Our 25 Best Photos of 2012 | Midwest Living

Our 25 Best Photos of 2012

Browse our 25 favorite shots—selected by the art staff—from the 2012 issues of Midwest Living.
Randall Lee Schieber

Lighting the Serpent

On December 21, the ancient Native American Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio, glows with luminarias beneath the winter sky.

Read about our 25 best places to celebrate Christmas.

Cider-Spiked Apple and Pecan Tart

This tart made with oh-so-appley boiled cider is an edible work of art.

Cider-Spiked Apple and Pecan Tart recipe

Misty morning

A path in the small town of Horicon, Wisconsin, leads into Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area.

Read about our spring getaway at Horicon Marsh.

Tulip time

Each May, the Dutch-theme Tulip Time festival blooms in Pella, Iowa.

Read about Midwest spring festivals.

Cafe Latte's Turtle Cake

This creation from a Saint Paul bakery boasts a buttermilk-cocoa cake, candylike chocolate frosting and creamy caramel sauce.

See this recipe and our other picks for all-time best recipes.

Holy Hill Basilica

View Kettle Moraine State Forest from Holy Hill Basilica along one of our 25 ultimate fall drives.

Read about our top fall drives.

Porch style

Vintage wicker furniture offers comfortable seating and gorgeous views on the porch of this Door County, Wisconsin, vacation home.

Read more about this house.

Little Traverse Bay

Michigan's Little Traverse Bay draws travelers looking for classic Midwest summer vacation fun: sandy beaches, loon-spotting, window-shopping, leafy drives.

Read about summer getaways in Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Boyne City.

S'more to love

Enjoy new takes on the gooey summer classic.

S'More recipes

Barn charm

This timber-frame home in Kenton, Ohio, blends a couple's affection for barn-style design, primitive antiques and laid-back country living.

Read more about this home.

Native harvest

On a good day, a pair of experienced Ojibwe ricers in Minnesota will fill their canoe with as much as 400 pounds of wild rice.

Read our story about the Ojibwe harvest.

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Autumn colors the fields at Owl Creek Vineyard, part of Illinois' Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Read more about the wine trail.

Cat nap

Barbara Wetzel's cat Putter relaxes in Barbara's woodland garden.

Read more about this Illinois garden.

Eat, ride, repeat

On RAGBRAI—America's largest bike ride—up to 30,000 cyclists pedal 500 miles across Iowa's heartland every July. Eating is as much of the experience as pedaling.

Read our RAGBRAI story.

At bat

A getaway to Louisville, Kentucky, should include a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

Read about a fall trip to Louisville.

Sparkling season

A fireplace mirror, wall sconces, coffee table and mercury glass all reflect pretty light, day or night, in this Missouri house decked out for the holidays.

Read more about this home.

Chili challenge

In answer to our call for readers' best chili recipes, Midwest cooks submitted dozens of spicy-fine versions. The winners included this Go Whole Hog chili.

Read about our prizewinning chilis.

Spring in Cincinnati

In Cincinnati's hilly Eden Park, you'll find Ohio River views and historic Krohn Conservatory, which holds a butterfly show each spring.

Read about our spring trip to Cincinnati.

Fanciful pumpkins

Fluttering butterflies alight on pumpkins in this attractive fall centerpiece.

Read more about this and other pumpkin projects.

Cedarburg holiday magic

The amazing decor outside Floral Expressions in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, hints at what shoppers find inside.

Read about our trip to Cedarburg.

Hats off

Amy Hamilton of the Granville Millinery Company hosts hat-making workshops in a converted barn outside this Ohio town.

Read about Granville's small-town charm.

Lighting the Serpent

On December 21, the ancient Native American Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio, glows with luminarias beneath the winter sky.

Read about our 25 best places to celebrate Christmas.

Book view

In Chicago's Hyde Park, bookshops and coffeehouses thrive, including 57th Street Books.

Read about 3 great Chicago neighborhoods to explore.

Wonderland garden

This Door County, Wisconsin, garden delights with its whimsical "pot people" and artistic plantings.

Read more about this garden.

Best burgers

The burgers at Roquette Burger Bistro in Charlevoix, Michigan, were among our favorites in the Midwest.

Read about our best burger finds.

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