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

3 Ways to Experience The Hershey Story

3 Ways to Experience The Hershey Story

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the name Hershey, I instantly start craving chocolate. Being a chocoholic, I was excited to explore Hershey, Pennsylvania, this summer, the town that Milton Hershey built around his chocolate factory. And when I heard that The Hershey Story was not only a museum, but also a place where I could do some chocolate tasting and participate in a chocolate lab, I was thrilled. My husband and I spent the better part of a day at The Hershey Story making, tasting and learning about chocolate and the Hershey Company’s history. Read more

Exploring C Street in Springfield, Missouri

Exploring C Street in Springfield, Missouri

New life has sprung into Springfield’s historic Commercial Street over the past few years. Once a deteriorating neighborhood, popular eateries and trendy one-of-a-kind shops now fill previously empty buildings. Locals have dubbed the area C Street. Read more

7 Ways to Have Fun in Hendricks County

7 Ways to Have Fun in Hendricks County

Having visited Hendricks County several times over the past few years, I’ve noticed how different the various areas of the county are. Within minutes you can drive from a city-like atmosphere to a rural setting, and each area offers its own brand of adventure, culture and fun.

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Webster City: Exploring Rural Life – Day 1

Webster City: Exploring Rural Life – Day 1

One of my favorite things about my job as a travel writer is learning about a myriad of subjects. Therefore, when I was invited to Webster City, Iowa, to learn about their agricultural community, I jumped at the chance. My husband and I joined several other bloggers and their guests for three days. We not only learned about agriculture and the rural lifestyle in this community, but had a lot of fun, too. Read more

Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill: Best Barbecue North of the Mason-Dixon Line

Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill: Best Barbecue North of the Mason-Dixon Line

Barbecue is one of my favorite foods, really good barbecue, that is. The pork, beef or chicken has to be smoked slowly for hours over hickory, mesquite or other wood that adds a smoky flavor. The smoked meat must be juicy, not dry. I have found some great barbecue restaurants in the South, but they are a rare find north of the Mason-Dixon Line and east of the Mississippi River.  So I was thrilled when we discovered Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill in Brownsburg, Indiana. 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

Bread Basket Café & Bakery: My First Stop on the Hoosier Pie Trail

Bread Basket Café & Bakery: My First Stop on the Hoosier Pie Trail

I ate breakfast at the Bread Basket Café & Bakery in Danville, Indiana, three years ago and loved their fresh spin on the meal. So when I was heading to Danville again this year for the third annual Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, I wanted to be sure to eat there again. This visit, however, wasn’t for a meal, but rather for dessert, to kick off my quest to complete the Hoosier Pie Trail. Read more

Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue: North Dakota Road Trip Grand Finale

Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue: North Dakota Road Trip Grand Finale

Last month we took a road trip, zig-zagging across North Dakota east to west. We started our trip at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center and ended in Medora. I have a lot to write about North Dakota all across the state, but I’m jumping now to the westernmost point of our trip. The Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue was a true grand finale to our road trip. Read more

25 Ways to Have Fun at the Illinois State Fair

25 Ways to Have Fun at the Illinois State Fair

I went to my first state fair in 2015. I had been to county fairs many times but had never gotten around to going to the larger Illinois State Fair—or for that matter, any other state fair. I knew the gist of what to expect—farm animals, carnival rides, entertainment and such. What surprised me was the size of the fair. There was so much to see and do. We spent two days at the fair and didn’t get a chance to see everything. Here is a list of 25 things to do at the Illinois State Fair, and it is not all-encompassing. Read more