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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Baltimore, Maryland

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Baltimore, Maryland

 

Samantha starts her visit in Charm City at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) and meets its founder, who together tour this truly inspiring and original facility that is filled unique and visual works of art. Hitting the Sunday farmers’ market, Samantha meets Chef Thomas, who picks up some local ingredients for his soul food restaurant, Ida B’s Table. Joining Chef Thomas and his wife for a bite, Samantha is invited to taste some of their brunch inspirations, as they discuss the importance of community and how their restaurant serves as a conduit for it. In the Hampden neighborhood, one Baltimore’s wildest yearly traditions is HonFest. Playing along, Samantha gets a “Full Hon” make-over that includes a red beehive wig, winged glasses and a vintage dress and then sashays through the festival with 2015 Hon of the Year, Nikki Bass. On the MICA campus at the Nancy cafe, Samantha visits with art enthusiast, “Downtown” Kevin Brown and renowned artist, Joyce Scott, who discuss the cruciality of art and Joyce’s famed career. From local artists to local “makers”, the Treason Toting Company is building a huge name for its brand in the backpack and toting industry. Samantha meets its young founders in their workspace and learns about the exciting canvas and leather products they are developing. Baltimore is a city of deep American roots that Samantha tours and discusses with guide, Lou Fields, who talks about the revitalization of the Fells Point docks along with historical significance of this powerful neighborhood which includes the likes of Frederick Douglass and Billie Holiday. In a wonderful finish, Samantha joins a local dance “step” team, the Lethal Ladies, where she learns the choreographed precision moves from Coach G and her highly talented high school girls team.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Naples and Paradise Coast of Florida

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Naples and Paradise Coast of Florida

 

Samantha’s Paradise Coast adventure includes a kayak tour in the salt-waters of Everglades National Park, a visit to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and then an introduction to Clyde Butcher, the Ansel Adams-esque photographer of the Everglades.

 

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MUSIC VOYAGER
Atlanta Unites

MUSIC VOYAGER: Atlanta Unites

 

Atlanta has a new flag to follow: Atlanta United. A soccer team that on an average draws some of the biggest attendance numbers in the world. There is dedicated fan clubs and rally cries that are unique and have an American twist to it, like tailgating. A world of creatives rally around the club and we get to experience Atlanta through them.

 

 

 

Oregon Revealed: Coastal Wonder

 

This travelogue highlights Oregon’s stunning landscapes and spectacular coastline stretching from the bridges of Astoria to the rolling dunes of Bandon. Featured on this dramatic aerial tour are cliffs, estuaries, ports and small towns, including Tillamook Bay, Cape Kiwanda, Coos Bay and more.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Big Sur and Monterey, California

 

There’s nothing like road tripping the Pacific Coast Highway. My favorite section? The picturesque drive from Monterey to Big Sur. Along the way, I learn about underwater sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, then pay a visit to the “Artichoke Center of the World.” In Carmel by the Sea, I shadow a 14-year-old beekeeper who took a homework assignment to a full-fledged family business. Throw in an incredible bike ride followed by a ping-pong game with epic views, and you’ll see why Monterey and Big Sur are places to love.

 

 

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