The best road trips are about the journey, where the end point is not the end goal. Join travel journalist Oneika Raymond as she guides us on unforgettable road trips across the Unites States and beyond. Along the way, we’ll stop at unique places, meet interesting people and hear surprising stories sure to inspire your next epic adventure.
Toronto-Montreal: A Great Canadian Homecoming
Jamaican Jerk Chicken in Toronto, towering museums in Ottawa, and matcha eclairs in Montreal. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip from Ontario to Quebec to see some of the diversity of people, places, and foods that Canada has to offer.
We start our journey in Toronto, where Oneika grew up. On Eglinton Avenue, we meet up with Oneika’s friend and local newscaster Brandon Gonez to learn about the neighborhood of Little Jamaica. We hear about some of the best food on this strip at places like Randy’s andSunlight Bakery, along with the historic significance of the neighborhood, and what travelers can do to help this area thrive.
Next, we head northeast towards Ottawa to visit the Canadian Museum of History. Here, standing under the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, we speak with Dean Oliver, the museum’s head of research. Oliver shares why it’s important to acknowledge the stories of hundreds of Indigenous identities that shape Canada today.
Then it’s off to our last stop: Montreal. Here we sample pastries that are born out of a mixture of French and Japanese culinary traditions. We meet Hiroko Fukuhura and Carolle De Boisvilliers, the owners of Fous Desserts, a well-known patisserie in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal.
Finally, we end our journey at the Humaniti Hotel Montreal, an Autograph Collection hotel participating in Marriott Bonvoy. This hotel features stunning architecture and an art collection of over 150 works throughout the building.
Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Check out Brandon Gonez’s show at https://brandongonezshow.com, take a virtual tour of the Canadian Museum of History at https://www.historymuseum.ca, and for mouth-watering pictures of Fous Desserts pastries, follow them at instagram.com/fousdesserts.
Special thanks to Z Bar & Grille for hosting our conversation in Little Jamaica. Check out their menu at https://zbarandgrille.ca/. For more about this route —and to get other road trip ideas —visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the Humaniti Hotel Montreal, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yulak-humaniti-hotel-montreal-autograph-collection/.
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Memphis to New Orleans: Hit the Blues Highway
It’s known as the birthplace of the blues. An area that helped define American sound. And if you travel through the Mississippi Delta today, you’ll find this musical tradition still runs strong here. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip along the Blues Highway, from Memphis to New Orleans, as we uncover the vibrant music history that sustains the region and its culture. Along the way we’ll take in a classic juke joint, a Mexican dish with Southern flair and a music store for music people.
We start our journey in Clarksdale to learn about the legacy of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. Emmy nominated local blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram shares what it’s like to grow up in a community so closely connected to blues music.
Then, we’ll grab lunch at Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Mississippi, to enjoy a lesser known Southern delicacy, hot tamales. Big Apple Inn has been serving up hot tamales with a Southern flair for generations, and we’ll discover what sets the Mississippi version apart.
Finally, our last pitstop will be in Biloxi, Mississippi to browse Marley’s Music. This family owned and operated vinyl record shop offers just about any record you’re on the hunt for while also staying tapped into the local music scene.
Then, it’s time to pull up to our final destination, the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District hotel. This property is housed in a converted 19th century cotton mill. While in the Arts District we'll be surrounded by industrial warehouses that have been transformed into trendy galleries and performance venues, and only a five minute cab ride from the French Quarter.
Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. You can listen to some more tunes from Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on his website https://www.christonekingfishingram.com/.
Check out the menu and more from Big Apple Inn on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BigAppleInn/.
Browse some rare vinyl records at Marley’s Music’s website here https://marleysmusic.net/.
For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District hotel, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msymc-new-orleans-marriott-warehouse-arts-district/.
Introducing: Travel Tales by AFAR
This week, we're excited to introduce you to another show called Travel Tales by AFAR. Travel, at its best, changes the way we see the world. Each week, host Aislyn Greene digs into stories from people who took a trip—and came home transformed. In this episode, we go on a three-week, 500-mile bike trip through the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert with photographer Peter Bohler and his fiancée, Celia, to learn when to say "yes" to adventure. Subscribe today, and learn more at https://www.afar.com/traveltales.
