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Acoma Catholic Church where Native American ceremonies are conducted along with traditional Catholic services
Thomas Wilmer

Sky City is located atop a 367 foot-tall sandstone monolith. Continuously inhabited since 1150 A.D., there is no running water or electricity at Acoma in New Mexico. Located off interstate 40 an hour and a half west of Albuquerque, tours are offered to the public daily. Acoma’s Sky City Cultural Center/Haak’u Museum includes fascinating interpretive displays and is the meeting spot for joining guided tours of the pueblo—a National Trust for Historic Preservation registered historic site.

Sandhill Cranes flying over Nebraska en route to Canada for the summer
Thomas Wilmer

Sandhill Cranes migrate north every spring and make a stop in Central Nebraska. Shows such as CBS Sunday Morning have covered their flight in previous seasons. Join Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Associate Producer, Melissa Corbin as she shares her take on this fascinating rite of spring during her visit to Rowe Sanctuary on the banks of the Platte River. 

Quebec City skyline
Office du tourisme de Québec

A conversation with Richard Séguin representing Quebec City Tourism. Séguin shares insights about Quebec City's past and present in the Canadian city with a definite French Flair. Quebec City' modern roots date from French exploration in the 15th century--and the  establishment of Quebec City in 1608.  

 

Tall Ship Jeanie Johnston in port
Jeaniejohnston.ie

The famine ship Jeanie Johnston was built in  1848 In Quebec as a freighter. She made 16 trans-Atlantic passages carrying more than 2,500 passengers. The ship is revered in the annals of the Irish Potato famine, as not one life was lost throughout her career—while many famine ships lost more than 30 percent of her manifest to disease, lack of fresh water, rotton food and more. Today, a recreated (2003), and fully seaworthy Jeannie Johnston graces the Liffey River in downtown Dublin, Ireland.

Chef Shelly Cooper
Shelly Cooper

The majesty and beauty of The Appalachian Mountains are unparalleled and the stories of its people are as inspiring as its views. Associate Producer, Melissa Corbin, recently shared a few such stories with Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine.

Famine cottage en route to Slea Head, County Kerry along the fabled Wild Atlantic Way
Thomas Wilmer

Naill Gibbons Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland based in Dublin, shares his passion for Ireland and exploring the Wild Atlantic Way--one of the world’s longest coastal routes covers the dramatic Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to Kinsale, County Cork, in the south.

San Francisco's hospitality industry generates tons of reusable materials, furnishings and more that are shared with the non-profit community
Thomas Wilmer

  Ms. Jo Licata spends full-time working with San Francisco’s non-profit organizations in partnerships with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and numerous other SF hospitality enterprises.

Licata's mission as Hilton's Community Projects Manager is to provide non-profits with essential goods and supplies from food to furniture, mini-fridges and so much more. Items that otherwise might have headed to the landfill.

Scotts Bluff interpretive center and Park Ranger headquarters
Thomas Wilmer / Thomas Wilmer

Scotts Bluff served as landmark for pioneers traveling through Nebraska on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trail—a visit with National Park Ranger at Scotts Bluff National Landmark in Western Nebraska. 

On February 19th 1942 FDR signed Executive order 9066 requiring the relocation and internment of all California coastal residents of Japanese descent. Historian Jim Gregory, author of WWII Arroyo Grande shares the sorrows and triumphs of the dramatic period in Arroyo Grande history—a time when more than forty percent of the high school student body was of Japanese ancestry.

Fremont Theater downtown San Luis Obispo anchor venue for 2017 SLO FILM FEST
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

A conversation with San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Director, Wendy Eidson. A teaser of the March 14-19 festival events includes Josh Brolin recipient of the 2017 King Vidor Award; St. Patrick’s Day Surf Night featuring the premier of Between Land and Sea—a year in the life of an Irish surf town, and a tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher includes a conversation with Todd Fisher.

