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Travel Advisor Stephanie Smeekens in a blue shirt with a baby.

Stephanie Smeekens




  • San Francisco,
  • Santa Barbara,
  • Family Travel,
  • City Travel

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Silicon Valley-based boy mom with a day job and travel addiction.

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Travel style

I love planning the details, while also leaving room for spontaneity. My list of places to visit and restaurants to try is ever-growing.

Favorite hotels

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

A tranquil coastal hotel with direct access to two beaches.

Fora Perks
  • Food & beverage or spa credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Fairmont Austin

Modern Austin hotel with luxury service and offerings as well as access to a large pool.

Fora Perks
  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Full breakfast daily for two, allowance of $26 per person at Revue.

  • Upgrade at time of booking & extended check-in/out, based upon availability.

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Stephanie's reviews

Stephanie was amazingly helpful. Normally I like planning trips but with our new 10 mo old son I just didn't have the time or energy in me, but desperately needed a relaxing vacation. Stephanie made it so easy and found us an amazing resort that fit all my requests. We initially were deciding between Kauai and Puerto Vallarta and she suggested Punta Mita which was perfect for our needs-- more remote and romantic than Puerto Vallarta but half of the price of Kauai. It was an amazing find that still fit in our budget. Plus she got us a special rate that included $200 of resort credit and free breakfast every day (anything we wanted off the Venazu breakfast menu! Not just buffet. I ordered heirloom blue corn waffles, pancakes, french toast to order, my husband got chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and a passion fruit yogurt bowl. Plus we got green juice and pan dulces all included no questions asked.) She even helped us book our transportation to and from the airport and to/from our excursions. She helped us book the excursions, working with the hotel so they could suggest excursions hosted by local companies instead of the big tour companies. Definitely felt more authentic and was a great experience. There were actually locals on the tours not just hosting the tours. They suggested a local restaurant and helped us set up transit there to celebrate our anniversary. It was legit. She was so attentive and helpful even with me waiting till last minute to confirm some of the transportation logistics. I offered her a tip because she did so much but she did not accept. I sure hope the hotel compensates her well because she did an amazing job and it didn't cost us anything extra.

Stephanie responded in a timely manner. She took into account or specific needs. She gave us a few recommendations to explore and helped seal the reservation. It was a great choice and we had a wonderful time.

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Travel Advisor Stephanie Smeekens in a blue shirt with a baby.

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Stephanie Smeekens