Marlene Reese

Coon Rapids, MN Trusted Advisor

(15 Reviews)

100% Recommended

Destination Wedding and Vacation Travel Specialist

With almost 20 years of developing my career and passion in travel, I am your travel expert! Over the years I have created great relationships with many resorts and hotels in various destinations. I love learning about new destinations and exploring new areas and cultures. Whether you are looking to book your destination wedding or even climb Machu Picchu, I can provide you with expert knowledge and advice to help you create your next unforgettable adventure.

My Travel Specialties

Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist

When planning destination weddings and honeymoons, seeing the excitement on a bride and grooms face is a wonderful feeling. I work very hard to develop relationships with many resorts to make sure your “Happily Ever After” is what you have been dreaming of!

I personally handle over 20 Destination Weddings a year and I know the planners, the process, and the travel operations to make sure your wedding is a fairy tale. Let me help you make sure your special day goes without a hitch.

Here is a link to our Sample Wedding Registry – we can personalize it just for you!

Beach Vacations to Mexico and Caribbean

I love helping my clients plan their dream vacations! From Mexico to the Caribbean, I have first-hand knowledge and experiences to help you decide and plan your next relaxing beach vacation. A few of my favorite beach destinations include The Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, and Isla Mujeres. One of my favorite experiences while vacationing was when I was able to go on a Whale Shark Tour in Isla Mujeres. It was fabulous and fun and something I will never forget!

Customized European Vacation Specialist

Nothing brings families closer together than traveling together. I have experience in planning travel for any size family to many destinations! Maybe your family has always wanted to explore the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu, discover the magic of Disney, or even just enjoy the easy going lifestyle that the Hawaiian Islands have to offer.

Let me help you in planning your next family vacation by taking care of all logistics and headaches, to make sure your family has a vacation of a lifetime filled with unforgettable memories.

Customer Testimonials

Years of travel success with Marlene!

“About three years ago, a group of us went to Las Vegas for a girls’ weekend get-away. Marlene was absolutely amazing to work with and made all the arrangements with no problems at all. About a year later, my sister and her husband got married in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Not particularly happy with the travel agents they initially spoke to when they first planned their wedding trip, I suggested Marlene to them. Roughly 50 guests attended the wedding where most of the arrangements were done through Marlene. The trip was so amazing that my husband and I knew we would be back again two years after the wedding. We are now scheduled to fly out in four weeks and cannot wait to return to warm Riviera Maya once again!

Marlene, thank you for your time and patience! It has been such a pleasure working with you! We look forward to booking future trips with you!”
Provided by Shannon and Erik, K. Richmond, Mn.

Amazing Destination Wedding!

“Hi Marlene, I just wanted to share with you what an amazing time we had in Mexico. You were so much help in coordinating the details with the resort & wedding planner, we could not have asked for a better turnout. Not only did you help us pick a beautiful resort to get married at, but you went above and beyond to ensure that our family & friends made it to Mexico with no complications. We had people come from all over the US & you coordinated flights, the stay & we’re the go to contact for everyone. All our family and friends spoke so highly of you as you were on the ball with all the specifics.

Thank you so much for all your help & I have recommended you to all my friends for future trips & wouldn’t think of going through anyone else to plan a vacation. You are a Rockstar Marlene!”
Provided by Parker and Kristina, R. Sartell, MN.

Destination Wedding Success!

“Our Wedding was a dream come true! Marlene was awesome! Marlene made sure all of my guests got the best packages and rooms available for our event. She even made sure the wedding planner sat down with me upon arrival to go over everything that was already planned. There were NO surprises!”
Provided by Susan


Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Peru, Punta Cana, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres


Destination Weddings, Family Vacations, Groups, Honeymoons, All Inclusive, Couples & Romance, Cruises

Supplier Partners

Barcelo, Disney, Funjet Vacations, Delta Vacations, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Viking River Cruises


  • Sandals Certified Specialist
  • AMResorts Master Agent
  • RIU Specialist
  • Disney College of Knowledge Graduate
  • Iberostar and Barcelo Specialis

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My Reviews

Only Travel Agent we use is Marlene Reese

Reviewed By Linda – Starbuck, MN
Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico

Marlene is the best. Professional and caring. She is our go to gal!!


Reviewed By Vacationer – Mpls. MN
Traveled to New York (La Guardia) ~ New York ~ USA

Marlene has been a great help, and is very friendly to work with.

Best Planned Trip

Reviewed By Kim, Andover, MN
Traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Caribbean

Marlene planned the perfect trip for us. We had a medical emergency the first night of our trip. We needed to return home, and within a few minutes of contacting Marlene, we had a flight home. The resort we stayed in was also very helpful, as was Apple Vacations. Marlene set us up in a great place.

Best Trip Ever!

