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3/25/2016
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
3/22/2016
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
3/15/2016
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
3/8/2016
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
2/23/2016
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
2/19/2016
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
2/12/2016
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
2/9/2016
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
2/5/2016
Anyone craving a colorful escape from winter can find weatherproof, fresh fun at the Mall of America as it wraps up a $325-million expansion. The massive project includes family attractions, revamped shopping and dining options, and the JW Marriott that rises above the north entrance. Here’s a look at what’s new. Take flight Guests buckle into seats with their legs dangling in... More
1/22/2016
Chills, thrills and (yes) spills. When temps dip and snow falls, Michigan transforms into a whole new playground. These seven cold-weather activities go beyond your standard ski slopes and highlight some of the most unique ways to get out and celebrate the season of snow. Scale frozen towers in Fenton. Before aspiring ice climbers wander into the wilderness with crampons and a pick, they... More