Winter Play

  • Near escapes in Minnesota

    Here are 10 places to go for a great winter getaway.

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  • Near escapes in Wisconsin

    Here are 10 great places for a winter getaway.

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  • Best of winter

    Here are dozens of ways to savor the chilly season.

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  • Relishing winter in Duluth

    In this sporty town, you can ski downhill or cross-country, then see the ballet or a Broadway show — all within city limits.

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  • Ice playgrounds

    Along rivers and lakes, it's fun to play with Jack Frost.

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  • Winter weekend in Monticello

    Come to this Mississippi River town for the swans; stay for the shopping and skiing.

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  • The silly season

    Smoosh racing? Human foosball? Winter is the time to come out and get crazy.

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  • Winter in Ely

    At the edge of the northern Minnesota wilderness, fun starts when the snow falls.

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  • The best in snow tubing

    With their multiple lanes, conveyor lifts and snow-making, these aren't your grandma's tubing hills.

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  • The coolest days of winter

    Ditch the indoors for one of these great festivals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

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  • Staying warm in winter

    If you know what to wear, getting through winter is a breeze.

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  • Seeking an outdoor hot tub

    It's just the thing on a cold winter day, but only a few resorts and inns have one.

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  • Gooseberries on ice

    In winter, a beloved state park turns into a big, frozen playground.

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  • Winter lodge adventures on a budget

    At non-profit lodges, you can try something new — ice fishing, dog mushing, wolf tracking — and everything is included.

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  • Brainerd Lakes in winter

    When this bustling lake resort area slows down, it's time for snowshoeing, sledding and saunas.

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  • How to make ice luminaries

    With homemade lanterns, line your path with glimmering lights.

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  • Chasing the Beargrease

    Along Minnesota's North Shore, the grueling sled-dog race enthralls onlookers.

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  • A Minnesota snow sampler

    For skiing and snowshoeing, four state parks along I-35 are as up north as you need to be.

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  • Dog days of winter

    Deep in Superior National Forest, novice mushers tag along with some huskies.

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  • Walking on ice

    Even when trails are slippery, you can grip the moment with a good pair of crampons.

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  • Ice caves of the Apostles

    Near Cornucopia, people wait for the window into a crystalline world to open.

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