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Why You Should Start Planning Your Trip to the San Juan Islands Now (Plus 7 Amazing Vacation Rentals)

Summer may be winding down, but the San Juan Islands are just about to hit their sweet spot.<p>A mecca for whale watching, wine tasting, hiking, and …

San Juan Island

Make bourbon peach cobbler in a Crock Pot because peaches + booze + slow cooker = dessert

<i>Welcome to Slow Cooker Week, in which</i> The Takeout <i>uses its favorite cold-weather kitchen appliance in the dead of summer.</i><p>I love my slow-cooker. A …

Ian's Shoelace Site – Surgeon's Shoelace Knot

Step 1:<p>Tie a Left-over-Right Starting Knot as shown, then make the right (blue) end into a "loop" by simply doubling it back onto itself.<p>Step 2:<p>Take …

Grilled Chili-Garlic Flank Steak with Avocado Butter

Preparation<p>In a medium bowl, combine the butter, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, serrano, coriander, and 1/2 tsp. salt, and mix well. Cover with …

Potato and Poblano Corn Chowder

Recipe<p>Servings: 4<p>While you could make this spicy take on corn chowder with frozen corn, it’s best with fresh.<p>Preparation<p>Melt the butter in a large …

Recipes

The Best Mosquito Repellents, According to You

This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for the highest-rated mosquito repellents, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.<p><b>Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent ($5)</b><p>“This stuff works fantastically. It lasts for hours and has no chemical smell. It definitely has a …

The 5 Best Sleeping Pads For Backpacking

After a long day of backpacking through the woods, all you want to do is crawl into your tent and drift off to sleep. You’ve worked hard, after all. …

The Undershirts Meant to Be Seen

Undershirts provide a crucial layer under your clothing. They stop the sweat from saturating the nicer (and pricier) top shirts, which ultimately …

The Best Bike Shorts of 2018

Nothing makes a ride like a sweet pair of shorts.<p>POC Raceday Enduro Shorts ($130)<p>These are meant for going fast downhill, but the Raceday has become our go-to on big-mountain outings. The massive side-zip front pocket is a handy place to stash a phone, bar, and tool, and the stitched-in …

Bourbons That are Perfect for Wine Lovers

America is in the midst of a Bourbon boom. Producers are finishing this spirit in wine casks, using hyper-local ingredients and other innovative …

Some of the Best Amtrak Train Routes

Traveling by train can be a lost art form in today’s travel world, but it shouldn’t be overlooked as a way to travel. We’re all in such a rush to get from point A to point B that we forget that soaking in the adventure along the way can be just as wonderful as the actual destination. Train travel …

Trains

Top Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

<b>The San Francisco Bay Area has hiking trails for all levels</b>, across a myriad of climate zones. Pick a trail from our guides and explore!<p>loading map - …

Forget Big Sur—These East Coast Road Trips Will Fuel Your Sense of Adventure

Sure, a month in Italy sipping on limoncello, eating fresh pasta al pomodoro, and swimming in the clear Mediterranean waters may sound like an …

4 Days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

California is fortunate to be home to nine national parks (yes, nine!), more than any other state.<p>With such a plethora of natural and national …

The Best Hiking Accessories of 2018

When weather rolls in, grab one of these. (Courtesy Outdoor Research) Outdoor Research Interstellar ($299) At long last, the holy grail of waterproof jackets. The Interstellar blew our crew away with an uncanny mix of weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch. “It feels softer than a soft shell …

You need to drive America's 10 quietest roads

Baseball, cookouts and days at the lake are some of America's favorite summer season pastimes, but there is no rite of passage greater than the …

20 Best Beaches in California

1 of 20<p>Coronado Beach<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 20<p>La Jolla Shores, La Jolla<p>3 of 20<p>Treasure Island Beach, Laguna Beach<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 20<p>Newport Beach …

A Good Undershirt Is the Secret to a Comfortable, Stylish Summer

Stay dry, Ponyboy.<p>Undershirts provide a crucial layer under your clothing, stopping your sweat from getting all over pricey fabrics and making your clothes wear through faster than they need to. And an undershirt is perhaps the most important during the summer. It might see counterintuitive to wear …

The Best Natural Deodorants Are Kind to Your Skin and Your Clothes. Plus, They Actually Work.

You don't need a bunch of harsh chemicals to smell good.<p><i>Welcome to The Esquire Endorsement. Heavily researched. Thoroughly vetted. These picks are the best way to spend your hard-earned cash.</i><p>I am well aware of the stereotypes about smelly dudes who blather on about natural deodorants and how your …

The Best Lights of 2018

When weather rolls in, grab one of these. (Courtesy Outdoor Research) Outdoor Research Interstellar ($299) At long last, the holy grail of waterproof jackets. The Interstellar blew our crew away with an uncanny mix of weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch. “It feels softer than a soft shell …

Romantic Train Rides Around the World

When you think about the most romantic mode of transportation, what comes to mind? Cars take concentration. Bus rides are too busy. Cruises only …

Locals only: These are our favorite Bay Area day trips

Our favorite Bay Area day trips<p>Sometimes a day trip can be just as rejuvenating as a bigger vacation. Fortunately for us, the Bay Area has seemingly endless mini getaway options within a 1-to-3 hour drive.<p>One of the many things we love about living in the Bay Area is how quickly we can find a …

I Finally Figured Out How to Make the Crispiest, Crunchiest Chickpeas—And They’re Seriously Good on Everything

These oven-baked chickpeas are great on soups, salads, and grain bowls—or for munching on by the handful.<p>Crispy chickpeas are one of those things you …

The Best Chinos for Men, With Input From Style Editors and a Male Model

There’s a strong case to be made for the chino: It’s a softer, more urbane cousin to khakis. (Technically, chinos don’t show any stitching, and are …

Derby Shoe Colour C Calfskin

Last Guide<p>In general our footwear fits about one full size larger than typical US sizing. We suggest going with your UK size or one size down from …

Shoes

11 Essential Pieces of Trail Running Gear for Spring 2018

Trail running—or, as I like to think of it, charging down muddy paths and scrambling up treacherous trails—is exhilarating. It’s way better than …

Trail Running

The Best Rain Jackets of 2018

<i>Last updated April 2018: We’ve added all-new picks for 2018 as well as two new sections designed to teach you how to re-waterproof a rain jacket and</i> …

I Tried This Class Taught by Hot Australian Men—and the Way I Exercise Will Never Be the Same

Now I know why this is Lucy Hale's go-to workout.<p>Last month, <i>Health</i> talked to Lucy Hale about all things self-care. When she needs to sweat, Hale told …

The Twelve Most Important Reads for Life: MBA Edition

<b>Full disclosure</b>: This list ignores many important parts of an MBA education, including accounting, statistics, and Excel spreadsheets. Instead, it …

5 Clean-Eating Meal-Prep Recipes You Can Make Once and Eat All Week

We love clean eating. But cooking for hours? Not so much. Problem solved: Presenting five lean (but flavorful) big-batch recipes you can cook once …