Go Away With ... Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Neil Giraldo says that his wife, Pat Benatar, enjoys doing laundry on the road when they travel together. (Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Tribune Media Services / December 4, 2012)
Q. Where are you based these days?
Neil Giraldo: We live in Malibu, but we also enjoy getting to spend time at our home in Hawaii.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
Pat Benatar: Wyoming. You never hear people talk about Wyoming, but it's a beautiful state. It's clean, and we have met some really cool and nice people while visiting there.
Q. Where did you perform your first concert together?
Neil Giraldo: The first show we performed together was at a club called My Father's Place in New Jersey. It was in the fall of 1979, and it was in either early October or late September.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Pat Benatar: We love to visit Idaho in the winter. In the fall, areas that we enjoy spending time in are Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Early fall when the colors turn in the Midwest is also a beautiful place to be for us.
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
Pat Benatar: Going to the Santa Barbara area. It's quick and it is also easy to get to and is just a great place for getting away.
Q. What's it like when you're traveling for shows?
Neil Giraldo: When we're on the road, we are on our custom tour bus that's equipped with things like a refrigerator, televisions and other items that we need. There are also a lot of people around. But when we're on our own as a family, there's no entourage and we like to travel by car instead of using other forms of transportation.
Q. What are your favorite hotels?
Neil Giraldo: We like to stay at any Ritz-Carlton (http://www.ritzcarlton.com) hotel. Most of them are just fantastic. We like Four Seasons (http://www.fourseasons.com) hotels as well. Beautiful, boutique hotels are great to stay at too.
Q. What are your five favorite cities?
Pat Benatar: New York, Dallas, Boston, Boise and Chicago are definitely on the list for our top cities to visit.
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
Neil Giraldo: It's New York.