Story Land & Sea®
Melissa grew up in Louisiana very near the foodie capital of New Orleans always yearning to travel and although it's a passion that has been continual since a mere 11 years ago she'll never look back! It all started with a trip to Spain and since then led her to sell everything and take a year trip around the world from 2011 to 2012 with her husband. Now her country count is at 42 and she has no plans to stop (look out Lebanon, here she comes)!
From Italy to Japan she's always yearning to meet locals and find out everything she can about what their life, dining culture, and history is from their perspective so she can share it with guests.
She's experienced in leading cultural and historic tours for the past four seasons in Amsterdam, Germany, Austria, Bratislava, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Romania as well owning a gastronomy tour business that emphasizes an equal passion to travel ( the culinary arts ) in beautiful Portland, Oregon where she has lived for the past 13 years and sharing the lively culinary and art scene with small groups of guests.Before obtaining a certification from the International Tour Manger Institute in 2014, she spent her professional career working as an Assistant Director of Admissions enrolling students for a design school and later a culinary school as well.