Be a Part of Your Favorite Childhood Tales at Storybook Land

Storybook Land Express, Aberdeen, SD

What is your favorite nursery rhyme or story from childhood? Maybe you dreamed of being a knight or princess in a magical castle. Or did you dream of having a farm like Old MacDonald? Maybe you just wanted to click a pair of shiny red shoes together and be transported like Dorothy? You can step […]

Living Like Laura in DeSmet, South Dakota

Ingalls Homestead, DeSmet, South Dakota

I can remember reading the ‘Little House’ books by Laura Ingalls Wilder over and over again as I grew up in southwest Iowa. I never grew tired of Laura’s stories of life on the western frontier. And though I knew Laura was telling stories of her life, I never imagined that I would be able to […]

Offaly, the King’s County of Ireland

Birr Castle, County Offaly, Ireland

On a map you’ll find County Offaly right in the center of Ireland. Named for the kingdom of Uí Failghe, Offaly was once called King’s County. Now County Offaly is often bypassed as tourists drive through the county’s stunning Slieve Bloom Mountains to Ireland’s west coast after arriving in Dublin. Apparently they don’t know what they […]

A Visit to Long Grove Confectionery is Like Finding a Golden Ticket


“I never had a chance to shine, Never a happy song to sing, But suddenly half the world is mine What an amazing thing—‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket!” When Charlie finds the Golden Ticket, every child imagines changing places with him for even just a moment to peek into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! Fortunately, […]

Winter Rejuvenation in Michigan’s Harbor Country


Winter can be quite bleak in the Chicago area, especially when January and February hit. A few years ago, we stumbled on a little winter escape near our Chicago home that provides us with that much needed boost to help us through winter.   Each February, we like to spend couple of days in Michigan’s […]

Family-Friendly Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

Living Desert

Prior to my visit, any mention of Palm Springs, California conjured up images of Hollywood starlets, pristine golf courses, and poshly appointed spas. However, I discovered that Palm Springs has plenty to offer families too. Looking for a unique trip idea for your family? Now is the perfect time to escape winter and head to […]

Hot Rolls! Dining at Lambert’s – #IGTravelThursday

Lambert's, Ozark, MO

It is rare for us to pass through southern Missouri and not stop at Lambert’s. At the ‘Home of Throwed Rolls’, you are ensured to leave full and happy. Dining at Lambert’s – a Photo Essay [sc:Instagram id=”gilvRICppG” ] Then there’s the “throwed rolls” thing…  As soon as you hear “hot rolls!”, heads turn and […]

You’ll Dig The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota

Mammoth Site (12)

The Black Hills of South Dakota draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, yet only a small percentage of those visitors even know of the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs – the world’s largest mammoth research facility. But this isn’t just a museum showing you what has been found. The dig continues. And it’s […]

Visiting Kaskaskia Island – Illinois’ Island That Can Only Be Reached from Missouri

Kaskaskia Island Illinios

“Mom, do we have islands in Missouri?”my bright-eyed daughter asked as I begin to plan our road trip to Kaskaskia Island. Yes, no, I don’t know. Prior to stumbling upon Kaskaskia Island, I had only heard the name used by the weather guy on our local TV station. I had no clue the Kaskaskia was […]

Visiting Wall Drug : Prairie Kitsch of Presidential Proportions

Inside Wall Drug

The signs, first many miles apart, begin to appear as you cross the border into South Dakota. As your journey continues toward the heart of the prairie, the signs become more frequent.  As the buildup of signs continues you are drawn to exit I-90 at the small town of Wall, just so you can answer […]