You may wonder why a photo of a Yosemite waterfall is on the cover of our June travel issue. That’s because we wanted to be clear: the heat is coming. We are all going to need an escape.
To give you some options this summer (or fall, or winter, or spring), we undertook six incredible adventures, from Montana to Mexico, that are pretty much a direct flight or drive away. We think they’re notable because they are the kind of trips that give you a chance to stop and wonder at this world that we don’t stop and wonder at enough.
And don’t worry, if skeet shooting, fly-fishing, ATV driving, mountain biking, and mule riding aren’t your thing, these are also places where you can simply do some stargazing, bourbon tasting, cheesemaking, and spa relaxing.
Don’t feel like going anywhere? Get some banana leaves and a pork shoulder from El Rio Grande to make a simple version of kalua pork, steam some rice, boil some macaroni for a big bowl of Hawaiian macaroni salad, and then mix up a batch of what I’ll be serving in my backyard, the Outcast of the Islands.
(In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine 2 ounces Italian gin, 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice, and 1/4 ounce orgeat syrup. Shake. Pour over ice in a wine glass, top with ginger ale, and finish it with a splash of Angostura bitters.)
Put Abraham Alexander’s SEA/SONS on the Sonos, pull out the June issue of the mag, read Zac Crain’s profile of the musician and his musings on his trip to Montage Big Sky, and let yourself be transported.