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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
Colors swirl in the summer sky above the rural landcapes captured by our Instagram followers in August. The five most popular photos of the month: 1) @kirby_124 (https://instagram.com/p/510CvcmzWi/) photographed a weathered barn in Morrow County, Ohio. "I have an absolute passion" for barns, says the photographer. "I have photographed hundreds of them, a... More
Experience the simple pleasures of fall with with outdoorsy activities in Stillwater, Minnesota (20 miles northeast of downtown Saint Paul).  Go for a gondola ride. Who needs Venice, Italy? Get cozy in the cushioned seats of a Venetian gondola powered by a gondolier wearing a striped shirt and straw hat. For optimal romance, book a dinner package through the... More
Forget those cheaply framed reprints of watercolor landscapes in your hotel room. In recent travels, we’ve noticed more emphasis on original artwork in lobbies and rooms. We've even seen galleries built into hotels. Here are five of our favorite new Midwest lodgings that contain fine artwork in addition to quality service. The Collection at The Conrad... More
Riding a high-wire unicycle, splashing in a massive fountain and feeding giraffes highlight a family weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Here are 10 must-dos for your next road trip to the capital city. 1) Center of Science and Industry With interactive exhibits covering themes like space, energy and the oceans, there’s a world of activity for the family here. Ride inside a Mars rover... More
Looking for a simple weekend decorating or garden project? Here are three DIY ideas from Midwest bloggers that should take only an hour or two to complete. 1. Book planter Recycling a castoff book into an indoor planter makes for an interesting plot twist. Jennifer Zuri (town-n-country-living.com) cut a rectangle-shape pit in the pages of a book using a craft knife.... More
“They didn’t like me when I first arrived,” the call begins. “They judged me, as people do.” Joan Miró’s 39-foot-tall statue known as Miró's Chicago can finally tell her story thanks to Statue Stories Chicago, a public art installation that gives voice to 30 Windy City sculptures. Photo courtesy of Statue Stories Chicago... More