Our Hosts' Vintage Summer Pictures

Travel back in time with our Travel Channel hosts. We asked them to send pictures from the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s, reminiscent of their summer days.

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Adam Richman
Adam in Nashville

Adam in Nashville

Adam Richman visited Nashville when filming an episode of Man v. Food Nation. Music Row, Shelby Street Bridge, the Walk of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Pancake Pantry and Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack are just a few places he stopped during his trip to Music City. 960 1280

  

Owen Bradley Park

Owen Bradley Park

Adam posed with a statue of American record producer Owen Bradley, located in Nashville’s Owen Bradley Park. Owen, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, helped create the Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly during the 1950s and 1960s. Owen also worked with country music legends like Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. Some of his work is still popular today, including Patsy Cline’s famous songs, “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces.” 960 1280

  

Bert at CMA Music Festival

Bert at CMA Music Festival

Bert Kreischer greeted fans with a wave during an annual parade to kick off the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. 960 1280

  

Bert Goes Catfish Grabbling

Bert Goes Catfish Grabbling

Bert was also in town shooting an episode of Trip Flip, where 2 lucky vacationers experienced mud bogging, zorbing, and visiting GiGi’s Cupcake and The Label, to get fitted for country gear. Here, the group went out on a lake to learn the age-old art of catfish grabbling, catching fish by hand. 960 1280

  

George at Rotieir's Restaurant

George at Rotieir's Restaurant

During his trip to Tennessee to shoot an episode of Burgerland George Motz tried the famous Grilled Cheeseburger at Rotier’s Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant open since 1945. American singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffet calls the Rotier’s burger, one of the top 10 in the US. While visiting Nashville, George also visited Muhammad Ali’s restaurant, Fat Mo’s. 960 1280

  

Anthony at the Fiddler’s Inn Opryland

Anthony at the Fiddler’s Inn Opryland

Looking for a place to stay when visiting Nashville? Hotel fixer Anthony Melchorri visited Music City to help the historic Fiddler’s Inn redecorate, rebrand and reconnect to its country music roots. 960 1280

  

Revamped Fiddler's Inn Opryland

Revamped Fiddler's Inn Opryland

After Anthony’s recommendations on Hotel Impossible, here’s an “after” snapshot of the lobby at Fiddler’s Inn Opryland. Visitors staying here are walking distance to the Opry Mills Mall, Grand Ole Opry, Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center. Other sights to see in Nashville include the Belle Meade Plantation, The Parthenon, Arnold’s Country Kitchen, The Bluebird Café, or take the General Jackson Dinner Cruise. 960 1280

  

Billy at Nashville Auction

Billy at Nashville Auction

Nashville is full of interesting antiques and unique finds.That’s what brought auction specialist Billy Leroy to the Music City to film an episode of Baggage Battles. At a local auction, Leroy flipped through the pages of an antique book (pictured here) and also inspected the front end of a pink Cadillac up for bid. 960 1280

  

Mark in Nashville

Mark in Nashville

The Baggage Battle production crew filmed auction specialist Mark Meyer as he opens a sealed box that he won during an auction. Looking for your golden ticket? Try The Great Escape in Nashville, if you’re looking to sell, buy or trade your new or used DVDs, CDs, records, comic book or games. 960 1280

  

Sam's Honky Tonk Tour

Sam's Honky Tonk Tour

World traveler Sam Brown took a tour of the honky tonks in Lower Broadway, an entertainment district in Nashville, with Those Darlins, a rock ’n’ roll band from the city. Pull up a chair, grab a beer and listen to live music in hot venues like Nashville Crossroads and Robert’s Western World, where Sam sung a tune or 2… Live! 960 1280

  

Sam Goes Cowgirl Couture

Sam Goes Cowgirl Couture

In addition to hanging out with country music star Vince Gill, Sam Brown also visited Designs by Manuel, a couture clothing store that sells customize suits, dresses, skirts, vests, coats, buckles, neckties, bracelets and more. 960 1280

  

Aruba
Aruba

Aruba

“Escaping to Aruba for a family vacation, Veronique, Annabelle and I had a blast! The weather is always 80 degrees, the ocean is crystal clear and the water is amazing to swim in. The pina coladas quench an adult’s thirst while chilling on the beach. I love ARUBA! Best island to escape to!” – Nick Groff, Ghost Adventures 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

“For me, I love sweet home Chicago. It’s already a deeply cool city with some of my favorite restaurants, museums, clubs and theatre companies, and during the summer, the weather is great, there are terrific beaches and outdoor festivals and the city has an underrated music scene that gets to shine. Go get wet in the fountains by the art institute, take a pic under the bean and try the Cacio e Pepe at RPM and thank me later.

