Friday, January 4, 2019

Travel Bits: Maine Indians, Winter Fun in North Daota, Brazil in Texas, Carolina Gullah Breakfast, Hear Buegrass, More Travel here

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Janet Groene's credits and bio

Janet Groene is a professional travelwriter, author of more than 25 books and thousands of magazine and newspaper features. She blogs at six sites on travel,  travel food, family travel, RV and camping, yachting and cruising. 

Dates below are NOT in chronological order.  Scroll down, pick and choose, mark your calendar.

MAY 17-19, BAR HARBOR, Maine The annual Abbe Museum Indian Market features more than 75 Native American artists, films, fashions, storytellers, and performers from 35 nations in the U.S. and Canada. Ramble booth to booth in springtime sunshine downtown on the Village Green. The Abbe is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Read this book on Native American foods and traditions. 

FEBRUARY 19-21, DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota. Celebrate snowflakes and ice sparkle with ShiverFest. Bring the family for fun with kite flying, golf on ice, a motorcycle show, pond hockey, sleigh rides, hockey for little ones, youth ice fishing  and contests for all ages. Warm hospitality and hot drinks make this worth a special trip.
FEBRUARY 2, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina. Enjoy a full Gullah traditional breakfast at the Cherry Hill School during this month of celebrating the Gullah heritage in these barrier islands. On the menu are butter grits, biscuits, shrimp in lowcountry gravy, fried fish, stewed oysters and other local specialties. Gullah events go on all month, so come early and stay through February.    

MAY 17-18, SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee. Enjoy mountain greenery and scenery while listening to top bluegrass stars and eating the best in barbecue. More than 40 chefs will be on hand to serve ‘cue at the annual Bluegrass and BBQ Festival while stars  including fiddle player of the year Michael Cleveland and  IBMA female vocalist of the year Dale Ann Bradley take the stages. While you’re here, camp out or  stay in one of the quaint bed and breakfast inns. Don’t miss the shops filled with mountain arts and crafts.

FEBRUARY 9, AUSTIN, Texas. They claim it’s the largest Brazilian Carnaval outside Brazil. Dress the part and dance the night away to live music. There’s still time to learn the latest samba moves and get your body in shape with this DVD  
Wear the dazzling Brazilian feathered headdress above in red, black or blue.  For a simpler costume add these traditional Brazilian ruffles on your arms and/or legs.

Be ready for ice storms, power outages and other emergencies with the Survival Food Handbook. It's a guide to food preparedness,  from provisioning a boat for a cruise to facing the next power outage at home. Only  affordable, everyday supermarket staples are needed.  This isn't about high-priced survival rations.  

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Janet Groene, Travelwriter, Author, Columnist

Updated March, 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.

Recent clip:  Explore MaGAZINE,,page:0%22
My color feature about the yacht Sea Cloud begins on page 51

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, 
Other blogs (travels of Janet's SATW teddy bear) (homemade, healthful recipes for snacks to carry in pocket or backpack)  (frequent postings. Janet Groene's Trip Tease gives just a taste of upcoming events. 

 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):

Historic yacht Sea Cloud story  begins on p. 51 Explore Magazine,,page:0%22

Islands in the Stream appeared March 2018 issue of South Florida Parenting print magazine and ezine.

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,

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