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Simon Peter Groebner

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Simon Peter Groebner is Travel editor for the Star Tribune.


Simon Peter Groebner is Travel editor for the Star Tribune, finally giving him an answer to the question, "What are you going to do with that geography degree?" His general approach to travel is to go to a country/state/region and ask, "Where is the weird island?" He lives in Minneapolis and enjoys cycling, sailing and the Twin Cities arts scene. As special sections editor, he also produces such issues as The Good Life, State Fair Guide and Top Workplaces. Previously he was editor of Vita.mn, the Star Tribune's entertainment magazine, and entertainment editor for StarTribune.com.
Recent content from Simon Peter Groebner
Condor’s Boeing 767-300ER will fly from Minneapolis to Frankfurt.

Condor Airlines returns to Minneapolis-St. Paul with budget flights to Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is the fifth European city to get restored nonstop service from MSP.
The view from Delta’s Basic Economy class.

Without SkyMiles, is Delta's Basic Economy still worth it? It's Econ 101

Delta Basic Economy tickets no longer earn frequent-flier miles. Do we care?
Pacific waves burst though a tidal blowhole at Playa Pelada in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Costa Rican resort hard to get to, even harder to leave

Hidden on the Pacific coast, Nosara is a sprawling outdoor paradise for surfers, yogis and expatriates.
Eau Claire River near Willard, Wis. Photo by reader Patrick Plautz of Eagan.

The 10 best Star Tribune reader travel photos of 2021

Minnesotans gravitated to wide open spaces.
The Bridge chairlift ascends through the middle of the condo village at Eagle Ridge Resort, part of the sprawling Lutsen Mountains ski area.

Check in, ski out: We tried out lodging options at 3 top Minnesota ski resorts

In search of a cozy ski-lodge experience at Giants Ridge, Spirit Mountain and Lutsen.
People watch as lava flows from an eruption from the Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland on May 11, 2021.

What it was like to visit Iceland in 2021, from lava flow to the Arctic Coast Way

Iceland was a hot destination once again in 2021, thanks to the vaccine and the volcano.
South Dakota Children's Museum. (Credit: Travel South Dakota)

The Dakota dozen: 12 must-see destinations in North Dakota and South Dakota

Twelve essential, must-do destinations in the Dakotas, from North to South.
A nostalgic return to South Dakota's Black Hills focuses on two famous names

A nostalgic return to South Dakota's Black Hills focuses on two famous names

On a nostalgic return to South Dakota's Black Hills, two iconic names stand out: Crazy Horse and Custer.
Car-sharing in Chicago: A 2013 Acura ILX was available to rent in Wrigleyville via the Getaround app, which applies the Airbnb model to autos.

Can't find a rental car? What it's like to rent from a car-sharing service

An experiment with car-sharing in Chicago amid the carpocalypse of 2021.
A family kayaked down a river that feeds into Lake Superior in Big Bay Town Park on Madeline Island, WI.

North Coast: The 12 best Midwestern beaches to visit this summer

Don't let the coastal elites tell you that the Midwest has no beaches.
The West Chop Light and Coast Guard Station are shown, Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Tisbury, Mass. on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The lighthouse wa

Celebrate a return to travel with these 7 essential U.S. vacation destinations

While travel to many overseas destinations remains restricted, domestic travel is hot.
Cayo Costa is a barrier-island state park with 9 miles of unspoiled beaches on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Lee County Visitor & Convention Burea

Florida's wild 'quarantine' island is an escape from Fort Myers' crowds

Away from Fort Myers' crowds, escape to a wild side of southwest Florida.
An Airbnb yurt outside Gunnison featured a king bed, electricity and wood stove, overlooking the Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Road trip to Colorado, where scenery is abundant, but COVID was not

A 1,000-mile road trip to a luxe yurt provides an escape from the pandemic.
True North Basecamp features six bike-friendly lakefront cabins on the doorstep of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Fat biking in the polar vortex in northern Minnesota's Cuyuna area

At Cuyuna Country in Crosby, Minn., subzero weather leads to the best winter biking ever.
Ruth Venegas and Zeek Ramos joined a sea cave tour with Lost Creek Adventures on their visit from Chicago.

Superior's divine isles: Exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Apostles are among the last truly remote places in the Midwest, precisely because they are so hard to reach.
The Sleeping Giant — a 3-mile-long mesa and provincial park — sits across the namesake body of water from the city of Thunder Bay.

In the depths of winter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a sleeping giant

Even during a polar vortex, it's possible to discover the Ontario city's charms.
Low-cost airlines are growing fast at MSP: Do the savings fly?

Low-cost airlines are growing fast at MSP: Do the savings fly?

Budget carriers have changed the way we fly by lowering prices — and expectations. We explore whether the cost savings add up to real value.
Cara Hanson, daughter of Pehrson Lodge Resort owner Eric Hanson, waved to a passing fishing boat while out on an afternoon sailing trip on Lake Vermil

Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion

Sailing is just one unique amenity at Pehrson Lodge, a Lake Vermilion resort with a summer-camp vibe.
A stretch of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail takes cyclists between Gooseberry Falls State Park, above, and Split Rock Lighthouse.

Fall day trip: A bike ride between two Minnesota icons

The highlight so far of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail may be the 7 or 8 paved miles between two iconic Minnesota destinations: Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls State Park.
The "champagne baths" house at Vichy Springs Resort in Ukiah, Calif.

'Clothing optional' at a hotel California

All I wanted was to see some giant redwoods. Unfortunately, it was raining — hard — across Northern California.
Electropop duo Holidae won it all in Are You Local? in 2016; does your new band have what it takes?

Nominations are open for the 2017 'Are You Local?' best-new-band search

The eighth-annual band battle offers the chance at $2,000 in prizes, a First Avenue slot and more.
A trailside stop near Guthrie, Minn.

Biking from Brainerd to Bemidji on the Paul Bunyan Trail

Paul Bunyan probably wasn't a bicyclist, but he would have loved this state trail.
An #IAMinspired model in a look from Bumbershute boutique.

Your guide to the all-new Fashion Week Minnesota

Designers and boutiques rally around the all-new Fashion Week Minnesota.
Morrissey performed at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Monday.

Morrissey at the Fitz: Voice and attitude were in fine form

REVIEW: Moz's voice and attitude were both in fine form at St. Paul concert.
Vita.mn bike issue - focus on safety accessories.] BRIAN PETERSON • brian.peterson@startribune.com Minneapolis, MN 5/04/2014 ORG XMIT: MIN1405042322

Bike safety gear

1. The bike (pictured above):  All-new Handsome Fredward single-speed with coaster brakes ($599 at Handsome Cycles, front rack extra). 2. Nite Ize SpokeLit…

Bike the Cities: Best bike shops, hangouts and events

Freewheel / photo by Tom Wallace Best bike shops The Alternative Bike and Board The granddaddy of local bike businesses (with 37 years and counting),…