(My quick picks: Restaurants: Sunda, RPM; Museums: Art institute, Shedd; Clubs: Underground; Theatre: Second City, Steppenwolf)” – Adam Richman, Fandemonium
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San Louis Valley

San Louis Valley

“My favorite summer getaway is going camping in the San Louis Valley in Colorado. Every summer there is a large UFO conference, with fun speakers and lots of hiking in the sand dunes; it is a great time. There are also several hot springs that are awesome to visit and absorb the natural healing waters.” – Amy Allan, The Dead Files 960 1280

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RV Road Trip

RV Road Trip

“One of the best summer trips we’ve ever taken was when we rented an RV and visited a bunch of national parks in the Southwest. It took a ton of planning and nerves of steel to maneuver a 40-foot mobile home through some very narrow roads, but the resulting 2-week trip was incredible. We managed to hit the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Mesa Verde, as well as make stops in Chama, NM, and rural west New Mexico. Traveling with all of your stuff is a very different way to vacation but everyone should try it at least once. It's a great way to see America.” – George Motz, Burger Land 960 1280

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Sturgis

Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota, during Bike week ... I've rode there 3 times.” – Billy Leroy, Baggage Battles 960 1280

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Nantucket Island

Nantucket Island

“Simple: summer equals ocean. There are no better beaches than on either end of Nantucket Island where the sound meets the open water and waves white-tip in the wind. The seagulls know it. At sunset, they congregate en masse, facing westward to witness the close of day. It’s, like ... religious, man.” – Don Wildman, Monumental Mysteries and Mysteries at the Museum 960 1280

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The Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore

“Born and bred in New Jersey, I join the ranks of fellow Jersey boys Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen when I say ... there is nothing like the Jersey Shore. Try and stay away from the crowded hot spots like Asbury Park or Seaside Heights, and go for the quieter Beach Haven or Beach Haven Crest. For a real treat, check out The Chicken or the Egg (featured on Travel Channel) for enormous food portions with reasonable prices.” - Jordan Hembrough, Toy Hunter 960 1280

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BBQ at Home

BBQ at Home

“I never went on vacations much in the summer. It was always hanging out in the neighborhood, BBQs, swimming and having a good time with friends. Just enjoying the outdoors. I do remember the summer trip I took to Disneyland when I was a kid with my family. That was when I was 7 years old and still believed in Santa. Those where the good days :)” – Aaron Goodwin, Ghost Adventures 960 1280

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Larkspur

Larkspur

“Truth is, it's been years since we've had a “summer getaway.” Since we're in the Halloween business, we're always super busy in the summer. Probably one of my favorite places to go in the summer when we get a chance is Larkspur, Colorado. My mom and sister live there, out in the country. Some years we go down for the Renaissance Festival and then go over to their house and relax by the pool; they pamper us horribly, so we're super spoiled! :-)” – Ed and Marsha Edmunds, Making Monsters 960 1280

  

Stone Island

Stone Island

“Our favorite place to go is Stone Island outside of Mazatlan, Mexico. Lety’s on the beach is our favorite place to hang. You can play in the water and even ride horses on the beach. It’s very uncrowded for a Mexican tourist area. To get to Stone Island, a ferry is needed. Upon arrival you need to walk a bit of a distance to get to the beach. Lety’s is on the beach and has tables in the sand. (We actually had a Thanksgiving dinner there.)” – Lawrence and Sally Martin, Baggage Battles 960 1280

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Cape Cod

Cape Cod

“Every year my parents, my 2 sisters and I would head to Cape Cod for a week. We’d spend the entire day on the beach and in tidal pools searching for sand dollars. At the end of the day, we were each given 25 cents for the penny candy store, I'd wrap red licorice string around my salty fingers and eat it. I still remember that taste.” – Samantha Brown 960 1280

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Cabin on the Lake

Cabin on the Lake

“I really enjoy a getaway on a lake with a pontoon boat, to relax on. With a cabin that overlooks the water, but the cabin has to have luxurious amenities ... lol” – Steve Di Schiavi, The Dead Files 960 1280

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Carmel

Carmel

“I like Carmel, CA. The high temps only reach the 60s and there is constant fog ... it's like Dracula weather. I’m not a hot weather jam-packed-beach kinda guy! The Lord of the Rings feel combined with haunted places like the Irish-castle influenced Tor House and Point Sur Lighthouse, where we actually did Ghost Adventures episodes, make me feel like I’m at a gothic European coast in Ireland. I also love the Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey ... they steam fresh dungeness crab with Old Bay seasoning! My kinda summer spot.” – Zak Bagans, Ghost Adventures 960 1280

Andaz Fifth Avenue
We adore the Andaz Fifth Avenue for its bounty of foodie freebies, including the choice of Fat Witch Baby Brownies or C.O. Bigelow Peppermints at check-out. There are other less delicious gift options as well: C.O Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream and a tube of anti-bacterial hand gel. Other free treats include minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, wine in the lobby from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening, and made-to-order barista coffee in the lobby.
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