Ben Amis

Hand and Orthopedic Surgeon
Austin, TX

Where were you born?: Plano, TX What are your favorite restaurants (current location)?: Odd Duck, Buffalina, Matt's El Rancho Cocktail of the moment?: Manhattan Any hobbies you want to share?: I have been sailing a Catalina 27 on Lake Travis for the last year and love it. Learning to sail and fixing up the boat are how I like to spend most of my free time at the moment. What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: While not under the radar, we spend a lot of weekend days at Barton Springs. Hamilton Pool and the Jester King Brewery are two great places to visit in the hill country. Describe your ideal weekend?: My ideal weekend wound involve a cocktail and dinner out on Friday. We would go sailing on Travis on Saturday and eat somewhere out in the hill country. On Sunday, we would start the day with a swim at Barton Springs and have a quiet afternoon at home to get ready for the week ahead. What are you listening to these days?: Vance Joy, XX What do you never travel without?: A good book and my green suitcase

Where were you born?: Plano, TX

What are your favorite restaurants (current location)?: Odd Duck, Buffalina, Matt's El Rancho

Cocktail of the moment?: Manhattan

Any hobbies you want to share?: I have been sailing a Catalina 27 on Lake Travis for the last year and love it. Learning to sail and fixing up the boat are how I like to spend most of my free time at the moment.

What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: While not under the radar, we spend a lot of weekend days at Barton Springs. Hamilton Pool and the Jester King Brewery are two great places to visit in the hill country.

Describe your ideal weekend?: My ideal weekend wound involve a cocktail and dinner out on Friday. We would go sailing on Travis on Saturday and eat somewhere out in the hill country. On Sunday, we would start the day with a swim at Barton Springs and have a quiet afternoon at home to get ready for the week ahead.

What are you listening to these days?: Vance Joy, XX

What do you never travel without?: A good book and my green suitcase

Daniel Hall

Captain, US Army
El Paso, TX

Where were you born?: Tennessee

Where do you currently reside?: El Paso, Texas

What are your favorite restaurants? Anson 11, Block Table and Tap, Tabla

Cocktail of the moment?: Moscow Mule

Any hobbies you want to share?: Skiing, reading, hiking, flying

What is the best under the radar thing to do in your town?: Rent a Cessna and go fly around southern New Mexico

Describe your ideal weekend?: Wake up early and go for a run or hike in the Franklin Mountains before it gets too hot, then dinner and drinks with friends. 

What are you listening to these days?: The Chainsmokers, Tritonal, Calvin Harris

What do you never travel without?: My Saddleback leather backpack. Fits everything, is super durable and only looks better with age.

Ansel Dickey

Professional Cyclist
Woodstock, VT

Where were you born?: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Where do you currently reside?: Woodstock, Vermont (and anywhere my bicycle takes me)

What are your favorite restaurants (current location)?: The Worthy Burger - in South Royalton, Vermont

Cocktail of the moment?: A strong IPA

Any hobbies you want to share?: Fly Fishing. Still searching for that elusive monster trout... I also play the banjo, but have been slacking on that due to all the travel recently.

What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: Go for a ride on the beautiful gravel roads, or go explore the Class 4 un-maintained roads (also known as old town highways) of Vermont. 4 wheel drive is recommended.

Describe your ideal weekend?: Wake up, coffee and breakfast. Go for a mellow 2-3 hour ride with friends. Then in the evening hit the rivers to try and catch a tasty dinner. Repeat.

What are you listening to these days?: I have been listening to this group call "Mandolin Orange". They are a great folk/blue grass duet.

What do you never travel without?: My bicycle, and my camera.

Mike McCaw

Founder, Spacecrafting
Minneapolis, MN

Where were you born?: Edina, MN

What are your favorite restaurants?: Brasa, Bachelor Farmer, Victory 44, Fuji Ya, Cove- Wayzata

Cocktail of the moment?: Dizzy Izzy

Any hobbies you want to share?: Travel

What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: I have to think about that one.

