Holidays

  • 10 great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

    Over the Fourth of July holiday, every town worth its salt holds a celebration. There are band concerts, parades with antique cars and cute kids dressed in red, white and blue: It's all good. But it's an especially good time to travel along the border of the United States and Canada, which celebrates Canada Day on July 1.

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  • The gift of fun

    It’s easy to give people more of the nice stuff they already have: sweaters, compact discs, fancy soaps. But how about giving them a good time, instead? Memories, we’ve found, last much longer than material goods. This season might be a good time to open some doors for family and friends by bestowing passes, kits, experiences and other gifts they can use year-round.

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  • Milwaukee at Christmas

    No one ever accused Milwaukee of being flashy. Best known for tractors, motorcycles and beer, it’s a meat-and-potatoes kind of town, stolid and practical like the Germans who built it. It’s not what you’d call a trendy destination. And yet every time I go there, I have a great time.

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  • Great holiday festivals

    As soon as the leaves have fallen and cold winds start to blow, the holidays get under way. This is the season for craft fairs, theme feasts and Christmas parades. 2021. Before you go, check times and details.

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  • Toasting St. Pat

    Why do we love St. Patrick? Because when the landscape still is icy and white, he makes everything else turn green — clothes, beer, even rivers. For that, the legendary Irish priest deserves sainthood. 2022.

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  • 10 great ways to celebrate New Year's

    If you want a good way to greet the new year, plan a great getaway. The traditional plan is to look around for a party or show. Pretty much any big hotel will have a New Year’s celebration with party hats, loud music and cocktails. But you also can hike by candlelight, ride an indoor Ferris wheel or watch a torchlight parade on a ski slope.

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  • 10 great ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is on a Sunday this year, so at the end of the work week, you ought to be ready to treat your swain or sweetheart to something fun. It doesn't have to be an expensive dinner by candlelight with a fancy box of artisan chocolates . . . it could also be a hike by lantern or candlelight, with s'mores made over a fire.  Romance isn't what you buy; it's what you bring with you.

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