The VIP Lounge with Christopher Knight
Christopher Knight is best remembered as the adorable Peter Brady on the popular late-1960s/early-’70s television series “The Brady Bunch,” but what most people don’t know about Knight is that while he has kept his hand in acting — including in reality TV and live theater — he has forged a very successful career as a computer/tech executive. His latest TV endeavor is an HGTV program called “A Very Brady Renovation,” in which the six “Brady kids” (Knight, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen) and HGTV regulars (including Drew and Jonathan Scott from “The Property Brothers” and the mother-daughter duo Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk from “Good Bones”) renovate the North Hollywood, Calif., home that was used for the exterior shots of the iconic sitcom. “We’re ‘design ambassadors’ to the house,” Knight, 61, said in a recent phone interview. “Each of us has been assigned a room and a designer — or design team. I’ve been teamed up with Eve and Leanne and Steve Ford [siblings from HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords”] to do the kitchen.” The show will air in September to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the premiere of “The Brady Bunch,” he said. Knight is also heavily involved in philanthropic endeavors, including Journey Forward, a Canton-based organization that uses exercise to better the lives of those living with spinal-cord injuries and other disabilities. He was set to visit Massachusetts April 25 to host the nonprofit’s 11th annual Vegas Casino Night at Kings Dedham. “The work they do is amazing,” he said. “I am proud to be a part of it.” We caught up with Knight, who was born in New York City, raised in the Los Angeles area, and now lives with his wife, Cara, in Hermosa Beach, Calif., to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation destination? The next one up. So many places to see; so much to experience . . . who’s got time for favorites?
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Whatever the local specialty is. When in Rome. . .
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Baku, Berlin, San Sebastian, Lima, and most of all, the Galapagos Islands. Baku is a half a world away, where east meets west; north meets south. It’s middle earth – and it’s exotic, cosmopolitan, and virtually unknown to most [people] in the US. I’d like to visit Berlin for the history, culture, art, food, and the wall — for context — and San Sebastian to experience the Basque food and culture. Anthony Bourdain raved about it and joked [on his TV show “Parts Unknown”] that, in an effort to keep the Basque country pure, tourists should not go there. I’d also like to experience the food scene in Lima — and other places in South America – and go to the Galapagos Islands before it’s trampled to death by like-minded eco-crusaders or swamped by sea-level rise. I want to see what [Charles] Darwin saw, feel what Darwin felt in this menagerie of magically odd islands.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? Really? Besides my passport? It’s gotta be the same as everyone else: my cellphone.
Aisle or window? Aisle. It feels roomier. When I was a kid it was the window. I could look out and see the world from a different perspective. With Google Earth, I no longer need the window.
Favorite childhood travel memory? November 1959, arriving in California from NYC after driving cross-country with my mom, dad, and brother. I was only 2, but I have a strange, hazy, dreamlike recollection of decompression — room to run, space to survive. My mom said I was a difficult child, but something happened when we got to California; I changed and became much better natured and reasonable — as reasonable as a 2-year-old can be.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? Seeing things. Taking time to take things in and really see. Not something I feel at all guilty of; but something travel affords and brings focus to.
Best travel tip? Slow down to do more . . . you are certain to remember more. And for crying out loud, get out from behind your camera and participate in the moment!