Chris Clayton

Author's Bio

Chris Clayton lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, daughter, and son. His writing has appeared in Men’s Health, Delta Sky magazine, Mpls.St. Paul Magazine, and other publications. His favorite outdoor escape is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where he heads annually with friends to hike, fish, sip whiskey from a Nalgene, and tell a few lies.

Surf Mexico's Famous Break and Take One, Too

For an off-the-beaten-path surfing sojourn, it doesn’t get much better than Hotel Escondido, a luxury hideaway in the lively Oaxaca port town of Puerto Escondido. Opened in 2013 by Grupo...

Mad Men Meets the Mesas

The Hotel Valley Ho, a 1956 midcentury beauty in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been renovated to perfection, with studio rooms both mod and modern thanks to Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs,...

A Shrine to Luxury Adventure

In Japan's Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka, sits the Kumano Kodo, a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that wind through the misty, cedar-filled Kii Mountain Range.

Africa's Best Jungle Lodge

For fans of extra-large primates, there's arguably no more coveted experience than viewing a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. If you fall into this camp, consider a bucket-list trek to...

The Lakeside Lodge of Your Dreams

With its pine- and cedar-lined shores, rocky islands, and clean blue water, Burntside is the prototypical northwoods lake. And this 101-year-old outfit on the lake's south shore is the prototypical...

A Bird Box for Humans

Noted for its craggy seaside cliffs, verdant pastures, and temperate climate, the Cornwall region of southwest England is a favorite of divers, hikers, surfers, and drinkers. Soon it could also be...

Run Like Waldo

You may have found him in the pages of search books, but the Where's Waldo? fun doesn't have to end there. He lives on at Waldo-themed events around the world, including the following fun runs, bar...

Flying this Weekend? Bottoms Up at 4 Airport Bars

Unless your idea of a great pre-flight drink involves an ersatz Irish pub or a sports bar with 18 light beers on tap, then you likely agree that America’s airport bars tend to be serviceable at best. Not that there’s anything wrong with slamming a Coors before takeoff, but a decent cocktail, glass of wine, or change of scenery would be nice now and then.

Tender Mercies: How to Baby Your Butt on the Road

From long flights to backpacking treks, one of the ugly universal truths of travel is a condition known as stanky bottom. Toilet paper is no match for this. In fact, it often exacerbates the problem, causing chafing and other issues. When stanky bottom strikes—and strike it will—you’re going to need a little moisture and perhaps the added benefit of a pleasant scent, one reminiscent of a lavender-filled meadow in the south of France.