Thursday, February 1, 2018

Trip Tease: Maine Flower Show, Tennessee Mountain Bike Race, Ava Gardner Museum in NC, Dallas TV Show Lives, Arizona Bicycle Fest, Singapore Jazz

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MARCH 22-25, PORTLAND ME After a long winter Maine is busting out all over with flowers, landscape plans, blooming shrubs, budding trees and the sweet smell of gardening success. The Maine Flower Show features bowers of displays plus masterwork arrangements, expert  speakers and planing showcases. 

MARCH 9-11, OLIVER SPRINGS TN. Watch or ride the most exciting, spectator-friendly  downhill mountain bike race in the East in the opening round of the Pro Gravity Tour. Bicycle racers drop 1,100 vertical feet in less than three minutes. 

 MAY, 2018. SMITHFIELD NC Fans of movie star Ava Gardner and the Golden Age of Hollywood come from all over the world to visit the Ava Gardner Museum in this historic downtown. Soon to open is an exciting new exhibit based on her role in “The Killers”. See exhibits depicting her marriages, her good works and her role in civil rights.  On fine days in Smithfield, hike the Buffalo Creek Greenway. On rain days visit the museum and downtown restaurants, boutiques and the Heritage Center. 

MARCH 30-31, DALLAS, TX Dallas, the immortal TV series, lives!  Original cast members Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy will be at the Southfork Ranch for this party. See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s wedding dress and Jock’s Lincoln Continental. For loyal fans, the entire 14-season collection is available on DVDs at 

MARCH 2-4, SEDONA, ARIZONA. Join cyclists from all over the world for three awesome days of the best in bicycle riding in stunning scenery. Register NOW for the whole enchilada including lodging, shuttles, clinics,  camaraderie.

APRIL 6-9, SINGAPORE. The event is known as SING JAZZ, a massive, three-night gathering of jazz talent and jazz fans for days of curated music including Soul Blues, Latin,  Funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, World Music and Electro Swing.


   Travel full-time without leaving "home". Follow the sun in a fully equipped home on wheels. Retire now and earn as you go. Authors full-timed for 10 years, making a living along the way. Read  Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Janet Groene, Travelwriter, Author, Columnist

Updated January , 2018
My lance is free and always has been. Whether it's a one-time assignment or ongoing commitment from a truly professional freelance writer, I'm on the job. I'm an independent business person who writes, not an unemployed or wannabe "writer" who is "freelancing" while looking for a salaried job. I meet deadlines with professional copy.  Contact me at 386.658.1586 or I'm at my desk Eastern time 9-5 but may have limited e-mail access when I'm on the go.

Janet Groene print columns:
Bimonthly: Cooking on the Go, Family Motor Coaching, print magazine and online by password
6 times a year: Living Aboard, Houseboat magazine, newsstand by subscription
Frequently: travel features South Florida Parenting/Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel,  City and Shore, Compass, many custom publications for the cruise industry, snowbird and travel features for various Canadian publications.
Annually: contributing writer Travel Guide to Florida, newsstands and online

Blogs Published Weekly and available for Kindle by subscription
Solo Woman RV,
Camp and RV Cook,
Boat Cook, 

Published Frequently:

Travel Tidbits, quick teasers as a lead-in to this bio,

Kevin T Bear  (SATW traveling teddy bear)
Create a Gorp (pocket snack recipes)

 Janet Groene Bio
A paid, freelance journalist since the age of 12, Janet Groene (GRAYnee) was a junior high school student when the local weekly newspaper hired her as a stringer. More than two dozen books and thousands of magazine features later, Janet is a full-time writer whose lance remains free.

Groene began freelancing in earnest as a way to work at home and choose her own hours when her husband, Gordon, was a professional pilot. While still in their young 30's the couple sold everything, bought a sailing sloop and left cold winters behind. For ten years, the Groenes were happily homeless, sailing the tropics in winter and summering in their self-contained, 21-foot diesel RV.

It soon became clear that Janet’s writing and Gordon’s photography could sustain them in a new career as professional travelwriters. When assignments began taking them all over the world they  settled in Florida. Gordon died in 2016 and Janet continues to travel on her many assignments.

Hard copy clips on request. Recent credits (please cut and paste):

February, 2018 South Florida Parenting, Charlotte feature starting on page 15

See Janet Groene's feature on the  Panama Canal in  Compass, the hard-cover publication provided in every Holland America stateroom cruising the Western Caribbean this season. Go to{%22page%22:120,%22issue_id%22:377502}

Feature on Caribbean ports of call, Porthole magazine , 

Chapter in Travel Guide to Florida 2018 (contributor each year) January /sfp-spaaaaah-healthy-and-fun-staycations-20160120-story.html

Janet Groene is a credentialed member of
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Boating Writers International
Society of American Travel Writers

Janet Groene Writing Awards
1st Place, Best Consumer-Oriented Online Article ACC/SATW;
Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award;
NMMA Director’s Award for boating writing (with Gordon Groene);
Parenting Publications of America Gold Award for Travel Writing
Many others

Frequent contributor to  Forever Young, Southbound, Empty Nest and other Canadian publications. Groene features are syndicated worldwide by Featurewell.

