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4/23/2015
In any of the Midwest’s most populous states, you’re probably within a weekend drive of a luxury hotel and spa. But residents of the upper Midwest—specifically the greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas—have a special backyard gem: Destination Kohler, the region’s highest-ranked getaway. Yes, Kohler, the folks who long ago defined the sinks, tile and showerheads that... More
4/20/2015
Confession: I went to the Flint Hills and dropped lit matches all across the prairie. The low, dry grasses caught fire, and boy, did they burn. Thanks to the Flames in the Flint Hills Festival, held each April on the Flying W Ranch outside Strong City, Kansas, more than 250 participants joined me in lighting up the prairie–with the blessing of the local ranchers. Josh, Gwen and Josie... More
4/13/2015
With the 2015 baseball season now in full swing (sorry!), it's time to ask yourself a question—where will you be watching the games this year? It's always exciting to catch a game at a Major League Baseball stadium, where you can sit in the fresh air and hear the crack of the bats and roar of the crowds. But it's even more enjoyable when the stadium offers fans more than seats... More
4/10/2015
Crafters, prepare to get your hands dirty, because Chicago has an array of unusual classes that can teach you a skill or get you started on a new hobby. Ever wanted to make your own shoes? How about design a terrarium? Or maybe assemble the perfect macaron? Whether you're visiting or you live in Chicago, here are some of the city's fun ways to learn something new.... More
4/6/2015
At 6:15 a.m., I’m one of only four people along the Door Trail in Badlands National Park. I venture off the boardwalk to find a spot to sit and wait for dawn. It feels hushed and almost sacred as the sky lightens and sun slips above the horizon, throwing a coppery glaze on the park’s spires, buttes and pinnacles. If I had to pick a top way to enjoy the park, it’s sunrise... More
3/30/2015
Cleveland loves a good party. Take Rock Week, for example (April 11-18). Not only does the city’s hallowed Rock Hall celebrate the big 2-0 this year, it also gets to induct Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Green Day and other music legends into the Hall of Fame. And that's just one way to rock the city this spring. 1) Rock Week On April 11, the Rock Hall opens its doors for... More
3/27/2015
Madison—the capital of Wisconsin and the home of the University of Wisconsin Badgers—is often billed as an active, athletic town. But it's also a great place to bring your family. Whether you've got preschoolers, tweens or teens in tow, there's plenty to see and do. Here are some of my family's favorites. 1) Madison Children’s Museum Sitting near the... More
3/23/2015
More than 75,000 people are expected to flood Indianapolis for the men's Final Four competition April 4 and 6. Whether you'll be one of those 75,000 or someone who stops in another time, you’ll find plenty of things to keep you occupied in our nation’s ninth-largest city. Here are five great ways to enjoy this pretty town in the Heartland. Get moving. Rent some wheels from... More
3/18/2015
As the sun drops toward the horizon, the Platte River is awash in gold. Flock after flock of Sandhill cranes circle and swoop and scan the river, looking for the perfect place to land for the night. I'm waiting silently in a wooden viewing blind with 30 other people at Rowe Sanctuary, hoping that the graceful but skittish birds—easily spooked by humans... More
3/16/2015
For many people, Green Bay = the Packers. Yes, the fabled citizen-owned football team is a huge part of the community’s identity. But the city of 100,000 that hugs the bottom of―you guessed it―Green Bay offers fun, interesting spots to visit that have nothing to do with football. 1) Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary This wooded 700-acre animal sanctuary was opened in 1936 as a... More