Blooming tree at the Bitlmore Estate, North Carolina

Blooming tree at the Bitlmore Estate, North Carolina

Wheeling, West Virginia - the sign says it all

Wheeling, West Virginia - the sign says it all

Thomas Jefferson's monogram on his private cemetery gate, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.

Thomas Jefferson's monogram on his private cemetery gate, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.

Colonial era houses in Providence

Colonial era houses in Providence

United States

In search of a party and Star Wars relics

No Yoda in dunes near Yuma

when I glanced over the Facebook event page advertising a Star Wars cosplay convention in the dunes outside of Yuma, I automatically assumed it would be a party. I pictured spacetini-sipping Slave Leias and inebriated ...

Alpha King brings home a whale

Wyoming's golden IPA has San Diego roots

Former local brewer and reigning Brewpub Brewer of the Year Kirk McHale made a return visit to San Diego last week, and he brought some award-winning beer with him. While beer enthusiasts prepared to queue ...

Road-trip Washington State's national parks

Must-sees in Olympic, Mount Rainier and North Cascades.

I paused on the winding Hall of Mosses Trail in Olympic National Park's verdant Hoh Rainforest. Gazing at the oddly shaped trees that seemed concocted out of an imagination meshing Tolkien and Tim Burton, I ...

Quartzsite: Arizona's rock city

This colossal swap meet goes down November–March in western Arizona.

What do you get when you cross one million snowbirds and desert rats, and add blocks of swap-meet junk? You get Quartzsite, AZ, in January. Starting in the fall, tens of thousands of bargain hunters ...

Mark Twain speaks again in St. Louis

"It is extortion, but they are in a position to demand it."

St. Louis's aldermen voted yesterday (December 18) by 17-10 to build a billion-dollar-plus stadium to keep the Rams in the city. But the football team's owner, Stan Kroenke, has never shown any interest in keeping ...

Nuvasive's eastward expansion

Spinal surgery device–maker swoops on fat subsidies in Ohio

San Diego–based NuVasive, maker of spinal surgery devices, revealed Thursday that it has selected a site in West Carrollton, Ohio, in the Dayton area, for a manufacturing facility. NuVasive will move almost 100 jobs from ...

New Orleans and its food museums: a foodie pilgrimage

“We are a food and beverage museum, and we are not afraid of food and drink.”

Banned for ninety-five years in the United States until 2007, absinthe has garnered almost a century’s worth of mystique as a drink responsible for festive delusions. But such mystique is no match for the knowledge ...

The Queen Mary's Sir Winston's smoking deck

First-class aboard the historic ship in Long Beach. (Cigar optional.)

There is no smoking on the Queen Mary. Signs are posted everywhere stating just that. So, when we arrived at the topmost deck to dine at the luxurious Sir Winston's Restaurant and Lounge, I noted ...

Philadelphia in the rain

There's lots to do and eat – indoors – on your next pit stop in Philly.

You can plan as much as you like for a trip, but you can’t plan the weather. That doesn’t mean you won’t still have lots of fun! It was raining buckets on my head for ...

San Diego beer facing local competition in Bay Area

Excited about drinking everything in San Francisco

As popular as San Diego breweries are, few distribute nationally. Green Flash says it’s in 50 states, which means Alpine now is, too. Stone's at 41, while AleSmith's at 19 and rising. Of course, Ballast ...

San Diegan’s Maui blowout takes on the Bee

Legislators and camp followers eat, imbibe, and lodge at posh Hawaiian resort

The word Maui has been a longtime stain on the reputation of the California legislature, according to critics of a San Diego–based nonprofit that gets little attention in the local paper but lots of ink ...

German art right before Hitler

How it was, how it is

In many of these photos, things have an existential aura of their own and seem to be observing us.

Lights, cameras, money

San Diego city hall still wants to set up a film commission

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and fellow San Diego politicos who seem on the verge of losing the Chargers to Los Angeles are busy plotting at least one form of revenge: a new movie-making push to draw ...

O.C. Register parent files for bankruptcy — again

Ignominious end of an attempt to fatten up the paper

If court OKs it, current CEO will take over paper.

Video: Burning Man is home

Why is the desert festival (and temporary city) "home" for so many of its attendees?

Many attendees refer to Burning Man, the annual week-long festival that takes place in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, as "home." This short video examines why. I randomly selected people at this year's Burning Man, as ...

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