The Team

CONTRIBUTING TRAVEL WRITERS

Fran Endicott Miller is a luxury travel-focused freelance feature writer for a variety of lifestyle publications and websites. Prior to her journalism career, she held positions in the fields of politics, television, and professional sports, and is proud to have established the Golden State Warriors’ first community relations department and programs. Principled and genuine, she prides herself on lyrically capturing and conveying a sense of place. When not traveling, she can be found in her East Bay neighborhood walking her beloved golden retrievers Reggie and Nate www.clippings.me/franendicottmiller

Julie Elkeshen is a fifth-generation Napa Valley native with over 25 years of hospitality experience.  She began her hospitality career in hotel management with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Auberge Resorts before making the transition to the wine industry 7 years ago where she excelled in business development with two very exclusive winery estates; CONSTANT, Diamond Mountain Vineyard and most recently The Vineyardist Winery. Currently, she is also consulting on three additional projects.  She has two very active teenagers and serves her community as Board President for Calistoga Joint Unified School District. She has become a “connector” in the Napa Valley and is our go-to person for anything you need to know about winery experiences. Connect at Julie@thevineyardist.com