Groene books 

Published 2016  Survival Food Handbook (McGraw-Hill) 
2013: America's 100 Best Places to Retire (contributor) 
Cooking on the Go,Grosset and Dunlap,
Cooking on the Go, Grosset and Dunlap,
Living Aboard Your Recreational Vehicle,
David McKay, hardback
The Galley Book, David McKay hardback Cooking on the Go,
Sail Books, hardback
Limericks to FlyBy,
How to Live Aboard a Boat,
Hearst, hardback
Living Aboard Your Recreational Vehicle,
ICS Books, Inc.
Cooking on the Go ,
Dressing Ship, How to Furnish, Refurbish and Accessorize Your Boat,
Hearst , hardback
Living Aboard Your RV
Ragged Mountain Press (Division of McGraw-Hill Company) Cooking Aboard Your RV Ragged Mountain Press
Country Roads of Ohio
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
ABCs of Boat Camping
Sheridan House
Natural Wonders of Ohio,
Country Roads Press
Florida Under Sail ,
Country Roads Press
The Cockpit Companion,
Jones Publishing, Inc.
Country Roads of Ohio,
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
52 Florida Weekends,
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
Natural Wonders of Georgia ,
Country Roads Press
The Drive for Independence,
Crescent Hill Books, hardback coffee table book
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World and Orlando,
Alpha Books
U.S. Caribbean,
Open Road Publishing
 Creating Comfort Afloat , Bristol Fashion Publications
Romantic Weekends Central and Northern Florida,
Hunter Publishing, Inc.
Great Eastern RV Trips,
Ragged Mountain Press
Florida Guide,
Open Road Publishing
Living Aboard,
Bristol Fashion Publications
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, 2nd Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Caribbean Guide, 3rd Ed. Open Road Publishing
Camping Digest ,
Krause Publications
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands 3rd Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Living Aboard Your RV, 3rd Ed..
Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill
Day Trips from Orlando,
Globe-Pequot Press
Romantic Weekends Central and Northern Florida, 2nd Ed.
Hunter Publishing, Inc.
Fantastic Discounts and Deals for Anyone Over 50,
Cold Spring Press
Cooking Aboard Your RV, 2nd Ed.
Ragged Mountain Press
Caribbean Guide, 4th Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Personal Paradise: Caribbean,
Open Road
Personal Paradise: Florida ,
Open Road
Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, Ragged Mountain Press division of McGraw-Hill
Books to which Janet Groene contributed
Fisher’s World, Bahamas; Nelles Guides Florida; Nelles Guide, The Caribbean Greater Antilles; AndrĂ© Gayot’s Best of Florida ; Nelles Guides The Caribbean, Lesser Antilles; Experts’ Book of Hints, Tips and Everyday Wisdom,
Rodale Books, hardback
America’s Best Places to Retire, Vacation Publications, multiple editions beginning
Sailors’ Secrets, Advice from the Masters, International Marine Publishing
Reader’s Digest Ask the Experts.

Many of my features are not online or are password protected. Hard copy clips on request. More Links (please cut and paste):, Learning on the Go for traveling families. Also appeared hard copy See page 16 of digital issue, go to page 11, 12
A Family Guide to Prepping

2017 Travel Guide to Florida, 7 page chapter

Compass magazine, Marvel of Marine Technology, the Science Behind the Panama Canal{%22page%22:120,%22issue_id%22:377502

Christmas, florida travel story christmas fl sun sent
See 24 URLs to Janet Groene features in Sun-Sentinel publicationhs September issue South Florida Parenting/ Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel/Tribune newspapers Summer’s Last Blast, Labor Day travel feature    April 2016, Travel with Pets

September/October issue Houseboat magazine, 4-page color feature on Knoxville, Tennessee

Okeechobee Ride Round the Lake

 (Feature in Chicago Tribune)

Author Stephen Fried references Janet Groene’s Grand Canyon feature in the Fort Lauderdale News-Sentinel. Charles feature in Southern Hospitality magazine Spring issue 2012     Sun-Sentinel 2-22-12 special needs camps,0,4868358.storygallery March 2012 issue SF Parenting, camps for special needs kids
(list of winners 2005 Parenting Publications of Amerca Awards),0,2126171.story
Orlando dining guide May 2006 issue, fly drive awesome Alaska      Janet Florida feature in May-June 2009 issue Holiday Villas magazine, UK

Forever Young, Canada,

Trip Tease: Maine Flower Show, Tennessee Mountain Bike Race, Ava Gardner Museum in NC, Dallas TV Show Lives, Arizona Bicycle Fest, Singapore Jazz

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