Outside. Everything about it delights me. Practically all of my fondest childhood memories happened outside. There's the night we stretched out on the summer grass in the front yard to stargaze. The silly campfire games and hijinks while camping. The icky but rewarding fishing trips. Heck, even the outdoor chores were a thrill. The common thread in all these childhood adventures? Dad.
Here's a rundown of my favorite activities and spots to check out in Carmel Valley in Monterey County California. #GrabYourMoment #Monterey
We recently discovered the inspired experiences company IfOnly. They offer unique and engaging experiences that connect you with interesting people and places that you wouldn't normally have access to. We love it because of all the cool outdoor experiences they offer: personalized yoga on a city rooftop, wilderness survival training with a bonafide expert, sunset seaplane tours...outdoor adventures galore! And in today's modern world full of too many things and stuff that clutter our lives, we find it refreshing to indulge in an experience rather than a shopping trip. In fact, studies show that people are more gratified in life when they collect experiences, not things!
I've been following MotoLady for some time. My husband rides and has been not so subtly hinting to me to get my own bike, so he introduced me to MotoLady to prove that badass ladies can rule the road, too. Hell, I always knew they could (and already do!), but following Motolady's adventures somehow makes it all seem more accessible, more real...and a hell of lot more stylish.
This Arizona "glamping B&B" has been built to accommodate guests year-round to provide a peaceful, unique Navajo cultural experience.
Dress for success on the trail with this light-weight, quick-drying dress made with backpackers in mind.
Dress the part this 4th of July.
All of the red, white and blue fun to be had in Santa Cruz this Independence Day.
Enjoy a nature-getaway every day with these home accessories.
Not quite sure where to celebrate Independence Day this year? These romantic vacation homes in in Marin are hard to resist.
End your weekend right with one of these lovely local adventures.
Daly City isn't known for its rich, natural beauty. But with this dog-friendly, oceanside destination, maybe it should be.
Get ready! Tourist Club opens its exclusive doors in the redwoods just a few times a year.
Now sure how to get rolling? These friendly local groups can help.
Once in awhile, getting going feels impossible. Luckily, we have three simple tricks to help you get back up to speed.
This gorgeous beach along Highway 1 won't disappoint.
Haven't planned a minute of your three-day weekend yet? Stroll, run or bike back to the 1940s in Richmond's Rosie & World War II Home Front Historic Park.
This Airbnb for tour guides could change the way you explore the world.
Summer giveaway time! This week only, we're giving away a genius outdoor tech innovation – the Sand-Free Mat from CGear traps dirt, dust, and sand underneath the mat and doesn't let it back up. Don't ask us how it works, it just does!
Here are six of this season's most versatile black and white swim suits.
The Doobie Brothers, San Francisco Ballet and Talib Kweli are just three of the acts scheduled for the 78th Annual Stern Grove Festival.
These genius tents date back to the 1800s, where manufacturers adapted the classic teepee design for western military use.
Looking for a new adventure this Memorial Day? Here are two.
You don't have to go far this weekend to find the perfect Earth Day celebration.
If you’re looking for a real butt-kicking experience you can complete in one day, hiking the 9,926 foot mountain Clouds Rest from the Yosemite Valley floor may be the adventure for you. Here’s what you need to know to successfully reach the top and back in one piece before dark.
Overwhelmed by your grocer's trail mix selection? Skip it. Here's how to make your own gluten-free mix.
If your mornings are hectic, overnight oats are a nutritious and tasty meal that can be ready the moment you wake up. Recipe: Chocolate Chia Cherry Overnight Oats
Deliciously simple cocktails for a night under the stars.
We took a few of our usual favorites and gave them an Asian twist. The best part of the dinner is combining the soy sauced veggies and steak with the sweet stewed plums and creamy salad for tastebud perfection. Oh, and the ice cream at the end. Duh.
They're known for their cool climate Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay. One sip of any of these beauties and you understand that the purity and elegance they bring to the space itself is inspired by how they view winemaking. There's no overly oaked Chardonnay here. Nor a just released Syrah that's instantly quaffable. They eschew trends, they embrace the many benefits that come with patience – to produce critically acclaimed wines, certainly rooted in California, but reminiscent of the French greats.
Give this super easy yet tasty recipe a try at your next BBQ. The slight spicy (you can determine the heat) mushrooms combined with the cool herbed sour cream make for a great start to a party.
Now that you've gotten s'mores down to an art, give campfire baking a try with this simple recipe.
Protein-rich breakfast biscuits are the perfect start to your outdoor adventure day.
Lightweight and easy to cook, couscous makes a perfect backpacking meal.
Combine a waffle iron, s'mores toasting skewer, and panini maker, and you'll get the jaffle iron. This ingenious tool toasts and bakes anything from sandwiches to pies over an open flame.
Delight in the many splendors of spring. Greenery at every turn, flowers beaming up at you, sizable tax returns. Times are good. We're celebrating our rise from hibernation with the simple and elegant Bourbon Bloom
We came across this easy and tasty recipe from an Olympic skier featured in SELF magazine. We trust anything a super athlete gobbles up.
We've been scouring markets and the interwebs for the perfect picnic basket for some time now. There's insulated classics, high-tech totes, and plenty of chic and cheap bags to lug your wine and cheese and treats. But we've been thinking it'd be cool to do it differently. Stand out a bit with stylish global flair.
The sidecar is a classic Prohibition-era cocktail, usually made with cognac, Cointreau, lemon, and simple syrup. Here, we take those bright summer flavors and shift them forward a month or two, taking some of the lemon’s bite away, but furthering the cognac’s buttery richness by switching to calvados, a French apple brandy.
One of the reasons camping rates not #1 but #5 on people's list of ideal outdoor activities is...BUGS. These little suckers can be a real pain, especially for those of us who are genetically more appealing to bugs (about 10% of the population simply tastes sweeter to mosquitoes). Here are the latest and greatest bug repelling products that don't do a number on the environment...
We just discovered this small-batch, nature fabulous line of salts & scrubs and lotions & potions. Get a few of our favorites from Amazon below.
Remember the old overzealous beauty routine of brushing your hair 100 times a day? Well, it's a total myth and colossal waste of time. But don't let that stop you from investing in a good brush that stimulates the scalp and distributes the natural oils in hair.
Try our latest concoction we picked up in Costa Rica. Perfect for restoring your hair after a tropical trip or a winter wonderland. Your hair will be be so much softer and healthier. Hell, this little hair tonic is so good we wouldn't be ashamed to drink it, too!
Soap on a rope has a nostalgic appeal, but when outdoor adventuring it's also a really useful thing to have in your toiletry bag. Check out these modern and more feminine takes on the classic soap on a rope:
Dirty. Dirty camping. Dirty ground. Dirty public restroom. Dirty sweat. Outdoor adventuring is anything but clean. How do you keep up with your friends who never seem to mind getting grungy, while still maintaining your precious beauty regimen? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you live your outdoor life clean...