Jason and Matt head to the Entertainment Capital of the World for the Season 1 finale! Jason talks about why the icons of Vegas are worth seeing, and then goes off the Strip to explore Chinatown’s best food. Matt gets caught in a tunnel of light and explores the city’s secret botanical gardens.
What Happened HEAR: Elvis Presley’s legendary Las Vegas show
Food and Beverage Bardot Brasserie Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar Best Friend Block 16 Urban Food Hall Citrus Grand Pool Deck Crack Shack Eataly Las Vegas at Park MGM Esther’s Kitchen Flock and Fowl Ghost Donkey The Griffin Holsteins Jaleo by José Andrés Momofuku/Milk Bar Mon Ami Gabi The Nomad Bar On the Record Oyster Bar – Palace Station The Parlor Room Rose. Rabbit. Lie Secret Pizza Sweets Raku
Experience Akhob, by James Turrell Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Bellagio Fountains Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Downtown Grand High Roller at LINQ Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N Neon Museum Park MGM/Nomad Qua Baths and Spa Seven Magic Mountains Valley of Fire State Park Vdara Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
Resources for What Happened HEAR: Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show by Richard Zoglin
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
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 Rhyolite 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
Food & Beverage Benjamin Cooper Blackbird 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 Suppenküche Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar Yank Sing
Experience 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
Oahu 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
Maui Aunt Sandy’s Banana Bread Coconut’s Fish Cafe Haleakalā Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach Kohea Kai Maui, Ascend Hotel Collection Mama’s Fish House Molokini Crater Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman Road to Hana
Kauai Blue Ocean Adventure Tours Hanapepe 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 Pāhoa Punaluʻu Beach
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
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.
Food & Beverage 88 Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles The Aviary NYC Bar Suzette Bathtub Gin Big Gay Ice Cream The Boiler Room Buvette ChikaLicious Dessert Bar Club Cumming Cookshop Death & Co. Doughnut Plant Eagle NYC Havana Outpost Joseph Leonard Marie’s Crisis Café Mayamezcal Mission Chinese Food Ninth Street Espresso NoMad Bar Nowhere Peaches HotHouse Phoenix Bar Pouring Ribbons Red Rooster Urban Vintage Via Carota The Wayland
Experience 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 MoMA Su’Juk 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/.
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.
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
Edie Drag Artist Edie, the Emcee in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity at the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas @edieentertainer
Liz Lambert Lambert McGuire Design/ Founder Bunkhouse Hotels / El Cosmico / Hotel Saint Vincent @thelizlambert
Alysse Dalessandro Santiago Influencer, plus-size fashion and LGBTQ+ travel @readytostare
Richard Grey Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and LGBTQ Liaison at Sunny.org @visitfortlauderdale
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.
Food & Drink Abigail Hall Aalto Lounge Blue Star Donuts Cartlandia 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
Experience Ace Hotel – Portland Annie Bloom’s Books Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel Dossier Hotel Homebody 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 Woodlark
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!
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 Moneygun Maude’s Liquor Bar Parachute Honey Butter Fried Chicken Pequad’s Rainbo Club Scofflaw 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
Experience 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