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Ah, sugar, sugar. Indiana loves its pies so much that the nonprofit Indiana Foodways Alliance has created a Hoosier Pie Trail. The 15 stops showcase sugar cream, a regional staple, but also routes travelers to havens of butterscotch and banana cream. Here's a taste of what you'll find.  Wick’s Pies | Winchester The granddaddy... More
The Motor City exudes energy with its rich auto heritage and bustling cultural sites. Families get a taste of that energy in lively museums, parks and restaurants. Here are 10 ways to let the kids explore. Detroit Zoo Visitors in underwater tunnels watch penguins as they dive into a 25-foot-deep pool at the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center (opening April 18). It’s the largest... More
For the ultimate #foodporn fix, we follow these Instagram feeds showcasing some of the most inventive creations being dreamed up in Midwest kitchens. Our March/April cover story contains 37 reasons why we're living in the golden age of Midwest dining. These accounts from chefs, restaurants and photographers provide eight more. @_plate There... More
Capitalizing on the success of the craft beer movement, Milwaukee author Lucy Saunders has written five books about drinking beer and cooking with it, including Dinner in the Beer Garden. According to Lucy, the best beer gardens have a solid mix of beer options, great music and a lively social atmosphere. “Personally, I go to a beer garden to enjoy the ambience and... More
Try not to be tempted, as I was, to reach and touch the decadent velvet that Countess of Grantham Cora Crawley wore in an episode of Downton Abbey. The docents are watching at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, home to Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. This 19th-century Chicago mansion brimming with architectural features and antiques from the Gilded Age provides the... More
Like bears coming out of hibernation, this time of year we lumber out of our houses in search of fun. Des Moines caters to our desires to get moving again with activities like rock climbing, trampolining, pedaling through the East Village and dancing. Climb Iowa Get a good grip on 10,000 square feet of climbing walls in Grimes, 17 miles northwest of Des Moines. Learn the meaning... More
Like the WWII movement of the same name, Gretchen Mead’s Victory Garden Initiative fights for a cause; her battle is the poor diet of people living in poverty. She has rallied hundreds of volunteers to build 2,500 vegetable beds in low-income Milwaukee neighborhoods during seven annual blitzes. Now she wants to help other towns to do the same. We chatted with Gretchen about the roots of her... More
In February, sunsets and sunrises colored winter landscapes and caught the eyes of our Instagram photographers. The five most-liked photos of the month:  1) @justinrogers captures a peaceful sunset in central Iowa near Ogden. 2) Sunrise at Hollow Rock on Lake Superior in Minnesota's North Shore region by @traunfoto. 3) Sunset near McGregor, North Dakota,... More
As temps gradually warm up across the Midwest, we're starting to get a wee bit antsy about spring. Bring on the lilacs, thawed lakes and short-sleeve weather. To hold us over, we scrolled through our Instagram feed to last spring's photos and did a little dreaming. If this year's spring is half as beautiful as last year's, it's going to be worth the wait. Here are 15... More
Take a break from the Queen City's staples of spaghetti topped with chili and Graeter's Ice Cream at these 10 family-friendly attractions that will keep you energized during a weekend getaway. 1) Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Explore this 74-acre zoo during spring, when the gardens are in full bloom. Feed lettuce to a giraffe, stroke scaly reptile skin and hike to Cat... More