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Welcome to Midwest Wanderer, where you’ll find ideas on fun things to do throughout America’s Heartland.  Whether you have one day, a weekend or a full week, there is plenty to explore, from big cities to country life, from adventure to relaxation.

I love to travel, but with limited time (not to mention budget), I squeeze in what I can, when I can—and that means almost every weekend.  I share my adventures in this blog to give you ideas of what’s out there in the way of entertainment.  One day it may be zip lining; the next day it may be a museum.  After all, variety is the spice of life.

When you travel, you have to eat, so make dining part of your wandering experience. I seek out independent restaurants, not chains (unless they’re small local chains), and enjoy nostalgic mom-and-pop diners or a roadside stand as much as fine dining.    And markets—I can’t pass up a market where I have fun purchasing foods I’ve never tried before.  Ever hear of chocolate pasta?  I bought some at the Soulard Market in St. Louis.

Festivals and fairs are a big part of the Midwest.  Visit the Festivals and Fairs page for a listing of upcoming events.  There is always so much going on in the Midwest, especially summer through fall, you’ll have a hard time deciding which to do.

If you have questions or comments, please submit them through the Comments box below.  I’d love to hear from you.  And if you enter your e-mail address in the Subscribe2 box to the right, then click Subscribe, you’ll receive a notification whenever I add a new post.

Happy wandering!
Connie Reed

23 thoughts on “About

  • May 30, 2013 at 4:58 am
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    I am a Frank Lloyd Wright follower
    my thoughts have changed a bit since the early years but his style is still the best

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  • September 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm
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    Love the site! Just found it…looking forward to following along!

    PS if you are on Google+ we have a community called “Midwest Travel Talk” where all of us Midwest travel bloggers share our posts & chat Midwest travel

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    • September 12, 2013 at 4:44 am
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      Thank you, Adam! I will definitely check out the Google+ community. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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  • June 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    We have been spending as much time as we can in the Traverse City for years. In addition to hiking, you can snow shoe at the light house. It is also a wonderful place to picnic.

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    • October 8, 2014 at 11:53 am
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      Thank you, Julie. I loved Rapid City and all of South Dakota, my first visit there. I’m looking forward to a return visit.

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  • April 11, 2015 at 11:01 am
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    Hello Connie,
    The next time you are in Springfield, Missouri, we invite you to “wander” through Relics Antique Mall, Tea room and Event Center. We are Missouri’s largest antique mall, and are 90,000 square feet of fun! Rest a spell and have lunch in our delicious Tea Room, or at least try one of our freshly made to-die-for desserts.

    We have over 500 small businesses (booths) within our walls, and a relaxing, fun environment.

    Thanks!
    Bev Robb
    Owner

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    • April 12, 2015 at 7:20 am
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      Sounds like a fun place, Beverly. We’ll be sure to stop in when we’re in the area again.

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  • May 18, 2015 at 4:29 am
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    Connie, we were delighted that you spent time here in the magic capital of the world! Please reappear again soon!

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    • May 18, 2015 at 8:03 am
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      Thank you, Rick. We had a great time and would like to make it back sometime this summer.

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  • January 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm
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    Hi Connie,
    Came across your blog through AWAI. I enjoy your site and a lot of helpful tips. I started my blog this year. Still learning the ins and outs so to speak.
    Look forward to more articles.
    Thanks,
    Lisa Stanton

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    • January 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm
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      Hi Lisa. It’s nice to meet you. Your blog looks great. I’ve subscribed.

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  • January 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm
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    Hi Connie,
    I found you through the Great Escape newsletter – thanks for the blogging inspiration! I’ve just started a blog myself. I’m also going to be at the Travel and Adventure Show in Chicago this weekend and would love to meet you if you’re still planning on being there.
    Happy travels,
    Jessica

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  • March 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm
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    Hi Connie,
    I read about your blog through AWAI. Your blog is inspiring, not to mention impressive! I am just getting started in travel writing although I have been to many countries across the world. I am also a former Chicagoan now living in sunny South Florida. Would be willing to share some more detailed information with me on how you got started in blogging and what it takes to be a professional “blogger”? Thanks in advance!

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    • March 30, 2016 at 7:35 am
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      Thank you for your kind words, Wendy. I will send you an email.

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  • May 2, 2016 at 11:50 am
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    Hi Connie, I love your niche; there’s so much to see in the Midwest.

    Thought you would like to know that your Shareaholic setting for Twitter spits out “via @Shareaholic” whenever someone shares on Twitter. I’m pretty sure you’d like to change that to your own account. 🙂

    By the way, thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard. We appreciate the support.

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    • May 3, 2016 at 6:10 am
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      Thanks for letting me know, Linda.

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  • August 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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    We would like to announce our event: Head to Carrington, ND to the Foster County Fairgrounds for the 12th annual JunkFest and Flea Market! Vintage, antique, rescued, upcylced, and raw goods to add a unique and one of a kind touch to your home and garden. Artisan wares, baked goods, produce and more! Live music by Wild Hands to fill the air, and food on site to fill your belly. $5 admission (12 and older), free parking. Bring your friends and bring a trailer!

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    • August 24, 2016 at 8:28 am
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      Sounds like fun, Missy!

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  • October 12, 2016 at 12:20 am
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    Like everyone to know that the Marshall Carriage Co. & Ghost Tours have a new owner. Brian Mason has sold the Company to David and Sheryl Dowding. They took ownership on July 1 2016. The Dowding’s are still providing customers with Historical Tours, Carriage Ghost Tours and a new Hearse Wagon Ghost Tours, alone with the Walking Ghost Tours and more. Our Website is still under the past owner, so please call for some tours have changed. If your interested in times and availability please call 269-781-8818. All tours are by reservation only.

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    • October 12, 2016 at 7:46 am
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      Thank you for the update, Sheryl. I’ll add a note to the original article I published last year.

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  • January 4, 2017 at 12:35 am
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    Hi Connie,

    Happy new year! Just want to say thanks for liking our post on the Part-Time Travellers FB group.

    If you’re planning on visiting Singapore this year, we hope that you will check us out (www.thelocalfella.com) and consider getting a customised travel guide for your trip.

    Happy travels!

    God bless,
    Martin

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