If you have cabin fever and need a change of scene, head for Chicago.
Winter is high season for the performing arts, but hotel rates are low. And it's the best time of the year to visit Chinatown.
Past fast plans: Madison for kids, Fun around Ely, Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Goofy winter fun in Minneapolis, Dubuque's views
International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minn. It's fun just to wander (or drive) around Leech Lake during this event, which includes mechanical bull riding, bikini ice fishing and a beer pong tournament. Feb. 2225.
Chinese Lunar New Year's Parade in Chicago. Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Chinatown with a parade, marching bands, lion dancing and fireworks. Feb. 25.
Bockfest at Capital Brewery in Middleton, Wis. This Madison-area brewery celebrates with the Running of the Blondes 1K race, a fish throw, music, costumes and, of course, beer. Feb. 24.
International Festival in Madison. Dancers, musicians, storytellers and puppeteers representing traditions from around the world converge on the Overture Center for the Arts on State Street for this free festival. There's also food and a global bazaar. Feb. 24.
For more, see our Events Calendar.
Eagles don't really have lovable personalities. But, man, are they fun to watch.
Those haughty pale eyes, that 6-foot wing span, those wicked talons and the flesh-shredding beak eagles are just plain cool.
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.
Along the Mississippi in Minnesota, join a warbler weekend at a retreat center. In northeast Iowa, go on a beginning backpacking trip. In Chicago, stay at one of three hostels during Craft Beer Week.
Think a little bit outside the box, and you'll save a ton of money.
Here's our 2018 edition of great spring trips, most costing $100 or less per person.
Everyone likes to snowshoe. It's cheap, easy and you can do it anywhere.
In winter, snowshoes are the bridge into the wild white yonder. They allow you get off the beaten path and to places that otherwise would be hard to explore islands, overgrown woods, bogs and marshes.
In deep snow, the first person to break trail has to expend some serious effort. If you're the fourth or fifth person on the trail, though, that's just about right.
In February and March, most of us are getting tired of winter . . . time to eat some chocolate.
everyone knows, chocolate has unique restorative qualities. It's
effective draped on strawberries, whipped into mousse, covering cakes .
. . you get the idea.
Here's where to go to thumb your nose
at winter (and your diet). Pick from tastings, tours and road
Here's how to take the chocolate cure in 2018.