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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Midwest' (15)

A Michigan Factory Visit: Dominos' New and Improved Pizza

Last week I had the opportunity to visit a production plant and Domino's headquarters in Ann Arbor Michigan. Before taking the trip, I was in the “over 10 year club”. I didn't have a slice of Domino's or even contemplate it for at least that long. I was skeptical that pizza dependent on an efficient supply chain could actually stand a chance against locally based ethnic parlors. My…


Added by Steve Mirsky on February 2, 2017 at 8:09am — No Comments

Monument Rocks: Not Your Typical Kansas

It has been a long-standing rule that when traveling through Kansas, it is best to do so at night because there is a common thought that there is nothing to see, but I believe I can prove that notion wrong. We had three days, two kids, and a small budget to drive out to one of Kansas’s geographic wonders and back again, finding new places along the way to explore.

The seven-hour drive from Kansas City was always too much to tackle so I had put Monument…


Added by Nathan Hershley on December 18, 2015 at 8:23pm — No Comments

'Orienteering' at Missouri's Rock Bridge State Park

As with most of our family weekend trips, we were up well before the sun. The aroma of coffee filled the back of the house as I went to the kitchen to begin making sandwiches for the day. It was a broad menu to choose from, Nutella or peanut butter.…


Added by Nathan Hershley on October 24, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments

Pyramid Power in Northern Illinois

There are unusual homes and then there are - unusual homes.

Located in Wadsworth, IL, near the shopping mecca of Gurnee Mills and the Six Flags theme park, is a most unusual home. A  pyramid shaped house, it is a destination in itself.


When Jim and Linda Onan built the…


Added by Maureen Blevins on March 31, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Positively Starved Rock (as in Illinois State Park)

This past weekend I took advantage of the break in the weather to join some friends on a winter hike in Starved Rock State Park. The park is located along the Illinois River, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, just outside Utica, IL. 


I remember going there as a kid. My family would take a…


Added by Maureen Blevins on January 22, 2015 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Positively Hemingway, in Oak Park, Illinois


My mother is a great Ernest…


Added by Maureen Blevins on July 16, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments

From Mansion to Museum in Chicago

It’s always a pleasure to ‘discover’ some little known gem you’ve somehow missed in your own backyard.  Chicago is extremely rich with history and lore so coming across a treasure like the Driehaus Museum is a rich pleasure indeed.…


Added by Maureen Blevins on November 13, 2013 at 11:11am — No Comments

POSITIVELY My Kind of Town, Chicago Is!



Added by Maureen Blevins on September 26, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Happy 100th Anniversary to the Lincoln Highway

Lincoln Highway display at the Joliet Historical…

Added by Maureen Blevins on July 15, 2013 at 9:05am — No Comments

Door County, Wisconsin

Door County, WI, a vacation hot-spot for mid-westerners and Europeans alike, is known for its wonderful sweet and tart cherries, which are made into wonderful preserves and sweet wines. Grape growers produce lovely dry whites and reds in addition to the sweet wines. Local cuisine is lighter than I expected (the fish boil is a not-to-be-missed tradition) and the desserts are heavenly.  There's lots to see, including an exemplary Maritime Museum, "haunted" houses…


Added by Denise Mattia on May 13, 2013 at 9:11am — No Comments

Monument Rocks in Western Kansas

Added by Nathan Hershley on August 21, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Rocheport, Missouri: The Town Time Ignored

Rocheport rests on the languid banks of the Missouri River enjoying its place in the Nineteenth Century. Is that Lewis and Clark approaching town?



Take away the blacktop on the narrow village roads and I could be strolling the…


Added by Travel with Pen and Palate on September 20, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Door County Wisconsin has something for everyone A great getaway place, especially for summer

Added by Beverly Burmeier on June 16, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

Zoar School Inn Bed and Breakfast

Zoar School Inn B&B Inn circa 1836

Four private bedrooms with bath en suite have been decorated for the ultimate in sheer pleasure and comfort. Innkeepers Joe and Gayle invite you to  stay where you're invited to step back in time to enjoy charm of the historic village of Zoar. Warm hospitality awaits  Furnished and decorated with old world style in mind, our private bedroom  suites are designed to be your 'home away from home'.



Added by Gayle Potelicki on May 9, 2011 at 4:16pm — No Comments

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