Family fun

Get your summer festival on: 2018 edition
June 21, 2018 by Andrew Slade

Get your summer festival on: 2018 edition

Freshly popped kettle corn, a new handmade piece of art, a cold lemonade—it's time for summer festivals. Find a complete list of 2018 Best North Shore festivals here … read more


Where to cut your own Christmas tree
December 4, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Where to cut your own Christmas tree

Do you love a real, living tree for Christmas? Here is a North Shore guide for finding and cutting your own. From the wild to the tame, you'll find the right tree with these directions. … read more


New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park
October 14, 2014 by Andrew Slade

New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park

Nestled in a forest near the beach on scenic and wild Bear Head Lake, the new building is bright and welcoming. Running water, an indoor fireplace and comfort are available before and after your adventures. … read more


Spring waterfall season: 3 raging rivers to watch
April 29, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Spring waterfall season: 3 raging rivers to watch

Our winter snow is finally melting and water is plunging down the fabulous streams of the North Shore. Quiet and pretty summertime waterfalls are now muddy, raging torrents. It’s a great time to explore! … read more


5 great North Shore things to do MLK weekend
January 5, 2014 by Andrew Slade

5 great North Shore things to do MLK weekend

MLK is the perfect long weekend for cross country skiing on the North Shore. The snows are as deep as they will be all winter. Fun events are planned for the parks and trails. And, nearly four weeks past the winter solstice, days are getting longer. Perfect. … read more


Get picking: it’s blueberry season
August 12, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Get picking: it’s blueberry season

As reports came in of wild blueberries all over the Gunflint Trail and the North Shore, I stayed home waiting for news from somewhere else...the South Shore. This weekend, we went to Blue Vista Farm in Bayfield and picked about two gallons of big, beautiful blueberries. … read more


Back to Plato’s cave
March 10, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Back to Plato’s cave

Have you heard of those books "1000 things to do before you die?" Or maybe you saw the movie "Bucket List"? There are things we should all do at least once before we shuffle off this mortal coil. Reading Plato might be one of them, though the things to do are generally more cool places to see. Going to the ice caves by Cornucopia, WI is one of those things you just definitely do or see, at least for us here in the north.In Plato's allegory of the cave, we're all supposed to be in this cave with images projected … read more