Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence Teaching January Painting Workshops

Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence Teaching January Painting Workshops

I had never touched watercolors in my life—besides the eight-color Crayola® trays that I used in kindergarten. Yet, in only two hours, I created a watercolor painting that I was proud of, during the inaugural session of the Goldmoor Inn Artists in Residence program. The luxury bed-and-breakfast Goldmoor Inn, located in Galena, Illinois, is sponsoring the program for four consecutive weeks during January. Award-winning Chicago watercolor painter Carol Luc taught me and several others basic watercolor techniques during this past weekend’s session. Read more

Midwest Wanderer 2016 Top 10 Posts

Midwest Wanderer 2016 Top 10 Posts

At Midwest Wanderer we write about a variety of article topics. We like to include a mix of restaurants, attractions, festivals, and accommodations. So I was pleasantly surprised when I ran the list of the Midwest Wanderer 2016 Top 10 (most viewed) posts and the top four were a bakery, an attraction, a hotel, and a festival. Apparently you, our readers, like a variety of topics, too. Here is the list of Midwest Wanderer 2016 Top 10 posts: Read more

Why You Should Stay at the Murphy Guest House

Why You Should Stay at the Murphy Guest House

When I visited northern Indiana’s Amish country, I stayed at the Murphy Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Bristol. Here is why you should stay there, too. Read more

One Day in Fargo, North Dakota

One Day in Fargo, North Dakota

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had a short time in a city and wished we could stay longer. Fargo, North Dakota, is one of those cities. We had a week to explore North Dakota, and a single day in Fargo was our starting point. Read more

Red Umbrella Bed and Breakfast: Relaxing Retreat Near Hershey

Red Umbrella Bed and Breakfast: Relaxing Retreat Near Hershey

I felt at home as soon as we pulled up to the red-brick Federal-style Red Umbrella Bed and Breakfast.  White rockers and red begonias on the porch that stretched across the home’s front practically yelled “welcome.” Co-owner Anna Goss’ genuine friendliness cemented my comfort level. The Red Umbrella B&B in Grantville, Pennsylvania, would be our home for the next three days while we explored nearby Hershey. Read more

Roadtrip: Meet Minnesota’s Great River Road

Roadtrip: Meet Minnesota’s Great River Road

The Mississippi River, the third-largest watershed in the world, flows over 2,300 miles through the United States, from Lake Itasca in Minnesota south into the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling the Great River Road Scenic Byway, which follows the course of the river, is on my bucket list. However, lacking the time to do it “right,” seeing everything there is to see along the byway in one trip, I am doing it piecemeal. During a recent travel bloggers conference, TBEX, which was held in Minnesota at the Mall of America, we had an opportunity to explore part of Minnesota’s portion of the Great River Road, from Kellogg to Red Wing. 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

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

Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City: Trendy Sophistication

Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City: Trendy Sophistication

The Osler Building, originally constructed as a medical office building, sat vacant from 2006 to 2013 in the declining Midtown district of Oklahoma City. You’d never know that today. Midtown has experienced a renaissance. The area, once blighted, is now filled with trendy restaurants and businesses. In 2013 the Osler Building was completely gutted and transformed into a 54-room boutique hotel, the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City, Autograph Collection, where I stayed on my recent visit to Oklahoma City. Read more

Pfister Hotel: An Evening in Historic Elegance

Pfister Hotel: An Evening in Historic Elegance

Years ago we strolled through the lobby of Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel. I remember being awed by its opulence. That was before extensive renovations were completed. We recently had an opportunity to spend a night at the Pfister and once again were awestruck by the lavish décor of the century-old hotel. Read more