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Celebrity Travel Spotlight: Author Hart Getzen

Author Hart Getzen wrote “Echo’s Revenge” under the name Sean Austin and it’s a look at the world of gaming. Getzen grew up in Kabul and he has a background in simulation gaming and action films. Here are his favorite places in the country…

My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…Laguna Beach, because I love the variety of surf conditions there for surfing and everyone is oh, so friendly.

The first thing I do when I go to Laguna Beach is…I walk out on the beach, into the water, swim out through the surf, and ask myself why I don’t live here for the rest of my life.

Everyone should visit…North Carolina…at least once. To see first-hand 1) how friendly, considerate, and community-oriented people can be, and 2) how well a state can be run for all of its many, ethnically diverse, citizens

Yosemite on the north side…is a pleasant surprise. It’s heavenly beautiful, especially when the rivers are frozen in the winter.

My favorite restaurant in the U.S. is…Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt in Atlanta, because the barbecue is superb, and it’s always been good people and good times there.

The best place to find…a chili dog…is at…Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood. They’ve been doing it forever and their chili dogs rule. It’s a fact.

A great town people may not know about that they should visit is…Murrieta, CA, for the truly good and generous people who live there! While driving through, stop at Calhoun’s Texas Barbeque. Great BBQ and sweet potato pie at Calhoun’s-with old family recipes.

The Sunoco truck stop on Pleasant Street in Lee, Mass …is a great truck stop because…it’s easy parking, consistently good food, dim lighting, and when I was there it was open all night. A good place to take a break when you pull an all-nighter.

My favorite airport in the U.S. is…RDU in Raleigh, N.C., because it’s new, the architecture is terrific, TSA is friendly, it’s clean, and it has a special, mellow vibe. Hudson Booksellers has really knowledgeable, helpful people working there. (I want that front book shelf!)

My favorite food in the U.S. is…BBQ, because it’s so different in every part of the country and BBQ chefs, despite their rich traditions, are so inventive.