Reviewed By Lori, St Cloud, MN
Traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Caribbean

Marlene planned my beach wedding vacation at Punta Cana at Ocean Blue and Sand for a group of 25 family and friends in 2015. She found a great resort that met all our needs. Everyone had a great vacation and the hotel had a wedding coordinator that planned everything for my special day. I just sat back and enjoyed! I am working with Marlene on another Family and friend vacation of 20 – 30 people for 2018. Cant wait to see wait great resorts she comes up for us this time. I would definitely recommend Marlene with any of your travel needs.

Boys Senior Trip!

Reviewed By Val – Andover, MN
Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean

Marlene has been exception to work with. She digs deep to find the best deals and offers additional options. We have a fairly large group going to Punta Cana for a senior spring break and everyone in our group that has worked with Marlene says how fantastic she has been to work with. She responds to email quickly and does everything possible to make sure your trip is everything and more! Thanks Marlene!

Winter get away

Reviewed By Susan nurse on alert – Minneapolis Minnesota | Traveled to San Juan ~ Puerto Rico ~ Caribbean

Marlene was easy to work with and was quick to respond to my questions. Got back to me promptly each time and was a true professional. I have had nothing but a positive experience working with Marlene and recommend her to anyone.

Great Experience!

Reviewed By Jacob – Anoka, Minnesota
Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean

I had the pleasure of working with Marlene while coordinating and organizing our “senior trip” to the Dominican Republic! She was very organized, efficient, and easy to communicate with. All of the information she provided for us was accurate and done in a tamely manner. She updated our records and sent our individual itineraries without us asking more than once. Overall, we had a great experience and I would definitely consider using her for any future trips you are planning!

Awesome agent!

Reviewed By NicD – St. Cloud, MN

Traveled to Mexico

We have booked a couple of trips now through Marlene and she is always very helpful and patient…especially when I’m being indecisive. The last trip, I not only changed my mind on where I wanted to go, but also the dates and number of people going. Marlene made it happen in a matter of minutes. I will always call her for my travel needs.

Best Travel Agent Out There

Reviewed By Britnee – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean

Marlene is great! Very patient and willing to help no matter how small a need may be. We have even asked her for help with a trip and not been able to book it, but that doesn’t stop her from being just as kind and helpful the next time! We are grateful for Marlene!

A Wonderful Trip!

Reviewed By B and G – Fergus Falls, MN
Traveled to Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea

Marlene was an excellent person to work with as we planned our trip. She was prompt and efficient in answering any of our questions and was knowledgeable in various travel issues that we had concerns about. Marlene was always pleasant and helpful . We would recommend having Marlene as a great resource for planning a trip.

Never a Worry

Reviewed By Kris – Cyrus, Minnesota
Traveled to Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico

We’ve been using Marlene as our travel guide for the past 10 years. Booking through her is a breeze. It’s so easy! We’ve never had an issue. The resorts have always been top notch and by now she knows our preferred amenities. We bring her contact information with us on the trips; just in case there is a problem but we have yet to use it. There is a sense of relief while on vacation knowing we have a safety net in the US to help with our needs should they ever arise.

Don’t book through anyone else; you’ll set yourself up for disappointment. Marlene rocks!

Honeymoon Planning Experience was perfect!

Reviewed By Chris – South St. Paul, MN
Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America

Marlene was recommended to us by a friend. We wanted to find a wonderful deal for our honeymoon & Marlene far exceeded our expectations. She was very quick to respond to our requests & gave us many options to choose from. We highly recommend her for anyone that needs help with travel needs.

Awesome trips

Reviewed By Vicki Halvorson – Starbuck, MN
Traveled to Puerto Vallerta

I love working with Marlene, very helpful and always gets back to me quickly!

Best Travel Agent on the Planet!

Reviewed By Parker – Sartell, MN
Traveled to Mexico

Marlene did an unbelievable job! She helped us pick the perfect wedding destination & coordinated all the details with the wedding planner at the resort. We had family and friends fly in from all over the US, she worked with all of them and everyone had a great experience. We booked a trip with her for this winter & will always book through her.

Our Minnesota Winter Getaways!

Reviewed By Cindy – St Cloud

Traveled to Mexico

My husband and I have worked with Marlene over the past 10 years in planning many vacations. Marlene is fabulous. Her attention to details have made our travels seamless. We have referred many friends/family her way and I know that they have experienced the same friendly, knowledgeable care that we have received over the years. My comfort in working with a live person who is always there to pick up the phone to assist and answer your questions has kept me coming back to Marlene and will continue to in the future!

The trip was perfect!

Destination: Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Reviewed by Robert- MinneapolisMarlene was great to work with! My wife and I booked our Honeymoon with Marlene last year. We came to Marlene knowing very little about the Dominican Republic and with her experience she was able to suggest a beautiful resort for us! We plan to replicate the trip she found for us every 2 years and were very satisfied with the experience. Marlene listened to our needs and found a trip that was perfect within our budget! I would highly recommend Marlene for all of your travel needs!