Carnage report: Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome visits the Gadling Labs

As our hangovers from this long holiday weekend begin to wane, more and more details from our time with Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome are coming forth.

It’s true, we got a little bit of flack from our peers when the little guy came out to visit the Gadling Labs, but our original hunch turned out to be true: irrespective of cross-promotional PR, live blogging, tweeting and hit sharing, people love to drink and take pictures with gnomes. That’s all there is to it, and that’s all we set out to do when we headed out this weekend. What a wild success.

To the best of our recollection, here’s how things unfolded:

Friday night: The gnome heads out in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Gadling’s Editor in Chief, Grant Martin on a bar crawl across the city, compelete with sangria, photo booths, skateboarders, shuffleboard, and no small share of whiskey.


Saturday: The team barely makes it to Detroit Metro for a hop through Cincinnati into St. Louis, where Editor at Large Justin Glow is to be married. After an evening full or more gin than tonic with Gadling’s producer, Willy Volk, they turn in early for tomorrow’s activities.


Sunday: Bound for New York City, the team flies from St. Louis to Newark and settles down on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where blogger Mike Barish has volunteered his digs. Into the city they careen, where the gnome meets a wide spectrum of personalities from the affable to the intoxicated to the downright creepy, with the crew finally ending up near Katz Deli at 4AM.


Thanks to all who came out and had their photo taken, it was a once in a lifetime experience.