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It’s known as the birthplace of the blues. An area that helped define American sound. And if you travel through the Mississippi Delta today, you’ll find this musical tradition still runs strong here. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip along the Blues Highway,  from Memphis to New Orleans, as we uncover the vibrant music history that sustains the region and its culture. Along the way we’ll take in a classic juke joint, a Mexican dish with Southern flair and a music store for music people.We start our journey in Clarksdale to learn about the legacy of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. Emmy nominated local blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram shares what it’s like to grow up in a community so closely connected to blues music.Then, we’ll grab lunch at Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Mississippi, to enjoy a lesser known Southern delicacy, hot tamales. Big Apple Inn has been serving up hot tamales with a Southern flair for generations, and we’ll discover what sets the Mississippi version apart. Finally, our last pitstop will be in Biloxi, Mississippi to browse Marley’s Music. This family owned and operated vinyl record shop offers just about any record you’re on the hunt for while also staying tapped into the local music scene.Then, it’s time to pull up to our final destination, the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District hotel. This property is housed in a converted 19th century cotton mill. While in the Arts District we'll be surrounded by industrial warehouses that have been transformed into trendy galleries and performance venues, and only a five minute cab ride from the French Quarter. Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. You can listen to some more tunes from Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on his website https://www.christonekingfishingram.com/. Check out the menu and more from Big Apple Inn on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BigAppleInn/. Browse some rare vinyl records at Marley’s Music’s website here https://marleysmusic.net/.For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District hotel, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msymc-new-orleans-marriott-warehouse-arts-district/.
This week, we're excited to introduce you to another show called Travel Tales by AFAR. Travel, at its best, changes the way we see the world. Each week, host Aislyn Greene digs into stories from people who took a trip—and came home transformed. In this episode, we go on a three-week, 500-mile bike trip through the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert with photographer Peter Bohler and his fiancée, Celia, to learn when to say "yes" to adventure. Subscribe today, and learn more at https://www.afar.com/traveltales.
An iconic lighthouse, storied blueberries and the freshest lobster you can eat. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip up the Maine coast to get a sense of the endearing character that northern New England has to offer.Our first stop is in York, Maine to enjoy one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine, the Nubble Lighthouse. We’ll hear from locals just what makes the Nubble so special — beyond its reputation as a tourist attraction.Then, we’ll make a stop in Kennebunk, Maine to hear from the loyal customers of Wallingford Farm about what sets Maine blueberries apart, and how best to enjoy them.Finally, no Maine coast road trip is complete until we get our hands on some fresh lobster! On this last leg of the road trip we’ll be stopping at Casco Bay for a cruise on the lobster fishing boat the Lucky Catch. On this cruise we’ll learn the ins and outs of lobster fishing and how Maine lobstermen have been on the forefront of crustacean conservation.Once we arrive in Portland, we recommend the AC hotel by Marriott which has a breathtaking view of the Casco Bay. There’s tons to do nearby like exploring the Old Port District or if you want to stay indoors, the AC lounge is the ideal restaurant to enjoy the Portland sunset while snacking on some tapas and cocktails.To get a look at the Nubble Lighthouse, you can see it at http://nubblelight.org, or just search #NubbleLighthouse on Instagram. For a taste of Wallingford Farm, visit WallingfordFarm.com. To book a trip with Lucky Catch, go to LuckyCatch.com.For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the AC Hotel Portland Downtown Waterfront, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pwmac-ac-hotel-portland-downtown-waterfront-me/If you liked this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe.
Sailing on Lake Michigan, a sweet treat in dairy country and authentic Chicago blues. Join host Oneika Raymond on a trip along the west coast of Lake Michigan for a refreshing spin on the Midwest.We'll start our road trip off in the “Malibu of the Midwest”, Sheboygan, Wisconsin to learn about sailing from SEAS, a local organization that's making the sport accessible to all. There, we’ll speak to visually impaired local teen Mayah McWherter about how she takes to the open waters. Then, we’ll cool off at the oldest frozen custard stand in Wisconsin. Gilles Frozen Custard has been a family owned joint since the 70s. We’ll talk to owner Tom Linscott about the wonders of frozen custard, how it differs from ice cream and the way Gilles has brought generation after generation of families together.Finally, we’ll make our way to Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago where the legacy of blues music runs deep. Bus driver by day and Chicago bluesman by night, musician Toronzo Cannon is the perfect ambassador for this storied venue and the iconic music scene that calls Rosa’s Lounge home.Our road trip will end in Chicago, Illinois at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel. You’ll notice that this hotel is right on Lake Michigan and just steps away from Navy Pier and Millenium Park in the famous Streeterville neighborhood. Made the trip during the winter but still want to enjoy the Chicago River? You’ll have a beautiful view of it right from the hotel's heated swimming pool. You can book your stay at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chigs-sheraton-grand-chicago/.Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Check out the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan’s website at https://www.seasheboygan.org/#boatingforeveryoneTo learn more about their sailing classes. Check out Gilles Frozen Custard’s Flavor of the Day calendar at https://gillesfrozencustard.com/flavor-of-the-day/2021-09Can’t get enough of Toronzo’s music? Find the rest of his discography at https://toronzocannon.com/.
