Get to Know Maggie Rosenberg

November 4 / 2021

Name: Maggie Rosenberg
Occupation: Travel Experiences Developer
Years in the travel industry: 10 years
Years with Destination America: 2 years

Put simply, what do you do at DA as a Travel Experience Developer?

I source experiences and develop itineraries for California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Southern U.S.A.

What were you doing before joining DA?

I curated and produced globally inspired food festivals, developed destination-specific content for media companies and tourism boards, and designed regional culinary guides.

How did you start working in the travel industry?

I come from a family of explorers. My career in travel started after I received a degree in Anthropology. I hit the road and traveled abroad working from seed to market to production. I hosted guests and taught cooking classes at a luxury hotel in the Indian Himalayas, managed gardens in Turkey and Serbia, and worked on organic farms in Thailand.

What is your favorite part of your job and working at DA?

I absolutely love getting to know local communities! I love getting to know the regional specialties of an area, sourcing the masters of their craft, and then working together with them to develop unique experiences. I am so lucky to be surrounded by people who are experts in their field and know the ins and outs of destinations I have not yet traveled to – it’s so inspiring.

 

National Historical Park, Atlanta, Georgia

What are some destinations you have visited that you love to share with others?

Right before the pandemic, I traveled to Lafayette, LA – it’s such a special place! There is so much to learn about the area’s history, culture, music, and food! The community is so proud to share their unique culture… from Cajun and Zydeco music to crawfish boils and boudin (Cajun sausage) there is always something new to dive into.

I also deeply love California. The varied landscapes and National Parks (deserts, mountains, beaches, rivers, vibrant cities, etc.) make for such special views. The journey is not just about the destination in California – it’s truly the roads you take to get there!

What are two destinations on your bucket list?

I am looking forward to exploring more of Alaska. Denali National Park and Preserve is at the top of my list. The natural beauty of untamed wilderness paired with the possibility of seeing animals in their natural habitat (including grizzly bears or moose) makes it a must-visit for me!

What specific DA experiences stand out to you that you think are extra special and unique?

DA offers the opportunity to attend a regional cooking class/demo in the Mississippi Delta that is designed specifically for our guests learning how to make Hot Tamales! Some say that the origins of the dish go back to the early 20th century when migrant laborers from Mexico arrived in the U.S. to work the cotton harvest alongside African Americans. While you will find Hot Tamales in many spots all over the region, no two recipes are the same – family recipes hold strong!

Another very special opportunity DA offers guests is in Alabama. Guests will meet with the Carlton Reese Choir to hear Gospel music and learn about its importance to the African American communities in the South. They will hear stories about the origins of the Gospel, the role of “freedom songs” and the connection with slavery, and how the choir supported the Civil Rights Movement and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his visits to the state.

Lastly, in the Central Coast of California, guests can have a private farm-to-table dinner at the renowned restaurant, Happy Girl Kitchen. The region is known for its diverse and prolific agriculture production. The husband-and-wife owners (Todd and Jordan) are committed to working relationships with local, organic farms and after working on farms themselves for years, they learned the art of preserving the seasons. This restaurant celebrates their love of food and the region’s incredible bounty.

Have questions? We have answers!

No matter what your guests’ trip style is, Destination America can design and build the perfect itinerary that encompasses the unique travel demands of your guests. To get a quote on your own exclusive experience, please contact our travel experiences team and learn more about our customization options.

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