Join John Holod and Jodie Ginter as they capture the resilient heart and spirit of America’s Gulf Coast on their 1,700-mile trip from Sanibel Island, FL to Padre Island, TX. Holod and Ginter visit the places where the locals go, including the Dollar Bill Bar at the Cabbage Key Inn, where, legend has it, Jimmy Buffett was inspired to write his hit song “Cheesburgers in Paradise.” The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and the Atchafalaya Swamp are just a few of the precious opportunities you will have to glimpse an amazing array of wildlife and flora and fauna. Along the way, Holod and Ginter share invaluable travel planning tips that will save you time and money. This program visits: Mote Aquarium, Florida; St. George Island, Florida; Tarpon Springs, Florida; Pansacola Aviation Museum, Florida; Bellingrath Gardens, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Lafayette, Lousiana; Locassine National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana; Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas; Port Arthur, Texas; Padre Island National Seashore, Texas; and more.
One of California’s original twenty-seven counties, El Dorado is the undisputed home of the Gold Rush, and, possibly the home of the American vineyard too, with vines dating back to 1849. Simon visits a number of historic sites in the county, including Marshall Gold Discovery Park, and the actual location where gold was first found.Watch Now >>
Simon goes beyond San Diego’s most obvious tourist stops to explore the city’s historical, cultural, and culinary attractions. Simon brushes up on area history at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, then proceeds onward to Hillebrecht Avocado Farm, and Chino Farms where he finds the freshest market produce. Simon explores the bustling GaslampWatch Now >>
Monterey, California is quite possibly the greatest meeting of land, sea, and sky on the entire planet. This visual feast encompasses breathtaking Pacific coastline, dramatic Big Sur, romantic Carmel, Pacific Grove, the world-famous 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, and Monterey’s very own wine country. Simon visits historic Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and tastes wine atWatch Now >>
Mark Twain made this Gold Rush town famous with his 1865 short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” but the county’s treasures were discovered long before that. Join Simon as he seeks out this region’s “perfect places,” and basks in its awesome scenery. Marvel at Big Trees State Park, experience the thrills, chills,Watch Now >>