Niver thanks GoJump Oceanside and the Pantai Inn for hosting her for her 50th birthday.

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What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Nordic Valley Resort

Why Ogden?

Ogden’s motto “You cannot go anywhere without coming to Ogden” is related to a time 150 years ago when the railroad across America first connected our country.

There was a railroad from Omaha to the East coast but in order to increase the economy there needed to a faster way to bring produce from California to the other side of the country.

It used to take three to six months to travel by covered wagon what would take 8 days on the train. Getting your cattle to market or oranges on the dinner table was possible with an 8 day journey but not with a 3 month journey. The train changed everything. In Ogden, you could dine on oysters from the California coast and steak from Omaha. New York City could have fresh oranges! Not only was commerce changed by the connecting of the continent by rail but also communication. Telegraph poles were run along side the tracks and mail was carried in the cars.

Every single president stopped in Ogden to change train lines on his way from one coast to another. Every Ambassador on their way to Washington Dc and movie star going to New York City made their way through Ogden.

The Union Pacific Railroad was built by mainly Irish workers starting in Omaha and moving west. The Central Pacific Railroad needed the knowledge of over 10,000 Chinese workers who could dynamite their way through the mountain passes. Union Pacific Train 119 moving west burnt coal and brought beer and The Jupiter Central Pacific #60 burnt wood and brought champagne when the rails met May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit for the Golden Spike ceremony.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?The names of the Central Pacific leadership include Leland Stanford who was a miner and then governor in 1861 and was Central Pacific’s president. Collins Huntington was a trader, part of the railroad leadership and now his legacy includes the Huntington Museum.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Union Station Museum in Ogden, Utah

Before the trains, there were over 300 time zones in the United States. With 100 trains coming through Ogden every day, it was necessary to know which train was arriving at what time. Four standard time zones for the continental United States were introduced at noon on November 18, 1883, when the telegraph lines transmitted time signals to all major cities. In 1918, one hundred years ago, Congress passed the standard time act which made the time zones official.

Engineers were watching the track and needed to know when trains would arrive as there was a single track and trains moved in both directions. Time became life and death and pocket watches became all the rage.

How do you get to Ogden?

Fly into Salt Lake City from Los Angeles or Burbank. It is less than a  two hour flight and there is a one hour time difference. It is about 35minute drive to downtown Ogden.

Skiing in Ogden

There is a Ski3 pass which gives you a day at each of the 3 resorts and is 30% savings. The Ogden Valley is one of the most accessible, family and budget friendly ski areas in the country.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Nordic Valley Resort, 2018


Nordic Valley Resort opened 50 years ago in 1968. It is the perfect place to take lessons and get comfortable on the slopes. Nordic Valley was one of the downhill training ski areas for the 2002 Winter Olympics. There are 140 acres of terrain for skiers and boarders with 3 chair lifts: Apollo, Bridger and Crockett. There are after school programs for elementary school students and 80% of the lessons here are for “Never-Evers!” Stop by on Sunday for prime rib at the lodge. Thank you to Dave Mariani for the lessons in both skiing and Nordic Valley History! If you are ready to really learn to ski, he is waiting for you.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Come join us in the snow at Snowbasin Resort, 2018

Snowbasin Resort has 3000 skiable acres and 3000 feet of elevation. There are 106 trails and stunning gold chandeliers imported from Italy. The three lodges were upgraded for the 2002 Winter Olympics and are ready for your enjoyment. There are five terrain parks with 65 rails. It is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the nation and started in 1940. I skied all day in falling snow and it was magical. I loved my instructor, Phil Miller, and his life lessons. My favorite run of the day was Herbert’s and I was proud to challenge myself and crush it!

