The annual American Birkebeiner -- North America's largest cross-country ski race -- will hit the Northwoods of Wisconsin on Feb. 23.
The race is in its 35th year. If you've skied it before, what hints and pointers do you have to offer to the rookies?
Any tips on where to eat and/or play in the area of Cable and Hayward, where the race starts and ends?
On a recent visit to Hayward, I was really impressed with a B&B I stayed at: The McCormick House. It's owned by two former corporate guys who were living in London and had enough of the rat race. They've done an amazing job with this place. It's like walking into a Pottery Barn catalog -- such a refreshing change from the lace doilies and needlepoint. Fantastic breakfasts, too.
I stumbled upon a few other great finds in Hayward, but I'm saving those for a future story to run in the late spring.