Samantha Brown had her twins! She announced on Facebook, “The babies are here! Please welcome Ellis James, 6 lb. 10 oz. and Elizabeth Mae, 5 lb. 12 oz. Everyone is healthy and doing great! Pics soon!”
Our girl-meets-world sweetheart, Samantha Brown has been hosting shows on Travel Channel for the last 13 years. And now she’s embarking on her biggest adventure yet – motherhood!
When she first announced her pregnancy, we asked our globe-trotting gal — who’s traveled to dozens of countries, hundreds of cities and countless hotels around the world — how life on the road will change with the new additions.
“One thing’s for sure, these 2 will be the most well-traveled babies. We already have on schedule in May a 9-day trip planned through Germany. So one of the first things on our to-do list after they are born is to get baby passports,” says Samantha.
While we know motherhood is going to change Sam’s life, we’re sure she’ll be taking fans along for the ride. Stay tuned for more from Sam (and babies!)…
And be sure to catch Sam when she hosts Travel Channel’s first-ever “Trip of a Lifetime” special premiering on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8|7c.
On an all-new episode of Ghost Adventures, Zak, Nick and Aaron are joined by ABC’s Nightline crew to investigate a historic collection of buildings that were once used as a sanctuary for retired sailors. Any man that had served on a naval vessel under the US flag was welcome to live out his remaining years at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor, and at its peak, the campus was home to almost 1,000 retired seamen.
Sailors’ Snug Harbor has since been deemed a National Historic Landmark District, and is currently under the care of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. But the impressive architecture and gorgeous gardens obscure the community’s dark past. Tales of gruesome murders at Snug Harbor arise from both urban legends and factual history. In the 1860s, a reverend and a resident sailor were involved in a gruesome murder-suicide, right on the steps of one of Snug Harbor’s buildings.
And rumor has it that a woman was stabbed to death in the Matron’s house by her mentally-challenged son … with a pair of scissors. Did this really happen? And does the spirit of the woman still haunt her former home? Find out tonight, Jan. 18 at 9|8c.
Tonight at 11|10c is the season finale of Dangerous Grounds. Todd takes his coffee hunt to Colombia, the source of the best coffee in the world before violence took over. Todd and his cameraman also have a close call on a treacherous South American mountain road, which Todd recounted here for us during filming.
Last week, we asked you to share on Instagram where you were drinking your coffee. As it turns out, you’re enjoying coffee of so many different varieties all over the world! Here are some of our favorite photos:
Left to right, first row:
1. @eversonmarsh – Cognoscenti Coffee in Culver City, CA
2. @carriedelamer – “Rise and shine! Proud of this one @lacolombetorrefaction”
3. @thefalife – Coffee In Copenhagen
Left to right, second row:
4. @carovb76 – Juan Valdez coffee near El Batan, Ecuador
5. @chadbrewbeard - A La Colombe blend with beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico and Tanzania.
6. @semisweetmegan – Espresso at Artisan Cheese Company in Sarasota, FL
Left to right, third row:
7. @kovacsae1 – “Craving an Americano from @lacolombecoffee #dangerousgrounds #coffee #edpresso #NYC”
8. @amybrock – “Love from The Coffee Fox… Cheers to a chill Friday evening! #savannah #visitsavannah #coffee #coffeefox”
9. @brianripps – Kookaburra Coffee in Rockville Centre, NY
Don’t miss Todd’s recipes for these delicious coffee drinks: Pure Black Velvet Float, Hot Buttered Coffee and Mexican Hot Coffee-Chocolate. If you’re not in the mood for a hot cup of Joe now, then you’ll never be!
Have you downloaded Travel Channel’s Layover App yet? If not, what are you waiting for? The app is now free, and was recently chosen by Apple as one of the App Store’s Best of 2012 in the “Hidden Gems” category. Plus, new cities are being added each week!
Tonight at 9|8c, watch as Anthony Bourdain makes the most of a layover in Atlanta — he browses a farmer’s market with Top Chef’s Richard Blais, and visits a famous strip club with Food Network’s Alton Brown (yes … you read that right … see the pictures here). Then, use the Layover App to replicate his trip (perhaps minus the strip club?) — learn his do’s and don’ts, watch exclusive video and use the app’s practical tools to map out the places you want to visit. Want to learn more? Check out our Layover App video, and download the app for free today!