There are monthly themed dinners all year long with elevated dining. In the summer, come for hiking, biking and Sunday brunch with a free concert. And don’t forget to bring your dog! When you take the gondola, you can see the flags of Olympic gold medalists and their names. Remember there is a vast variety of terrain here so everyone in your group can find the right spot to enjoy.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Powder Mountain 2018

Powder Mountain’s 8000+ acres is located in the town of Eden and if you are looking for powder this is your eden to discover. Only 1500 tickets are sold per day which means this location has the highest ratio of skiable acres per skier of any resort. It opened in 1971 and in 1984, was the first Utah resort to allow snowboarding. If you are looking for powder, this is the place to explore! There are two new lifts adding 1000 acres of terrain. I loved Hippie Hill which is now accessible by both Village and Mary’s Lift.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Powder Mountain 2018

There was great groomed corduroy and our first three runs all had Western names: Shot gun, Winchester and Kwick draw. My instructor, Loel, had been teaching for more than 4000 days and had many great secrets to share about powder skiing. I loved this one the most: “Look where you want to go, not where you do not want to go!” I also learned that you can “Turn shop.”  As you go through the trees, you can find your way and slowly pick the right place to turn. There really is magic at Powder Mountain. As Loel says, “Skis are your chariot to take you wonderful places.” There is no snow making at Powder Mountain. It is all natural snowflakes and it is fantastic. I cannot wait to go back and ride the snow cat and explore more of the terrain.

From the top of Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain you can see four states: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

We are waiting for you at The Shooting Star Saloon, Photo by Kerri Zane

What to do?

Go to the oldest bar in Utah which is called the Shooting star saloon. It was open during prohibition because the husband and wife owner’s took turns going to jail! There are items on the secret menu including the Super Star burger and the Porn Star burger but if you want it, bring your own egg! There have only been 7 owners since 1847 and it is an experience! Ask to hear the story of the dollar bills on the ceiling.

Do you love craft spirits? Take a tasting tour through New World Distillery with the owners, Ashley and Chris. They have Oomaw GIN, Rabbit and Grass AGAVE SPIRITS, Blanco, Wasatch Blossom Utah Tart CHERRY LIQUEUR, New World Distillery’s Uncharted Series BARREL-RESTED GIN. They sell their liquor as well as mixers so stop by and create your own party!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Selfies in the Snow at New World Distillery

In Ogden, there is something to do all year long. Come for the Summer Rodeo on July 24 and enjoy Pioneer Days. There is a balloon festival in Eden in August and there is great food and drink all year long.

Try out the hidden gem, Daily Rise Expresso which has two drive throughs in Ogden and in Layton which you pass on the way to Antelope Island which is in The Great Salt Lake and is filled with antelope and buffalo!

Are you looking for something really different?

Try out Social Axe Throwing. Imagine darts on steroids and you begin to imagine your time axe throwing. You play indoor and on a team and it is AWESOME! Who doesn’t want to throw axes?!?

What will you name your team? Smart Axes? Kiss My Axe? or Are you checking out my Axe?

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Smart Axes v. Short Axes at Social Axe Throwing

Where to EAT?

Zucca Ristorante like many restaurants in Ogden is locally owned and you will likely meet the owners during your visit in many of the shops, restaurants and activities in the area. Enjoy authentic Italian Regional Cuisine with a modern approach and seasonal organic menu on Ogden Utah’s Historic 25th Street with art-deco inspired decor, and a beautiful atrium exclusive to Zucca.

I also loved Farr better Ice Cream which has been in operation since the 1920s!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton in Ogden, Utah

Where to STAY?

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton is your historic choice in Ogden!

Originally named Fort Buenaventura, Ogden, Utah was founded in 1845 making it the oldest settlement in America. With its longstanding history, a lot of events have taken place in this small, but distinguished city. Although the settlement was founded in the mid-1840s, it wouldn’t be until 1869 when the city would really begin to flourish. With the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the city grew into a profitable community. Ogden became a major railroad town with nine rail systems. The system operated as both a north-south and east-web hub. Soon after, the system also adapted intermountain west crossroads, which was inevitably called Junction City. The railroad system sat in the center of Ogden’s continual growth. Some of the first industries that flourished were livestock yards, canneries, flour mills, breweries, iron works, banks, woolen mills, hotels, telephone, telegraph and power companies.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Downtown Ogden

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What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Dinner at Zucca with Mimi, Sydnie, Dylan, Lisa and Kerri