Girls weekend in Wausau, Wis.

Frog on Third Street in Wausau

I can’t say I would have pegged Wausau, Wis., as an ideal girls weekend getaway destination before having one there. But it has all the essentials — shopping, spa, food and drinks — and has them in spades.

MN Bingo: Polar bears at Como Zoo

como zoo polar bear

Mark took all three kids to the Como Zoo today to check “see the polar bears at the Como Zoo” off the bingo card. The kids liked acting like “an angry polar bear,” a part of the interactive exhibit Polar Bear Odyssey,…

Minnesota Summer Bingo Card


Mark wanted to make a Bingo card of fun Minnesota activities to keep his Minnesota Studies students busy during the summer. He started a list but was having trouble thinking of enough activities. The Minnesota booster that I am, I filled it up in no time.

Our kids definitely have our same (some might say hokey) sense of fun and they immediately asked if we could do everything on the Bingo card.

I know summer is already one third over (YIKES) but we’d love to have you join us!

Picking the right tour in Savannah, Georgia


There are at least 97 options for tours in Savannah. That’s not a random, making-a-point number. It’s the number of tours reviewed on TripAdvisor. How do you choose from a number like that? First, the best way to see Historic…

Ice fishing in Minnesota when it’s 40 degrees


I managed to live 34 years in the lake-filled, outdoors-loving states of Minnesota and Wisconsin without ever having been ice fishing. So when a charity auction last fall offered up a day on a frozen lake with outdoors reporter Dave…

An apple orchard trip with no apple-picking


We made it out for our annual fall orchard trip a little earlier than normal this year so we were excited to focus more on apples than on pumpkins. Having previously been to the three St. Croix River area orchards…