The 6th annual Savor the Central Coast event, co-sponsored by Visit San Luis Obispo County and Sunset Magazine will take place Thursday the 24th of September through Sunday the 27th at Santa Margarita Ranch and various off-site venues around the county. I'm correspondent, Tom Wilmer, come along and join me at the SeaVenture Resort in Pismo Beach, California for an insiders overview of the Savor event with Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County, Everett Casey Wolcott, Executive Chef at the Seaventure, and one of Savor's shining culinary stars, Brigit Binns, author of 29 cook books and owner of theRefugio Cooking School in Paso Robles.
FDR's "Floating White House" USS Potomac Home Ported in Oakland CA
The USS Potomac served as the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Floating White House" from 1936 until his death in 1945. How the USS Potomac came to reside in Oakland, California is a fascinating journey. Following a ten year stint as a Coast Guard patrol boat, the Potomac saw duty as a Caribbean ferry, Elvis Presley private yacht, and a stint as a drug smuggler that ultimately led to its sinking while tied up on Treasure Island. The Oakland Port Authority purchased the derelict USS Potomac and spent more than fourteen years, and six million dollars painstakingly restoring Roosevelt's Presidential Yacht. Today the vessel is a registered National Historic Landmark, berthed at Oakland's Jack London Square and offers regularly scheduled San Francisco Bay cruises. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer aboard the USS Potomac for a visit with the 1st Mate, the ship's Captain, and one of the volunteer historians. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the Journeys Podcast on: NPR ONE iTunes stitcher.com player.fm (UK) a Featured Best Travel Podcast podcast.de (Germany) and ten other podcast sites around the world
National Parks Conservation Association's Megan Cantrell
The National Parks Conservation Association was established back in 1919 just three years after the formation of the National Park Service to protect and enhance our national parks. Come along and join Megan Cantrell, Social Media Manager at NPCA's headquarters in Washington D.C. Cantrell talks about NPCA's primary mission, and the various ways the organization utilizes social media to get the word out about critical environmental issues affecting our National Parks. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer podcast via NPR.ORG's Podcast directory, or on the NPR ONE app itunes player.fm (UK) a featured Best Travel Podcast Stitcher.com tunein.com podcast.co.no (Norway)
The Delivery methods for NPR content are evolving with recent changes in technology. Hourly news, network shows, podcasts, and much more can now be heard through the NPR ONE App on most smart phones. Some believe this is how the majority of people will receive NPR content while still giving a home to community station's content. Correspondent, Tom Wilmer sat down with one of the Apps biggest champion's, Sara Sarasohn, at National Public Radio headquarters in Washington D.C. Subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award winning Podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer produced byNPR affiliate KCBX and featured on NPR ONE, iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm tunein.com podbay.fm connect.pure.com
When I travel, I often learn more about the pulse beat of a place--an unfiltered, from the heart perspective--from the cabbies than I do from the local tourism officials. I'm in Washington D.C. now, and a bonus of visiting with cabbies here, is that I hear cool tales about where they grew up, and it's often a far off, exotic land, as was the case when I hung out with Samuel Issac who was raised in Ethiopia. Samuel and I had so much fun talking about his life in America, that he refused to accept payment for the cross-town cab ride from Dupont Circle to the Capital Mall. Regretfully, I was so engrossed in living in the moment with Samuel that it didn't occur to me to record Samuel's tales until moments after he pulled away from the curb. The next afternoon, Alexander Berko picked me up in front of NPR headquarters for a cab ride out to National Airport. This time I was locked and loaded, and Berko agreed to let me record his D.C. Cabbie stories, including the dark days of the 1980s when DC was known as the Murder Capital, about former Mayor Marion Barry, and the struggles that traditional cabbies face by brutal competition from Uber and Lyft, and most importantly his passionate pride for D.C. I'm Tom Wilmer, come along and join me in Berko's cab as he talks story about his life in D.C., since emigrating from Ghana 38 years ago. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel Podcast, featured on NPR.ORG's Podcast site is funded by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK Featured "Best Travel Podcast" stitcher.com podcast.de (Germany) tunein.com podcast.co.no (Norway)
Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Washington D.C. for a visit with Becky Haberacker, spokesperson at The Smithsonian Institution. Becky shares her insights in to The Smithsonian experience that includes 19 museums and galleries, and the National Zoo. In addition to more than 6,000employees, more than 9,000 volunteers keep the Smithsonian humming. We'll visit with one of the volunteers, Sandra Blake, who tends the Smithsonian's outdoor gardens.
