Travel & Recreation

Lavender’s Pride Cover and a Cruise Contest!

Pride is almost here! And here at Lavender, we’re ready to celebrate with something extra-special for our rainbow community. From April 1 to April 30, 2018, eligible readers can enter a chance to win the […]

8 Reasons to Do The Danube: Why You Should Take a Honeymoon Cruise Down Europe’s Legendary River

By Eric Poole Just say the words “the Danube” to people who’ve been there, and they’ll sigh longingly, and probably start a word salad of superlatives. The romance and beauty of this fabled river evokes […]

When And How To Book International Airfares

By Eric Poole In past years, with oil at $100-plus a barrel, airfares for high season travel to places around the globe were akin to a prostate exam: it felt like someone was violating you, […]

Mardi Gras and More

Closet? What closet? There’s no concrete evidence that Mardi Gras was invented by the gay community, but…feathers? Beads? Eyeliner? I’m just sayin’. Every town in Louisiana worth its gumbo hosts a Mardi Gras celebration, but […]

Travel: Winging It

Swearing is not polite; your mama taught you that. So here’s a tip to save you from muttering expletives as your day’s visit to Red Wing draws to an end: think ahead and book yourself […]

Travel: Swiss Charm

On the tram to baggage claim in Zurich’s airport, there’s the sound of cowbells. The blue notes of an Alpine horn. The image of a Heidi-lookalike winking through the window. Everything but chocolates, and those […]

Restless on the Range

As the dark, snowy days of winter are looming over us, it can be easy, habitual even, to find solace under the bright city lights and bustling nightlife that revive the chilly Minnesota tundra. However, […]

Mucho Mazatlan

You want sunny beaches? Oh, silly me: as I’m writing for my fellow stoics here in the frozen tundra, it’s 22 degrees and snowing. Of course you do. Mazatlan has beaches. But unlike those Mexican […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel

We’ve all been there. The shake weights. The toilet seat with a nightlight. The t-shirt that says, “I’m not a gynecologist, but I’ll take a look.” Coming up with innovative Christmas presents when you’ve been […]

Let the Good (Food) Times Roll!

Warning: This column contains material rated unsuitable for the following audiences: members of a punitive, anti-fun-loving sect; those on a Spartan diet; and any masochist who prefers suffering frostbite to vacationing in sunny Louisiana. Those […]

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