2 Day Itinerary For Lincoln, Nebraska

It's a shame we have to work to survive because traveling at any time would be freeing. Until those days come, we focus on breaking up regular life with an assortment of trips. Sometimes a week-long vacation doesn't fit, so an extended weekend has to work. Lincoln, Nebraska was the target for one of these types of getaways. A 3-hour drive meant departing early so we had plenty of time for exploring. The next two days would be filled with fun, food, and interesting finds. Let's take a look at how we maximized our time in Nebraska's Capital City. We want to thank [...]

By |2023-02-24T07:23:01-06:00February 24th, 2023|Guides, Lincoln, Midwest, Nebraska|6 Comments

Frontier Fighting – St. Charles County Heritage Museum

These days we are so connected with the world that we receive news updates as they are happening. Tweets, posts, and internet news sites spew out an unending amount of information. Can you imagine how out of touch you would have been in the early 1800s? We stopped by the St. Charles County Heritage Museum to learn about frontier fighting around that time period. During our visit, they were featuring an exhibit named "The American Revolutionary War in the West". This is a part of our regional history that we were unfamiliar with, so we were excited to check out this new gallery. [...]

By |2023-01-12T07:06:54-06:00January 20th, 2023|Midwest, Missouri, North East, St. Louis|4 Comments

Life In The Past Lane – Nebraska State Museum Morrill Hall

Imagine being at a dig site, when suddenly you uncover volcanic ash from 12 million years ago. As you carefully dig through the layers, you discover the remains of elephants, rhinos, and horses that roamed the lands long ago. The excitement must have seized their hearts as they made these amazing discoveries. Now fast-forward to today, and we have the opportunity to see many of these artifacts with a visit to the Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall. Located in the heart of Lincoln, this museum offers visitors a chance to see life in the past lane. We want to thank Lincoln CVB and Nebraska State [...]

By |2023-01-04T04:52:57-06:00January 13th, 2023|Lincoln, Midwest, Nebraska|8 Comments

Hendricks BBQ – The Whole Shebang

Tell the truth, when you think of Christmas, do you think of barbecue? I'm guessing most would not, but we aren't like most people. When we descended on St. Charles, Missouri, for their annual Christmas Traditions event, we knew that we would be looking for some unique meals. This St. Louis suburb is steeped in history and the perfect setting for wining and dining during the holiday season. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Hendricks BBQ sat next door to our hotel, so we knew a visit would be in order. I decided to save this for our last meal in town, [...]

By |2023-01-06T07:12:46-06:00January 6th, 2023|Midwest, Missouri, North East, St. Louis|6 Comments

Carroll Mansion – Decking The Halls

Christmas decorations can run the gamut but one of our favorite styles is Victorian. There is an elegance to this era that remains the benchmark for holiday exhibits. A visit to Leavenworth, Kansas offered a chance to check out the Carroll Mansion, which was all decked out for the season. This impressive family home has stood on a hill since it was originally built in the late 1850s. Subsequent additions have transformed the residence from a four-room home to the stately mansion that we see today. Let's head inside to see what surprises we can discover. We want to thank Visit Leavenworth and [...]

By |2022-12-23T06:07:17-06:00December 23rd, 2022|Kansas, Leavenworth, Midwest|6 Comments

Remembering School Days At Graduate Hotel

For many of us, college was our first big adventure of being on our own. Late nights and long hours of studying were offset with mac & cheese (or ramen noodles these days), keggers, and new friends. When nostalgia strikes, and we start remembering school days, we find more good than bad memories have remained. A trip to Lincoln, Nebraska called for finding lodging downtown, and when we learned about the Graduate Hotel, we had to check it out. This hand-crafted hotel chain is only found in university-driven towns and they love to theme them to the local community. We want to thank [...]

By |2022-12-16T06:59:35-06:00December 16th, 2022|Lincoln, Midwest, Nebraska|10 Comments

Celebrating Christmas Traditions In St. Charles

There's something magical about making an escape during the holiday season. Our family has been celebrating Christmas traditions for years, but there has always been unscheduled time right after Turkey Day. With the Thanksgiving meal a recent memory, we packed an overnight bag and headed east. As the sun crested the horizon, our conversation and music, turned to Christmas. The promise of boughs of greenery, shining tinsel, and gilded ornaments inspired me to hurry along. By mid-morning, we were pulling into town and turning down the brick-paved Main Street. The festivities were about to begin, so we hurried to join the gathering crowd. [...]

By |2022-12-28T06:49:14-06:00December 2nd, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, North East, St. Louis|6 Comments

The Cozy Inn – Burgers By The Bagful

100 years and 16 presidents ago, The Cozy Inn opened in Salina, Kansas. Bob Kinkel, the original owner, used his tiny space to whip up palm-sized bites of beef. He got the idea from White Castle, who had begun operations one year earlier in Wichita. Churning out dozens of mini-burgers at a time, he would slide them down the counter atop sheets of waxed paper. It's likely that this was where the term "sliders" began. We stopped in to check out their burgers by the bagful and find out what has kept this business in the forefront for over a century. 100 Years [...]

By |2022-11-18T07:27:30-06:00November 18th, 2022|Kansas, North Central, Salina|4 Comments

America’s Love Affair With Racing – Museum Of American Speed

America's love affair with racing likely began when the second car was assembled. Can you imagine being the first person to own an automobile? We picture the first drivers traversing the landscape, wondering how their driving skills stacked up to others. When we discovered that Lincoln, Nebraska is home to the Museum of American Speed, we knew a visit was in the cards. With 150,000 square feet of displays, we knew that we were going to be here for a while. Unbeknownst to us, this place goes far beyond displaying a bunch of fast cars.  We want to thank the Museum of American [...]

By |2022-11-04T06:25:09-06:00November 4th, 2022|Lincoln, Midwest, Nebraska|6 Comments

Visiting Wisconsin Dells Without Getting Wet

Wisconsin Dells has earned the unofficial title of 'Waterpark Capital of the World'. Making our first pass through town, it quickly became apparent where this name came from. We discovered that there are currently 20 waterparks spread around the area. That makes this northern destination a major draw for family vacations. Wet and wild fun is certainly appealing, but we wanted to find out what it's like visiting Wisconsin Dells without getting wet. Let's dive into the variety of dry options available for all ages' entertainment. We want to thank the Wisconsin Dells CVB and the local businesses for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions [...]

By |2022-10-21T06:44:05-06:00October 21st, 2022|Destinations, Guides, Midwest, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells|6 Comments
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