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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
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
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
Gourmet doughnut shops have popped up all over Chicago lately, so you’d think the appeal would be becoming a bit … uh … stale. Wrong. After tasting the moist cakes, sweet glaze and creative flavors (glazed pineapple and bacon), Chicagoans can’t get enough. Here are seven of our favorite spots. Beaver’s Coffee and Donuts This is the place for a... More
Late last year, the Columbus Museum of Art unveiled a striking copper-encased wing, the final stage of a $37.6-million renovation and expansion project. Here’s how four major works of art from the museum’s collection influenced the new spaces. Work Spirit by Mel Chin | Space Margaret M. Walter Wing The challenge with Mel Chin... More
The world's largest children's museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and other kid-friendly destinations will keep your family busy during a getaway to Indianapolis. Here are 10 activities you can't miss. 1) The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis There’s a Dinosaur Dig excavation site, a 43-foot-tall glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly... More
Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on us, even though the date never changes. Thankfully, Chicago makes it easy for 11th-hour Romeos (and Juliets) to celebrate the holiday of love. Here are some of the best ways to spend a romantic February 14 in Chicago without making it seem like you...um...forgot.    Dinner and a movie It’s hard to score a restaurant reservation... More