From roller skates to birria tacos, this episode takes us southbound on the 5 from Los Angeles to sunny San Diego. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip down one of the most famous coastlines in America to get a taste of southern California culture.We start our journey heading south down Whittier Boulevard to catch a glimpse of the iconic low-riders of LA. We’ll park on a stretch of Long Beach called Junipero Beach. There we’ll speak with roller skater Rubina Bernabe, best known for her roller skating on Instagram, and her organization of the “Don’t Hate, Let’s Skate” anti-Asian violence event.Next, it’s off to Santa Ana to take in a unique music scene that’s growing right next door to the goliath music industry of LA. We’ll stop at GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery, a store, venue, and cultural center for the Santa Ana scene where we’ll speak with DJ Great Daine about what makes the Orange County music scene so eclectic.After a few hours along the 5, we’ll hit Agave Birrieria for some birria tacos. These tacos served with meat soaked in consomé are making mouths water across the United States after first gaining popularity stateside in southern California.Finally, it’s time to ditch the car when we make it to our destination, The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. With its proximity to all there is to see and do downtown, this hotel makes it easy for guests to see San Diego on foot. And for those looking to explore further out or hit the boardwalk, the hotel offers a fleet of bikes to its guests, free of charge.Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Check out Rubina’s Instagram account at Instagram.com/rollercoastinrubes. We recommend checking out nearby Pigeon’s Roller Skate Shop to try a pair on for yourself: https://pigeonskates.com. You can see more about GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery at https://www.gcssantaana.com/. To try some birria tacos, head over to Agave Birrieria at https://agavebirrieria.com/. For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. Learn more and book a room at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanwi-the-westin-san-diego-gaslamp-quarter/. If you liked this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe.
World class glassblowing, a diverse farmers market and even a bit of kayaking: join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip through the Pacific Northwest, exploring the local communities between Seattle and Portland. We’ll hear stories from area insiders along the way as we stop in Tacoma, Washington; Olympia, Washington; and Estacada, Oregon. First, we’ll head south from Seattle to Tacoma, Washington to visit the Museum of Glass. There, we’ll speak with glass artist Benjamin Cobb who’s been creating glass art for a live audience at the Museum of Glass for 19 years.Next, we’re stopping in Olympia, Washington to visit the Olympia Farmers Market. We’ll chat with some of the local vendors and their faithful shoppers about just what makes this farmers market special.Last, we’ll head inland to Estacada, Oregon to meet Clackamas River Outfitters owner Luke Spencer. We’ll get some kayaking tips and learn about how we can help the town recover from a recent wildfire.We’ll end our journey in Portland, Oregon where we get familiar with the city by visiting one of the many waterfront festivals off the Willamette River. Finally, we head to the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel restaurant, the Proof Reader, to taste local flavors from nearby farmers, cheesemongers and brewers.Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. You can view the collection at the Museum of Glass by visiting their website: https://www.museumofglass.org/our-permanent-collection.You can see some of the public works of legendary glass sculptor Dale Chihuly here: https://www.chihuly.com/work/installations.Check out the schedule and which vendors are available at the Olympia Farmers Market at https://www.olympiafarmersmarket.com/vendors.If you’re curious about what the kind of waterfalls Luke Spencer tackles on the Clackamas River visit https://www.opb.org/news/article/kayaking-the-mount-everest-of-oregon-rivers/.For more about this route and to get other road trip ideas visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler traveler.marriott.com/road-trips/. If you enjoyed this episode of About The Journey, please be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.
