Everybody loves Galena, the cute little "town that time forgot.'' And because everybody can be a lot of people, spring is the best time to enjoy it.
Tulips and daffodils bloom on the terraces, weather is mild and streets are not too crowded. And there's always lots to do in this northwest Illinois town.
Past fast plans: Eagles on the river, Circling Lake Pepin, Fun in Bayfield, Gunflint prime time, Weekend in Chicago
It's a beautiful spring day finally. The trees are budding, the birds are chirping. What do you do?
Road trip! Somehow, the call of the highway is especially strong in spring. We want to feel the wind on our face and see something new and unusual.
There's a lot to do along the way: Walk through bluebells, spot birds, visit artist studios, sample cheese, watch a parade.
Here are 15 of the best spring drives around the region.
In hindsight, it's good to be grown up and out of school: no more tests, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks.
But it's also good to be a grown-up who's back in school, because schools have grown up, too. There are no tests and few books, and teachers are as friendly and attentive as cruise-ship hosts.
Again, winter is lasting way too long. When it finally retreats, we'll need to move fast to enjoy spring before summer arrives.
Go on a spring drive, see fiddlehead ferns unfurl and surround yourself with that delicate shade of chartreuse that seems to tint the air green.
Canoe through sloughs, stalk morel mushrooms and watch colorfully attired folks dance around a maypole.
Here are our picks for the best things to do in spring 2015.
After a long winter, everyone deserves a spring getaway.
On a budget? No problem. Spring is the best time to find deals, and often the weather is stellar.
You'll have to pass on the fancy resorts and spas, but you don't have to give up comforts. Lots of lodgings offer great rates between the Easter school breaks and Memorial Day weekend.
In the bluffs of southeast Minnesota, learn how to cast for trout. In Green Bay, ride a swinging Viking ship. In the Amanas, dance around a May pole.
Like robins and maple sap, Lake Superior ore boats aren't much affected by the never-ending winter that humans find so annoying.
In Duluth, icebreakers help the big lakers get out of ports the third week of March this year, the John G. Munson was first to leave, on March 20. Then traffic starts to move within Lake Superior and then, after the Soo Looks open, from other Great Lakes.
Ah, but when will the first oceangoing boat arrive? Whoever guesses that wins the annual First Ship Contest sponsored by the city and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, and the grand prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to the port town.
The deadline to enter is March 31, and there's only one entry allowed per person.
You may think that the colder and longer the winter, the later the arrival and that was true in 2014, the year of the polar vortex.
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