Great Escape British Virgin Islands
Great Escape
When the Great Lakes ice over, charters in exotic locales — like the BVI — provide the perfect getaway.

The moment of truth had arrived. Anne-Marie stood on the dock, smiling. “Don’t worry, you can do it,” she said encouragingly. “Remember, it’s a right-handed prop, so it’s going to pull to port.” I looked at the tight confines of the marina. If we re...

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The Other Face of Put-in-Bay Put-in-Bay Region, Ohio
The Other Face of Put-in-Bay
This Lake Erie hotspot is perfect for family-friendly fun — if you know where, and when, to go.

Sometimes, things don't turn out exactly the way you plan. Sheets of rain swept the Miller Boat Line dock at Catawba Island, Ohio, where a smattering of soggy passengers awaited the 5:30 p.m. ferry to South Bass Island. Disheartened, I settled into the dockside waiting area. Originally, I’...

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Adventure in the Abacos Bahamas
Adventure in the Abacos
A weeklong Bahamian charter vacation helps alleviate the wintertime blues.

I strolled along a crescent of beach on Fowl Cay, enjoying the softness of the white sand between my toes. I’d alternate, walking on hard, packed sand where the warm sea lapped around my ankles like bathwater; then shifting onto the dry, powdered sugar sand. In front of me, an oddly shaped...

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Uncovered Gem Northeast Ohio
Uncovered Gem
The northeastern Ohio communities of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ashtabula, Conneaut and Mentor hold a plethora of culinary, scenic and historic delights.

From wineries, covered bridges and a haunted lighthouse to a U.S. President’s home and library and the beautiful natural areas of a state park and arboretum, northeastern Ohio is a gem of a destination. The region, stretching from Lake County just east of Cleveland to Ashtabula County bord...

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The Great Outdoors Meets the Big City Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin
The Great Outdoors Meets the Big City
The vibrant sister ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin are well worth a visit, by boat — or otherwise.

Few cities can compare to Duluth, Minnesota, when it comes to sheer paradox. Located in the far reaches of the Upper Midwest, where Wisconsin’s and Minnesota’s deep, dense North Woods kiss the shores of mighty Lake Superior, this community of nearly 90,000 people still conjures image...

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Kayaking the Calusa Lee County, Florida
Kayaking the Calusa
Florida’s Lee County welcomes Midwesterners with open arms as they seek to escape from Old Man Winter and get up close and personal with nature.

When Cynthia Gilbert meets fellow Midwesterners along Southwest Florida’s shimmering shoreline, she watches them discover what she felt her first time in a kayak: Clear salt water as warm as a bath teeming with wildlife that—from a paddler’s perspective—is literally at be...

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Slice of Paradise Apostle Islands & Bayfield, Wisconsin
Slice of Paradise
Winter, spring, summer or fall… Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands and the communities of Madeline Island and Bayfield, Wisconsin, offer year-round activities set against a stunning backdrop of equal parts pristine, sugar-sand beachfront and lush, unspoiled wilderness.

Our multicolored beach towels and assorted sand toys were the only objects marring the unbroken, sweeping crescent of golden sand, shimmering in the warm midsummer sun. Incredibly, no one else from the nearby campground decided to join us, and the day-trippers from the mainland and from the isla...

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UnBelizeable The Carribbean
UnBelizeable
Enjoy the breathtaking, laid-back atmosphere of this Central American paradise.

I floated face down in water as clear as gin and, ahem, I should know. The white sandy bottom was a couple of dozen feet away, but I felt as if I could reach out and touch the sugary powder. I had the eerie feeling that there really was no water: I was supported by invisible threads in mid-air. ...

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Welcome to Harbor Country New Buffalo, Michigan
Welcome to Harbor Country
Referred to as the “Gold Coast” because of its breathtaking sunsets, New Buffalo, Michigan is a boater’s haven… and one delightful place to drop anchor.

Welcome to the first port in southwest Michigan: New Buffalo, featuring the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, fabulous farm-to-fork cuisine, cultural treasures and a world-class casino. Add in a combination of watersports, hiking and golf, among other fun recreational activities, and you’v...

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Boating on the Bay Green Bay, Wisconsin
Boating on the Bay
Green Bay, Wisconsin is a championship area for football, boating, beer, food, festivals and wildlife wonders.

If you’re an experienced cruising boater, you may already know many of the ports along Lake Michigan. But do you know which port’s county has more than 1,200 linear miles of waterways, a 700-acre wildlife sanctuary that draws several hundred-thousand birdwatchers from across the gl...

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