Describe your ideal weekend?: Dinner with friends, go to the gym, dog park with my 3 dogs

What are you listening to these days?: Everything But The Girl, 1990's George Michael

What do you never travel without?: Advil

Jou-Yie Chou

Partner, Studio Tack & Public Supply
Brooklyn, NY

Where were you born?: Connecticut

What are your favorite restaurants?: Frankies 457 / PizzaMoto / No. 7

Cocktail of the moment?: Whiskey Soda

What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: Picnic at Valentino Pier in Red Hook

Describe your ideal weekend?: Road tripping upstate with the Family and pooch

What are you listening to these days?: Hamilton Leithauser

What do you never travel without?: Swimming Trunks

Tyler Wendling

Food Blogger, Coffee Afficionado
Grand Rapids, MI

Where were you born?: Saginaw, Michigan

What are your favorite restaurants?: Donkey - Taqueria, Sundance, Terra

Cocktail of the moment?: Gin and Tonic

Any hobbies you want to share?: Cooking, blogging, coffee tasting, photography

What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: Grabbing a cup of coffee

Describe your ideal weekend?: Adventuring around a new city with a cup of coffee in hand.

What are you listening to these days?: Florence and the Machine, Kaleo, The Decemberists.

What do you never travel without?: My camera and a sketchbook

Patrick Jones

VP of Communications, Agentry Public Relations
New York, NY

Where were you born?: Lafayette, IN

What are your favorite restaurants?: Pierre Loti - best burger in town, Flex Mussels, The Little Owl

Cocktail of the moment?: I don't get too crazy with my cocktails. In the summer it's a nice vodka soda, maybe with a splash of lemonade. Once fall hits I'm all about the Old-Fashioned. You can never go wrong with those.

Any hobbies you want to share?: Running, scuba diving, hiking, backpacking, kayaking

What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: People watching is some of the most fun I've ever had in the city. Pack a picnic and some wine (hidden in a water bottle so you don't get fined) and head over to the West Side Highway. You get a great mix of people walking up and down Hudson River Park plus you're right on the Hudson River so you can watch boats go up and down. Stay until the sunsets for some great pictures.

Describe your ideal weekend?: Nothing recharges me more than getting out of the city and going backpacking up in the Catskills. As a publicist I'm constantly on one device or another communicating with clients and media so I'm never off. Up in the backwoods of the Catskills though, you don't have mobile service or wi-fi so it forces you to disconnect and actually enjoy where you are. Ideally, I'll wake up super early before the sun rises and hike up to my favorite overlook to watch the sunrise. It's absolutely stunning to see the landscape below and around you come to life, plus the view is out of this world. After, I'll hike down to this little lake that I like to pretend is my own private oasis - and sometimes is! It's one of those postcard perfect areas complete with beaver house and all. I'll get camp set-up, gather some firewood for later and then take a dip in the lake to refresh and cool off depending on how warm it is. There is also this fantastic waterfall that you can hike to. It makes for a great day adventure and you get to see a waterfall! On my way back to the city, I like to stop at Boitson's, a restaurant in Kingston, NY that I discovered a few years ago. It's the perfect place for a burger and beer and slowly starts to acclimate you to coming back to the real world.

What are you listening to these days?: It's an interesting mix for sure. I love a good throwback like Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. I also love pretty much anything in the top 100 tracks on Spotify.

What do you never travel without?: My mom got me this super intense battery for Christmas one year. I didn't think I'd ever use it and now it's one of those things that I absolutely can't leave home with out. It has saved me more times than I can count.

Geoffrey Ochs

Director of Marketing, Sync Performance
Vail, CO

Where were you born?: Dover, MA

What are your favorite restaurants?: Mountain Standard, Alpenrose, Yama Sushi (on Mondays)

Cocktail of the moment?: 10th Mountain Whiskey Manhattan Up

Any hobbies you want to share?: Dabble in 35mm film with my Canon - TX

What is the best under-the-radar thing to do in your town?: Grabbing a 'locals two scoop' at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and walking around Bo Bridges new art gallery

Describe your ideal weekend?: Start with a dark roast coffee plus an extra shot, followed by miles and miles of singletrack; landing in my hammock looking up at Vail, waiting for the grill to heat up

What are you listening to these days?: Lots of Greensky Bluegrass with some Jamestown Revival mixed in.

What do you never travel without?: Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase