Tag Archives: outdoor

Find all your outdoor needs at REI

REI now has two locations in the metroplex, one in their original location just off 635 and one now in Plano by Park and Preston. They have everything you need and more for backpacking, traveling in general, hiking, camping, kayaking, and anything else you can think of that’s “outdoorsy.” They also sell Vibrams (those toe-finger running shoes) and it’s a great place to find ski supplies and down jackets for a city that is nowhere near slopes of any kind and usually isn’t below freezing. The staff is also knowledgeable when it comes to what you need and what you don’t need for just about every outdoor activity.

Kayak Chicago

Kayak Chicago is Chicago’s premier full service outfitter, offering the highest quality instruction and trips, with our fully certified instuctors and guides. We pride ourselves in giving you the best customer service, instruction and on-water experience. We love kayaking and want to share the fun and knowledge with you. Let us teach you the skills and techniques so you can get out on the water and explore life.

Hang with Politicians at Bullfeathers

Sure, fun and politicians may not seem like they go together, but at Bullfeathers they do. Serving the House of Representatives and “friends” since 1980, Bullfeathers knows how to have a laugh. After all, it’s named after the phrase President Teddy Roosevelt used to deal with “frustrating situations” and to call out other people’s, well, bull…feathers.

Happy hour is always hot at the 40 foot bar and enjoy one of the best burgers in town with that beer. When the weather’s nice, make sure to take advantage of the patio and relax with the savvy Washingtonian crowd.

Enjoy the Open Air Market of Atlantic Station

Live, Work, Play is the motto of Atlantic Station, midtown’s one stop shop for eating, shopping and entertainment. In lieu of making your usual trip to the department stores go to the one place where can you find a painting for the living room, shea butter lip balm and a one of kind necklace to top it off at the Open Air Market.

The Open Air Market features local vendors including artisans, independent artists and jewelry designers from the Atlanta area. The special holiday market features seasonal items such as outdoor gear, holidays specialties and gourmet candies. Not only does it have incredible and unique shopping finds, it also is convenient with its downtown location and plentiful Atlantic Station parking.

This is the perfect place to fine one of a kind pieces you can’t find at any chain store.

See & Be Seen at Parc

One of the newest editions to Stephen Starr’s empire- of Buddakan and Morimoto fame- is Parc. This chic restaurant allows a bit of escape while still soaking in the beauty and bustle of Rittenhouse Square. Parc pays homage to the brasseries of Paris, doing so with its own charm and style. Parc

In the upcoming winter, warm up at the large zinc bar inside with one of their signature and delicious cocktails. When the weather starts to warm, you’ll be lucky to snag a seat at the outdoor bistro tables that are prime for people watching.

Parc serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, and with everything from a delicious brioche french toast with apples and hazelnut butter to a classic steak frites, there’s not much you can go wrong with on this all-star menu.

No matter what time or what season, there’s no reason to miss out on this popular, chic café. Vive la France!

San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival


The San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival is the premiere festival of its kind in the Bay Area. It features interactive ski exhibits, gear manufacturers, and autograph sessions with some of the sports’ most famous athletes. If that isn’t reason enough to attend, all attendees get a free lift ticket to put the new information to work!

Four Points Downtown Chicago

Take your pick from shopping, dining, or going out on the town at this hotel where anything and everything is possible. Request a whirlpool and balcony rooPicture 7m if you’re a lover of lounging or bare your bikini at the indoor pool and sundeck. There’s an outdoor terrace for private business functions, and make sure to take advantage of special deals like the Nickel Package that includes two VIP Shedd tickets, a deluxe guest room, and a surprise upon arrival. Four stars for Four points!