Going Out

The skyline of Yokohama, Japan.

When it comes to family vacations, the paths not typically taken can lead to the most interesting and fulfilling excursions.

Often this time of year, you’ll find the Hamilton family biking or walking the Zephyr trail, or from their house to the Lake McKusick bridge (with a stop to look for turtles) with kids Ella, 12, Oren, 10 and Lewis, 7. Like so many, they long to get outside after a winter spent at the St.

On Mother’s Day weekend, pottery lovers and ceramic artists from across the country will flock to Chisago County for the 24th annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale. Seven establishments in the Upper St.

On January 23, Lift Bridge Brewery held a limited-run release of its double-barrel-aged Silhouette, a strong Russian Imperial stout aged in old whiskey barrels.

As part of Scandia’s Vinterfest January 29, local businesses put on a hockey tournament fundraiser for the new outdoor rink, especially designed for those who “never hung up their skates.”

The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride will return to the Washington County Fairgrounds on April 24 for the 50th riding of the annual opener to the road-riding season.

Valley residents could get their heels dirty with a good old-fashioned wine stomp at St. Croix Vineyards in September.

On the first Wednesday of each month, mystery book authors and their fans gather at the Dock Café in Stillwater for an evening of discussion and drinks.

During Stillwater’s Harvest Fest event, held in Lowell Park on October 10 and 11, pumpkins weighing over 1,500 pounds took center stage. Additionally, attendees enjoyed pumpkin baking and decorating, a chili cook-off, micro brew beer and wine tasting, a Giant Pumpkin Boat Race on the St.

On November 7, Enchanté and Capture Salon hosted “Illuminate Fashion Show,” a standing-room only event at the salon on S. Main St., Stillwater, that showcased seasonal fashion trends worn by St. Croix Valley area women.

In October, visitors attended the Scandia Cemetery Tour at Elim Cemetery to hear stories about some of the town’s past residents, as told by reenanctment volunteers. Some of the volunteers told the stories of their ancestors.