Boston to Portland: A Coastal Maine Escape
An iconic lighthouse, storied blueberries and the freshest lobster you can eat. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip up the Maine coast to get a sense of the endearing character that northern New England has to offer.
Our first stop is in York, Maine to enjoy one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine, the Nubble Lighthouse. We’ll hear from locals just what makes the Nubble so special — beyond its reputation as a tourist attraction.
Then, we’ll make a stop in Kennebunk, Maine to hear from the loyal customers of Wallingford Farm about what sets Maine blueberries apart, and how best to enjoy them.
Finally, no Maine coast road trip is complete until we get our hands on some fresh lobster! On this last leg of the road trip we’ll be stopping at Casco Bay for a cruise on the lobster fishing boat the Lucky Catch. On this cruise we’ll learn the ins and outs of lobster fishing and how Maine lobstermen have been on the forefront of crustacean conservation.
Once we arrive in Portland, we recommend the AC hotel by Marriott which has a breathtaking view of the Casco Bay. There’s tons to do nearby like exploring the Old Port District or if you want to stay indoors, the AC lounge is the ideal restaurant to enjoy the Portland sunset while snacking on some tapas and cocktails.
To get a look at the Nubble Lighthouse, you can see it at http://nubblelight.org, or just search #NubbleLighthouse on Instagram. For a taste of Wallingford Farm, visit WallingfordFarm.com. To book a trip with Lucky Catch, go to LuckyCatch.com.
For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the AC Hotel Portland Downtown Waterfront, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pwmac-ac-hotel-portland-downtown-waterfront-me/
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Green Bay to Chicago: A Day On Lake Michigan
Sailing on Lake Michigan, a sweet treat in dairy country and authentic Chicago blues. Join host Oneika Raymond on a trip along the west coast of Lake Michigan for a refreshing spin on the Midwest.
Los Angeles to San Diego: Rolling into SoCal
From roller skates to birria tacos, this episode takes us southbound on the 5 from Los Angeles to sunny San Diego. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip down one of the most famous coastlines in America to get a taste of southern California culture.
We start our journey heading south down Whittier Boulevard to catch a glimpse of the iconic low-riders of LA. We’ll park on a stretch of Long Beach called Junipero Beach. There we’ll speak with roller skater Rubina Bernabe, best known for her roller skating on Instagram, and her organization of the “Don’t Hate, Let’s Skate” anti-Asian violence event.
Next, it’s off to Santa Ana to take in a unique music scene that’s growing right next door to the goliath music industry of LA. We’ll stop at GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery, a store, venue, and cultural center for the Santa Ana scene where we’ll speak with DJ Great Daine about what makes the Orange County music scene so eclectic.
After a few hours along the 5, we’ll hit Agave Birrieria for some birria tacos. These tacos served with meat soaked in consomé are making mouths water across the United States after first gaining popularity stateside in southern California.
Finally, it’s time to ditch the car when we make it to our destination, The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. With its proximity to all there is to see and do downtown, this hotel makes it easy for guests to see San Diego on foot. And for those looking to explore further out or hit the boardwalk, the hotel offers a fleet of bikes to its guests, free of charge.
Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Check out Rubina’s Instagram account at Instagram.com/rollercoastinrubes. We recommend checking out nearby Pigeon’s Roller Skate Shop to try a pair on for yourself: https://pigeonskates.com. You can see more about GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery at https://www.gcssantaana.com/. To try some birria tacos, head over to Agave Birrieria at https://agavebirrieria.com/.
For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. Learn more and book a room at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanwi-the-westin-san-diego-gaslamp-quarter/.
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Vive le monde entier 🥰
I hope we meet some day my friend. Love your show. Bises!
Get this woman a show on Travel Channel!!!
Loving this podcast! Her voice is so inviting. Great variety of locations. Love the concept of highlighting road trip stops.
perfect pandemic listening
This couldn’t have come at a better time. Feels like an escape! LOVE hearing all the different local voices.