Right-Brain Vacation Ideas
An explosion of art, lakeside It’s morning at the cottage. Dew clings to the grass, the sun flirts with still White Sand Lake and a morning walk to the shore inspires the artist in you. It’s a picture to take home. Participants in Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation at Dillman’s Bay Resort, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, will do just that after a week of painting, photography or some of the other 27 week-long workshops. All this and vacation, too! It started with one watercolor class for resort guests nearly 30 years ago. Since then, the course list has grown, and families gather for artsy vacations, staying in lakeside cottages, swimming, boating, beaching it and connecting with their own creativity and each other (715/588-3143; www.dillmans.com).
Living the life of literature It's that dreamy imagining of simpler times and places that captures young minds (and older ones, too) when they read the real-life stories in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. A trip to De Smet, South Dakota, puts devoted fans right in the family’s house, thanks to tours given by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society. At the Ingalls Homestead, a living-history site, learn the 1880s way in the schoolhouse and take a covered-wagon ride across the prairie Laura knew so well (800/776-3594; www.ingallshomestead.com; 800/880-3383; www.discoverlaura.org).
A hands-on music fest Families spread their blankets in South Bend, Indiana’s, St. Patrick’s County Park on weekends from mid-June through July and soak in music, dance and theater at the Firefly Festival for the Performing Arts. This year’s lineup gives lots of options, including a performance of South Pacific, a dance company, a symphony and the Charlie Daniels Band. At the popular Family Fest (July 16 this year), workshops that may include drumming or dance let visitors explore their own hidden talents (574/288-3472; www.fireflyfestival.com).