Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer


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César Ritz' Legacy at the San Francisco Ritz-Carlton

César Ritz honed his art-and-craft long before assuming his reputation as the world's premier hotelier. Ritz established his credo while working at the Grand Hotel National in Lucerne, Switzerland back in the 1870s. He wrote, "See all without looking, hear all without listening, be attentive without being servile, and anticipate without being presumptuous." Long after he established the legendary Hotel Ritz in Paris and the Ritz in London, his brilliant philosophy of hotel management remains intact as an underpinning of Ritz-Carltons around the world. I was first introduced to the enchanting Ritz experience as a second grader when I accompanied my father on a business trip to New York that included a stay the Central Park Ritz-Carlton. I recall that magical experience with the freshness of yesterday. Over the past 25 years I have had the pleasure to stay at Ritz-Carlton's around the world, from Kuala Lumpor to Laguna Nigel. In my opinion, the Ritz experience is distinctive and alluring, specifically because of the stellar service by its attentive and sincerely friendly staff. Whenever I stay at a Ritz-Carlton, I am reminded of a quote attributed to Oscar Wilde, "There's only one class and that's first class."Come along and join me in San Francisco for a visit with Shelly Auyeung, as we talk about the distinctive qualities of the Ritz Carlton San Francisco and a look at the newly completed renovation within the architecturally elegant, circa-1909 neoclassical hotel that's just steps from the top of Nob Hill and a couple blocks from the heart of Chinatown. Funding Provided by Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative



A Conversation with Ireland's Minister of Tourism, Paschal Donohoe

Join Paschal Donohoe T.D., Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Government of Ireland, as he visits with correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Mr. Donohoe traveled from Dublin, Ireland to attend a reception in celebration of St. Patrick's Week, and to showcase the launch of daily Aer Lingus non-stop flights between San Francisco and Dublin. He also shares his personal insights and recommendations about great things to do and see on the Emerald Isle, including Ireland's culinary offerings, historic cities, sites and much more. Mr. Donohoe is an exceptionally passionate fan of The Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,600 mile-long route along the West Coast of Ireland. Listen to Mr. Dononoe on the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show is provided by Hawaiian Legacy Reforestaton Initiative, the recipient of the prestigious Phoneix Award, bestowed by the Society of American Travel Writers.



Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive, Tourism Ireland—a Conversation

Niall Gibbons is the Chief Executive of Dublin based, Tourism Ireland, with 22 satellite offices around the world. We had the absolute pleasure and honor to meet and visit with Mr. Gibbons in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel. Tourism Ireland hosted a St. Patrick's Week media/trade luncheon where new Irish tourism initiatives were showcased, including the Aer Lingus launch of daily, non-stop flights between San Francisco and Dublin. Come along and join Niall Gibbons as he shares his passion for Ireland, and specifically cool things to do and see around the Emerald Isle, including visits to Dublin City, Belfast, journeying along the 1,600 mile-long Wild Atlantic Way coastal route, the Antrim Coast, Bushmills Distillery, and much more. Listen to Niall on the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Funding is provided by Hawaiian Legacy Reforestion Initiative, recipient of the Phoenix Award by Society of American Travel Writers



New Aer Lingus SFO-Dublin Daily Service

Find out why flying from San Francisco to Dublin Ireland is easier than ever. Come along and join Associate Producer, Laurie McAndish King in San Francisco as she visits with Dave Cooney and Helen Maguire with Aer Lingus. They talk about the launch of daily direct non-stop service between San Francisco and Dublin, as well as some Aer Lingus vacation package offerings, business-class lie-flat seats, and expedited-reentry arrangements with U.S. Customs. Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award-winning NPR.ORG digital media travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer



Garagiste Festival Solvang, CA

Come along and join NPR.ORG Podcast host, Tom Wilmer at the Ballard Canyon, Larner Vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley. Wilmer visits with Solvang Garagiste Festival co-founders, Stewart McLennan and Doug Minnick, and artisan winemaker, Michael Larner. The trio share their passion for Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County small-lot winemakers, and details about the upcoming Garagiste Festival at the Solvang Veterans Hall, March 27, 28, 29th. The Garagiste Festival is a non-profit organization with proceeds supporting the Cal Poly State University Wine & Viticulture Program. Listen to the interview on the Lowell Thomas Award-winning NPR.ORG podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer . Journeys is proudly funded by Honolulu based, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods



Discover Gold Country--Amador County CA

Discover 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 visit with Maureen Funk, Executive Director of the Amador Council of Tourism for an insider's look at activities, from dining and antiquing to wine tasting in the county with the State's oldest Zinfandel plantings, dating from the 1860s. Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Funding for this show is provided by Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative



American Cancer Society's Bark For Life

April 19th the American Cancer Society will be hosting the Bark For Life event in Morro Bay California.Join Natalie Riloquio, Community Manager with the American Cancer Society as she talks about the cool "Bark for Life" activities for doggies and their owners.



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

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. How Did the Irish Get There? Emigration from Ireland to the lush green Caribbean commenced in earnest on the heels of the defeat at the Battle of Kinsale near Cork in 1601. Thousands of disgruntled and disenfranchised Irish Catholics packed their bags in hopes of a better life in the Caribbean. For many it was brutal indentured servitude on St. Kitts and other Caribbean islands for 5 to 7 years work in exchange for their ultimate freedom and the hope of becoming landholders. The next rush of Irish Catholic emigrants arrived under duress. They were unwilling deportees, transported following Oliver Cromwell's genocidal invasion of Ireland in 1649 and subsequently even more under Cromwell's son's watch. By the mid-seventeen hundreds, Montserrat census records listed more than 1,500 Irish, 700 English, 52 Scotts, and 1,000 West African slaves. In addition to an overview of Montserrat's Irish connection, we'll learn about Montserrat's weeklong St. Patrick's Festival. And then it's off to Dublin, Ireland for a visit with Susan Kirby, Chief Executive of St. Patrick's Festival (March 14-17 2015), and Simon O'Connor, Curator at the Little Museum of Dublin as they talk about the passion behind the most incredible week in Dublin Town. Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer a featured podcast on NPR.ORG.



Santa Rosa's Historic Railroad District & Healdsburg CA

The historic Hotel La Rose, located in the heart of Santa Rosa, California’s historic Railroad District, has been welcoming guests since 1907. Jeff Whitehead, general manager, shares insider tips about nearby activities, the hotel's architectural charms, and best times to visit for the savvy-traveler.We’ll then explore the Hand Fan Museum in downtown Healdsburg. It’s the only hand fan museum in America and one of only three in the world. Next up is a visit with Julie at Healdsburg based, Wine Country Bikes for some insights about two-wheeler Sonoma County wine country adventure tours. Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer



Southern Blues Artist Tullie Brae

Tullie Brae is a multi-dimensional performer whose soulful vocals are matched by her deft chord work on the organ--which explains why the Hammond Organ Company, and naturally, Four Roses Bourbon endorse her. Born and raised in the Deep South, she played drums, piano, guitar, and sang in the choir of the church where her father was pastor. Tullie eventually toured professionally with gospel groups before hitting the road with her own group. Melding blues, soul, country, and rock ‘n roll, she has created a distinctive and truly soulful sound. She’s toured and played with legends such as Paul Thorn, Bobbie Rush, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, and more. Tullie was also honored to open for B.B. King, in celebration of his birthday.



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