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offMetro is a travel resource for city dwellers who want to get out of town–car-optional. oM reports on the best day trips and weekend getaways that are easily accessible via alternative modes of transportation, be it by bike, bus, subway, or boat. If you can’t make the weekends longer, strive to make them better.

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Our Team

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Sarah Knapp | Publisher / Owner
Sarah Knapp is a Brooklyn based entrepreneur whose love for the outdoors and community building led her to the October 2013 creation of OutdoorFest. She has a BA in History, is a Wilderness First Responder and a NY state hiking, camp and boating guide. Her proudest achievement to date is reading the Aeneid in Latin. Follow Sarah @srhknpp @outdoorfest @MappyHour.


Lauren Matison | Co-Founder / Editor-at-Large
In 2007, Lauren and her husband Vincent launched with the idea that if you can’t make the weekends longer, you must strive to make them better—with a light carbon footprint. When she’s not biking over the George Washington Bridge, hiking in the Hudson Valley or riding the rails through New England in search of new oM adventures, Lauren is off exploring the world for Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal, Thrillist and Lonely Planet. Follow Lauren @LaurenMati.

Vincent Crossley

Vincent Crossley | Co-Founder / Technology Advisor
Vincent spent long hours developing this site, and hopes you enjoy his handiwork. In addition to web development, he is an avid photographer and loves discovering new places to bike and surf. Vince was born in Paris, lived in London, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, and now resides in the heart of Manhattan, taking every chance he gets to explore off the island. Vince graduated from Lehigh University with degrees in Design and Mechanical Engineering, and continued with a graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Vince most recently worked as a Product Manager at IAC and Amazon, and recently received an MBA at Columbia University. He is also co-founder of TheTake, a new app that lets you buy things you see in movies.


Allison Tibaldi | Senior Editor
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.


Carly Pifer | Senior Writer
Carly Pifer is a freelance writer who has been known to follow whims inspired by romantic movie scenes or colorful street style shots to India, Japan, Tunisia and Argentina. After stints living in Seoul, Boston, Paris and Los Angeles, writing and searching for something intangible, she landed somewhat steadily in Brooklyn and has begun to find inspiration in her more immediate surroundings (and also the permanence of her bookshelf). She writes about fashion for Refinery29 and has been known to pack an outfit per day on backpacking trips. Please visit her website to read her travel diaries and other writing on the web


Jaclyn Einis | Senior Food Writer
Jaclyn Einis is a freelance writer with a chronic case of wanderlust. She feels at home in her native Boston, non-native Brooklyn and ice cream shops everywhere. Torn between the city and the country, she feels a little less confused in parks and farmers markets. She grew up in Boston and has lived in Philadelphia, Melbourne and as a vagabond farmer in Italy, with lots of stops between. You can read about her travels past (while she plots travels future).


Emily Frances | Photographer
Emily Frances is a documentary photographer and teaching artist based out of Queens, NY. She has been published by University of Chicago Press, American Express, Philadelphia Magazine and Reebok. She is an avid biker and traveler that never leaves home without a camera. Check out her work at

Gordon Macrae

Gordon Macrae | Writer 

Gordon Macrae is a travel writer based in Brooklyn. He is currently writing a travel guide to the beaches of New York City and around. He is less Scottish than you think. Find Gordon at

Annie McBride

Annie McBride | Writer & Photographer
Annie McBride is an surfer, conservationist and content marketing strategist based in Rockaway Beach, Queens. When she’s not the waves she’s looking for ways to protect the waves through her volunteer work with Surfrider and Waves for Development. Professionally, Annie is focused on marketing and content creation for mission-driven brands.