Samantha Brown

PBS Series Explores Both Domestic and International Locations in its Second Season

(Rancho Mirage, CA) — January 9, 2019 — Samantha Brown, the most recognized woman in travel television, continues her journey to make travel personal again in the second season of PBS’ “Places to Love,” which premiered nationally on Saturday, January 5.  The second episode of the series, dedicated to Greater Palm Springs, will begin airing nationally on January 9 and locally on January 12 on PBS. Please check your cable provider for airdate in your area. The 13-episode season takes viewers to 27 destinations both near and far as Samantha Brown highlights the emotional value of travel by introducing viewers to the people, lesser-known spots of interest and fascinating local haunts worldwide.

“Travel is one of the few things we have in life that mark a fresh start, a new beginning ―- whether we’re traveling to a destination 10,000 miles away or just on a quick weekend trip,” said Samantha.  “My series, ‘Places to Love,’ is about exploring the more personal side of travel by finding the destinations, experiences and, most importantly, the people who make us feel like we are really a part of a place ― where we’re not just treated like a consumer but a part of the community.  From famous cities to under-the-radar gems, ‘Places to Love’ is ultimately about approaching travel in bold and refreshing ways.”

In the “Places to Love” Greater Palm Springs episode, Samantha explores several of the cities in the Coachella Valley while getting a local’s take on some popular tourist attractions.  In the episode we see Samantha learn about Palm Springs’ iconic architecture, taste her first date shake in Indio and take a swing at FootGolf in Palm Desert.

“Samantha and her team did a great job of discovering some of the quintessential activities to the area, and the affluent, travel-ready, PBS viewers will learn something new from the program,” said Scott White, Greater Palms Springs CVB President & CEO. “Working with productions such as Samantha Brown’s Places to Love helps fulfill our mission of promoting the entire Coachella Valley.

In subsequent episodes, Samantha travels to Santa Fe, N.M. to check out “Meow Wolf,” the immersive art experience, and snacks on enchiladas with “Christmas” (made with red and green chile sauces). In Seoul, South Korea, she walks among the peaceful giants at the Korean Stone Art Museum and learns to make a quick version of the country’s famous dish, Kimchi, at Janet’s Cooking Studio. On an epic Rhine River cruise, Samantha makes stops in Freiburg, Germany (the gateway to the Black Forest) and Strasbourg, France to visit the Petite France neighborhood and then tours the iconic Heidelberg Castle. Closer to home, she heads to Baltimore, MD, to get her “Hon” on at the annual Honfest and samples modern soul food with Chef David Thomas and his wife Tonya at their restaurant Ida B’s Table before a new adventure takes her to New Zealand for a tour of Christchurch and the Central North Island.


About Samantha Brown:
Known for her warm, engaging personality and her ability to convey the true character of the people and places she visits throughout the world, Samantha has been inspiring wanderlust since her television journey first began with Travel Channel’s “Great Hotels.” Since then, her career has taken her to over 250 cities in 62 countries and 40 of the United States, winning her two Emmys in the process. A natural extension of her years on the road, in 2011, Samantha debuted her own stylish and practical luggage line on HSN, the Home Shopping Network. Designed from her travel expert’s perspective, blending style and utility, the line instantly became a top “customer pick” and was one of the most successful brand launches for the year.

Follow Samantha via her website,; on Instagram @samanthabrowntravels; on Facebook at; and on Twitter @samanthabrown.


About Greater Palm Springs
The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official tourism marketing agency for the nine-city oasis of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Supporting the local $6.4 billion tourism economy, the CVB serves over 2,000 business partners, providing sales, marketing and promotional efforts targeted to potential leisure and convention group markets. For more information on Greater Palm Springs, visit