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For over 15 years, Samantha Brown has traversed continents, experienced culture, and tasted adventure applying her singular brand of warmth and inclusion along the way. Now, Samantha joins the public television family in January 2018 with 13 NEW 30-minute episodes that seek out the little-known spots and haunts where innovators and disrupters are creating a brand new travel experience. Samantha Brown

Saturday 12:30 PM et/pt on PBS
3 Seasons, 28 Episodes
January 2, 2018
Documentary & Biography, Travel
9.1/10
Cast: Samantha Brown
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  • Samantha bicycles through the sprawling Brancott Estate vineyards, which was the first to grow and bottle Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, and then visits the te Pâ Family Vineyards, where she learns of its 800-year old Maori roots. From land to sea, Samantha explores the Marlborough Sounds aboard the Pelorus Mail Boat, where she helps deliver mail to the locals who live off the beaten path. Havelock is the mussel capital of the world, here Samantha indulges at Mills Bay Mussels, which serves up tasty variations of green shell mussels. In Nelson, Samantha meets Dame Suzie Moncrieff at the World of Wearable Art (WOW), where experienced designers, students and novices from around the globe compete at their hugely prestigious event. Samantha then strolls through town with Grant Smithies, New Zealand's premier music writer, and learns about the happening Nelson scene. Taking to the sky, Samantha helicopters to a Lord of the Rings filming location at the peak of Mount Olympus, where Pilot Bill Reid shares stories of scouting with Director Peter Jackson. In Abel Tasman National Park, Samantha walks along Awaroa Beach and talks with Adam Gardner, who co-led a crowdfunding campaign raising $2+ million NZ dollars to purchase the beach and gifted it back the New Zealanders.

  • Samantha takes a local food tour in Key West starting off with authentic Cuban food at El Siboney, then heads to the historic Speakeasy Inn & Rum Bar for a rum runner, the house specialty. From there, Samantha visits the Truman Little White House, the summer home of President Harry S. Truman while in office. Continuing on, Samantha takes a literary tour past the home of Tennessee Williams, strolls down Duval St. and finds herself seaside listening to the easygoing music of Howard Livingston at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Arriving in Marathon, Samantha learns about the amazing rescue work done at the Turtle Hospital and assists in the release a rehabilitated turtle back into the wild. Samantha then meets a Lionfish huntress, Rachel Bowman, who makes a living by catching this invasive species and supplying them to local restaurants. At Sparky's, Samantha joins Rachel for Lionfish tacos prepared with the very Lionfish Rachel just caught.

  • Samantha explores New Zealand's north island, from Lake Taupo to White Island.

  • Samantha takes a walking tour through the hidden alleyways and the French Quarter of Charleston.

  • Samantha learns the art of chocolate making in a "funky" way and visits a Vietnamese community.

  • Samantha starts her visit in Charm City at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). From there she gets her “Full Hon” on at the wildly popular and yearly HonFest. Samantha also meets historian Lou Fields to learn about the deep American roots within the Fells Point docks.

  • Samantha experiences the revival of the once earthquake devastated city of Christchurch, starting off her journey at the Gap Filler initiatives, which are innovative installations that temporarily fill the gaps. She explores Akaroa Harbor, and then visits a local farm that protects the endangered Pohatu penguins.

  • Samantha takes a kayak tour in the salt-waters of Everglades National Park; visits the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and meets Clyde Butcher, the Ansel dams-esque photographer of the Everglades.

  • Samantha's epic cruise along the Rhine River includes a stop at Freiburg, Germany; Strasbourg, France and the Petite France neighborhood, and the iconic Heidelberg Castle.

  • 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.

  • Seoul is a huge metropolis and the capital of South Korea, where high-tech and pop culture meet palaces and street markets. Samantha starts her journey by taking a tour in Yeonnam-Dong. This neighborhood has been re-purposed into a green space filled with a resurgence of diverse restaurants, and most importantly, coffee shops. Next, Samantha samples some of the popular banchan (side dishes) at an authentic restaurant, and learns about the proper etiquette of eating and drinking. Add in a lesson in Jogakbo, a style of patchwork; a day at the Korean Stone Art Stone Museum; and a stunning stroll through the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival, and you’ll fall in love with Seoul, too.

  • Samantha visits the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection; hikes to the peak of Dale Ball Trail No. 9 overlooking the entire city, and then navigates the Margarita Trail of Santa Fe at the legendary Cowgirl BBQ.

  • The Valais Region is home to Barryland, where Samantha visits a living museum that serves as a breeder for the famed St. Bernard dogs. In Geneva, Samantha visits the historic Beau Rivage Geneva hotel, and in Nendaz Samantha takes a gondola ride to the top of the Alps.

  • Samantha visits the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens; and historic Joshua Tree National Park. She also learns how to play the popular local sport FootGolf, and goes on a Mid-Century Modern tour of Palm Springs.

  • Samantha strolls through Hong Kong's Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, learns how to play the generational tile-based game, Mahjong, and visits the Kung Wo Bean Curd Factory where she learns about the process of making tofu.

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