Our 25 Best Photos of 2012
Cider-Spiked Apple and Pecan Tart
This tart made with oh-so-appley boiled cider is an edible work of art.
A path in the small town of Horicon, Wisconsin, leads into Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area.
Each May, the Dutch-theme Tulip Time festival blooms in Pella, Iowa.
Cafe Latte's Turtle Cake
This creation from a Saint Paul bakery boasts a buttermilk-cocoa cake, candylike chocolate frosting and creamy caramel sauce.
Holy Hill Basilica
View Kettle Moraine State Forest from Holy Hill Basilica along one of our 25 ultimate fall drives.
Vintage wicker furniture offers comfortable seating and gorgeous views on the porch of this Door County, Wisconsin, vacation home.
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.
S'more to love
This timber-frame home in Kenton, Ohio, blends a couple's affection for barn-style design, primitive antiques and laid-back country living.
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.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
Autumn colors the fields at Owl Creek Vineyard, part of Illinois' Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
Barbara Wetzel's cat Putter relaxes in Barbara's woodland 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.
A getaway to Louisville, Kentucky, should include a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.
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.
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.
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.
Fluttering butterflies alight on pumpkins in this attractive fall centerpiece.
Cedarburg holiday magic
The amazing decor outside Floral Expressions in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, hints at what shoppers find inside.
Amy Hamilton of the Granville Millinery Company hosts hat-making workshops in a converted barn outside this Ohio town.
Lighting the Serpent
On December 21, the ancient Native American Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio, glows with luminarias beneath the winter sky.
In Chicago's Hyde Park, bookshops and coffeehouses thrive, including 57th Street Books.
This Door County, Wisconsin, garden delights with its whimsical "pot people" and artistic plantings.
The burgers at Roquette Burger Bistro in Charlevoix, Michigan, were among our favorites in the Midwest.