10 Best Neighborhood Bookstores in New York City

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Anyone who says “print is dead” certainly hasn’t been to New York City, which is home to many independently-owned bookstores Stop by and visit some of these friendly neighborhood legends! 10 Best Neighborhood Bookstores in New York City By The Culture-ist 192 Books By The Culture-ist 192 Books specializes in literary fiction, art, children's books and translated […]

Small Cities for Beer Lovers


Beer glasses and crayfish via Shutterstock By Diana Smith When it comes to great American beer cities, we’re all familiar with the major ones.  Milwaukee, San Diego, Boston, Denver, Portland, Ore. and so on, these sizable hubs undoubtedly have the brewing thing down. But they’re not the only ones. In addition to laying claim to some […]

19 New York City Wine Bars for the Oenophile

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Take a sneak peek into some of the hippest New York City wine bars — from tapas and chocolate pairings to scenes marked with live music and romance, the city never falls short of places for winos. 19 New York City Wine Bars for the Oenophile By The Culture-ist New York City is one of […]

Why Oaxaca is One of Mexico’s Best Kept Secrets

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By Steven Van Yoder When Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez was asked to describe the Mexican landscape he conquered some 500 years ago, he crumpled a piece of paper and set it on a table. Cortez managed to subjugate an entire country in a few years, but was quick to note that victory had not been […]

The Best Day Trips From San Francisco (And a Travel Giveaway)

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Sonoma vineyard photo via Shutterstock Most of us know that San Francisco is one of the coolest cities in the U.S., but during the summer it’s always fun to jet off for a weekend and enjoy the laid-back vibe of the open countryside, beaches and  parks that surround the city. During the month of August, […]

The Best Day Trips From Portland (And a Travel Giveaway)

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Cannon Beach photo via Shutterstock Portland is one of the coolest, most laid back cities (you can take your dog into pubs – enough said) offering a multitude of attractions for the artistic coffee-loving, conscious traveler. While visiting the city, we suggest you work in some time for a few day trips to surrounding areas that […]

Greener Pastures: Day Trip it Out to These Beautiful Organic Farms in NJ

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Cherry Grove Entrance: Photo taken with the Lumia Icon by Anthony Russo I always feel lucky to live in the Princeton area, not only because of the diverse, well-educated community that is here, but also because of the many beautiful farms that offer a wide variety of organic produce and grass-fed meat (you can even […]

Insight: Taking a (Sound) Bath in the Mojave


By Amelia Rynkowska Everywhere I looked there were rocks. Infant rocks protected by crib craters. Pregnant rocks. Rocks, which could only have been put in that position by the hand of God. Ubiquitous greys like whispers: ancient shades that felt otherworldly. We could have been on the moon. But we weren’t. We were in Landers, […]