Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina. Blue Ridge Mountains

Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina. Blue Ridge Mountains

rolling hills of west virginia

rolling hills of west virginia

James Henry Dooley's Japanese Garden at the Maymont Estate in Richmond, Virginia. Early October 2014. ...

James Henry Dooley's Japanese Garden at the Maymont Estate in Richmond, Virginia. Early October 2014. ...

Coast Line below Mogehan Trail, Block Island

Coast Line below Mogehan Trail, Block Island

United States

Kerry James Marshall addresses the absence of blackness

We’re the violators of their culture of leisure.

Slinky, unfurling forms run around and through many of Kerry James Marshall’s paintings. They frame individual pictures’ contents and rope together serial canvasses into a narrative of styles and scenes. In his 1993 De Style, ...

Urban exploring in Upper Manhattan

New York City rec's for the off-the-beaten-path traveler.

Ok, so everyone already knows the New York City of Times Square, the World Trade Center (both old and new), Central Park and so on. There's also the boutique shopping in SoHo, an "authentic" dinner ...

The San Diego hipster constantly threatens to move to Portland but doesn’t

The Portland hipster keeps threatening to move to Detroit/Baltimore/Tallahassee.

Dear Hipster: I think you can probably guess where this is going, but, how about the difference, if any, between San Diego hipsters and Portland hipsters. — Janelle Portland hipsters have acquired some legendary statues ...

Big yays for San Diego beers

Five dozen medals awarded at Los Angeles International Beer Competition

San Diego breweries ramped up their domination of the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, picking up 60 of the 258 medals awarded, and a full quarter of the golds handed out — 22, to go ...

Bishop, CA: Eastern Sierras gateway

Boulders, burgers, bristlecones, add a dash of history.

For outdoor adventure, a dash of history, and crisp mountain air, head north to the Eastern Sierras to the small top of Bishop. Nestled between two of the largest mountain ranges in the contiguous United ...

Fort Bragg's Glass Beach

City dump to sea glass wonder on the Northern California coast.

Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, in northern California, is a literal example of the power of nature to transform trash into treasure. In the late afternoon sun with the waves gently lapping on shore, I ...

NFL owners approve Raiders move to Vegas

The league has been tied to gambling since its founding

National Football League owners, meeting in Phoenix today (March 27), approved the Oakland Raiders' move to the gambling haven. The vote was 31-1. The dissenting vote was not announced but it was said to come ...

Welcome to Bear Country

Solo camping in the Sierras' Little Lakes, a 6.5-hour drive north of S.D.

Although I had only been home a month, I had irrationally hoped to get my ideal big girl job and within a few months be settled in my big girl apartment. Since I was nowhere ...

De La Fuente runs for NYC mayoral seat

His "first problem is that he does not live here," said the Times.

San Diego real estate developer Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente is running for mayor of New York City, according to a March 23 article in the New York Times. In 2015, the Reader reported that ...

Antelope Canyon, #nofilter

Instagram's favorite red-rock slot canyon can be done in a long weekend.

Nestled about halfway between Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona, has some knock-your-eyes-out-jaw-dropping natural phenomena of its own. A small, nondescript town in northern Arizona, Page highlights its proximity to Antelope Canyon ...

Council supports transgender teen in Virginia

Vote to back student's bathroom choice reveals conflict in chambers

On Monday, February 27, the majority of city councilmembers entered into the national debate over the use of bathrooms for transgender students. During a closed-session meeting, a majority of councilmembers voted to file an amicus ...

Big Bear hot for winter trout

District hopes to become its own hatchery next year

While hundreds of San Diegan anglers wait for the April 29 trout opener in the mountain lakes of the Eastern Sierra, Big Bear Lake, in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains, is producing some large, high ...

Antelope Valley's fields of orange

Time the 3.5-hour drive north in the spring for spectacular waves of color.

Officially known as the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve, the rolling hills of the southern Mojave, 15 miles west of Lancaster, explode with color each spring as 1,745 acres of wildflowers end their hibernation and burst ...

Stories from NAMM

Music Merchants madness

The annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention just wrapped in Anaheim, and San Diego musicians were well represented, as performers, consumers, and product endorsers. Guitarist Wayne Riker has been attending the convention for ...

Making yeast in Beer City USA

White Labs launches its East Coast hub

This spring, local yeast purveyor White Labs will join the ranks of San Diego breweries producing beer on the east coast when it builds a brewhouse in prominent craft beer destination, Asheville, North Carolina. Of ...