Eye on Travel

Radio Guest List–St. Regis in San Francisco, California–April 13, 2019

Locations in this article:  San Francisco, CA

This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from the St. Regis in San Francisco, California. First, the latest update on the Boeing 737 Max investigation, and what it means for your travels through the end of this year. Joining the show is Costas Christ, Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Traveler. So what do cattle have to do with your next trip? Costas knows. Then, Cory Lee, Founder of Curb Free with Cory Lee, discusses the real challenges for handicapped accessible travel, from cruise ships to the best and least accessible cities in the United States and the world. And Kimberley Lovato and Jill Robinson, Authors of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die, share the city’s extensive and lesser known history and new ways to experience San Francisco through its thriving food and restaurant scene. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from the St. Regis in San Francisco, California.


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Costas Christ, Sustainable Tourism Expert, Travel Writer and Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Traveler, joins the program to discuss a new conservation in the United States that is housing some of the rarest endangered species in the country. He also talks about conservation revenue, giving people the opportunity to be in nature and former President Barack Obama’s conservation crusade. Then, Costas reveals the hard-hitting truth about the cattle industry and the irreparable damage it’s causing the environment.



Kimberley Lovato and Jill Robinson, Authors of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die, talk about the city’s extensive history and the new ways to experience it, the thriving food and restaurant scene and stories of the city’s tragic earthquake. They also share some of their favorite hikes and locations around the city. Then, they have more on San Francisco’s legendary bars and historic restaurants.


Shoshi Parks, Freelance Food and Travel Writer and Contributor at Time Out San Francisco, discusses the city’s Maritime history and artifacts, her favorite dive bars and the Castro district. She opens up about where she takes visitors, her go-to eateries and falling in love with the city time and time again. She also reveals the origins of the Pisco Punch drink.


Felicity Wells, Director of Front Desk at the St. Regis San Francisco, talks about the evolution of guest travel over the years and the difference between American and English travel cultures. She reveals some of the most unusual requests the hotel has received and how it transitions between business and leisure travel throughout seasons. She comments on what surprises summer guests the most, and it’s a common San Francisco misconception.


Randy Pierce, Director of Spa at the St. Regis San Francisco, explains the changing spa business, what people are getting now that they weren’t before and how spa-going has become a lot more mainstream with more gentlemen going to the spa now. He reveals what city has the most elaborate spa experience and how he applied the lessons he has learned at the St. Regis.


Emily Kuhlmann, Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of the African Diaspora, speaks about the young museum’s showcasing of young artists of African descent and the important focus on their history. Emily talks about the museum’s contemporary artists and collaborations, how it’s a non-profit institute and how people discover it because it’s a bit of a hidden gem.


Chris Flink, Executive Director at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, chats about the important, hands-on experiences at the museum. He explains the scientific phenomena that is at the center of the museum’s experiences. The museum aims to “unleash” people to follow their own interests as well as the physical, life, social and environmental sciences that are important to explore.


Cory Lee, Founder of Curb Free with Cory Lee, joins Peter to discuss great wheelchair accessibility on cruises and the research responsibility that comes with taking a cruise. He also expands on the criminal price gouging for accessible tours and the impact accessible travel is having on the industry. Cory then reveals the best and least accessible cities in the United States and internationally.


Floriana Petersen, Author of 111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss, talks about how her natural curiosity led her to exploring and writing about San Francisco. Originally from Slovenia, she talks about how much the city has changed in over 30 years. One of the biggest changes for Floriana has been the culinary scene. When she first moved to San Francisco, it seemed like there were no restaurants. It was even hard to find croissants for breakfast. Now, it’s an epicenter of culture, and every block has fabulous restaurants.