Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:
•New Ulm, Minn., was settled in the mid-1800s by German immigrants dissatisfied with life in Chicago, and some call it the most ethnically German city in the country. So it’s not surprising that the town hosts what’s billed as the largest Oktoberfest in the state. It’s a big enough deal that it takes two weekends, Oct. 7-8 and 14-15. Expect lots of German food and music, with activities spread around town, including at August Schell Brewing Co. www.newulmoktoberfest.com
•Fall Colors Weekend will be Oct. 15-16 at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Ill. Free guided hikes will depart from the visitor center at 9 a.m. https://tinyurl.com/zczplb2
•Hundreds of pre-1949 classic cars will roll into Quincy, Ill., Oct. 14-16 for the annual Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run. The vintage autos will be downtown Saturday and in Upper Moorman Park on Sunday. https://tinyurl.com/j346zaf
•Because it’s home to various manufacturers, Fort Wayne, Ind., has become a bit of a hot spot for annual factory-outlet sales, with the best known being the Vera Bradley sale each April. Cinda B, which specializes in handbags, travel bags and totes, has a sale scheduled Oct. 12-15 to clear out factory seconds and retired styles and colors. https://tinyurl.com/zznjcsl
•Michigan fall-color reports are updated regularly at www.michigan.org.
•The 17th Chippewa Valley Book Festival will be Oct. 10-20 in Eau Claire, Wis. Among authors who will be present are Sandy Tolan, (“Children of the Stone: the Power of Music in a Hard Land”) and Barbara Massaad (“Soup for Syria”). Fifteen other writers, poets and journalists will make presentations, too, and there will be various workshops. 715-839-5004, www.cvbookfest.org
•Artists ranging from painters to potters and jewelers will open their studios Oct. 14-16 for the annual Fall Art Tour in south-central Wisconsin. Studios are located in the area of Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Mineral Point. www.fallarttour.com
•Indiana Landmarks presents a program Oct. 16 in the Indiana Dunes that looks at how five houses that were part of the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago ended up in the Dunes area. Landmarks Experience: Century of Progress begins with talks at Portage Lakefront Pavilion in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. After lunch there will be tours of the five houses. 317-639-4534, https://tinyurl.com/jkopm2r
•The eighth annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival will feature roughly 700 craft beers from more than 80 Michigan breweries. There will also be live music and food from area restaurants. Tickets can be bought online for the event, which takes place Oct. 21-22 at Eastern Market. https://tinyurl.com/odezx9c
•Avoya Travel has a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line priced as low as $564 per person, double occupancy. Sailing from Miami on Jan. 8, 2017, the ship will make port in Roatan, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize, and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. https://tinyurl.com/hw33s5j
•Road Scholar offers 19 learning vacations this winter based in sunny locations such as Key West, Fla.; New Orleans and Sedona, Ariz. Pricing is as low as $625 per person, double occupancy. https://tinyurl.com/hagxxyv
•Visit Orlando offers a Gay Travel Guide to the popular Florida destination at https://tinyurl.com/j6547r7.
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Phil Marty is a freelancer.
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