Posts By: Lisa Meyers McClintick

Weekend fun: Anoka’s Halloween parade

Anoka’s Light Up the Night Parade Halloween capital of the worldYou can go throughout the Twin Cities and beyond to find plenty of good scares this month (Duluth’s Ship of Ghouls, anyone?). But for a light-hearted look at Halloween and the creativity it inspires, head straight to Anoka, the so-called Halloween Capital of the World… Read more »

Long weekend: Devil’s Lake & Wisconsin Dells

Devil’s Lake State Park Wisconsin Dells’ fall fun beyond waterparksNeed a fun family getaway for Minnesota’s four-day teachers’ workshop weekend? One of our favorites is a trek to Wisconsin Dells. Sure, the indoor waterparks are a gimme (and weatherproof), but there are several other outstanding attractions that get lost in the crush of things to… Read more »

Find the best views of Minnesota’s fall colors

The maple leaves are starting to flame into shades of red and gold, making it a great time to plan fall drives. Whether you seek a daytrip or a weekend, here are some of my favorite fall destinations in Minnesota. Don’t forget to check the Department of Natural Resources fall color report for the best… Read more »

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Northern Lights Resort: A parting shot at summer

Every parent should have the chance to launch their child on a family vacation. It’s deeply, deeply cathartic. It somehow equalizes things like broken windows, moldy laundry and barfing on new carpet. 

Minnesota family resorts: Lake vacations with old-fashioned fun

Hydro-biking at Northern Lights Resort It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but we haven’t had the chance to enjoy a true lakeside resort before–not the neighborly family-run variety where kids roam freely, movie rentals are on  the honor system, potlucks are spontaneous, and the resort dog shows up when she gets the first whiff of… Read more »

Best places to eat wild rice

Since it’s wild rice season in Minnesota, here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy this nutty grain also known as Mahnomin: Clearwater Travel Plaza’s fritter French Toast and wild rice sausage. Savory wild rice sausageClearwater Travel Plaza, Clearwater, Minn.This bustling, impressive pit stop on I-94 south of St. Cloud built a huge… Read more »

Minnesota’s Wild Rice Season

Wild ricing on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The Bois Forte Heritage Center, a wonderful and overlooked Native American museum near Tower, Minnesota, beautifully tells the story of how their band of Ojibwe came to Minnesota. After being forced from the East Coast, a guiding spirit told them to go where food grows on the… Read more »

Watch bears and wolves in Minnesota

Ginormous Ted, possibly the world’s largest black bear, lives at Ely’sNorth American Bear Center. Here’s a little-known fact: Not only can you watch black bears in the wild in Minnesota, but August is the best time to view them. Why? They’re packing on the pounds for the winter, foraging for enough to get them through… Read more »

Family travel on a budget? Try a camping workshop

Nine-Mile Lake in Superior National Forest. If families are looking for the best vacation deal around, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, teaming up with REI, has been offering I Can Camp! workshops around the state this summer. The new program teaches families everything they need to know for only $55–that’s with equipment provided. It’s one… Read more »

Garlic ice cream, mustard custard or an organic creamery?

You’ll be amazed at the number of garlic varieties. Celebrate all things garlicky and good at Garlic Festival When it comes to bizarre food festivals, the Midwest is catching up to California. You no longer have to go to Gilroy’s famous Garlic Festival to taste garlic ice cream. You can do it right in Minnesota’s… Read more »