On an all-new episode of Ghost Adventures, Zak, Nick and Aaron jump in an RV and head out to the Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins, WY. There they discover that Wyoming’s first state penitentiary has a brutal history, leading Zak to wonder whether the ghosts that continue to haunt the premises are choosing an eternity in prison over an eternity in hell.
Check out these behind-the-scenes photos for a sneak peek, and tune in tonight at 9|8c to see what the guys encounter at this notorious “death house.”
This week on an all-new episode of Mysteries at the Museum, host Don Wildman reveals the stories behind a hunk of cement tied to one of the deadliest man-made disasters of all time, a faro table that strikes fear in the hearts of many, and a taxidermied dog that saved the lives of American soldiers during World War I. Plus, learn about the murder of a blood-thirsty mobster, a TV scandal that almost put an end to American quiz shows, and the tragic death of Carole Lombard – a gorgeous 1930s Hollywood icon and Clark Gable’s blushing bride.
Intrigued? We thought you might be. Tune in tonight, Jan. 10, at 9|8c to see these artifacts found in museums across the United States, and learn the historic and often dumbfounding stories they tell.
These are just a few of the countless artifacts housed in our nation’s museums. For more, check out Don Wildman’s favorite museums, or learn about the Top 10 Free Museums in the US.
Calling all coffee junkies — we want to know where your favorite coffee is from! Are you a Papua New Guinea purist? An Ethiopian enthusiast? Instagram your favorite coffee with the hashtag #DangerousGrounds and we’ll feature our favorites next week, just in time for the Dangerous Grounds season finale!
Tonight, Todd Carmichael heads to one of the world’s least-explored countries — Papua New Guinea — on an all-new episode of Dangerous Grounds. He scours the villages of this Oceanic country in the hopes of finding delicious Blue Mountain Coffee. But first he must brave the notorious Highlands Highway that’s known to be ravaged by local bandits, giving it a reputation for armed robberies and murders.
Will Todd make it down the highway in one piece? Can he convince PNG’s villagers to part with their most prized commodity? Find out on an all-new episode tonight, Jan. 8 at 11|10c!
And don’t forget to Instagram your favorite coffee with #DangerousGrounds!
“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way …
“Oh, what fun it is to … hunt with Jordan this Christmas Day!”
That’s right, people, with the holiday season upon us, Jordan is on the lookout for some Yuletide bestsellers of the past, searching for misfit toys that are always in high demand around the holidays.
In fact, the holiday season is the busiest time of year for Jordan and his team. Clients are calling nonstop trying to track down hard-to-find toys from their childhood — and if there is one man for the job, it’s Jordan Hembrough.
After chasing down some hot leads, Jordan takes a trip down memory lane and comes across some of the best vintage Christmas gifts of all time. From a 1964 Creepy Crawlers “Thingmaker” to a 1996 Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid, Jordan and his team discover toys from every generation, for everyone — especially adults who are still just young at heart.
With the cool crispness of the December air, and Christmas’s festive spirit, now both upon us, what better way to kick off the holiday season than by taking a trip back to your childhood with the toys you love(d)?
Don’t miss Jordan’s all-new holiday special tonight at 9|8c!
And check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from tonight’s episode.
Tonight @ 9|8c, Todd ventures to the birthplace of coffee: Ethiopia. Finding a great coffee bean in the motherland should be easy, right? Well, not exactly.
Since great coffee is available for purchase in markets throughout the country, Todd has to go above and beyond to find a bean that is not only better than great, but different from anything he’s already found. Not to mention, the government tightly guards the country’s coffee industry. Not only does the government control the coffee trade with a Wall Street-like market system, but they also blend every kind of bean together, stripping it of any discernable identity.
Can Todd navigate Ethiopia’s chaotic roads and overpowering government to find a new and exotic coffee bean? Tune in to find out!
Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain visits Sao Paulo – one of the most populous cities in the world. Tony’s top Sao Paulo travel tip? Know someone in the city to show you around … otherwise, it can be overwhelming.
Unfortunately, we can’t all be so lucky as to have a collection of super-cool (and trustworthy) foodie friends all over the world. But if you’re planning a trip to Sao Paulo soon, you do have Mr. Bourdain himself! Plan your itinerary based on our travel guide from Tony’s layover – it includes all the restaurants and places he visited, plus some tips for where to stay (even if you’re looking to get a room for just a few hours …).
See behind-the-scenes photos from Tony’s trip, and find out where he dined on “the perfect dish,” admired the art of Sao Paulo’s graffiti artists — and where he nursed his hangover!