Maple Syrup Festival – Is There Anything More Minnesotan?

Minnesota is known for it's cold weather and it's snowy winters. Northern Minnesota even more-so (yeah ya betcha). But this winter is one for the books - it feels like it has gone on forever and will never end. During April we're usually putting all of our winter shovels, snowblowers, and boots away. Instead, we're still ice fishing and counting on snow plows to get us to work.  But it's April and it's time to get out of the house before we go insane. That's why Russ and I decided to check out the annual Maple Syrup Festival in Vergas (not to be confused with Vegas), Minnesota. We're usually so busy this time of year switching between cold and warm seasons that we don't have time to head out of town for a Saturday.  The Maple Syrup Festival is the epitome of Minnesota. When we arrived in Vergas, every sign in town welcomed us to the festival.


Exploring the Amana Colonies

Woolen Mill in Amana colonies

Nestled into the heart of Eastern Iowa lies the Amana Colonies. Amana is comprised of seven German colonies settled in 1856 and, most famously, is home to the Amana appliance factory. However, what most may not know is that Amana is a large tourist destination, offering guests a chance to step back in time and explore cobblestone streets and brick buildings built over 100 years ago. As you explore the colonies, you'll discover authentic German cuisine, hand-crafted solid wood furniture, local art, wine, beer, and much more.

Top Three Things to See in Duluth

Duluth is one of the hottest spots in Minnesota for travelers to visit. No matter if you enjoy shopping, outdoor activities, or educational and cultural experiences - there's something for everyone.  My Aunt and Uncle have lived in Duluth for as long as I can remember and when I was a kid we would spend time with our cousins at Spirit Mountain, climbing Enger Tower, or hitting the beach at Park Point.  A lot has changed over the years and Duluth has more to offer than ever before. 

The Beauty of the Painted Canyon in North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Hands down the most impressive sight in all of North Dakota is the famous Painted Canyon. With a well-kept rest area and visitors center right off I94 and just a few miles from Medora, the overlook lets you gaze at thousands of acres of wild terrain. Because the land is completely unsettled and untouched by man, you'll frequently see herds of Bison roam throughout the area, searching for their next meal or drink of water. 

Bar Hopping at the Old Market in Omaha

The Old Market area in Omaha is a bustling area filled with shops, bars, restaurants, museums, horse drawn carriage rides, and street entertainers. The cobblestone roads and restored buildings add to the historical charm. Bring comfortable walking shoes because there is a lot of ground to cover. During our visit we hit up several bars … Continue reading Bar Hopping at the Old Market in Omaha

The Rough Riders Hotel and Theodore’s Dining Room in Medora

Step into the Roughriders Inn in Medora and you’ll soon find yourself in the middle of Teddy Roosevelt’s library, equipped with filled rustic bookcases, a warm fireplace, and chandeliers hanging overhead. While the rooms aren’t the lowest price in town, you’ll understand why as soon as you slide in your key card and open the door. From the relaxing colors on the walls, to the detailed touches like a Teddy Roosevelt bear and picture history book of Medora, you’ll want to spend as much time possible in your room.