Legendary grizzlies and a sanctuary for mustangs. In this episode, we’re driving around Wyoming’s National Parks in search of some serious wildlife. Join Host Oneika Raymond as we practice sustainable tourism throughout some of the most dramatic landscapes in the United States. We’ll base our trip at the Springhill Suites Jackson Hole in the mountain ski town of Jackson, Wyoming. There we’ll explore the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Persephone’s, and Snake River Brewing. We’ll meet Mark Labelle, wildlife photographer from the band Dirty Honey who takes his photos in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley. He’ll give us some tips and tricks to master photographing Yellowstone’s animals, including wolves, grizzly bears, and the famous Grizzly 399. Next we head to the Grand Tetons for a lesson on sustainable travel from Denise Germann of Grand Teton National Park. She’ll teach us about the importance of “Leave No Trace,” and shares helpful tips on getting around the park — like using the National Park Service app. We’ll recommend the Phelps Lake hike, Death Canyon, Jenny Lake, Timberland Island, The Grand Teton Scenic Loop, Mormon Row Road and Elk Ranch Flats.Finally, we speak with Jess Oldham of the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary off Route 26 in the Wind River Reservation. Here, Jess and his family look after wild horses, continuing the tradition of indigenous tribes acting as stewards of the land and wildlife.--Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. For more information and travel tips for our National Parks head to nps.gov. For more on Wind River Horse Sanctuary head to windriverwildhorses.com. To see Mark LaBelle’s band, check out https://www.dirtyhoney.com/. For information on the Springhill Suites Jackson Hole, visit the hotel’s website https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jacsh-springhill-suites-jackson-hole/.For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trips/.And if you liked this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe.
The key to enjoying this busy East Coast commute? Slow it down, and take a break from the highway. Join Oneika Raymond as she discovers the hidden treasures between these two hubs, from world-class birdwatching to the area’s Black history to three rival sandwich shops competing for the throne.First out of New York, we’ll go on a Garden State birding tour through Sandy Hook, New Jersey, with Lindsay McNamara from the American Bird Conservancy. At the Gateway National Recreation Area, we’ll look for loons, scooters and sea ducks, skimmers, terns, herons, gulls and other shorebirds. In an area called “The Bowl”, you can see warblers and songbirds, and the true bird enthusiasts may go all the way down to Cape May, known as the “Raptor Capital of North America.”Heading down I-95 toward Philly, we’ll pick up the Harriet Tubman Byway. This scenic drive winds all the way to Maryland's Eastern Shore. Along the drive, we’ll pass landmarks of the Underground Railroad. In downtown Philly, we’ll see the final residence of William Still, a famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. Then, we’ll make our way to Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington, Delaware. This park celebrates American abolitionist Thomas Garrett and Harriet Tubman, plus it offers great views of the snaking Christina River.Next, it’s sandwich warfare in Wilmington, Delaware. We hear the locals’ take on who has the best subs: Casapulla’s, Capriotti’s, or Yatz’s.We’ll hop onto US 301 towards the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge, one of the longest dual span bridges in the world, making a pitstop on Kent Island before heading over to Matapeake Park to enjoy a beautiful view of the bay, and feast on some Maryland crabs at Stevensville Crab Shack.Then, we’ll hear a story about the artistic battle that rocked Annapolis’s historic district. Jeff Huntington, better known as “Jahru”, is a muralist whose art spans the globe, but he calls Annapolis home. Gavin Buckley, a restaurant owner who commissioned a Jahru mural called Agony and Ecstasy, was inspired by a controversy the mural created to run for and become the mayor of Annapolis. Jahru and his wife, Julia, continue to fight to maintain the lost African American history of the city, such as Carr’s Beach, a music venue that hosted Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder. The husband and wife pair founded a nonprofit called Future History Now, which facilitated the creation of other public art pieces such as the Breonna Taylor mural in Chambers Park.We’ll end our journey by taking Route 50 to Washington D.C..--Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. For more on The American Bird Conservancy, check out abcbirds.org. To learn how you can get involved with Future History Now, head to futurehistorynow.org. For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler attraveler.marriott.com/road-trips. If you enjoyed this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe. 
To reach Key West, the southernmost point in the United States, the legendary Overseas Highway travels 113 miles over more than 40 islands, each with its own story to tell. In this episode, we join host Oneika Raymond on a journey through these Florida Keys, traveling from Miami to Key Largo and all the way down to Key West. Along the way we’ll hear from the people who are preserving the Florida Keys’ unique flavors, history and culture. Our first stop is at mile marker 82 in Islamorada to meet Craig and Cheryl McBay, owners of the Florida Keys Brewing Company. Here, they craft one-of-a-kind beers like the popular Iguana Bait, a sweet honey hibiscus kolsch. Next, at mile marker 50.5 is Crane Point Hammock in the city of Marathon. We’ll meet Charlotte Quinn, for a history of the Adderley House, one of the oldest homes in the Keys, which is located here. George and Olivia Adderley built it in 1904 and it soon became the center of a thriving Bahamian immigrant community.Of course we’ll make a stop for some of the freshest seafood in the Keys. At mile marker 49 is Keys Fisheries, a fish market, restaurant, and bar famous for Lobster Reuben, conch chowder, and fresh catches of hogfish and mahi-mahi.Finally, we’ll make it to Key West to stay in the Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection. We’ll stop by the Burgundy Bar and pair views of Duval Street with the live music of Halo Rooftop Lounge.--Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. For more on Crane Point Hammock and the Adderley House head to cranepoint.net. For a look at the Florida Keys Brewing Company’s current line-up of flavors, check out floridakeysbrewingco.com. You can explore more about the Florida Keys and find the latest travel guidelines at fla-keys.com. And, to find out more about the Saint Hotel, visit The Saint Hotel's website at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/eywak-the-saint-hotel-key-west-autograph-collection/. For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trips/. And if you liked this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe.
