Samantha Brown

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Central North Island, New Zealand

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Central North Island, New Zealand

 

Natural beauty abounds in New Zealand’s north island. She explores Lake Taupo by kayak and stops off for a soak in the hot springs. At Te Puia, Samantha experiences Pohutu, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere. She also meets Katz, who heads the woodworking school of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, and talks the struggle to keep the culture alive. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley is filled with vast thermal activity and an active volcano. Traveling by helicopter, Samantha gets a firsthand view of White Island, an active volcano. All this and more make the New Zealand’s North Island a place to love.

 

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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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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Lafayette and Cajun County, Louisiana

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Lafayette and Cajun County, Louisiana

 

Samantha is instantly engulfed in Cajun and Zydeco music at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. The journey continues with a visit to Tabasco to learn the 5-year process of bottling the hot sauce, followed by a kayak tour through the local swamps.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Seoul, South Korea

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Seoul, South Korea

 

Samantha begins her journey on a tour in Yeonnam-Dong, a re-purposed green space filled with a resurgence of diverse restaurants and coffee shops; visits the Korean Stone Art Museum and strolls through the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Greater Palm Springs, CA

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Greater Palm Springs, CA

 

What Art Deco is to Miami is what Mid-Century Modern is to Palm Springs. Samantha finds this out first-hand by taking a tour of several iconic homes built in this style, then visits Gypsyland, a local furniture shop that specializes in period furniture. Golf is hugely popular in Palm Springs, but FootGolf? Samantha learns all about this new international sport and gets a chance to put her foot into it. At The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Samantha volunteers to help assemble some of the unique enrichment meals with an Animal Care Curator. From there, Samantha gets a tutorial in stunt driving, and takes it to the course, doing a reverse J-turn, and “drifting” in watery conditions. Slowing down the pace, Samantha visits Shields Date Garden, talks to a “Palmero” about intricacies of pollenating date trees and finishes off with a world famous date shake. Finally, Samantha ventures out to the historic Joshua Tree National Park, where she meets with a charismatic Park Ranger and gets a chance to soak in the beauty of this treasured Park.

 

 

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Ireland’s Northwest Coast

 

Samantha goes green and marks off the Northwest coast of Ireland from her bucket list as she starts an epic adventure in County Donegal. Samantha is inspired by a poetry reading of William Butler Yates by a local historian, as her exploration continues, Samantha hikes up the sea cliffs of Slieve League, herds sheep on a local farm, learns about the dying craft of wool-weaving and takes an exhilarating horseback ride along the beach. Samantha frequents a local Gastropub and meets its owners, who are transforming Irish cuisine and serving up regional Irish craft beer. Topping off her County Donegal experience, Samantha visits famous Leo’s Tavern, where she meets Irish celebrity, Moya Brennan of the band Clannad. Brennan is joined by her sisters and family to perform Celtic music in a rousing live performance. Finally, Samantha visits County Sligo, where she forages seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean and learns of its nutritional importance.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Huntsville, Alabama

 

Huntsville, Alabama remains one of the most unassuming cities in the USA. It doesn’t take long to see why Rocket City is something very special. A leafy green city near the Tennessee border, it’s earned the moniker Rocket City—fitting, considering it’s one of the homes of the US Space Program. However, Huntsville is more than just a hub for scientists. You’ll find incredible artists, delicious soul food, live music, and tons of rich culture. These are just a few reasons why Huntsville is a place to love.

 

 

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