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.


Ways to Save Money on a Walt Disney World Vacation

sunset palm trees

This morning I received an email from a travel agency I used to work for advertising a holiday special - a trip for four to Disney World in Florida for around $8,000. I don't know many families that can afford a vacation at that price point. There are many ways to experience a magical Disney vacation without having to take out a second mortgage. 

Bootleggers and Rum Runners – the Hidden Prohibition Tunnels in Minot, North Dakota

Minot North Dakota during Prohibition

While national prohibition didn't start until 1920, North Dakota enacted prohibition in the state beginning in 1889. This posed an issue for bar owners and distributors that relied on alcohol to make a living. Many found a way around prohibition by illegally manufacturing and distributing alcohol - but it wasn't an easy task. Rumors had … Continue reading Bootleggers and Rum Runners – the Hidden Prohibition Tunnels in Minot, North Dakota

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. 

Highlights of a game at U.S. Bank Stadium – Home of the Minnesota Vikings

After years of waiting for the brand new, $1 billion stadium, footballs fans can finally catch a game in the new building. Although the stadium officially opened last season, it wasn’t easy to get tickets to any home game short of paying a fortune. As the second season in the new stadium starts, it’s already apparent that it’s going to be easier and more affordable, to attend the games this year. And with a billion dollar (+) stadium, attending a game at the U.S. Bank Stadium is nothing short of spectacular.