Oahu is famous for Waikiki and Pearl Harbor, but where do the people who live here really spend their time? Join Host Oneika Raymond as she takes off on a short, but packed road trip around the island’s North Shore, trying the poke at a locally loved shop, discovering ocean conservation efforts at a popular surfing beach, and exploring a lush valley with deep ties to Hawaiian culture. We’ll make our first stop for Shoyu Poke at Kahuku Superette, a grocery store run by Tina Lee and her husband Harmon Lee that offers some unique local cuisine. We’ll hear from Harmon Lee about how his wife Tina, a Korean immigrant, created her legendary poke sauce with inspiration from the Korean hot sauce Gojuchang.After a quick stop at Wili Wili’s Shave Ice Haven, just down the road in Kahuku, we’ll go to Ehukai Beach, and the surfing mecca known as the Banzai Pipeline. Here we’ll meet Ocean Ramsey, freediver and marine biologist. One Ocean Diving, a company she runs with her husband Juan Oliphant, works to promote shark conservation through education and responsible tourism.The next stop is only five minutes away on Kamehameha highway: Waimea Valley. Ka’ula Diamond is the Cultural Programs Manager of Waimea Valley and she tells us the legend of Kane’aukai, along with the deeper meaning of the greeting, “Aloha.”The return trip to Waikiki goes past Haleiwa Beach Park, a favorite gathering spot for picnics and big wave spectating, as well as surfing, kayaking and fishing.To end our trip, we’ll stay at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, on Waikiki Beach. There, we’ll sway to the sounds of live music in the Banyan Courtyard. This is where Harry Owens launched the legendary radio show “Hawaiʻi Calls,” which broadcast across the globe for decades.--Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Learn more about how to support the conservation efforts of Waimea Valley at waimeavalley.net and with One Ocean Diving at oneoceandiving.com. You can explore more about Hawaii and find the latest travel guidelines at gohawaii.com. And, to find out more about the Moana Surfrider, visit the hotel website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hnlwi-moana-surfrider-a-westin-resort-and-spa-waikiki-beach/.For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trips. If you enjoyed this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe.
School bus graveyards, soul food, and Native American folklore await travelers who know where to stop between Atlanta, Georgia and Asheville, North Carolina. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a Southern road trip full of culture, food and characters. First along Highway 85 in Alto, Georgia, Alonzo Wade Auto Parts, where owner Walter Wade reveals a School Bus Graveyard, a sprawling art installation painted on old buses that was started by artist Nick Morris.Next, head to Toccoa, GA to meet Shirley Combs, owner of Shirley’s Sole Food Cafe. Her cafe is famous for cabbage casserole, mac n’ cheese, cornbread, peach cobbler, and Shirley has been feeding both hungry locals and the homeless for over 20 years. Finally, we’ll take a hike in Tallulah Gorge State Park, visiting the waterfalls at the North and South Rim Loop Trail. There, we'll hear from Robert Lewis, a member of the Cherokee, Navajo and Apache tribes. He’ll tell us an ancient legend surrounding Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, the Tallulah River, and Tallulah Gorge.We’ll end our journey in Asheville, NC, where there’s plenty to see like the Biltmore Estates. While there, stay at Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Autograph Collection. Stop by the hotel bar Red Stag to admire artwork by Mitch Kolbe.Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. You can learn more about the School Bus Graveyard by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Art/School-Bus-Graveyard-1693627533992939/.Check out Shirley’s Sole Food Café on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/shirleyssolefoodcafe/. Get more information about Tallulah Gorge’s North and South Rim Loop Trails on the Georgia State Park website, https://gastateparks.org/. And, to find out more about the Grand Bohemian Hotel, Asheville, visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/avlak-grand-bohemian-hotel-asheville-autograph-collection/.For more about this route – and to get other road trip ideas – visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler traveler.marriott.com/road-trips/. If you enjoyed this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe.
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