Travel

Thu
08
Aug

Should you rent a vacation home or stay in a hotel?

re you planning a trip in the coming months? If so, you’re among the 59 percent of Americans who expect to go on a summer vacation, according to an American Express survey.
But your time away won’t come cheap: The survey found people expect to spend just less than $1,200 per person for their holidays.
One of the highest costs you’ll pay will likely be for your hotel room. There are other options available, according to the Minnesota Society of CPAs, but be aware of the pitfalls associated with some of them.

Mon
08
Jul

Galena: ‘A town frozen in time’


Chestnut Mountain Resort outside Galena overlooks the Mississippi River. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

White-columned antebellum mansions, President Ulysses S. Grant’s home, a historic hotel, unique shops and history lessons as well as plenty of outdoor activities along the river are popular in Galena, Ill.
The old red brick buildings that line both sides of Main Street are frozen in the mid-1800s in this former riverboat city and steamboat capital of the Upper Midwest.
Back then, great numbers of steamboats came up the Mississippi River and its tributary, the Galena River, with a variety of goods and returned with lead from the mines.
Wealthy steamboat captains built mansions on the hills overlooking the river. Many are now B&Bs. Visitors can take trolley or walking tours past many of these historic homes and churches.

Mon
08
Jul

Explore your options for travel insurance

The summer travel season is in full swing and countless Minnesotans will be traveling across the country and around the world in the next few months.  
Some consumers will be debating about whether to purchase travel insurance for their summer vacations. The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants consumers to know that travel insurance is not required to travel; however, it may benefit some consumers but not all.

Sun
30
Jun

Make summer vacation happy with simple safety tips

Summer is officially underway and if you’re planning on traveling in the next few weeks, you’ll have a lot of company. The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Statistics reports that in recent years, Americans have taken around 650 million long distance summer trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. And the average summer long-distance trip is 284 miles one-way.

Mon
27
May

Raise a pint to Grand Rapids’ lesser-known culture: HOPS


Founders Brewing Company serves a variety of its beers in this family-friendly (until 9 p.m.) tap room. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

I wonder if my grandparents are rolling over in their graves since their hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., was recently named “Beer City U.S.A.” and one of the “Top 10 Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers.”

Thu
02
May

Bison, Badlands and ‘weird-looking buttes’


The setting sun puts a glow on the buttes and plains in Teddy Roosevelt National Park. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

After immersing ourselves in President Theodore Roosevelt’s early life at the Old Town Hall in Medora, a friend and I drove a few miles to the entrance of the 70,416-acre national park named after him in western North Dakota. Visitors there can enjoy miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, campsites, abundant wildlife and buttes, tablelands, valleys and unusual rock formations leftover from glaciers, wind and rain.

Wed
06
Mar

Pamplona, Spain and Hemingway


This life-size bronze statue of the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, shows the tension between the bulls and the men who jump in front to try to outrun them during the festival of Sanfermines each July. While many people are injured, only 15 have been killed in the last 100 years. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

My balcony at the Gran Hotel La Perla in Pamplona, Spain, overlooked a narrow street lined with 18th century yellow, blue, tan and pink buildings along the route of the running of the bulls during the July festival of Sanfermines.

Thu
17
Jan

Pastor follows steps of thousand-year pilgrimage

From the windy, lonely hills of the Pyrenees to the narrow Pamplona streets and through villages, poppy fields and farms across northern Spain, pilgrims with walking sticks and packs hike along the Camino de Santiago -- the Way of St. James. Their destination is Santiago de Compostela, where legend says the remains of St. James are buried. A magnificent cathedral was built on the site in the 11th and 12th centuries.
The steps of pilgrims stretch back unbroken to the 800s; reportedly the pilgrimages continued through the centuries, although with fewer people, even during wartime.

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