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Grandfather Presents: Samantha Brown

July 13, 2023 @5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

$20.00 – $60.00
Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality and travel expert. A speaker in our Grandfather Presents series, Samantha started her TV career at the Travel Channel where for over 15 years she created many iconic travel series, including “Great Hotels,” “Passport to Europe,” “Great Weekends” and “Samantha Brown’s Asia.”

Over the last 20 years, Samantha has traveled around the world visiting over 250 cities in 75 countries and 45 U.S. states, creating more than 200 hours of engaging and informative television programming along the way.

In 2018, Samantha moved from Travel Channel to PBS, and her new show there, “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” quickly became the highest-rated travel program on public television. In 2019, she earned two Emmy Awards (Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program and Outstanding Host for a Lifestyle, Children’s or Special Class Program). In “Places to Love,” she finds the destinations, experiences and, most importantly, the people who make you feel like you belong to a place, and not just a consumer passing through.

Samantha’s fun-loving style has made her a revered and engaging television personality whose approach is less expert, less host and more a person you would want to travel with. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and 10-year-old twins.

Buy tickets below beginning May 29, 2023.

“VIP” tickets include a VIP reception with the guest speaker that includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, in addition to the program and the “meet-and-greet” session after the event. Admission to the park for the day is also included.

  • $60 “VIP” Adult
  • $51 “VIP” Bridge Club Member

“Regular” tickets are a more cost-effective option and include only the speaker’s program and the “meet-and-greet” session after the event.

  • $25 “Regular” Adult
  • $20 “Regular” Bridge Club Member
  • Children 12 and under admitted for free (max of four free children per purchase)


  • 8 a.m. | Park opens for the day and “VIP” ticket holders allowed access to the park
  • 4:45 p.m. | “Regular” ticket holders allowed to enter the park and are welcome to explore the Conservation Campus (Wilson Center, Mildred the Bear Environmental Habitats and more) prior to the speaker presentation.
  • 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. | Check-in for all event attendees at the front entrance of the Wilson Center
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m. | “VIP” Reception in the Sunroom of the Wilson Center (VIP ticket holders only)
  • 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. | Speaker Presentation in the Classroom in the Clouds
  • 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. | Meet and Greet with Speaker
  • 7:45 p.m. | Park should be clear of all Grandfather Presents guests

Full refunds will be given to individuals who reach out to us at least five days before the event. This allows time for individuals on the waiting list to make accommodations to attend the event. To cancel your registration, please call 828-733-2013, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More About Grandfather Presents
Our 2023 speaker series at the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery includes five big Thursday night events with internationally and nationally known presenters. Presented by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the series also includes two Saturday afternoon presentations focused on nature, adventure or conservation-related topics on a local or regional scale. Read more.


July 13, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$20.00 – $60.00
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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

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