Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center: An Attraction in Itself

Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center: An Attraction in Itself

Most times folks stop at a visitor center simply to gather travel and tourism information for the area. Once in a while, though, a visitor center is an attraction in itself, offering much more than travel and tourism brochures and maps. The Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center in Fargo, North Dakota, is one of those. Read more

Touring Hunter’s Honey Farm: A Fascinating Look at Beekeeping and Honey Making

Touring Hunter’s Honey Farm: A Fascinating Look at Beekeeping and Honey Making

Not being a farm girl, I always thought beehives on bee farms were the natural ones. You know, the yellow, sort of rounded pyramid shape hives that you see in cartoons hanging from a tree. Was I ever wrong, as I found out when I took the Honey Barn Tur at Hunter’s Honey Farm in Martinsville, Indiana. Read more

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center: Full-Service Teaching Hotel Wows Guests

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center: Full-Service Teaching Hotel Wows Guests

How many community colleges do you know of that run their own hotel? Not many, I’ll bet, especially a full-service hotel. There are only six in the entire United States, and I had the privilege of staying in one last month during a press trip to Cedar Rapids hosted by Iowa Tourism. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center is part of Kirkwood Community College’s hospitality arts program, which also includes The Class Act restaurant. Read more

Valley City Historic Bridges Tour: Exploring Bridges over the Sheyenne River

Valley City Historic Bridges Tour: Exploring Bridges over the Sheyenne River

At 3,860 feet long and 162 feet above the Sheyenne River, the High Line bridge is one of the longest and highest single track railroad bridges in the United States. The bridge so defines Valley City that the local school teams are named the Hi-Liners. In use since 1908, the High Line is just one of eight bridges that make up the Valley City Historic Bridges Tour. Read more

Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast: Home-Like Atmosphere near Downtown Danville

Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast: Home-Like Atmosphere near Downtown Danville

I’ll let you in on a secret. My stay at the Marmalade Sky Bed and Breakfast in Mayberry Danville, Indiana, was only the second time I’ve stayed in a B&B. As a travel writer, you’d think I stay in them all the time, but it just hasn’t worked out that way. I loved my first B&B stay at Summers Riverview Mansion, so when I found out I would be staying at Marmalade Sky during Danville’s Mayberry in the Midwest festival, I was thrilled. Read more

Old Fort Madison Recalls Rough Life of Early Soldiers

Old Fort Madison Recalls Rough Life of Early Soldiers

It was considered the “Walmart” of its time. Fort Madison, the first U.S. settlement on the upper Mississippi River, was set up as a trading post, also known as a factory. It was the third highest revenue grossing factory in the country. But by 1813 the post was abandoned and burned. A replica of the post, known as Old Fort Madison, tells the story of the rough life soldiers faced at Fort Madison. Read more

Touring Broken Wagon Bison Ranch

Touring Broken Wagon Bison Ranch

The bison has been named the national mammal of the United States. It’s fitting, since it is estimated that 30 to 60 million bison lived in North America in the 1500s before huge slaughters took place as settlers moved westward. The bison was near extinction, down to about 300 head nationally before a handful of ranchers captured orphaned calves and began raising them. Today the population has grown, with bison found in national and state parks, as well as several private herds being raised for food. I toured the Broken Wagon Bison Ranch in Hobart, Indiana, where I learned more about bison and had a chance to meet the herd up close and personal. Read more

How to Eat Cheaply in Laughlin

How to Eat Cheaply in Laughlin

Some say Laughlin, Nevada, is like the old Las Vegas, with inexpensive hotels and food. It’s true the hotels are inexpensive. The food? Not so much. The 99 cent breakfast no longer exists. Also gone is the $1.50 hot dog with beer or soda. However, there are still lots of ways to save money on food, as we found out during our six-week stay in the area. Read more

Boulder City: Day Trip from Las Vegas

Boulder City: Day Trip from Las Vegas

Planning to tour Hoover Dam while you visit Las Vegas? Afterwards, why not spend the rest of the day in nearby Boulder City, the town that was built for the dam workers? You can easily fill your day with all there is to do and see. Here are some suggestions. Read more