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The laid-back lakeside life of the Brainerd Lakes region has drawn families for generations. Discover why.
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Nautical details and kid-friendly design put the focus on family fun at this busy Nantucket-style lake home in northern Michigan.
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A tiny riverfront home in southwestern Michigan recaptures its original cottage character with paint, fabric and a floor plan overhaul.
Roasted Carrots
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Roasted, glazed, served with maple thyme butter, mixed into soups, salads or hummus—these recipes all star vitamin-rich carrots.
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Here are some new varieties and cutting tips for these ever-popular beauties, which like cool, moist, well-drained soil and morning sun.
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Boost your home's curb appeal with a front door area makeover.
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An inventive summer-long Shakespeare festival—including created-on-the-spot plays—stars during weekends in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
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An hour west of Chicago’s Loop, the Fox River provides a soothing backdrop to towns brimming with indulgent eats, stores housed in historical homes and posh places to stay.
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Enjoy boat trips, swimming, observatory tours, boutique shopping, inventive restaurants and pampering lodgings in this hamlet 80 miles northwest of Chicago’s Loop.
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A string of 1,200 garage sales transforms a scenic drive on Ohio's Lincoln Highway into a treasure hunt. Small towns, a haunted prison and great bargains await among farm-flecked landscapes.

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