Questions? Comments? Want to work together? Email me traveleatlove @ gmail dot com.
Let’s work together! I’m open to relevant product reviews and to attend press events and trips, which I cover in detail. For example, a one night wine tasting trip to Long Island resulted in six posts and a large number of social media posts.
Welcome to Travel, Wine, and Dine, now in it’s eighth year! My name is Meghan, and I am a Boston blogger, Communications Consultant, freelance writer, cat wrangler and rescuer, and more, with a focus on food, wine, travel, and lifestyle. I love wine tastings, dining out, and food events, cooking (some of the time), and pairing food and wine with friends for really memorable experiences I’m obsessed with summer, the beach, coastal New England, and boating. I also love creating and curating content and strategizing on how to share that content to help businesses as well as readers both find value. I hope I am doing that with Travel Wine Dine! For all of my favorite travel blog posts you can click here and for my favorite recipes, click here.
In June 2015 I left a job working in Communications and Media Relations for a luxury hotel where I handled all web and print communications and took lots of photos in the pastry kitchen :). I am now a full time Marketing, PR, and Social Media Consultant working on travel, wine, and consumer products accounts.Brands I have worked with include Nova Star Cruises, Hotel Northampton, Sonesta Hotels and Sonesta ES Suites, gardenUP, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the Olive Connection, Brix wine shops, Zipcar, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, Hilton, Nautical Gin, and Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council. I am beyond lucky to combine my love of travel and wine with my professional skills and background!
I am actively interested in learning about freelance projects, whether it be writing, or related to my Marketing/PR/Social Media background, especially if it relates to wine, food, or travel! (Sensing a theme?) My career in Communications spans over 13 years; over the past few years I have also spent time working as a self-employed Marketing Communications and Social Media Consultant, in addition to working in several Boston advertising agencies on various communications projects. My career path has taken a few different curves along the way, and it has been fun!
Past Travel, Wine, and Dine features and honors:
Travel, Wine, and Dine featured on Fox 25 Morning News talking about New England wine
The journey of Travel, Wine, and Dine so far
I started this blog in June 2009 as a place to share my interests and passions, mainly food, travel, and wine but also exercise, to a certain extent, and general life in Boston. I was a Marketing Communications Manager at a publishing company at the time, and while I was learning a lot and loved the people I worked with, I realized I wasn’t that excited by what we were actually doing. This got me wondering if I would ever be excited about my job. I knew I loved Marketing and everything that came with it, and my interest in Social Media had been growing for some time. But, it’s not easy to leave a steady job in a down economy (that just got worse!).
For me, Social Media and my blog were amazing tools for following my instincts and building a Marketing business of my own. Fast forward a year and a half into my blogging life, with the addition of some amazing Boston and Sonoma based blogger friends thrown into the mix. Blogging helped me not only to build a network of friends with similar passions, ambitions, and spirits, but it also introduced me to countless people who have been helpful in my career.
In August 2010, I started working with Red, White, Boston part time as their Social Media Manager. In October 2010, I quit my full time job to pursue a job that excited me. . . and got there as an independent Marketing Communications Consultant. August 2011 brought my new business, Pop! Marketing Communications, and a steady stream of clients needing Marketing, Social Media, and Digital PR assistance have followed. Owning a business and being out on my own had its ups and downs, but it was pretty exciting and has made for rapid growth in my skill set and leadership abilities.
Following a few years of self-employment, I found an agency position where I got to immerse myself in travel and my love for Massachusetts, working with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. I worked with lots of great journalists, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. I was insanely busy but making tons of connections and learning about all of the amazing things there are to do in Massachusetts. Eventually I decided to move back to an in-house role and am currently Communications and Media Relations Manager at a luxury hotel in the Boston area.
I love the work I do, but there’s certainly more to life! A little more about me: I was born and raised in Central New Jersey, got an English degree with a Judaic Studies minor from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studied Irish politics and literature at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and in 2002 settled in Boston. A year later, I met my now husband, who himself had just made his way to America from Galway. We got married and moved to Dorchester in 2006, and we have been traveling and enjoying life here ever since. Ireland and New Jersey are second homes, and thanks to the kindness of strangers met through Social Media, many visits to California has made it feel like a third. I am obsessed with Napa and Sonoma, especially the Northern Sonoma Coast and Healdsburg, and I visit wine country as often as my schedule and budget allow.
In addition to my love of all things food, including grocery shopping, farmers markets, cooking, eating, dining out, going out for cocktails, wine tastings, and traveling to other places to eat and drink, and spending time with family, I also love animals and have been a volunteer at the MSPCA since September 2007 and can’t wait to one day have enough time in the day to adopt a dog, preferably a pit bull (my favorite, and most misunderstood breed) or two. I am also a six time marathoner (NYC Marathon 2013, Boston Marathon 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012 and Bermuda Marathon 2004) and crossing my fingers to have the honor of running Boston for Team MR8 someday in the future.
There’s so much more, so stay for a bit! I hope you enjoy my recipes, travel stories, wine tasting notes and recommendations, and general bits of our life in Boston. I love comments and questions and chatting with readers so please feel free to email traveleatlove ( at ) gmail (dot) com for anything blog related (or for Marketing, PR, or Social Media, meghan (at) popmarcomm (dot)com.