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10/22/2014
Midwesterners are fortunate to have two of America's elite National Scenic Trails: the North Country Trail, which stretches from New York to North Dakota, passing through Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota in the process; and the Ice Age Trail, which winds throughout Wisconsin. Although the Ice Age Trail (IAT) was conceived in the 1950s, only a little more than half of... More
10/15/2014
A cascading waterfall, palm trees and a rush of warm air greet visitors as they step into Omaha’s newest attraction, the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens. Last weekend, I was among the first guests to wander through the $21 million, 20,000-square-foot glass garden that features a Tropical House, Temperate House and temporary plant display area... More
10/13/2014
Chicago’s lakefront, waterways, parks and gardens make it easy to be outdoors and exercise year-round. Here are some of my favorite ways and places to actively explore my hometown. 1) Lakefront Trail Bike, jog or walk this popular 18.5-mile paved route that skirts Lake Michigan and runs through parks and along beachfronts. It’s part of the city’s 200 miles of designated... More
10/6/2014
Whether you’re a fan of the Twin Cities’ glittering blue lakes and lush parks or its many artsy offerings, there is plenty to do for free or for only a parking fee. Even better: Exploring without a car has never been easier. This summer, the light rail train debuted its Green Line that runs between Minneapolis and Saint Paul and connects Target Field to Mall of America... More
10/1/2014
A fall color shot from Wisconsin was not only our most-liked Instagram photo for September but also one of our most-liked photos ever. Yes, we're excited for fall!  Join in the fun by tagging your Instagram photos #midwestmoment and following us @midwestlivingmag. No. 1: “A glorious afternoon here in the North Woods” of Wisconsin. Photo by @silphiums (http... More
9/29/2014
Choosing vacation lodging is one of life’s great gambles. You can spin on your heel and leave a bad shop. You can even skip out of a restaurant after drinks. But it’s a lot harder to change course on your lodging, especially if you’ve anchored your weekend around its amenities, location and overall ambiance. And vacation time and dollars are too scarce to waste on a bad choice... More
9/24/2014
I love the Windy City this time of year. The weather is still warm enough to hit the beach—sans crowds—and it's the perfect time to get away and check out the city's new boutique hotels. Here's a weekend worth of great places to stay, play and dine that go above and beyond when it comes to fun times in Chicago. 1. Stay The new Soho House... More
9/22/2014
Avid Instagrammer and Michigander Deb Neerken dreams of having one of her photos on a Pure Michigan billboard someday. Recently retired from a 31-year career in public service, she's ready to hit the road, traveling around her home near Grand Rapids and photographing the Mitten State in all seasons. The only thing she loves more than taking the photos is ... More
9/17/2014
At Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, six record presses huff, puff and press out up to 70,000 vinyl records a month. With U.S. vinyl record sales at their highest level in more than 20 years, it’s easy to see why owner Vince Slusarz is enthusiastic about his niche business. Vinyl buyers want to “own their music,” Vince says. “We live in an ephemeral world with constant... More
9/15/2014
You could easily while away an afternoon picking through sun-warmed cobbled rocks along Minnesota’s North Shore while debating the better blue: the crisp hues of the September sky or the deep sapphire of Lake Superior? No season shorts travelers on stunning scenery in this area, but it’s hard not to favor fall with its golden birch leaves and cool nights. Here are our picks... More