Wineries – and now breweries – make Door County a spirited destination

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:35

Travel to Door County to sample the wines.

Wisconsin’s Door County isn’t Napa Valley, but seven wineries dot the 483-square-mile peninsula. Two of the wineries also brew beer and one of the two produces distilled spirits. There is a third brewery just starting out and a hard cider operation on the peninsula’s northern end.

Worldwide pride
A schedule of events

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:40

An estimated 500,000 spectators line the route down Market Street for the annual Pride Celebration and Parade held on the final weekend in June in San Francisco. -PHOTO: SanFrancisco Travel Association/Scott Chernis

The rainbow flags are flying to commemorate LGBT Pride in dozens of cities in 2013, with many of the celebrations taking place in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969.

An app launches for Provincetown travelers

Written by WiG Thursday, 11 July 2013 07:48

A smartphone app to help visitors to Provincetown, Mass., has debuted. And it isn't an ordinary travel app – 'Useful Information' depicts Ernestine, the Lily Tomlin's telephone operator who made "one, ringy, dingy" a classic skit.

Provincetown went digital with the iPtown app to help visitors and locals find services, food and lodging, shopping, special events and happenings around town.

From mountain top to desert floor, three easy ways to enjoy Palm Springs

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 April 2013 14:16

Top, taking in the view from the top of the mountain. -Photos: courtesy

With spring so late in arriving this year, winter-weary Wisconsin residents can’t be blamed for dreaming of a warm-weather getaway.

Catching some (sting) rays at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:24

Cownose stingrays range over a large part of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England to southern Brazil. -Photo: Courtesy

Petting a stingray is something I decided to do for the experience rather than the pleasure. But as I discovered at the Shedd Aquarium’s current exhibit “Stingray Touch,” the sensation of touching a stingray’s back as it glides effortlessly through the water is anything but unpleasant.

St. Paul's hot in the coldest weather

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Monday, 11 February 2013 15:29

Residents of St. Paul still bridle over a New York reporter who once described Minnesota’s capital as uninhabitable during the winter months. Hardy local residents well conditioned to the season chuckle over the apparently delicate natures of New York’s residents – or at least its writers.

If anything, St. Paul has become a hot winter destination, with more outdoor activities than you can shake an icicle at. Yes, it’s cold, but as all good Minnesotans know: There’s no bad weather, just unprepared people who don’t know how to dress for the weather.