DMZ: wildlife refuge, tourist attraction, war reminder

Nearly 6,500 miles separate most Wisconsinites from South Korea. Among the exceptions, for now, are around 270 airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing of the state’s Air National Guard. These troops and one dozen F-16 aircraft this month were deployed to Kunsan Air Base on a four-month assignment to help stabilize and secure the region.(…)

The lifelong value of a same time, same place vacation

The older I get, the more I notice two extremes among travelers. One seeks a new destination for every trip and rarely returns to the same locale. The other gravitates to the same spot, year after year, developing a strong and deep connection to one part of this very wide world. Of what value are(…)

Rural Missouri B&B operates inside Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Within the hills and dales of northeast Missouri are far fewer miles of paved roads than rivers and creeks. Signs at one-lane bridges warn of flooding, and roadside markers are positioned to measure high water, foot by foot. These are not comforting details to notice when driving under a flash flood watch. The occasional farm(…)

Bay City Chef Shack: fine dining in down-home location

Follow the Mississippi along the Great River Road (Highway 35, in Wisconsin) for no shortage of woods, bluffs, curvy waterfronts and pastoral landscapes. Common are riverfront hamlets with historic charm. Rare are restaurants with a discerning menu that changes often. One big exception is Chef Shack in Bay City, population 500, where the co-owners are(…)

Alto Fair: smallest in Wisconsin, big respect for tradition

In the community center are tables with handicrafts, bakery, veggies – typical fair fare – but one thing seems obvious pretty quickly: Attached to an easy majority of entries are blue ribbons. You won’t see that at the average county fair, but this is Alto – AL-to, not ALL-to. The Fond du Lac County township(…)

Take Ten: sky-high Madison views

Plop me near water on a pretty, warm day, and I’m content for hours. When in Madison, that means Memorial Union Terrace, known since 1928 as the living room of the University of Wisconsin. We settle in to yak, listen to free music, watch the sun set and indulge in Babcock ice cream (make mine(…)

Croatia’s Dubrovnik a hot spot for ‘Game of Thrones’ fans

As clock tower bells chime at high noon, I stand 80 feet above ground with a wide and clear view of medieval architecture and history. Ahead are signs of modern living: sailboats, speedboats, ferries and a cruiseship or two. Below are hints of the past: terracotta rooftops, laundry on clotheslines and people on the move(…)

Natural thrillers: Glacier, Waterton parks

Feeling a little overheated? Let’s talk snow. My guy and I missed by one measly day the opening of Going to the Sun Road – the 50-mile-long, steep and winding Glacier National Park thruway of hairpin turns. Known as one of the most thrilling and beautiful roads in America, it requires at least two hours(…)

Take Ten: summer sizzlers

Beat the heat with these Wisconsin destinations that have something new or novel to offer summertime travelers. Actor’s Craft, Kenosha: Find your inner Bogart at acting camps and classes with a certified coach whose technique is used by professional actors, including Academy Award winners. Topics range from one-night scene studies to five-day immersions in acting.(…)

Lac du Flambeau upgrades Ojibwe cultural sites

Peace Pipe Lane. Wild Rice Avenue. Tomahawk Circle. The Lac du Flambeau street signs hint at pride of heritage, and soon a rebuilt cultural space emerges for ceremonial dancing and other centuries-old traditions. It will give the average resident a new retreat and the average traveler a new reason to visit. On an ordinary weeknight,(…)