Gertrude Stein grew up in Oakland California, but moved to Baltimore as a 17 year old. Following a return visit 45 years later, in 1935, she wrote about Oakland in her autobiography that included the oft quoted and frequently misinterpreted phrase, "There's no there there". Actually, Ms. Stein forever held a fond spot in her heart for Oakland, it was just that the small town of 40,000 residents she knew as a teenager back in 1891 had dramatically grown and transformed into a vibrant city of 300,000 by the mid-1930s. Today the city is in the midst of an amazing renaissance, and is fast becoming an alluring destination, not only for tourists from around the country and around the world, but a permanent destination for young techies, high tech corporations such as Pandora, and the soon to be completed headquarters for Sunset Magazine. The city is also a leader in the trend setting culinary scene, with Oakland recently proclaimed one of USA Today's 2015 reader's choice "Top Ten Best local Food Scenes", beating out Napa and San Francisco. Join Tom Wilmer in the heart of Jack London Square for an illuminating conversation with Kim Bardakian, Director of PR and Community Relations for Visit Oakland. Listen to the interview on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a regularly featured NPR Podcast. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK) A featured Best Travel Podcast podcast.de (Germany) podcast.co.no (Norway) tunein.com pure.com
Door County, Wisconsin, Inns, Best Breakfast in America, and Nature
Come along and join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer and John Jarosh for an exploration of cool things to do and see in Door County, Wisconsin. We'll visit with Andy Coulson, owner of the historic White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. The inn has been welcoming guests since 1896. Its restaurant recently received the acclaim as America's Best Breakfast by the ABC television show Good Morning America. Next up is the classic Rowley's Bay Resort and Restaurant where they put on a classic Wisconsin-style fish boil four nights a week throughout the summer. Jarosh also shares insights about Sate Parks and preserves within Door County, and the water world of Green Bay and Lake Michigan that surrounds the Door County Peninsula. Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK) a Best Featured Podcast stitcher.com tunein.com podcast.de (Germany) connect.pure.com
Door County, Wisconsin--rural discoveries & fresh cherries
Door County is the nation's fourth largest producer of cherries. While visiting the Orchard Country Winery and Market in Fish Creek, Wisconsin there were numerous families weaving through the orchards, having a festive time hand-picking cherries, We took a walk through the orchards with the Lautenbach family who've been growing cherries and apples on their 100-acre farm since the 1950s. In the 1980s Bob Lautenbach branched out in to the world of wine making, using their cherries and carefully tended grapes. www.doorcounty.com Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Funding for Journeys is Provided by Hawaaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscibe to the Podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com Pure.com player.fm (UK) Voted a Best Travel Podcast
Native Trails--empowering Central American Craftspeople
When Naomi Neilson Howard was a student at Cal Poly State University in the 1990s, she would make family forays to Central America. It was in the midst of one of her sojourns to Mexico when she had a transformative moment, which led her to create a business that would empower local artisans through the creation of an import business in 1996. Naomi's little start up was launched from her small cottage on Walnut Street in San Luis Obispo while still working on her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly. Today her pocket-sized business has grown to become an incredibly successful operation, specializing in high-end, hand-crafted kitchen and bath products, from sinks to tubs and more, with sales to the trade around the world, from Hong Kong to Dubai. Native Trails' offices and warehouse remain headquartered in San Luis Obispo in a non-descript commercial complex just off South Higuera Street. Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a fascinating conversation with Ms. Howard, as we discover how she has created a greater good company, specializing in sustainable products, much of it from recycled materials. Today her finely crafted products are made from reclaimed barn wood, wine staves and barrels, bamboo, and recycled copper. Howard's extraordinarily successful business offers incredible economic opportunities for artisans from throughout Central America to right here on the Central Coast. Listen to the Podcast on the Lowell Thomas Award Winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Funding is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation InitiativeSubscribe to the Podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK) a Featured Best Travel Podcast stitcher.com Podcast.de (Germany) tunein.com