These hills don't have eyes – but we do. This month, we scoured high and low for destinations that might have flown under your radar, from a country club with race cars to a secret cocktail society to a hike into Cold War California. Enjoy the Best of May.
Spring Mountain Motor Resort
Say hello to Spring Mountain Motor Resort, a stately country club with supercar test drives and a firing range. Manned by a former NASCAR champ and run by Radical Racing, Spring Mountain is where you go when you’re serious about speed. Read on.
Nike-Ajax Missile Hike
Los Angeles, these hills once bristled with nukes. Today, the remains of ‘50s Army outposts make for excellent hikes. Introducing the Nike-Ajax Missile Hike in San Vicente Mountain Park, a trek into the heart of Cold War-era California. Read on.
The Whaling Club
We're happy to introduce you to The Whaling Club: a semi-secret cocktail concern that meets in the West Hollywood apartment of bartender Dan Scott (of Son of a Gun fame) and his partner Marie Buck, taking RSVPs now. Read on.
Arthur Miller and Hunter S. Thompson had a few things in common. A love for the typewritten word. A fondness for blondes. And sunglasses. Celebrating all of that, but especially the sunnies: Garrett Leight’s Icons Collection. Read on.
Paper or Plastik
Gents: whither the perfect date spot? A spot that impresses with food and ambience, but isn’t oppressively haute. A spot that just gets out of your way. That spot is Paper or Plastik. It’s one of LA’s lesser-known dining gems, and they now serve dinner. Read on.
And from our "Momentous Human Accomplishments" department ...
InsideHook San Francisco
Now bringing you the best in outdoor action, extraordinary dining, local travel, culture and more in the Bay Area. First up: master the art of kitesurfing with a real captain. Check it out.
Man of the Month
At 21, he crossed the Sahara alone. A decade later, he summitted Mount Everest. Now he’s returned from a North Pole trek. Meet Gavin Bate, InsideHook’s Man of the Month for May. Check it out.