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On fall weekends, the city of South Bend, Indiana, swells with legions of diehard football fans. They come to cheer on the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame and to snap photos of the university’s famous Touchdown Jesus mural. But football isn’t the only fall draw in this picturesque college town. Here are eight more reasons to visit South Bend this season. 1) South Bend... More
The golden hues of late summer—and a hint of fall—captivated our Instagram followers in September. The five most popular photos of the month: 1) "The Sunflower State showing off” at Grinter Farms near Lawrence, Kansas, by @kim_horgan (https://instagram.com/p/70DN18mzRz/).  2) A sneak preview of what’s to come: the peak of fall colors at Matthiessen... More
The most dedicated ones enter South Dakota’s Custer State Park by 3 a.m., beating sunlight into the valley by a good three hours. As the stars fade, the visitors turn up their jacket collars and lean on the wooden fence, confident of the view they’ll enjoy once the midmorning action starts. Undoubtedly, these are the same people who made hotel reservations inside the park four or five... More
In fall, the phrase "get lost" takes on a new meaning. We gladly lose ourselves on drives through lush fall foliage, on bike rides through crisp temperatures and in fields plowed into intricate imagery. Here are some of our favorite designs at Midwest corn mazes this year. These aerial views can help you plot out your path, but don't worry if you take a wrong turn. It's fall,... More
Crowds of summer tourists and the rumble of Sturgis-bound motorcycles fade as crisp autumn days arrive in southwestern South Dakota. Rapid City, the region’s hub of 70,800 residents, welcomes visitors for a culturally rich getaway with presidential monuments, Native American history and museums that trace the formation of the region's rocky landscape. This weekend marks a brief... More
Native Minnesotan J. Ryan Stradal’s new book Kitchens of the Great Midwest is hotter than a chocolate habanero pepper (which is hot enough to send certain characters in the book to the hospital). Kitchens, a novel about "one girl's farm-to-table success story, mothers and daughters, how food becomes the common language of our lives, and the bittersweet... More
The bounty of autumn’s harvest permeates every corner of Harbor Country along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan. Here are 10 ways to savor the fall season in this region, located less than two hours from Chicago: 1) Color on wheels Roll through the colorful countryside with 5,000 fellow cyclists on September 27. The annual Apple Cider Century ride ... More
Here in Indiana, we've officially hit that in-between season, where the temps dip in the evenings and the tempo of life slows a bit. There's something beautiful about the rhythm of the seasons in the Midwest, and I love finding ways to bring that rhythm indoors. I used to think this meant buying something new (hello, throw pillows!) but it doesn't... More
The third-largest city in Missouri, Springfield is known as the Birthplace of Route 66. But there are plenty more things to do in the scenic Ozarks Mountains. Here's a sampling: Hotel Vandivort This new boutique hotel brings upscale accommodations to the heart of downtown. Artsy details in the renovated 1906 Masonic Temple include the lobby's 90-plus-piece... More
This time of year, the blooms of the Great Plains of North Dakota fade as harvesttime approaches. Canola, sunflowers and golden grains blanket the landscape. In the heart of the state, many of us honor the season's beauty—and bounty—with Banquet in a Field, a dinner hosted by CommonGround farm volunteers and other... More