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Wine storage at Harmony Winery

Get to know Harmony Winery, an award-winning winery and wine-making store in an unexpected location in Fishers, Indiana.

Butt steak at 1776 Restaurant in Crystal Lake

There's a new Restaurant Week in town. Or should I say towns. McHenry County Restaurant Week is launching for the first time in 2019, inviting you to visit sixteen spots from February 22 through March 3. 

Fish counter in Lakeside Michigan

This series covers the gorgeous area of Southwest Michigan known as Harbor Country.

Fair Oaks Farm Billboard

Spend a day at Fair Oaks Farms, an agritourism destination in Indiana that has been explaining the process of raising pigs, dairy cows, and crops through "adventures” since 2004.

How to Choose Road Trip Destinations

Choosing road trip destinations can be difficult, but there are tips that make the experience easier. Check out these easy ways to find places to visit on your next road trip.

Smith Falls is the tallest waterfall in Nebraska

Tucked away in North Central Nebraska is a surprising discovery: a 70-foot waterfall! See why you should visit the surprising splendor of Smith Falls State Park.

Meet The Local Tourists: Tonya Prater of Travel Inspired Living

Tonya Prater's site, Travel Inspired Living, is a bonanza of budget travel tips and unique destinations. Check out why she loves her home of Mansfield, Ohio, when she's not out and about exploring.

Mural of Sawyer Michigan

Sawyer, Michigan, is one of eight towns along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan in an area called Harbor Country. Find out why you should visit. (Hint: beer.)

San Diego Air & Space Museum

February may be the shortest month of the year, but you can still pack plenty into a few weeks. It's San Diego Museum Month, and over forty museums are offering half-price admission for the entire month. 

Boats and grasses on Lake Michigan, Harbert, Michigan - photo credit John Menard

Harbert, Michigan, is Harbor Country’s mini slice of Scandinavia. It’s been a secret to many, and if you close your eyes, you might miss the Harbert sign.

Red Cedar Lodge - luxury cabins in winter

Iowa surprises me every time I visit. It shouldn't. I've been to the state often enough to know better. It's like the straight-A student who gets another A; after awhile, you just expect her to get that top grade. 

Meet The Local Tourists - Sage Scott of Everyday Wanderer

One of my favorite things about being a travel writer, besides the whole travel and writing part, is meeting others in my field.

Badlands National Park

See what it's like to experience Badlands National Park in South Dakota in this ​excerpt from my upcoming book, "Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2." 

Old Capitol Building and Museum in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature

Did you know Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa? Discover why it received this designation, and other reasons to visit the home of University of Iowa.

Vendor at Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago

If you're looking for a festive place to celebrate the holidays, check out the best Christmas towns in US. From coast-to-coast, travel writers share their favorite place to spend Christmas.

Road to Great Sand Dunes National Park

A seasoned road trip enthusiast shares essential free road trip apps. From before you go to while you're on the road, these free apps will help your road trip go a lot smoother so you can have more fun.

Iowa storm in the distance - it was a dark and stormy afternoon

It was a dark and stormy afternoon.

That's my intro (so far) for book two of my Great American Road Trip series, Two Lane Gems.

Snoopy. I'm channeling Snoopy.

Check out why you need to visit Kenosha Wisconsin

I'm ashamed to admit that for nearly two decades, any time I'd head to Milwaukee I'd drive right by Kenosha, Wisconsin. Once or twice I stopped at Mars Cheese Castle. I flew past the Brat Stop.

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