A winter winery crawl on the Twin Cities' western edge

February 18
Hiking through a vineyard in winter gives an appreciation for Minnesota-grown wine grapes at Crow River Winery by Hutchinson.
Three wineries near Hutchinson, Minn., and Waconia make for an ideal winter day trip.

Midwest Traveler: Columbus, Ohio's new craft beer hotel anchors a hopping scene

February 1
The tap room at BrewDog’s 42-acre complex has a full menu, serving items such as chili chorizo pizza and cauliflower wings.
Scottish brand's DogHouse hotel is a sign of what's brewing in Columbus.
January 26
Rochesterites entered the 2018 SocialIce festival in Peace Plaza through a curtain of ice cubes illuminated by color-changing lights.

Art and carved ice converge in Rochester, Minn.

Wintertime is fun in the Mayo Clinic city, with the SocialIce festival coming.
January 19
Pasties on the cooling rack at Pasties Plus in Grand Rapids.

Eating our way along Minnesota's pasty trail

On northern Minnesota's Iron Range, the meat- and veggie-filled pasty is quintessential cuisine.
January 19
The 33rd running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon got underway Sunday afternoon in Two Harbors. Here, Colleen Wallin sprinted with her team do

Quick Trips: Lake Superior Ice Festival, John Beargrease Sled Dog Race and Wintefest

Superior, Wis. Winter fun abounds during the Lake Superior Ice Festival Jan. 25-27 on Barker’s Island. Starting at 6 p.m. Fri. the Great Lakes Pond…
January 10
Designed like a stone mountain wrapped in dove’s wings or a glass cloud, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened in 2014.

Midwest Traveler: Winnipeg museum highlights human rights

An acclaimed museum in the Manitoba capital inspires in divisive times.
Stage & Arts
January 3
Broadway star Stephanie J. Block performed at the Cabaret.

Indianapolis stakes its claim as cabaret capital of the Midwest

A dedicated Indy venue features your new best friends riffing on the Great American Songbook.
December 22, 2018
A Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland attracts a steady stream of fans.

Midwest Traveler: Cleveland house is the home of 'A Christmas Story'

Cleveland's "Christmas Story" house and the Rock Hall of Fame make for a perfect weekend getaway.
December 6, 2018
The Mula restaurant/tequileria and Scriptown Brewery are at the heart of the burgeoning Blackstone District in Omaha.

Midwest Traveler: Omaha's Blackstone is reserved for dining out

Revived neighborhood is the place for eating and drinking in the Big O.
December 1, 2018
Most of the Käthe Wohlfahrt store's ornaments are handmade in Europe.

Where to eat and shop in Stillwater, a town with year-round holiday cheer

The river town offers boutique shopping, upscale cuisine and a taste of the holidays year-round.
November 29, 2018
Ski season opened once again at Afton Alps on Nov. 16.

Want to ski? Minnesota has loads of options

Across Minnesota, people will soon be retrieving skis from storage, applying wax, checking the bindings — if they haven’t already. There are giants of the…
November 29, 2018
Family-run Bearskin Lodge has four accomodations adjacent to the lodge and 11 cabins, all near the shore of Bearskin Lake, off the Gunflint Trail. Pho

Winter lodging along the Gunflint Trail

A growing number of resorts along the Gunflint Trail are staying open during winter. Here are details on just a few: Bearskin Lodge: I skied,…
November 29, 2018
A cross-country skiers crosses a pond on the Beaver Dam Trail at Bearskin Lodge, on Minnesota's Gunflint Trail. Photo by Kerri Westenberg/Star Tribune

Three cross-country ski networks along Minnesota's Gunflint Trail

Three distinct networks of cross-country ski trails lie along the Gunflint Trail. Head out with a friend, a map and plenty of water to ski…
November 21, 2018
The Mississippi River between its headwaters in Itasca State Park and “fun little college town” Bemidji.

Where to stay, eat and play along the Mississippi River? Book on Great River Road tells all

Dean Klinkenberg stopped counting the miles he’s cruised on the Great River Road when he hit 120,000. “I wore out one car, and I’m working…
November 21, 2018
Grant Wood’s studio is filled with replicas of his paintings.

Midwest Traveler: An eastern Iowa art road trip goes beyond 'American Gothic'

A trek from modernism in Davenport to Grant Wood's studio near Cedar Rapids.
November 17, 2018
A view of the new Titletown park from the top of Ariens Hill in Green Bay, Wis.

Green Bay's new Titletown expands the Packers' football mecca

Green Bay complex invites football fans to stay and play nearby.
November 11, 2018
Northern Minnesota offers an opportunity for a quick getaway surrounded by nature — and a possible chance to lower your blood pressure.

Can spending 72 hours in Minn. woods decrease stress? We tested the idea

Copying a Swedish idea, we sent stressed-out Minnesotans into nature to see if they'd calm down.
November 8, 2018
Nature surrounds a 72 Hour Cabin in Dalsland, Sweden.

72 hours on the North Shore

November 1, 2018
The 117 steel poppies outside the National World War I Museum in Kansas City each represent 1,000 Americans who died in the war.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas City's WWI museum marks 100 years since the Armistice

WWI centennial in Kansas City reminds us that war is intimate and personal.
October 25, 2018
The outdoor Hill Theatre is the flagship stage for American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis.

Midwest Traveler: High art and low kitsch in quirky Spring Green, Wis.

Spring Green, Wis., is bursting with theater, architecture and kitsch.
October 14, 2018
Guests at Tettegouche Camp can use canoes to explore pristine Mic Mac Lake.

Tettegouche cabins on North Shore are secluded, historic and only reachable on foot

The whole family will enjoy these rustic cabins — but first you have to earn it.
October 4, 2018
Visitors can cruise the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, which connects Lake Michigan and Green Bay, in this vintage Chicago fireboat.

Sturgeon Bay: the gateway city to Wisconsin's Door County

Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the once-forgotten county seat, becomes a destination in its own right.