It's one thing to plan an island vacation that involves lounging by the pool, drinking, eating, and shopping. It's quite another to plan on being active every day. If the latter is more your taste, chances are you'll like the Gran Canaria Bike Tour from KE Adventure. This eight-day excursion sees you spending six days exploring the island on two wheels. Up and down mountains and across over 230 miles of road, you'll get to enjoy fantastic coastal scenery, plenty of hairpin turns, and small villages. All your hotels are included, as are most breakfasts and lunches, so there's little you need to do other than show up and ride.
Given its name, you might assume that the Music to Your Mouth festival involves some combination of food and live musical entertainment. And you'd be right. Scheduled for November 19-24 at Palmetto Bluff, this Lowcountry celebration will include pork & Pappy cruises of the May River, wine tastings, a dinner cooked up by Five James Beard Award Winning Chefs — Sean Brock, Chris Hastings, Linton Hopkins, Mike Lata, and Anne Quatrano — a "Potlikker" block party, a 5K, a culinary festival, a tailgate hosted by Audi, and a "Kiss the Pig" oyster roast. Food, festivities, and fun.
Island hopping is, by itself, a pretty amazing vacation idea. But going from caye to caye using nothing but a kayak? Even better. This Lodge-to-Lodge Sea Kayak Trip lets you do exactly that. On this guided trip, you'll explore Southwater Caye Marine Park using high-end sea kayaks, hopping aboard Stand Up Paddleboards to traverse calmer waters, and exploring the underwater with snorkels and/or scuba gear. At the end of each day's journey, your guides and hosts will cook up dinner as you settle into your seaside room, cold beverage in hand. Best of all? There's no experience needed, so whether you're a salty dog or a land-lubber, all you have to do is show up and go.
When most people think of wilderness, they think of mountains, forests, and other foreboding terrain. But just because a place lacks peaks and trees doesn't mean it's not wild. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a great example. Located in the Flint Hills, this 11,000 acre preserve represents some — most, actually — of the last of the 170 million acres of prairie that once covered our continent, affording a unique opportunity to see the American Heartland as it once was. Complete with buffalo. Tallgrass is home to one of the last remaining pure-bred bison herds, and you can even walk amongst them — if you're brave.
For most people, simply visiting an active volcano would be thrilling enough. But if you're not one of those people, perhaps Volcano Boarding will do. In this extreme sport — created by the proprietors of Bigfoot Hostel — you'll be flying down the slopes of 2,388-foot Cerro Negro on nothing but a sit-down wooden-style toboggan made from metal and Formica-reinforced plywood. And when we say flying, we really mean it — speeds reach up to 55 mph, or way faster than you should ever be going on something that requires you to sit on the ground. The experience includes transportation, safety equipment, a jumpsuit and goggles, speed clocking, and a celebration of your bravery once you return to Bigfoot. Whether you decide to stay there or not is totally up to you.
It might sound like some nefarious government agency, but in fact, the Center for Postnatural History is actually a curated collection of organisms that have been altered by — who else — humans, or otherwise chosen for "Artificial Selection". Examples include Round Up-Ready Corn, a BioSteel goat that produces spider proteins in its milk, which can then be turned into Kevlar, "atomic" rodents exposed to radiation during the Manhattan Project, and GloFish, which glow under UV light. Thankfully, the Center avoids taking sides in the debate over the morality of such experimentation, instead presenting each specimen cleanly, with a few basic facts. We could certainly think of worse ways to spend an afternoon in the Steel City.
Unlike most storied music houses, the walls of the 40 Watt Club haven't heard decades of history making — but that's mostly just because it's moved so damn many times. Currently settled into some digs on Washington, this venue was instrumental in the rise of America's punk and new wave scene, playing host to bands like Pylon, Love Tractor, Indigo Girls, Modern Skirts, and R.E.M. — in fact, the ex-wife of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is now the owner. These days, it's the home base for acts like of Montreal, The Whigs, and the Drive-By Truckers, serving notice that while the address may have changed, the club's importance has not.
It's not exactly a quick trip, but we guarantee this South Pole 20K Ski Expedition is far more rewarding than simply hopping off a plane and declaring "I'm here". Offered by the experienced guides at Polar Expeditions, this nine-day journey sees you boarding a plane in Punta Arenas, Chile for a flight to the bottom of the world — or at least close to it, as you'll be skiing the last 20 km, and sleeping in a tent (with a very warm sleeping bag). When you consider that a full trek there takes nearly two months there and back, it's like getting all the excitement (and bragging rights) with none of the hassle.
Sure, the Florida Panhandle isn't exactly known as a music mecca — but if you happen to be in the area, you need to make a pilgrimage to the Vinyl Music Hall. Set in historic downtown, this quality venue is large enough to host national acts yet small enough to keep an intimate feel, and plays host to everything from bluegrass and folk to rap, rock, and even burlesque shows. And with all quality venues, there's also a bar to keep you well lubricated throughout the show, and a patio if you need some fresh air.
The name might sound foreboding, but there are actually fewer lightning strikes at The Lightning Field than you'd expect. This massive work of land art — created by sculptor Walter De Maria in the late Seventies — is instead one of the more unique destinations in the southwest. It's made up of 400 stainless steel poles with heights varying based on the undulation of the 1 mile x 1 kilometer grid on which they sit, allowing the solid, pointed tips to form a plane level parallel to the ground. Meant to be experienced over a long period of time, the site is only open six months out of the year, and requires an advanced reservation for up to six people in the on-site cabin — so if you're wanting to make a visit next year, you'd best make your plans now.
If you're a lover of meat, there's no better place to be this weekend than San Antonio. That's because Meatopia Texas is happening November 2 & 3 at The Historic Pearl Brewery. On hand will be over 30 chefs from around the country (but mainly from Texas), including the likes of Tim Byres, Paul Qui, and John Fink, all creating fantastic dishes using meat from the best producers in the US, and all cooked over a live fire. Add in music and drinks and you've got an ideal way to spend the weekend.
It's been called the best driving road in the world — and while we're not ready to give it the crown, it's definitely in the conversation. The Stelvio Pass is the Eastern Alps' highest paved road at an elevation of over 9,000 feet, and also its most enjoyable. Originally constructed in the 1820's, this 15-mile stretch of pavement runs between Stilfs in South Tyrol and Bormio in the province of Sondrio, and features plenty of hairpin turns — 48 on the northern side alone — as well as amazing mountain views. Our recommendation? Make sure to rent something fun and Italian — a Ferrari, perhaps? — before hitting the road.