Tom Wilmer

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Lowell Thomas Award-winning broadcaster, writer and author, Tom Wilmer, has been a KCBX travel correspondent since 1989. Wilmer files regularly scheduled on-air reports from around the Central Coast, across America, and overseas. Specializing in culture, history, architecture, food and wine, Wilmer also hosts a weekly NPR.ORG Podcast—“Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer”, and produces weekly content for the KRML fm/am (Carmel CA) digital media Travel Channel.  

Tom's writings and photography have appeared in numerous North American lifestyle magazines and more than 40 newspapers (Knight Ridder Wire Service), as well as London based Prestige Magazine. Additionally, his photography has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including a recent spread in the upscale Italian based Luxury Files. Three of his photographs are featured in the 2009 Inyo County Visitors Guidebook.

Wilmer was a Travel Columnist for Central Coast Magazine in California from its inception through 2008, and Travel Editor at Las Vegas Magazine (1998 – 2003).

He is also author of the travel book, Romancing the Coast—Romantic Inns and Resorts Along the California Coast, and California Coast Getaways (2006 Riverwood Books—available on Amazon), and California Coast Getaways (1994). Wilmer was also a contributing writer for Caribbean guidebook author Kay Showker.

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Central Coast
3:57 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

International Chardonnay Symposium

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Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he explores the world of Chardonnay and The International Chardonnay Symposium, May 28-30, with Winemakers Eric Johnson of Talley Vineyards and Mike Sinor of Sinor La Vallee, along with Wine Director, Robin Puricello of Foremost Wine Bar & Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. You’ll hear about the amazing panel discussions, winemaker dinners and two grand tastings coming to Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, California this month.

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Lifestyle
1:24 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Exploring Morro Bay

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At the far end of town is the Morro Bay State Park. 

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Central Coast
12:32 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Exploring the 'Cabs of Distinction'

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer travels to Paso Robles to visit winemakers who will be showcasing their Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Bordeaux varietals at the Cabs of Distinction in May. 

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Lifestyle
1:44 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square District & Healdsburg

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Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from The Hotel La Rose, located in the heart of Santa Rosa. The La Rose, located in the heart of the old town historic Railroad District, has been welcoming guests since 1907. Jeff Whitehead, general manager, shares insider tips about nearby activities, and the historic hotels architectural charms. Wilmer then heads over to the Hand Fan Museum in downtown Healdsburg. It’s the only hand fan museum in America and one of only three in the world.

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Lifestyle
6:06 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Amador County: California's Gold Country

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Join Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he discovers cool things to do and see in Amador County in the heart of California’s Gold Country. We’ll visit with Annette Reiser at the historic circa-1852 National Hotel in Jackson CA. And then we’ll meet Maureen Funk, Executive Director of the Amador Council of Tourism for an insiders look at cool things to do and see, from dining and antiquing to wine tasting in the county with the State’s oldest Zinfandel plantings, dating from the 1860s.

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Wine Country
4:36 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Solvang's Garagiste Festival

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Come along and join Tom Wilmer at Larner Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley.

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Lifestyle
10:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Montserrat W.I.’s Irish Legacy & Dublin’s St. Paddy’s Fest

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The only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday is the petite isle of Montserrat in the midst of the Eastern Caribbean. The British Overseas Territory’s flag is emblazoned with the Irish Harp and the words Erin, with an obligatory Union Jack in a corner. Pass through customs and your passport is stamped with a green Irish Clover.

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Music
2:38 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Blues Legend Kenney Neal plays and shares story with Tom Wilmer

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Neal Plays Santa Barbara Blues Society March 21st.

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Arts
1:38 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Laura Deutsch and 'Writing from the Senses'

Tom Wilmer visits with author Laura Deutsch to discuss her new book Writing from the Senses. Laura shares the secret of great writing and shows how to tap into engaging material to bring your writing alive.

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People and Entertainment
12:00 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

A Conversation with Don George Editor of BBC’s Words & Wanderlust

Don George in Bali
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Honored to be a guest speaker in Don George’s journalism class at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, I seized the opportunity to interview Mr. George after class. Don George wrote the book on travel writing, literally. 

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Education
12:04 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Teacher Laurie Woodward’s Anti-Bullying insights

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Award winning educator and author, Laurie Woodward speaks with Tom Wilmer about her anti-bullying peace program and books. 

As a peace consultant, she helps educators and parents teach children how to stop bullying, avoid arguments, and maintain healthy friendships.

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Central Coast
11:20 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Morro Bay National Estuary celebrates its 20th Anniversary

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Broadcast date: 1/14/2015  

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory, non-profit organization that brings together citizens, non-profits, government agencies, and landowners to protect and restore Morro Bay. 

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Lifestyle
11:08 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Exploring the Heartland of America: North Platte Nebraska

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Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from the Heartland of America, where he explores cool things to do and see in North Platte, Nebraska. In my opinion, the heartland of America is Nebraska and the heart of the heartland is the town of North Platte. 

Visits include Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park with Superintendent Jason Tonsfelt. David Fudge, NEBRSAKAland Days’ Executive Director shares a taste of the annual event that includes live music big-stage performances, and the legendary Buffalo Bill Rodeo, proclaimed as America’s oldest rodeo.

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Lifestyle
2:25 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Pacific Grove's inns invite in the public during the holidays

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Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, takes us to Pacific Grove to visit the Victorian inns open to the public this season.

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Lifestyle
11:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Solvang: Time Magazine’s “Most Christmassy Town”

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Founded as a Danish colony more than 100 years ago, Solvang has been a popular year round destination for tourists who come to experience a taste of Denmark right here on the California Central Coast. 

When the Marissa Waddell, the program manager at NPR affiliate, KCBX, told me that Solvang was recently named by Time Magazine as one America’s Most Christmassy towns, well I just had to find out for myself just why this quaint Danish village is in close company with other Most Christmassy contenders such as Santa Claus, Indiana, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. 

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