Ep. 12 – Traveling During COVID

Ep. 12 – Travel During COVID

Jason and Matt hit the road during COVID! With masks, disinfecting wipes and other safety gear in tow, the guys take separate road trips. Matt makes a jaunt from San Francisco to Reno via Sacramento while Jason’s makes a swing around the American West hitting up Salt Lake City, Denver and lots of National Parks along the way!

What Happened HEAR: Dr. Thomas Tuttle and the Spanish Flu of 1918

For Travel Safety Guidelines during COVID, visit the CDC’s website

Ep. 12 – Traveling During COVID

Traveling During COVID Recommendations

Matt (48 hrs, SF to Reno)
Auburn, CA
Black Hole of Calcutta Falls Trailhead
California State Capital Park
Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters
Saint Mary in the Mountains
Silver Terrace Cemetary
Solomon’s Delicatessen
Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company
The Way It Was Museum

Jason (12 days, LA to Denver)
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Preserve
Amargosa Opera House
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
BirdHouse (Page, AZ)
Bonneville Salt Flats
College Drive Cafe (Durango)
Copley’s on Palm Canyon
Four Corners Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Horseshoe Bend
International Car Forest of the Last Church
Living Room Trail (Salt Lake City, UT)
Matthew Shepherd Memorial Bench in Laramie
Mesa Verde National Park
Mizpah Hotel
Monument Valley
Pappy and Harriet’s
Peek-a-boo Canyon (Kanab, UT)
Penelope’s Old Time Burgers (Estes Park)
Pinkerton Hot Springs
Pioneertown Motel
Rocking V Cafe (Kanab, UT)
Rocky Mountain National Park
Sky Steps (Durango)
Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop (Salidas)
Tonopah Brewing Company
The World Famous Clown Motel
Zion National Park

Resources for What Happened HEAR:
The Right Chemistry: Charlie Chaplin, Dr. Tuttle and the Spanish flu
The Dr. Fauci of the 1918 Spanish Flu
Lessons from the 1918 pandemic: A U.S. city’s past may hold clues

Ep. 11 – San Francisco

Ep. 11 – San Francisco

Jason and Matt visit The City by the Bay! Jason lets off some steam at the spa and highlights SF’s best Chinese food. Matt visits a tiki lagoon and shares an experience that’s “acid for your ears.

What Happened HEAR: The Red Door Cafe

Ep. 11 – San Francisco

San Francisco Recommendations Map

Food & Beverage
Benjamin Cooper
Boudin Bakery Cafe
Burma Love
Burma Superstar
Cat Club
China Live
Cold Drinks Bar
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
House of Nanking
Luau Lounge
Mama Ji’s
The Progress
Rich Table
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Yank Sing

1906 Mission
Audium-Theatre of Sound
Crissy Field
Filbert Steps
Fort Mason
Kabuki Springs & Spa
Marin Headlands
Marshall’s Beach
Musée Mécanique
Phoenix Hotel
San Francisco Cable Car Museum
San Francisco Proper
St. George Spirits
Urban Putt
The Walt Disney Family Museum

Ep. 10 – Hawaii

Ep. 10 – Hawaii

Jason and Matt head to The Aloha State! Jason swims with Manta Rays and wakes up at the crack of dawn to walk on lava. Matt eats “plate lunch” and shave ice, and rides an ATV through Jurassic Park.

What Happened HEAR: How Hawaii became the 50th State in the U.S.

Ep. 10 – Hawaii

Hawaii Recommendations Map

Bar Leather Apron
Honomanū Bay
Ka’au Crater Trail
Kualoa Ranch
Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Leonard’s Bakery
Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
Paradise Bay Resort
The Pig and the Lady
Rainbow Drive-In

Aunt Sandy’s Banana Bread
Coconut’s Fish Cafe
Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach
Kohea Kai Maui, Ascend Hotel Collection
Mama’s Fish House
Molokini Crater
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
Road to Hana

Blue Ocean Adventure Tours
Hanapepe Swinging Bridge
Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company
Kauai Palms Hotel
Mark’s Place
Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Tiki Iniki
Warehouse 3540

The Big Island (Hawaii)
Hang Loose Boat Tours
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Manta Ray Night Swim on Kona Coast
Punaluʻu Beach

Ep. 9 – Day Trips

Ep. 9 – Day Trips

Tired of sheltering in place? Matt and Jason offer up the coolest day trips to take from NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and more!

