Minnesota’s Big Bog State Recreation Area

    Story and Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick With the excitement of a birder spotting a rare warbler, my daughter and I quickly sunk to our knees on the edge of the Big Bog boardwalk to study our botanical target: insect-eating pitcher plants. They carried enough of creepy-crawly “eew” factor to convince my 10-year-old… Read more »

Best North Shore adventures along Minnesota’s Lake Superior

Top 10 Things to do in Lutsen and Tofte, Minn. Photos & feature by Lisa Meyers McClintick Looking for one of Minnesota’s most scenic spots and best destinations for adventures? Point the car north and buzz up the North Shore along Lake Superior for a guaranteed great getaway. One of our favorite places to stay… Read more »

St. Louis offers flying trapeze at Union Station

Circus Harmony’s new flying trapeze at St. Louis. Photos provided by Explore St. Louis. Circus Harmony offers fresh wayto have fun and face your fears Sometime in my late 30s, the inner equilibrium that fueled a childhood full of cartwheels, flips off swim rafts and summer pool somersaults disappeared, leading to severe vertigo with any… Read more »

Minnesota wildflowers at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Marsh marigolds brighten Hidden Falls at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park by Northfield. Discover Southern Minnesota’s wildflowers Wildflowers flank the trails at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. Story and Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick The trill of a red-winged blackbird swaying atop cattails instantly takes me back to growing up on the southern still-rural edge… Read more »

Spring Apple Blossom drives in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Apple orchards bloom across the hills above the Kickapoo River Valley in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. Head south on the Great River Road Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick Craving a Minnesota or Wisconsin road trip to celebrate the welcome end to winter? Let spring blossoms inspire your route. Some of Minnesota‘s most stunning views can be found… Read more »

Family Fun: Brookings, S.D.

It’s not all tame at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. T-rex Jr. (above) provides a thrill, as does big mama. T-rex, prairie playland create one-of-a-kind fun Photos and story by Lisa Meyers McClintick To the right, kids line up shoulder to shoulder to fish in a pond, squealing as they haul out and net… Read more »

Visit Wisconsin Fox Cities Appleton-Neenah-Menasha

Learn about famed escape artist Harry Houdini and other Wisconsin natives at History Museum at the Castle. Make paper at the Paper Discovery Center, Appleton. Find Houdini, a glass museum, paper history and shopping in Wisconsin’s Fox Cities  Photos & story by Lisa McClintick Wisconsin’s city of Appleton, as well as neighboring Neenah and Menasha—anchor the… Read more »

Trumpeter swans flock to Mississippi River for the winter

Thousands of once-endangered trumpeter swans spend their winters on the Mississippi in Monticello, Minnesota. Swans use winter as their social & courting season. The trumpeting sound of Monticello’s swans Here’s a glimpse of the thousands of trumpeter swan that winter on the Mississippi River in Monticello, Minnesota, December through early March. Even better, you can hear… Read more »

Follow snowbirds to best stops along Interstate 75

Even without a polar vortex hitting the Midwest, the beaches of Fort Myers, Florida, beckon winter snowbirds.  Eat your way down I-75 to Southern warmth Photos & text by Lisa Meyers McClintick The Berea, Ky, rest stop is filled with regional art. Had enough of the Midwest’s bone-chilling polar vortex? Follow the snowbirds south. Whether you… Read more »

Park hosts moonlight ski around granite quarries

Haley Entner and Dayna White of St. Cloud enjoy cross-country skiing at St. Cloud’s Quarry Park & Nature Area. Frost flocks Haley Enter on a super-chilled morning. Minnesota’s Quarry Park offers unique ski trails  Story & Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick On a mid-December morning, the air bites so frigidly, even the snow seems to… Read more »

  • Minnesota’s trumpeter swan season

    Swans dancing and prancing at Park Rapids. Photo by Marianne Diericks.  Winter’s the best time to watch trumpeter swans By Lisa Meyers McClintick Photo by Marianne Diericks February ranks as one of the best months for viewing trumpeter swans, one of Minnesota’s most graceful and beautiful creatures. They’ve gathered by the thousands along Mississippi River… Read more »

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  • “Narnia” wonderland on Minnesota sleigh ride

    Mark Patten with Duke and Captain at Okontoe’s sleigh rides. Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick. Take a winter ride through lantern-lit forest By Lisa Meyers McClintick Remember the magic of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” movie as Lucy steps into the hushed winter wonderland of Narnia? We’ve found it here in Minnesota, where… Read more »

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  • Follow the dogsleds on Minnesota’s North Shore

    Mother-daughter mushing Rita and her Stoney Creek dogsled te By Lisa Meyers McClintick For most Minnesota vacationers, dogsledding is one of the most exciting and authentic ways to enjoy the North Shore’s winter scenery. If you have dog lovers in the family, even better. I couldn’t wait to take my 6-year-old twin girls on a… Read more »

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  • MN Minute: The lull of winter waves on Lake Superior

    I shot this morning moment in front of Lutsen Resort on Minnesota’s North Shore Jan. 16, 2011.

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  • Minnesota’s North Shore: A winter wonderland

    Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick Lake Superior’s daily ice show  Winter visitors to Minnesota’s North Shore come for endless cross-country skiing, the state’s most challenging and extensive downhill runs at Lutsen Mountains, snowshoeing at state parks, snowmobiling through Superior National Forest, and the many laid-back evening concerts. It’s all fun and easily fills a long… Read more »

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  • Door County with frost: Cozy and quiet

    Cave County Park, Door County, Wis. Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick. Take in the Lake Michigan scenery and enjoy sleigh rides, skiing, wine tasting and more in the blissful quiet of winter. At Door County’s Cave Point Park along Wisconsin’s thumb, Mother Nature cued up new chords on a crisp January morning. Sun warmed the… Read more »

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  • Minnesota’s German Christmas traditions

    Christmas Market at Germany’s Annaberg-Buchholz in the Erzgebirge. Longing for Light: Ore Mountain miners influence the worldChristmas traditions throughout Minnesota, the U.S. and even the world can be traced back to the woodcarving of miners in need of more income near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia in the 1800s. They, in particular, craved and… Read more »

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  • Shop Minnesota museums for the most unique holiday gifts

    If you crave gifts that are unexpected and go up a notch on the cool factor, skip the big retailers. Head to your local museums instead. Museum gift shops celebrate regional artists, authors and local flavor in a ways you won’t get at most stores. By shopping at museums, you’re supporting Minnesota’s cultural scene as… Read more »

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  • Add wild rice to your Thanksgiving menu

    Just harvested grains of wild rice. I’m deviating from travel posts to share a few recipes after seeing the huge interest in earlier wild rice posts. One dish become almost as important as turkey and mashed at our family Thanksgivings since friends shared the original recipe in the 1970s. It has since spanned the globe from Hawaii to… Read more »

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  • Christmas chocolate cravings

    Canelake’s delightfully old-fashioned Iron Range candy shop. Upper Midwest’s best candy shops It’s a pregnant woman’s fantasy: chocolate-covered dill pickles and even chocolate-covered green olives. How can you not give in to curiosity and give them a try? My mom and I found these savory, strange sweets at Carole Widman’s Candy Company in Fargo, North… Read more »

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