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15 Things To Bring On Your Summer Adventures

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:03 AM


After testing out these 15 products, we couldn't imagine diving into our summer adventures without them. 

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The Catalina by Lo & Sons | $120

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8 Gorgeous Spring Getaways Near NYC to Book Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 10:45 AM


This will-it-ever-end winter has us all more than a little bit eager for spring to arrive. And spring is almost here. That morning will come when you don't hear the clanking heaters or shovels scraping the snow off the sidewalks and you'll know...

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The Best Oakland Food Tour You'll Ever Take

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:21 PM


By Paul Krantz for offMetro SF

The name Temescal is said to be derived from "temescalli," an Aztec word for sweat lodge, but I didn't see any of those as I wandered past flower-adorned gardens toward the Temescal Sunday farmers'...

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15 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:28 PM

As travelers, we strive to collect more moments than things, but sometimes it's those things we carry with us that make the moments even richer. These 15 Valentine's Day gift ideas are sure to do just that.


1. Bon Appétit

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11 Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:03 AM


These products are so durable and dreamy, you'll want to put them on your wish list.

1. For the leading lady
Giving back to the world looks especially good with these Balinese earrings, which provide children with much-needed doses of...

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Top 11 Travel Products for Your Summer Getaway

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:15 AM


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Sweeten your summer getaway with these 11 travel items, be it an inflatable stand up paddle board, waterproof speakers, weekend bag, a hammock built for two,...

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The 10 Best Waterfront Restaurants in Westchester

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:53 PM


The journey to get to these 10 waterfront restaurants in Westchester is as rewarding as the dining destinations themselves. This weekend, leave the noise, the familiar neighborhoods and crowded foodie nooks to feast your eyes on one of these culinary adventures -- all...

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The Best Things to Do in Jimmy Fallon's Hometown

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:58 AM


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It's easy to see why artists have been drawn to Saugerties for generations. This former mill town's enviable geographic position, nestled in the Catskill Mountains and perched on the Hudson River,...

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How to Make the Most of a Lake Placid Weekend Getaway

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:39 PM

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Catch an Olympic buzz without going to Sochi with a Lake Placid winter adventure. It's located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, the largest public protected land in the continental U.S. It offers a...

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Gourmet Getaways: Three Places to Visit in Upstate New York

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Delicious is always in season, so don't let the tumbling temperatures prevent you from experiencing a Northern Gourmet Getaway. Foodies agree that winter's most enticing aspects are of the epicurean variety. Upstate New York is home to some of the most fertile farmland in the nation. The region is flush...

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Eat, Save, Savor: Great Getaways During California Restaurant Month

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM

By Suzanne Russo, offMetro SF


Leave the healthy eating until February. January is California Restaurant Month, a time to fulfill all your other New Year's resolutions (saving money, experiencing new things, supporting local businesses...)

From cozying up...

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Local Experts from 13 California Destinations Reveal Secrets They'd Rather Keep Secret

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 1:18 PM

By Suzanne Russo, offMetro SF


They are purveyors of place, touting their own hometowns to tourists, meeting planners, and writers. By trade, they are experts on and champions of the iconic places, under-the-radar gems, and newfangled darlings in their areas. But where do the...

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A Self-Guided Food Tour of Jack London Square

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 2:00 PM


By Rebecca Podesta, offMetro SF

Named for one of Oakland's most famous former residents, author of adventure classics like The Call of the Wild and White Fang, Jack London Square celebrates Oakland, past and present. Like the scribe for which it...

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Holy Shift: 13 Made in the USA Gift Ideas for Cyclists

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Whether you're shopping for a serious cyclist or just think biking is cool, this gift guide will make spirits bright for those in a two-wheeled state of mind. Each of these high quality, highly stylish items are proudly designed and made in the USA. And given that the...

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10 Must-See Northern California Views

(7) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:26 PM


There's a reason people who visit the San Francisco Bay Area want to move, and people who live in the Bay Area never want to leave (real estate prices be damned) -- and it's not just the weather (as any San Franciscan will...

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In the Finger Lakes, Sampling a Bit of Everything

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:52 PM


Although his most famous stories herald rambunctious adventures in the wilds of the south, great American writer Mark Twain spent his happiest days (and did most of his writing) in the tranquil haven of New York's Finger Lakes region, which he...

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A Self-Guided Bike Tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 1:47 PM


Ah, Williamsburg. Some people call it Billy, but I always feel like a weird old man calling San Francisco "Frisco" when I hear that, so I stick with its formal name.

Bedford Avenue (you may have heard of...

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The 21 Best Spots to Drink Whiskey and Get Frisky in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:51 PM

If you know where to look, a whiskey bar or distillery can offer much more than what goes in your glass. Thomas and Ellie, the founders of (spelled the Scottish way, no e), are our city's whiskey wunderkinds. Whether you like Ginger Ale Highballs, on the rocks,...

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Off Season Escape: Stockbridge, Massachusetts

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:01 PM

On a crisp autumn morning not too long ago, I walked out the front door of my room at the Red Lion Inn just off Main Street and headed in the direction of a forest, where in 10 minutes I'd be hiking along the Housatonic River.

It seemed...

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Lodi is for (Wine) Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 11:30 PM

When one says (or searches) for "California Wine Country," the first place that comes up is Napa Valley, followed closely by Sonoma, and then maybe Santa Barbara, Temecula... What does not generally surface? A wine getaway to Lodi.

But grape growing in this rural Delta region is older than the...

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