Now that winter is deepening, many people are fantasizing about burrowing into a cozy cabin with a good book and a glass of wine. Here's how to find the perfect place to do some serious cocooning.
Higher-range: Stay in someone else's cabin. See Renting a vacation house.
Early November is a dangerous time on the Great Lakes. In 1913, a storm called the White Hurricane killed 250 people and destroyed 19 ships between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10. In 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in near hurricane-force winds on Nov. 10.
Events to catch: Nov. 10, Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse (viewable from the state park).
Details: For more, see Gales of November.
In fall, there's nowhere more spectacular than Devil's Lake State Park, the most-visited park in Wisconsin.
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail loops around it atop 500-foot quartzite cliffs, giving hikers one great view after another.
In fall, Door County's many apple orchards, pumpkin patches and vineyards provide eye candy for tourists, who flock in on weekends.
What to do: Hike in five state parks, 18 county parks and 28 natural areas. Shop at orchard markets and dozens of galleries. Go to a fish boil. Tour wineries and lighthouses, even haunted lighthouses.
Details: See Fall in Door County.
In the bluffs of northeast Iowa, Decorah has a lot going for it: a spectacular location, a scenic bicycle trail, fine restaurants and craft breweries and a rich cultural scene rarely found in a town of only 8,000.
Details: For more, see A pocket of Norway.