 

The Great Platte Archway freespans above Interstate 80 in Kearney, Nebraska
Thomas Wilmer

Every spring 80 percent of the world’s Sandhill Cranes descend on the Platte River Valley for a refueling stop before continuing their annual northward migration to Canada and the Arctic. A visit with Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau about experiencing the crane migration and other Kearney attractions.

Krecik Ranch buffalo Niobrara, Nebraska
Thomas Wilmer

Buffalo meet has approximately 35 percent more protein and half the calories of beef, and there’s only 1.8 grams of fat per 3 oz serving, compared to 8.7 grams in beef. We'll visit with Stacy Krecik Miller at the Krecik Elk and Buffalo Ranch in Niobrara. Then we'll meet Dave Hutchinson who's been raising organic grass-fed buffalo in the Sandhills near Rose, Nebraska for more than 30 years. 

Engine room telegraphs at Door County Maritime Museum
Jason Lopez

Boat building has been a part of Sturgeon Bay’s fabric since the 1830s. During the first and second World Wars, hundreds of Naval and support vessels, including the legendary PT Boat were built here. In addition to boat building and repair, Sturgeon Bay is also a safe harbor during the midst of winter for the 1,000 foot-long lake freighters. The Door County Maritime Museum chronicles and showcases the region’s nautical history. In addition to engaging displays and artifacts, the museum also maintains the fully restored 100 year-old MV John Purvis tugboat.

Join Adam Gronke the Maritime Museum’s Curator.

Ice shanties at Wendt's on Lake Winnebago
Julie Henning

Join correspondent Julie Henning in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for the opening weekend of the 2014 sturgeon-spearing season. Replacing buffalo hides with propane-heated ice shanties and modern conveniences, the thrill of the hunt is the same. 

Winemaker and grape grower Vic Roberts at his Templeton Gap Victor Hugo Winery
Thomas Wilmer

  

Vic Roberts has been producing wine since shortly after graduating from U.C. Davis in 1979. He started his winemaking career on the Central Coast at Creston Cellars in 1982. While still working for Creston Cellars, Roberts started growing grapes on his own land in the heart of the legendary Paso Robles AVA in 1985--and the Victor Hugo Winery brand was born. The lexicon of Victor Hugo varietals include Chardonnay, Viogner, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and the five Bordeaux Classic reds—Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Come along and join the conversation with Vic Roberts as he shares his passion for crafting award-winning wines.

Electric Vehicle charging station in Door County, Wisconsin
Door County CVB

Jack Moneypenny, President of the Door County Visitors Bureau came up with a brilliant but simple plan that stimulates tourism while simultaneously minimizing the carbon footprint. Join Moneypenny as he shares his electric charging station vision that now serves as a model showcase for the future of ecologically sustainable regional tourism.      

Vicki Wilson teaches Coffee 1-A in her Coffee College at Door County Coffee and Tea Company
Thomas Wilmer

A visit with Vicki Wilson, founder of Wisconsin’s Door County Coffee and Tea Company. Ms. Wilson’s business, in addition to serving more than 100 distinctive freshly roasted coffees in her café, also does a thriving internet business across America, along with private label distribution to businesses such as Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Country Music Hall of Fame entry
Thomas Wilmer

The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee is the Mother Ship where the entire history of country music, from the 1800s to present, is showcased and revered in the 360,000 square-foot multi-story facility.

Come along and discover the magic of this massive facility with guide and music aficionado George Daeger who knows his stuff as he plays in John Carter Cash’s band as well as his own with his brother, The Early Evening.      

Clifford Nae’ole (L) with correspondent Tom Wilmer
jean Dickinson

Clifford Nae’ole works at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui as the Cultural Advisor.

Sacred Temple Complex at Mount Emei
Thomas Wilmer

A two-hour drive from the buzzing metropolis of Chengdu in Southeastern China is Mount Emei, one of four Sacred Buddhist Mountains. The mammoth mountain is home to 11 Taoist Temple complexes dating back more than 1,600 years, with a total of more than 30 Buddhist Temple complexes. China’s first Buddhist Temple was built atop Mount Emei in the 1st Century C.E. Come along and join my friend Miu Mei as we explore Mount Emei.

