Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

April is Earth Month and while we should be conscious of how our actions affect the environment every day, this special month is a good time to take a harder look at what we can do (and what we can STOP doing) to help the health of our planet. Being eco-friendly is something we can strive for in … [Read more...]

Custer State Park: South Dakota’s Best Wildlife Viewing

Growing up in Minnesota, vacations to South Dakota were always popular with my family. Every couple of years we would set out on a road trip, usually with the Black Hills as our destination. One of our more memorable trips was waaaaay back in 1991 when we took two foreign exchange students from … [Read more...]

Grapevine’s Great Eats – North Texas Food You’ll Want to Try!

When you roll into a new city, what's the first thing you like to do? For me the #1 thing on my list every time is where to eat! After spending a couple of days in Grapevine, Texas I discovered that there are a whole lot of great places serving delicious food in fun surroundings. Here are just a few … [Read more...]

New Orleans Plantation Country Christmas

Being from Minnesota I'm used to a white (and COLD) Christmas, so I was happy to head to Louisiana last week to experience something new (to me) and unique with a New Orleans Plantation Country Christmas. Located northwest of the city along the Mississippi River, New Orleans Plantation Country is … [Read more...]

Join Us For A NOLA Plantation Country Holiday Twitter Chat #NOPCHoliday

When thinking of Louisiana travel, the French Quarter of New Orleans is the first thing many people think of. But, you don't want your Louisiana visit to end within the city limits of New Orleans. Just a short drive outside the city you can walk through century old,  Southern plantations while … [Read more...]

5 RV Camping Tips to Make Your Vacation Great

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine. Nationwide provided me with information regarding its blog post. about 40 miles from home. Vacationing in an RV, whether it is for a weekend or for an extended period of time, … [Read more...]

Peaceful North Iowa Escape at Red Cedar Lodge – Charles City, Iowa

Time for some brutal honesty. When I told friends I was going on a trip to Iowa for a few days earlier this month I heard a lot of "Iowa? Really?". Yes, REALLY! While many of us here in Minnesota might consider Iowa a place to drive through on the beginning of our road trips elsewhere, or those more … [Read more...]

Universal Orlando Fun Under 54″ – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

When mentioning to people that our family was looking forward to heading back to Universal Orlando this summer as part of Family Forward, I usually heard the responses of "So cool!" or "How fun!" But, I sometimes heard responses similar to  "I don't like roller coasters" or "Our kids are too little … [Read more...]

Mankato Weekend Family Travel Fun

I have spent well over half my life living in Minnesota, but for some reason have never made a weekend trip to Mankato. What's up with that? Like many in the Twin Cities area, I never really realized how close Mankato is (about 80 miles from Minneapolis) or the fact that it's our fifth largest city … [Read more...]

Top Spots in the U.S. for Fall Foliage

As the crisp weather moves in and the hot weather moves out, the leaves start to change colors. This is one of my favorite parts of the season. The yellow, orange and red leaves can make a spectacular sight! But where do you catch the best fall colors? Here are a few of the top spots in the U.S. for … [Read more...]