What Happened HEAR: The Salton Sea, CA

Ep. 9 – Day Trips

Day Trips Recommendations Map

From Chicago, IL
Cellar Door Provisions
Gary Union Station
Indiana Dunes National Park
Michael Jackson’s boyhood home
Original Rainbow Cone
Pullman National Monument

From San Francisco, CA
Bodega Bay, CA
Muir Beach
Muir Woods National Monument
Stinson Beach

From El Paso, TX
Blackstone Hotsprings
Los Arcos Steak and Lobster
Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant
Salt + Honey Bakery Café
Riverbend Hot Springs
White Sands National Park

From Los Angeles, CA
Aebleskiver Café
The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville
Old Juan’s Cantina
Ostrichland USA
Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch
SeaVenture Restaurant/SeaVenture Beach Hotel
Solvang Restaurant

From Tampa / St. Petersburg, FL
Crystal River, FL
The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)
Chihuly Collection
Dunedin, FL
Fort DeSoto Park
Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill
Saint Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
Sea Horse
Tarpon Springs, FL

From New York City, NY
Blue Hill Cafe & Grain Bar
Lyndhurst Mansion
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Ep. 8 – New York City

Ep. 8 – New York City

Jason and Matt visit New York City, “The Greatest City in the World!” Jason sunbathes along the Hudson River, eats pasta at NYC’s “most perfect restaurant” and discovers Big Gay Ice Cream. Matt spends time walking underneath cherry blossoms and sipping moonshine in Alphabet City and sleeps the night away at a Highline hotspot. Together, they walk you through how to spend a perfect weekend in The Big Apple.

What Happened HEAR: The Mole People of NYC

Ep. 8 – New York City Recommendations

New York City Recommendations Map

Food & Beverage
88 Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles
The Aviary NYC
Bar Suzette
Bathtub Gin
Big Gay Ice Cream
The Boiler Room
ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
Club Cumming
Death & Co.
Doughnut Plant
Eagle NYC
Havana Outpost
Joseph Leonard
Marie’s Crisis Café
Mission Chinese Food
Ninth Street Espresso
NoMad Bar
Peaches HotHouse
Phoenix Bar
Pouring Ribbons
Red Rooster
Urban Vintage
Via Carota
The Wayland

American Museum of Natural History
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Chelsea Market
Coney Island
Empire Fulton Ferry Park
Freedom Tunnel
Gotham Market
The Highline Hotel
The Highline
Hotel Chelsea
The Jane Hotel
Jacob Riis Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters
Untermeyer Fountain
Vessel (at Hudson Yards)
Washington Square Park

Sources for “The Mole People of NYC”
Stats on Homelessness
“Analysis on Unemployment Projects 40-45% Increase in Homelessness This Year.” Community Solutions, 11 May 2020, community.solutions/analysis-on-unemployment-projects-40-45-increase-in-homelessness-this-year/.

Dark Days Documentary
Singer, Marc, et al. Dark Days. Picture Farm Productions, 2000.

“The Truth About New York’s Legendary ‘Mole People'”
Taille, Anthony. “The Truth About New York’s Legendary ‘Mole People’.” Narratively, 10 Feb. 2020, narratively.com/the-truth-about-new-yorks-legendary-mole-people/.

Ep. 7 – Memphis

Ep. 7 – Memphis

Jason and Matt visit the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll! They talk Beale Street, barbecue, blues and, of course, Elvis and MLK. Matt learns the secret of a 100-year-old liqueur while Jason visits the Liquor Store (Spoiler: It’s not a liquor store). Plus, “What Happened HEAR:” The History of the Holiday Inn—the hotel that changed roadside travel and debating the most famous Southern slang of all time.

Ep. 7 – Memphis Recommendations

Memphis Recommendations Map

Food & Beverage
The Absinthe Room
The Beauty Shop
Central BBQ
Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
Dyer’s Burgers
Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken
Huey’s Midtown
The Liquor Store
Old Dominick Distillery

Crosstown Concourse
Gibson Factory
National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
Peabody Hotel

Ep. 6 – Traveling With Pride

Ep. 6 – Traveling With Pride

Jason and Matt celebrate Pride month! They highlight a few heroes in the LGBTQ+ travel space, talk Pride celebrations and discuss what it’s like for straight people to visit gay bars. PLUS, they have their first ever interview with fabulous drag queen, Edie, emcee of Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” in Las Vegas!

