Romantic getaways for a winter weekend in Wisconsin

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 05 February 2016 10:14

Use GPS to find “romance” and the map leads to Romance, Wisconsin, off Route 56 near South Creek Road in Vernon County.

Hemingway’s Havana: The Cuban capital retains numerous tributes to the famous author

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 December 2015 12:06

Author Ernest Hemingway spent more than 20 years in Havana, where he wrote his most famous books and enjoyed tropical views like this one, from the bar Floridita.—Photo: Mike Muckian

In the 1940s and 1950s, Ernest Hemingway was the most famous reveler at Floridita, one of his two favorite Havana bars, where he spent long afternoons with his large hand wrapped around a delicate daiquiri glass. Often he would order “papa doubles,” with twice the amount of rum of a normal drink, a further testament to the American author’s robust appetite for life.

Amtrak bike service takes passengers from rails to trails

The Journal
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 16:14

Bicyclists from major cities between Washington, D.C. and Chicago who want to bike the C&O Canal towpath or Great Allegheny Passage can now take the rails to their preferred trails with Amtrak’s new roll-on bicycle service.

New England port lore: Whaling, pizza and a perfect storm

AP writer
Friday, 11 September 2015 08:35

New England’s ports are reinventing themselves to compete with one another and from larger ones, but they were once legendary. From one of the world’s great whaling ports to the Navy’s first submarine base and the city featured in “The Perfect Storm,” here is a look at their lore:

Vail Resorts buys Wilmot ski resort in Wisconsin

Written by The AP Tuesday, 26 January 2016 07:14

Vail Resorts says it has acquired the Wilmot Mountain ski area in Wisconsin, between Milwaukee and Chicago.

The Broomfield, Colorado-based company said it plans to improve terrain parks, instruction, dining, snowmaking, parking and other aspects of the resort.

Travel news: Cuba guide, New Orleans lights, hotel emojis

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ
AP Travel Editor
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 06:31

Tourism in Cuba has boomed with the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S., and a just-published travel guide offers an up-to-date look at visiting the country.

American Queen offers luxurious Upper Mississippi cruises through October

Written by Craig T. Neises,
The Hawk Eye
Sunday, 27 September 2015 15:00

THE REAL MISSISSIPPI QUEEN: The American Queen offers luxury cruises on the Mississippi.

A trip from the Quad Cities to Burlington seldom is an all-night affair.

Experiencing the fickle beauty of Lake Superior

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:44

The early morning hours in Presque Isle Bay, just off Stockton Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, were characterized by a quietude the likes of which I had never before experienced. Floating in a sailboat on the pristine water, I knew I might never experience such serenity again.

The gentle waves undulated smoothly across the water’s surface in this pocket of Lake Superior, as if glass had been manufactured and kept in a cool, liquid form, flowing ceaselessly, effortlessly and peacefully in the dawn sunlight. The silence was absolute, save for the sound of a single loon in the distance that called once, and then was silent out respect for those still asleep on the various vessels floating in the bay.

Star Wars attractions opening at Disney

Written by The AP Monday, 07 December 2015 09:28

The Force is awakening a little early at Walt Disney World.

Serenity Now: Wandering avenues of the dead in Montmartre

Associated Press
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:09

Just around the corner, it’s a typical Parisian rush hour with bumper-to-bumper cars honking their way down the Boulevard de Clichy past garish shop fronts and the blazing red sails of the Moulin Rouge.

But here in the Montmartre cemetery the only sound is the trill of birds as they flit through the shady trees lining the avenues of the dead. 

Renovation modernizes South Dakota Corn Palace

Written by DIRK LAMMERS,
AP writer
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:43

The Corn Palace has been steeped in agricultural tradition since 1892, so when the caretakers of one of South Dakota’s most popular tourist attractions decided it was due for some maintenance, they also decided to gently nudge it into the 21st century.

Gone are the fiberglass green-and-yellow onion domes, replaced by airy steel versions. A new marquee, larger corn murals and a walk-out balcony have been added outside. And in perhaps the most modern touch of a $4 million renovation, the palace’s night face now features LED lighting that plays dramatically across the building.

Wisconsin Ducks celebrate 70 years

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 19:35

The Dells’ famous ducks were originally designed for amphibious transport in World War II, but now provide land-and-water tours during the summer.
— Photo: Original Wisconsin Ducks

The Wisconsin Dells’ best-known water attraction celebrates its 70th birthday this summer. Since its founding, the Original Wisconsin Ducks have taken more than 15 million visitors on tours of the Wisconsin River’s picturesque rock formations.