Posts By: Lisa Meyers McClintick

Insider’s guide to Mall of America holiday shopping

With more than 500 stores, free concerts and coffee plus valet parking, Mall of America bustles all December. Enjoy MOA’s festive Christmas season  Feature & photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick If you’re want to brave the crowds for holiday shopping at Minnesota’s Mall of America, there are plenty of reasons to join in the festivities…. Read more »

Mall of America Top Things to Do

Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe’s natural lighting can cure mid-winter cabin fever, but it’s also festive at night. Mall of America’s best bets for fun Photos & story by Lisa Meyers McClintick Whether you’re a chic shopping connoisseur, a family seeking an amusement park in the dead of winter, or someone who craves crossing “world’s biggest”… Read more »

Duluth, Minn: Top Things to Do for Holiday Fun

Bentleyville lights up Duluth’s Bayfront Park. Photo by Lisa MeClintick Duluth, Minnesota, with the magical backdrop of Lake Superior, has always been a favorite summer and fall getaway for Twin Cities residents and others across the state. If you need another enticement to head north, here are the top things to do for the holidays… Read more »

Minnesota fall migration: Sandhill cranes make a comeback

On special sunrise tours Oct. 19-20, see sandhill cranes greet the day and take flight with a ancient cacophony. Hear sandhill cranes’ prehistoric sunrise chorus  Sandhill cranes lift off at sunrise. Text & Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick “As dawn lightens the landscape at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, a group of sandhill cranes lifts up… Read more »

Little Falls, Minn: Best things to do in Land of Lindbergh

 Charles Lindbergh’s boyhood home on the Mississippi. Photo by Lisa Meyers McClintick Small-town charm, Lindbergh home, a small zoo, fishing and military museums all thrive along the Mississippi River By Lisa Meyers McClintickLearning about Charles Lindbergh–Minnesota hero, ace aviator and one of the world’s first mega-celebrities—would alone be worth the visit to Little Falls. The… Read more »

Best Twin Cities day trip destinations in Minnesota, Wisconsin

LARK Toys’ amazing carousel near Wabasha, Minn., adds magic and whimsy to the Great River Road. Get help planning the top Twin Cities day trips If there were a fairy godmother to – “Poof!” – make Minnesota weekend getaways or week-long vacations as easy as Cinderella’s dress, I’d volunteer for the post. Really. Give me… Read more »

Minnesota’s northern lakeside resorts embrace bigger luxuries

Around since the 1930s, Clamshell Beach Lodge north of Brainerd has new luxuries–like newer cottages and a pool.   Minnesota cabins get bigger, modernize By Lisa Meyers McClintick My daughter jumps into the pool. On a Minnesota resort trip last June, my 7-year-old daughter barely glanced at the sandy beach on Whitefish Lake north of… Read more »

Spring getaway to California’s flower fields

California’s Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch explode into 50 acres of spring color, visible from Highway 1. SoCal ocean to desert: A flower power vacation   Photos & feature by Lisa Meyers McClintick Rows of sherbet-orange blossoms march to the right, sloping toward a hillside of bubblegum pink, ruby red and sunny yellow. Giant ranunculus… Read more »

Minnesota ice bars, ice fishing & polar plunges

Grand Superior Lodge’s BLU ice bar takes inspiration from the Split Rock Lighthouse. Lake Superior helps keep it cool. Minnesota dreams up icy frolics & February fun By Lisa McClintick Costumes add to the fun of the Pout Plunge that’s part of Walker’s Eelpout Festival. Take warm welcome of Minnesota Nice, nip it with winter… Read more »

Duluth B&B ranks among best in the nation

A.G. Thomson House blends history & comfort Trip Advisor listed Duluth’s A.G. Thomson House Bed & Breakfast at the top of its 25 Best B&Bs and Inns in the United States this week. It was among two Midwest winners for the 2012 Travelers’ Choice award. Fleur-De-Lys Mansion in St. Louis, Mo., another great choice, also… Read more »