About Me


Hi! I’m Kristen – a Minnesota-based travel writer. I’m originally from New York and was born and raised on Long Island. In 2011 I moved from Queens, New York to St. Cloud, Minnesota. Now, I’ve settled into the Twin Cities with my husband and our 3-year-old Newfoundland dog named Ole.

You’ll love it here if:

🥾You enjoy spending time outside and want tips and recommendations for great places to hike, ski, and kayak around the Midwest and beyond

🐾You’re looking for dog-friendly places to hang out, eat or stay

🏠You’re looking for reviews and recommendations on hotels, Airbnbs, and cabins

🍺You love checking out local breweries, restaurants, or coffee shops and are looking for recommendations on where to go

🍁You enjoy exploring the Midwest, whether it be the North Shore or hidden gems and small towns

📸You need honest advice on recommended travel gear and products

💰You travel on a budget and want info on travel hacking, product sales, discount codes, and using points to travel for cheap or free

🎉You want to know about local events happening, big or small, across Minnesota

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