Midwest Travel Experts On 50 Best Coffee Roasters You Need to Know

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"Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat." - Johann Sebastian Bach

Midwest Travel Experts On 50 Best Coffee Roasters You Need to Know

Getting Right to the Core of Picking Apples with Expert Sarah Brown

by Culinary Spelunker / Aug 27, 2019 /
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“Everyone can tell you an apple experience,” says Sarah Brown, a touch of nostalgia in her voice. “For me, it was Yellow Transparent. Growing up we had a Yellow Transparent apple tree and I would just sit and eat and eat. Every few hours my mom would come by and say, ‘You’re going to get a tummy ache.

History Comes Alive Touring Chicago’s North Shore

by Sandy Bornstein / Mar 19, 2019 /
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Chicago is known for its world-class museums and attractions. During a first visit, most people will seek out the attractions nearest their downtown accommodations. Repeat visitors and those staying farther north can add a few places on Chicago’s North Shore to their itinerary.

History Comes Alive Touring Chicago’s North Shore

5 Places to Go by Car from Chicago

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Chicago is such a gorgeous city, packed with arts, culture, sports, and, of course, located right on Lake Michigan. But perhaps you’d like to explore more of the Midwest? You’ve come to the right place! Rent a car from the Chicago Airport (either O'Hare or Midway) and discover these 5 fabulous places, all within driving distance, and making a road trip loop around Lake Michigan, and a bit further west. 

Music from Little House on the Prairie

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Little House on the Prairie: even if you’ve never been to the American midwest, these words bring up images -- images which seem like memories, really -- of life at the edge of pioneer times in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas a century and a half ago.

7 Family-Friendly Food Spots in and Around Hocking Hills, Ohio

by Culinary Spelunker / Apr 24, 2017 /
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Hocking Hills feels hidden, tucked away.
Unlike most state parks with large signs hailing the entrance and easy-to-find landmarks, you’ve got to work to find the ring of sites that make up the Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park. (Need a place to stay? Click here for best places, rates, and availability.)

How To Spend a Weekend At The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

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The Osthoff Resort was built in the late 1800s as a retreat for wealthy travelers. Located on the shores of a glacial lake, the Osthoff quickly became the “it” place to escape the summer heat for city dwellers from Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. Today, more than 100 years later, the Osthoff still offers a sense of place and respite in the village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Rebuilt in 1995 by new owners, it quickly became a AAA Four Diamond resort hotel.

We Love The Incredibly Delicious Fire Department Coffee!

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Firefighters Know Coffee. This is a fact. My brother's a firefighter, and I know that there's more truth than we can ever guess to that statement. After all, our first responders need to be ON for 24 hour shifts - sometimes longer. So who better to make coffee than firefighters?! 

We Love The Incredibly Delicious Fire Department Coffee!

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Rapid City, South Dakota

by Stacey Ebert / Nov 10, 2016 /
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Growing up, I was the one who only wanted to set foot in those coastal states. If it didn’t have water on at least one side, I didn’t see the benefit…wow, was I wrong!

Behind the Scenes of Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round

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One of the hallmarks of the Midwest is gathering - and eating - together. Whether it's family or a chosen family of friends, we love to sit down to good food, laughter, and great conversation. However, each area in the Midwest has different traditions - and Wisconsin has a unique one: that of supper clubs. The state is covered with them - homegrown, comfortable restaurants that serve excellent, tasty, homemade food with such friendliness that other restaurants will start to look rude.