Ideas, interviews and conversations about the most interesting places to stay in travel. From Luxury resorts to budget priced motels we cover it all.

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Places — Bürgenstock – The Legendary Resort of Switzerland Reinvents Itself

Bürgenstock, on a promontory overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, has a renowned hospitality history. The first hotel opened here in 1873, and in the 1950s, Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer in the Bürgenstock Chapel. The resort closed for several years, but has recently reopened as the Burgenstock Hotels and Resort, Lake Lucerne.
 
The resort’s general manager, Robert Herr joins Paul and Elizabeth to share news about what the resort is like today: with three hotels, three swimming pools, and restaurants serving everything from rosti potatoes and raclette to haute cuisine. And on nearby hikes, you just might encounter cows with bells.
 
Learn about Bürgenstock, old and new in this delightful podcast.
 

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Places — Embracing Authentic Ireland With MP Brendan Griffin

Perhaps no other country on earth welcomes visitors with as much warmth as Ireland. Brendan Griffin, TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport for the Republic of Ireland, joins Paul and Elizabeth for a chat about ways that visitors can meet the Irish people, learn about its rich culture, and experience its scenic beauty.
 
Drive the Wild Atlantic Way, learn to milk a cow or shear a sheep, and explore pre-historic sites. Also, what impact will Brexit have on Ireland? Hear what Minister Griffin predicts.
 

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People — Margie Goldsmith Talks About Fishing In Abacos, Bahamas

Correspondent Margie Goldsmith chats with Paul about her recent fishing trip to the Abacos, in the Bahamas, and why even rank amateurs can have a blast. She also discusses why the Abacos have such a powerful lure for anyone seeking a place to really get away. 

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News — Sonoma County Welcomes Visitors After Fires

Correspondent John Poimiroo joins Paul to talk about the recovery of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County after last year’s devastating fires.

John reports that most wineries and attractions were unaffected by the fire with farm trails and great wine enriching any Sonoma County visit. Revealing the fascinating story of the Flamingo Hotel, a mid-century modern icon that evokes images of the Rat Pack days, John says  that visitors are welcome and wanted. 

 

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People — Jennifer Dombrowski and the Secrets of Limousin France

Limousin is a lesser known area of France, but its fine wine and food are one of its most treasured secrets. It also the center of several French craft businesses making some of the world’s finest products. Jennifer Dombrowski joins Paul and Elizabeth to share some of these wonderful, yet lesser known features of the French countryside.

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People — Janice Wald Henderson Traveling and Fine Dining in Japan

Janice Wald Henderson who reports on fine dining and cruise experiences regularly on our show, returns to chat with Paul about the continually evolving world of Japanese dining in and around Tokyo.

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Los Angeles’ Oldest Family Owned Restaurant and its Amazing Collection Of Scotch Whisky

Paul chats with John Lindquist, General Manager of the Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. The Tam has been owned by the Frank family has hosted film stars, friends and local characters for 95 years. While lunch and dinner at the Tam is an institution, the restaurant under Lindquist’s stewardship has amassed a world-class collection of 300 examples of some incredible Scotch whisky. The atmosphere is dedicated to Scotland and it has an extensive collection of family tartans as well. 

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Places — Martinique The French Caribbean Island Spared By A Hurricane

Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas at Martinique Promotion Bureau, joins Paul and Elizabeth to share her thoughts on why the island remains so popular with visitors. Flights arrive daily from around the world bringing visitors who come for sun but also the unique French culture found on the island.

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Places — Bristol England Has History, Food And Art

Max Hartshorne, editor of GoNomad chats with Paul about his recent trip to Bristol, England. They talk about the city’s historic role in the slave trade, a remarkable suspension bridge, art, and the British staple that is fish and chips.

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People — Tim Hills and How McMenamins Saves History In The Pacific Northwest

With headquarters in a former funeral home, hotels in historic schools and pubs in theaters, McMenamins is decidedly unconventional. And the Pacific Northwest family-owned company’s passion is rescuing old buildings and turning them into an eclectic collection of breweries, pubs and historic hotels.

In addition to preserving buildings, they also preserve neighborhood histories. On-staff historian, Tim Hills, who interviews community members, gathers photos and artifacts and works with artists to ensure that a property’s past is woven into the updated spaces.

Tim is working on a couple of new properties including an old Elks Lodge in Tacoma, Wash., and the Kalama Hotel in Kalama, Wash. The Kalama is a newly constructed hotel, that is inspired by the area’s Hawaiian roots and will be modeled after the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui.

Listen as Paul and Tim talk about what makes travel interesting.