Captivating Escapes is a boutique travel agency designed for travelers that want more. We believe travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, and why would you compromise on the memories you are making when you don’t have to.  From room upgrades and pampered service to simple getaways for two or the whole family.  We help you turn dreams into memories.

Travel Advisors

Melissa Hammer
Melissa combines a true love for travel with a head for value, ensuring her clients receive the utmost return on personalized, luxury vacations. When Melissa is not visiting her two older daughters in California, she enjoys spending time with her husband and youngest daughter. She enjoys long walks in the neighborhood and working out, cooking, and is an active volunteer within the community.

Melissa loves being near the water so it is no surprise some of her favorite itineraries include Italy, the south of France, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii and Southern California. She specializes in high-end International itineraries, Safaris, and luxury ocean and river cruises.

Ann Gough
My love of travel began when I lived in Paris for a summer in college. I firmly believe that travel adventures are available for every stage of life — from traveling families with children (infants through adulthood) to travelers in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s+.

As a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, I have discerning and insightful local contacts across the world and throughout the U.S., who help keep my planning current, relevant, personal and tailored to your desires, needs and priorities.

My joy is extending the many life experiences, travel options, amenities and insights of my contacts to you, your family, friends and colleagues to enhance your vacations and adventures — especially connecting you with rare opportunities and memorable moments.

Megan Philpott Essig

Coming soon

In her spare time, Megan stays active in non-profit organizations, loves cooking, reading, exercising and mostly spending time with her family.

Megan recently got married and resides in Southern California with her husband.

Chloe Hammer

Born to travel-loving parents, I have had the luxury of seeing a number of wonderful places. When I was young, we took several trips to Europe thus starting my love affair with seeing the world. Our trip through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore was something I will never forget.

Learning the business first hand from my mother, I have developed a feel for many of the different travel products in the market. Understanding which product is right for each client is the key to serving clients and ensuring they have the best experiences.

In high school I spent time in Buenos Aires and did a semester in London during college. Currently living in Los Angeles, I am always up for a great trip; London, Paris, Rome, The French Alps, … the list goes on and on.