All posts by Ben Keene

Ben Keene has contributed to a wide range of publications including Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Time Out New York,, the Village Voice, Penthouse, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His articles on craft beer have also appeared in DRAFT, Beer Connoisseur, All About Beer, The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge, and the Oxford Companion to Beer. His first book, Best Hikes Near New York City, was published by FalconGuides. These days, when not hunched over a laptop in an airport or a hotel room, he's often leading trips as a guide for Discover Outdoors in New York.
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NYC Beer Week

Most cities offer plenty of reasons to visit. Whether it’s fine art or great food, window shopping or bar hopping, there’s something to entertain just about everybody. At times the number of options might actually seem overwhelming to tourists and residents. For years though, multi-day cultural festivals and restaurant... Read More

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Brooklyn Boulders Climbing Wall

According to the thermometer, it’s pretty cold out there in most the country right now. As in single digit cold. Which wouldn’t be such a big deal except for the fact that you’re the kind of person who likes to burn calories outdoors. Hiking boots, bike shorts, a life... Read More

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Minnewaska Snowshoe Overlook

Some people would have you believe that hiking is a 3-season activity. Assuming a concerned tone, they’ll warn you about frigid temperatures, park closures, and impassable trails. And, to a certain extent, they might be right. In the United States, winter is a season for skiing, snowboarding, and ice... Read More

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northern lights and snow

Even if the cold doesn’t bother you, the trouble with winter is that nightfall arrives sooner than most of us would like it to. There is however, one good reason to venture out into the frigid winter air during the darkest months of the year: the Northern Lights. Also... Read More

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vineyard casks

Even without snow and ice in the forecast, December and January temperatures have a way of keeping otherwise outgoing people indoors. So if skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing aren’t exactly your cup of hot cocoa, you might be scratching your head wondering what to do with a few spare vacation... Read More

Biom Hike 1.2

With only about six weeks left before the end of the year, it’s time to look ahead to 2013 and the promise of new outdoor adventures. If you haven’t started yet, it’s also probably time to think about the outdoorsman on your holiday gift list. The trouble is, there’s... Read More

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Maine huts

For most of the northeast, camping season ended weeks ago. The foliage is past its peak and as the end of the year creeps closer by the day, temperatures will continue to drop. Many seasonal adventure seekers have probably already put their hiking and camping gear into winter storage.... Read More

Pumpkin lineup

Across the country, fall is in full swing. Pumpkin beers crowd the shelves of bottle shops, trees have begun to shed their colorful leaves, and Halloween is two short weeks away. Which means that cold weather is already creeping south from the Canadian interior and the year’s first frost... Read More

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Oktoberfest in Argentina Villa General Belgrano

If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the brass bands warming up. Outside of Bavaria, it’s not the kind of music you’re likely to encounter at other times of year, but for the next two weeks, there’s a good chance the autumn air will be filled with the... Read More