Shrine of St. Joseph

Christmas, as we all know, often gets consumed by consumerism, requiring us to remind ourselves of the reason for the season. If you need a place to inspire contemplation of a celebration apart from gifts, ornaments and Santa Claus, I commend you to these institutions, performances and exhibits....

Chevrolet Corvette

The Valley of the Sun is known worldwide for its famous January vintage and collector car auctions. From serious collectors to those who simply enjoy an auction's energy and the chance to see so many unique automobiles in one location, this month is heaven for automobile collectors and automobile...

Serendipity 3

Cozy up with a cup o’ cocoa, in one of these innovative varieties: The cool, white counters at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream are just the place to sample something spicy, like the Szechuan Peppercorn Hot Milk Chocolate. 2 Rivington St., 212.209.7684, morgensternsnyc.com. There’s hot chocolate,...

massage

Much as we love it, shopping is so draining. Luckily, many of NYC’s store-centric ’hoods also have day spas nearby. And even better, they offer express services, allowing you to relax in a hurry and then return—refreshed and rejuvenated—to the retail fray. From Westfield World Trade Center to...

“The Hard Nut”

While the New York City Ballet’s classic production of “The Nutcracker” is always grand, there’s an assortment of great alternative versions. “The Yorkville Nutcracker” (Dec. 8-11) imparts a Gothamesque stamp to the ballet. Set in 1895 NYC, this version uses actual people and set- tings of the...

boat on a marsh at sunset

On the East Coast, barrier islands pepper the shores of Georgia and Florida, and some say the most beautiful and accessible of those islands are the Golden Isles.  Roughly an hour outside of Jacksonville, Florida, the Golden Isles protect the Georgia coast. Brunswick, Georgia, serves as the...

Cowgirl Creamery party box

Wine and cheese isn’t just a pairing around here, it’s a defining part of San Francisco culture. With Wine Country to the north and numerous dairy farms and creameries sprinkled around the greater Bay Area, it’s not hard to find the best of both worlds. In the 1980s, even our football team had a “...

Foodie gifts

Even the most discriminating tastemaker on your list won't be able to resist these stylish goodies. Brooklyn Chocolate Bar MAST’s smoked-maple chocolate alludes to the flavors of the classic Brooklyn cocktail. $8. MAST, 111 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718.388.2644. Azure Bottle Opener...

New York-themed gifts

Need to bring home that perfect souvenir from a trip to New York City or just a fan of the city that never sleeps? Don't get stuck with an ordinary trinket; go for what you want from the whimsical to the fashion-forward—we'll help.   JFK Airport Charm Jet Set Candy’s JFK luggage tag necklace...

The U.S. Capitol Building on Inauguration Day

Every four years since George Washington’s inauguration at New York’s Federal Hall in 1789, the nation has convened to swear in a new president in a public ceremony followed by citywide celebrations. Come Jan. 20, 2017, D.C. will sit on the pulse of history yet again, as one family packs up at...