 

Tall Ship Lady Washington enters Morro Bay Harbor
Thomas Wilmer

Join the conversation dockside at Morro Bay Harbor with Jennifer Little of Discover Morro Bay Tourism Bureau, Mark Elterman with California Highway 1 Coast Discovery Route, and Morro Bay hotelier Joan Solu.

January and February are dubbed the “Secret Season” by local tourism industry folks.

The "new" Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco (circa-1910)
Palace Hotel

  

When the Palace Hotel first opened its doors in 1875 it was proclaimed the largest hotel in the world and San Francisco’s first luxury hotel. Destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, the hotel was rebuilt in 1909 and the grand dame of San Francisco lives on as the city’s most historic hotel and the place to see and be seen. Join Renee Roberts as she shares the hotel’s century long history that includes hosting luminaries from kings and queens, to Nikita Khruschev and the incubation of the United Nations.

D.C. Cabs
Wall Street Journal

Alexander Berko picked me up in front of NPR headquarters for a cab ride out to National Airport. Berko talks story about the dark days in the 1980's when Washington D.C. was known as the Murder Capital; former Mayor Marion Barry, and the struggles traditional cabbies face by brutal competition from Uber and Lyft, and most importantly his passionate pride for D.C., since emigrating from Ghana 39 years ago.

Science on the Streets of Pensacola Florida
Julie Henning

Join correspondent Julie Henning in Pensacola, Florida during the last weekend of the 2016 Foo Foo Festival. An anchor event each fall in Pensacola, Florida, the Blue Angel’s Homecoming Show signals the end of the tourism season and a time of milder temperatures and fewer crowds across the entire panhandle. 

Typical streetscape in Pingle Ancient Town China
Thomas Wilmer

Less than two hours from Chengdu in Southwestern China is the 2,000 year-old riverfront village of Pingle. Long ago it was a first stop on the fabled Southern Silk Road that stretched for five thousand miles from Chengdu to the Mediterranean. Come along and join my Chengdu based friend Mavis Liu Mei and Tiffiny Shi Shi as we explore Pingle Ancient Town.

Room with a View at St, Regis Princeville
Thomas Wilmer

When I first arrived I didn’t quite understand the reason why so many people rave about the Butler service that’s a standard compliment when you book a St. Regis Princeville suite accommodation. To unfurl the mystique behind the St. Regis’s premier Butler Service, I decided to meet with Stephanie Reid, the St. Regis Director of Public Relations and the resort’s Head Butler, Robert Ancheta for an in person tutorial in the art and science of butlerdom. 

Giant Panda Research Base isa bamboo paradise
Thomas Wilmer

The Giant Panda is revered by not only the Chinese, but kids and adults alike around the world. The Chinese have long used the Giant Panda as a diplomatic ambassador of friendship. Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores the Giant Panda Research Base facility in Chengdu, China with locals Mavis Liu Mei and Tiffany Shi Shi.

Morro Bay's back bay estuary at sunset
Thomas Wilmer

January and February is when hotel occupancy, restaurant patronage, and tourists visiting the Central Coast is at a low ebb. Throughout the San Luis Obispo County, January is “Restaurant Month” with ample offerings of two-for-one dinners, and other hard to pass up deals. Many hotels offer overnight stays far below posted rates.

Vern Vierra in his St. Jorge Winery tasting room
Thomas Wilmer

Vern Vierra grew up on the family farm in Acampo, California near Lodi. Vierra opened St. Jorge Winery in 2009, named in honor of his grandfather. Honoring his ancestors who emigrated from the Azores, he naturally loves Portuguese varietals. His wine list includes Vinfandel, Verdelho, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Syrah—all ideally suited to the Lodi terroir. The Mediterranean-styled winery is a popular wedding destination in addition to a popular spot on the Lodi Wine Trail.    

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