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A cabin at Cascade Lodge in Minnesota.

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.

Budget: Stay in a camper cabin or state-park guesthouse. See A roof in the woods and Lodgings in Minnesota state parks.

Higher-range: Stay in someone else's cabin. See Renting a vacation house.

More: See 20 perfect cabins and What to bring to a rented cabin.

The Gales of November

Split Rock Lighthouse on Minnesota's North Shore.

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). 

What to do: Watch ore boats coming and going. Visit sites of shipwrecks along the shore.

Where to watch waves: Canal Park or Kitchi-Gammi Park in Duluth, Stoney Point on old Minnesota 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors, Sugarloaf Cove near Schroeder and Tofte Town Park in Tofte.

Details: For more, see Gales of November.

Fall hikes at Devil's Lake

Devil's Lake State Park in fall.

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.

What to do: Hike the West Bluff and East Bluff trails around the lake. Visit Baxter's Hollow state natural area west of the park. Bicycle the Great Sauk State Trail south of the park.

Details: See The divine Devil's Lake and Baraboo's gilt complex.

Fall colors in Door County

In fall, Door County produces plenty of pumpkins.

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.

Fall in Decorah

Phelps Park in Decorah.

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.

What to do: Bicycle the 11-mile Trout Run Trail loop. Hike the blufftop trail in Phelps Park (pictured). Canoe on the Upper Iowa River.

Details: For more, see A pocket of Norway.