Posts By: Lisa Meyers McClintick

Soda or pop? Does it matter?

Whether you’re from Minnesota where we say “pop” or Wisconsin where “soda” rules, you’ll be able to tip back and swig the tastiest drinks at Eagle River, Wisconsin’s, Soda Pop’s. I’m a sucker for quirky places where singular passions reign. It doesn’t hurt that I’ll take soda pop from a glass bottle any day of… Read more »

Minnesota adds Lake Vermilion as a state park

We had wonderful news in Minnesota last week. The state has finally negotiated a major land purchase along the shores of Lake Vermilion. It will be an amazing addition to the state park system. What makes Lake Vermilion so attractive? For one thing, the new state park would connect to the existing Soudan Underground Mine State Park…. Read more »

Head to YMCA family camp in the Colorado Rockies

Rocky Mountain National Park’s gorgeous valley on the drive to Bear Lake. Like special effects on cue, a double rainbow arced over the mountains when we discovered the YMCA of the Rockies’ Estes Park Center in Colorado. How appropriate. It was our nirvana during a family vacation road trip to see Rocky Mountain National Park…. Read more »

Save money at Wisconsin Dells & water parks

I was talking with Floridians last week who were puzzling over Minnesotan’s love affair with indoor water parks. This time of year–as it’s finally nudged past 11 degrees–I would go to an indoor water park just to peel off long underwear, wool socks and turtlenecks. Not to mention bulky sweaters that make me feel as… Read more »

Walker’s Eelpout festival: Spring break on ice

Let’s see…We have the fake-baked Coors girls looking like Barbie in Siberia, a bikini contest, and a whole lot of people donning swim trunks to jump into Leech Lake where 4-foot chunks of ice have been removed. This is Walker, Minn., during one of the town’s biggest events of the year. The annual Eelpout Festival… Read more »

Travel to Minnesota’s dogsledding destinations

Riding behind a dogsled team with brisk winter air rushing into your face should be on every Minnesotan’s bucket list. You don’t even have to spend much. For $10 a person, you can get a 10- or 15-minute dogsled ride around Gull Lake or across a golf course most snowy Saturdays at Cragun’s Resort in… Read more »

Bundle up for Minnesota’s biggest ice fishing festival

Last January, the windchills were 20 below at the  Brainerd Jaycees’ $150,000 ice-fishing extravaganza. That didn’t seem to bother anyone except posers like me with hand- and toe-warmers and pajama bottoms augmenting long underwear and too-thin snowpants. Truly hearty Minnesotans brought portable heaters to thaw their beer. Bud slushie, anyone? The sheer spectacle of this ice-fishing contest–10,000 people and 21,000… Read more »

Warm up at Minnesota’s best water parks

In the middle of winter, few things feel as good as shedding all the bundled-up layers. Seriously. In the last brutal week of temperatures, I was wearing long underwear just to work at home. So be free! Grab the kids, dig out your suits, and enjoy a weekend at Minnesota’s water parks. It may not… Read more »

Skating at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis

Give history a whirlYou know a place has full-blown charm when it lures an 88-year-old great-grandmother onto ice skates for the first time in decades. That would be my Grandma Cretia. She couldn’t stand just watching while her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had all the fun at The Depot’s Minneapolis ice rink over the holidays. It’s easily one… Read more »