Beautiful and historic St. Augustine, Florida is the focus of the next episode of the Emmy award-winning PBS travel show Samantha Brown’s Places to Love.
In early 2022 Christina Parrish Stone, Executive Director of the St. Johns Cultural Council, began work with producer Sylvia Caminer to scout locations for a show that would feature some of the fascinating people and places that make America’s oldest city one of the most culturally important places in the world.
The episode includes a visit with ranger Jill Leverett at the Castillo de San Marcos, a National Monument and the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States; a walk with author and historian Leslee Keys through the Hotel Ponce de Leon (now Flagler College), a Gilded Age marvel designed by architects Carrere and Hastings for Henry Flagler, the father of Florida tourism; a catamaran tour of the ecologically diverse Matanzas River with Captain Zach McKenna of St. Augustine Eco Tours; fine dining at Llama, a Peruvian restaurant owned by innovative chef Marcel Vizcarra; a conversation about African American history and the Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine with fine art photographer Lenny Foster; shark tooth hunting with bloggers Chris and Rob Taylor of 2TravelDads near the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Estuarine Research Reserve; and a waterfront celebration at Nick and Christy Carrera’s Urban Asado, where guests enjoy live fire grilling on the banks of the Sebastian River.
Learn more about this episode and Season Six of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love at https://samantha-brown.com/.
Viewers in Northeast Florida should tune in to local PBS affiliate WJCT on Saturday, January 28th at 11 AM
Funding for this episode of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love was provided, in part, by the St. Johns Cultural Council and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.