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    Ultimate 7 Day Midwest Road Trip

    Taking My First Road Trip This past March, Nic and I took a road trip. Starting from the Twin Cities, we visited Rapid City, South Dakota, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Kansas City, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa. Growing up in New York, I rarely took long road trips. Most large cities are a few hours away, like Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Boston. Beyond that, we would typically fly or take a train. Although, there was a time we drove nine hours to Quebec, Canada from Long Island. So to say I’m a novice road tripper, would be accurate. Early one Saturday morning, we loaded up the car with plenty of books,…

  • Epic Things to Do in Stillwater, Minnesota

    Such a Quaint Town Stillwater is a special place. It’s an adorable, quaint town nestled along the St. Croix River. The downtown area has a huge selection of restaurants, bars, bakeries, and ice cream shops. The waterfront park is a beautiful spot to sit and relax or set up a picnic. There are also a lot of parks and places to hike, a trolley, and even a gondola! And there is no shortage of places to grab food and drinks. I’ve been to Stillwater a bunch of times, and this is a roundup of my favorite things! Walk Around Lowell Park Lowell Park is a large grassy area adjacent to…

  • 8 Incredible Waterfalls Near the Twin Cities

    Waterfalls are Breathtaking in Any Season I love waterfalls and if I can find a hike that includes one, I’m all for it. Whether it’s a hot summer day and the water is powerfully gushing, or it’s frozen solid with no movement at all in winter, I think waterfalls are incredible and a great way to enjoy the outdoors.  Pro tip: If you want to see a frozen waterfall, it will depend entirely on the weather, but your best chances of seeing a waterfall come to a standstill will be January and February. Read on for the eight best waterfalls to view in and around the Twin Cities. 1. Minneopa…

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    11 Winter Things to Do in Mankato, Minnesota

    There is So Much to Do in Mankato Located just over an hour from the Twin Cities and Rochester, Mankato is an easy day trip, or an overnight visit if you have the time. I’ve been to Mankato a few times during different seasons, and it seems there is always something unique and fun to experience. The town of Mankato is at the confluence of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers. The city’s original name was “Mahkato,” which is a Dakota term meaning “greenish-blue earth.” An early spelling error, which was never corrected, is what led to the town being called Mankato. I was recently in Mankato and was able…

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    80+ Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Minnesota

    Minnesota is a Very Dog-Friendly Place When it comes to spending time with your pup, Minnesota is full of dog-friendly places. Our Newfie, Ole, comes with us on so many adventures and as long as he is well-behaved there are a plethora of businesses that welcome him! From lakes and parks to breweries, malls, and Airbnbs, there are a ton of places that not only allow dogs but welcome them with open arms. Read on for inspiration on where to go with your four-legged friend! 7 Tips for Traveling with Your Dog Before you take any trips, it’s important to plan ahead and bring everything your dog needs. Here are…