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Visiting Dutch Wonderland

Visiting Loudoun County Virginia

This week let’s take a trip to wine country.  No, not that wine country.  We’re going to Loudoun County Virginia, otherwise known as Washington DC’s wine country.  

I’m not sure where you live or where you’re listening from.  I live in Baltimore Maryland. Every Fall season it feels like so many people in my social media feed take the same trip.  I start seeing groups of people, largely women, all dressed in their flannels, vests and boots, making their way to wineries in Virginia.  They’re all going to Loudoun County.  There’s something like 50 wineries in the county.  It rivals Napa and other wine destinations in the country.  And the wine is good.  I’ve tasted some at wine festivals.  I’m serious. It’s good stuff.  

But Loudoun County isn’t all about wine.  It also has breweries, beautiful bed and breakfasts, small town shopping and so many other beautiful opportunities.  I’ll tell ya, after this conversation my wife and I immediately started planning our trip to go this fall.  I can’t wait to see it in person.

Joining me this week on Delightful Destinations is Beth Erickson, the president and CEO of Visit Loudoun.  

Visiting New Jersey

Through my first 4 episodes of this show I’ve spoken with representatives from different counties or parks.  So I thought I’d step up my game for the 5th episode and go for a whole state.  This week I’m speaking with Jeff Vasser.  He's the executive director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

That’s right.  We’re heading to New Jersey.  I’ve always thought this state gets a bad rap.  It’s easy to make New Jersey the butt of a joke.  Lord knows I’ve done it.  But New Jersey has so many beautiful aspects to it.  It’s so much more than just the turnpike, or the Jersey Shore.  You can do everything in New Jersey.  I can honestly say that I’ve always had a good time when traveling to the state.  Not always on the roads necessarily, but always when I’ve made it to my destination.  

New Jersey has a long and beautiful coastline filled with small towns to bigger resort areas.  There’s boardwalks and incredible dining mixed in with mom and pop style shops.  Outside of the shore you’ve got skiing in the northwestern portion of the state.  You have countless breweries or wineries.  The entertainment is incredible with music venues and new spots like American Dream.  That’s the huge mall up by the Meadowlands.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired by my conversation with Jeff Vasser.

Visiting Harford County, MD

This week’s episode was fun for me.  Not only did we talk about an area near where I live that I love.  I also got to speak with someone that I’ve known for a long time.

On this episode of Delightful Destinations, we are talking about Harford County Maryland.  And I’m speaking with Tyler Zeisloft.  He's the marketing and communications Coordinator for Visit Harford.  Some of you listening may know him better as Tyler Daniel from his time on the radio for the country station WXCY based out of Havre De Grace Maryland. So it was great to catch up with him in his new endeavor promoting the beauty of Harford Country.

For a lot of people in the Baltimore area Harford County is the place you drive through as you’re going north up to Philadelphia.  But there’s so much in Harford County.  From hiking and other outdoor activities to coastline along the Bay and Susquehanna River and a very rich history that goes back to the earliest years of this country, Harford County has it all.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Tyler Zeisloft.

For more info about Harford County, please check out visitharford.com

Visiting Shenandoah National Park

In my first two episodes of this show I spoke with people representing counties in maryland.  This week I’m heading south to Virginia.  We’re going to take a trip to the Shenandoah National Park.  Shenandoah is located about 90 minutes west south west of Washington DC.  It’s this incredible expanse of forest, hiking, fishing, camping, and beautiful views from skyline drive.

Today I’m speaking with Jessica Cocciolone. She’s the executive director for the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the philanthropic arm of the national park.  Jessica and her team work tirelessly to raise funds to protect, preserve, and enhance the resources of Shenandoah National Park for everyone today and for years to come.

The options at Shenandoah are nearly unlimited.  I’ve never been, but it’s definitely on my list now after speaking with Jessica.  She really sold me on it.  I hope you enjoy our conversation about Shenandoah National Park.

Visiting Worcester County Maryland

Here in Maryland all of us western shore folks love a good trip across the Bay bridge to head down the ocean.  Ocean City Maryland is one of the hottest vacation spots in the region, and often comes up as one of the top beaches in America.  There’s something for everyone along our coastline from Ocean City up into Delaware.  But, Ocean City is part of a larger county that has so much to offer.

Today I’m speaking with Brianna Dix.  She's the advertising and destination marketing specialist for Worcester County Maryland.  My goal with this conversation today is to highlight some of the beautiful and fun experiences people can have all around Worcester County, and show that there's so much more there besides the coastline.

Brianna and I talk about some upcoming events this summer, like the Peach Festival and the Great Pocomoke Fair.  We also discuss other opportunities in Worcester County like the shopping, golfing, breweries and more.

If you want more information about Worcester county and these events we discuss you can find it all at visitmarylandscoast.org.  Please enjoy my conversation with Brianna Dix.

Visiting Kent County Maryland

Welcome to Delightful Destinations.  For our first episode I'm speaking with Shalyn Boulden.  She's the tourism manager for Kent County, MD.  Shalyn is a born and raised Kent County resident.  She's spent her whole life there and knows all the ins and outs of the best things for visitors to know.

We discuss some of the highlights of the county as a whole, and what people love about it.  We also dive into some of the big upcoming events for Kent County, including July 4th celebrations, the Chestertown Tea Party Festival and more!

For more information about upcoming events in Kent County, please visit kentcounty.com

For more about host Jeff St. Pierre, you can follow him at instagram.com/stpierreonair

Emily Ballesteros on The Cure For Burnout

I'm excited to share today's episode with author Emily Ballesteros. She's published a book about burnout called 'The Cure For Burnout: How To Find Balance And Reclaim Your Life.'

For some reason people tend to wear their stress, business and burnout like a badge of honor. But why? Why do we feel more special because we're burnt out? Emily Ballesteros has spent the last few years studying the subject of burnout. She's basically the expert.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Emily and that you check out her book.

Lisa Gardner on Still See You Everywhere

Such a pleasure to have the return of Lisa Gardner to the Adult Education Podcast. I've fallen in love with her latest character, Frankie Elkin, and her series of books. The first one came out in 2021, and was followed up in 2022 with book two. But then 2023 came and went without a new book. I started to get worried that the Frankie series may be over and done with.

Turns out, it almost was. In fact, Lisa almost stepped away from writing. We talk about that in the conversation.

Thankfully Frankie is back in a new book called 'Still See You Everywhere.' Lisa's imagery in this book is amazing. I genuinely felt like I was in the story because of her beautiful ability to share her vision.

I hope you like our chat, and that you check out the new book!

Hannah Ellis On 'That Girl'

Today's guest is the amazingly talented Hannah Ellis. I first met her a couple of years ago and was immediately impressed with her poise and attitude. Her music is a true reflection of who she is. Fast forward to 2024 and she dropped her debut album titled 'That Girl.' It's definitely a contender for album of the year in my opinion. There are so many layers to this record and so and a lot of passion. It was a real pleasure to be able to chat with Hannah and learn more about her life before moving to Nashville, her audition for the Voice that kind of changed the path of her life and so much more.