Ep. 6 – Traveling with Pride Recommendations

Drag Artist Edie, the Emcee in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity at the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas

Liz Lambert
Lambert McGuire Design/ Founder Bunkhouse Hotels / El Cosmico / Hotel Saint Vincent

Alysse Dalessandro Santiago
Influencer, plus-size fashion and LGBTQ+ travel

Richard Grey
Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and LGBTQ Liaison at Sunny.org

Ep. 5 – Portland

Ep. 5 – Portland

Jason and Matt keep it weird in Portland! Matt talks about the city’s boutique hotel scene, the best place to stop and smell the roses and a shop run by a modern-day witch. Jason explains why Portland is on his “Veepstakes” shortlist, talks S.M.U.T. and sparks the Great Donut Debate of 2020.

What Happened HEAR: Decemberists Day

Ep. 5 – Portland Recommendations

Portland Recommendations Map

Food & Drink
Abigail Hall
Aalto Lounge
Blue Star Donuts
Doug Fir Lounge
Flavour Spot
Hawthorne Asylum
Pine State Biscuits
Rose City Food Park
Salt & Straw
Stag PDX
Stumptown Coffee
Teardrop Lounge
Twisted Croissant
Voodoo Donuts

Ace Hotel – Portland
Annie Bloom’s Books
Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel
Dossier Hotel
International Rose Test Garden
Jupiter Hotel Portland
Lola’s Room
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel
New Renaissance Bookshop
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell’s City of Books
Sauvie Island
The Society Hotel – Portland
SMUT Vintage

Ep. 4 – Chicago

Ep. 4 – Chicago

Jason and Matt discuss their favorite summer city – Chicago! Matt shares his first impression, why he loves Chicagoans and the best coffee shop to spot a DeLorean and a Gremlin. Jason talks about the city’s glorious lakefront, its legendary comedy scene and getting verbally harassed while eating a hot dog.

What Happened HEAR: Mick Napier and the Annoyance Theater!

Ep. 4 – Chicago Recommendations

Chicago Recommendations Map

Food & Drink
Astor Hall
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf
Big Star
Billy Sunday
Gold Star
Happy Village
Heritage Bicycles
Hot “G” Dog
Hot Doug’s (closed)
Lost Lake
Lula Cafe
Maude’s Liquor Bar
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Rainbo Club
Stan’s Donuts
Summer House Santa Monica
The Aviary
The Green Mill
The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge
DMK Burger Bar
Three Dots and a Dash
Timothy O’Toole’s
Wiener’s Circle
The Wormhole

The 606
The Annoyance Theater & Bar
Aqua Tower
Chicago River Boat Architecture Tour
Grant Park
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
The iO Theater
Marina City
Millennium Park
Navy Pier
The Paper Machete
Reliance Building
The Second City

Ep. 3 – Beach Awards

Ep. 3 – Beach Awards

Jason and Matt head for the sand for their first ever Beach Awards including best beaches for blending in with the Locals, escaping the madness of the city, getting naked, hanging with hipsters, the best beach for boodling (what?) and more! plus Jason and Matt debate a beach pet (that’s a hint) peeve

What Happened HEAR: Rell Sunn and the story of surfing

Ep. 3 – Beach Awards Recommendations

Beach Awards Recommendations Map

2020 Awards

Best Beach to Escape the Madness of a City
Long Beach, NY

Best Beach If You Were Born to “Boodle”
Beaver Island, MI

Best Beach For You to Blend In With the Locals
Sandy Beach, Oahu, HI

Best beach for Cool Architecture (and Getting Naked)
Blacks Beach, La Jolla, CA

Best Beach Where You Can Also Lose $10,000
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

Best Beach to Make You Feel Like You’re in a Nostalgic Movie
Cannon Beach, OR

Honorable Mentions

Best Beach to See Surfing Santa
Hermosa Beach, CA

Best Beach Where There Is No Water
White Sands National Park, NM

Best Beach We’ll Never Visit Again
El Matador Beach, Malibu, CA