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January 18, 2022
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New Jersey Tourism, Local Partners to be Promoted on 1,400 Airings

Trenton, N.J. – Jan. 13, 2022 – The New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism (NJTT) expects the state’s tourism industry to receive an added boost from a national TV audience when two-time Emmy award-winning PBS travel series “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love” highlights the Garden State in a dedicated episode that debuts this week. Trusted travel expert and television host Samantha Brown filmed the series’ second episode of its fifth season, “Jersey Shore and More,” in June 2021 while touring many of the state’s iconic attractions, historic sites and locally owned businesses.
Aligned with the show’s theme for the season – showcasing the locally-owned businesses, musicians and artists, historical places and enhanced natural spaces that represent the enduring belief that humans have in each other – the destinations’ resilience is prominently on display, told through the voices of those behind its recovery.
“Our great partners across the state not only adapted, but continued to thrive amid the pandemic, providing them a special opportunity with this episode to shine on a national stage and draw in future visitors,” said New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Jeff Vasser. “The show captures New Jersey’s preeminent roles in the Revolutionary War and music history, as well as the state’s sustainable practices in food sourcing and coastal conservation, which we know families across America will all love and appreciate.”

Brown’s extraordinary understanding of the human spirit and the quest for discovery play an important part in the destinations highlighted throughout the show. In Cape May County, once a hub for the Underground Railroad, Brown explores the recently opened Harriet Tubman Museum, and she also uncovers groundbreaking research at The Wetlands Institute.
The exciting journey through the Garden State also follows Brown to stops at Beach Plum Farms, Source Farmhouse Brewery in Colts Neck, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, The Stone Pony, and Transparent Clinch Gallery in Asbury Park—among others.    

New Jersey residents can tune in via multiple ways and are encouraged to check local listings for exact date and times. Philadelphia PBS affiliate WHYY-TV will air the episode on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m., while New York PBS affiliate WLIW will air it on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 11:30 a.m.

To watch the episode online, visit or the PBS app beginning Sunday, Jan. 16. A preview of the episode can be found at the link above.

About New Jersey
New Jersey offers a wide variety of experiences to visitors all year long. Tourists and residents can enjoy outdoor adventures, renowned culinary offerings, educational opportunities, and a strong arts and cultural scene. With numerous state and national parks, beaches, skiing, tax free shopping, historic sites, museums, and more, New Jersey blends together its rich history and exciting present. Home to the nation’s first beach resorts and the birthplace of major inventions, New Jersey offers a picturesque escape and dynamic opportunities for visitors from near and far. For more information, visit
About Samantha Brown:
Known for her warm, engaging personality and her ability to convey the true character of the people and places she visits throughout the world, Samantha has been inspiring wanderlust since her television journey first began with Travel Channel’s “Great Hotels.” Since then, her career has taken her to over 250 cities in 74 countries and 44 of the United States, winning her two Emmys in the process. A natural extension of her years on the road, in 2011, Samantha debuted her own stylish and practical luggage line on HSN, the Home Shopping Network. Designed from her travel expert’s perspective, blending style and utility, the line instantly became a top “customer pick” and was one of the most successful brand launches for the year. In 2019, Samantha and “Places to Love” were nominated for three Emmys, and won two, picking up awards in the categories of Outstanding Host for a Lifestyle, Children's or Special Class Program and Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program. “Places to Love” was also nominated for an Emmy in 2020 and 2021.
Follow Samantha via her website,; on Instagram @samanthabrowntravels;  Facebook at RealSamanthaBrown; and @samanthabrown on Twitter.