Cari Shane

Cari Shane is a freelance journalist — and also a skier, swimmer, dog obsessed and a member of the gig economy playing Airbnb Superhost to people from all over the world. (She's also a dog sitter in the Rockies, which helps fund her need to ski.) A Manhattan native, she lives in DC and writes for a wide variety of publications including The Washington Post Magazine, AARP magazine, Slate, Cosmopolitan, Discover, Fortune, Business Insider, Scientific American, US News & World Report, American Way and more.

Cari writes about things that interest her, like fences in Africa that protect farms from elephants for Scientific American, pawpaw fruit in the Mid-Atlantic for National Geographic Traveler, female policing for Slate and the skoolie revolution for Business Insider, Bicycling magazine and Car and Driver. Cari is a member of ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors). Her eclectic portfolio of published articles is at

All Articles From Cari Shane

DC Is the Trivia Capital of the World

Why local power nerds take the game so damn seriously

Everything You Need to Know If You, Like Lorde, Want to Swim in the Potomac River

We spoke with Dean Naujoks of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network about the laws, the cleanliness and the future of the river

A History of DC’s Official Condiment — the One Chicago Tried to Steal

It’s not ketchup, it’s not duck sauce, and it is absolutely not barbecue sauce

A Fishmonger, Gelato Purveyor and Wine Bar: Chef Jenn Crovato’s Favorite DC Spots

When she’s not running 1310 Kitchen & Bar, here’s where Crovato loves to eat, drink and unwind

The “Maryland Alps” Are Perfect for Your Secret Spring Weekend Getaway

Hemlock forests, miles of trails, and cabins with fireplaces, at a price you won’t believe (so you better book now)

A Rigorously Tested, Ultra-Comprehensive, Tourist-Free Guide to DC’s Cherry Blossom Season

Everything from secret viewing spots to DIY cherry blossom cocktails

How Andrew Dana Built a DC Pizza and Bagel Empire

Call Your Mother and Timber Pizza bring in food critics, sitting presidents and people just looking for a better version of the classics

All Your Knife Questions, Answered by DC’s Top Knife Guys

Spoiler: You can probably get by with one nice knife

How Three DC 20-Somethings Are Changing Lives With The Village Café

Yes, the Village Café serves coffee. But its real purpose is serving the community.

Meet the Face of America’s Fastest Growing Sport: Pickleball

And that face — which belongs to UMD senior Ben Johns — is literally everywhere

The Story Behind the Viral Airbnb Treehouse an Hour From DC

An exceptional mid-pandemic pivot, and a totally DIY’d project