Best Waterfalls in Minnesota

Minnesota is home to some amazing waterfalls. Yes, of course they freeze in the wintertime. But the summer and fall months are delightful times to explore some of these falls. Take a hike and explore the local area to better understand how some of these falls came to be formed. But if you are in a rush, almost all of these destinations can be viewed without a big time commitment. Gooseberry, Vermillion, Minnehaha and St. Anthony Falls just require short walks to see the amazing rushing waters.  Gooseberry Falls Gooseberry Falls is an easy favorite for many. Located along Lake … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Make Your Family Getaway Simple

Planning a family getaway is a great way to gather the family and keep them engaged with age- appropriate activities. A beach family getaway, for example, offers breathtaking views of the ocean while the family gets quality time and enjoys some fun. Every trip has its challenges however. Traveling with your family is particularly challenging when trying to contain every member into the trip while ensuring they get fun. But with a few tricks, some of which are logistical and others attitudinal, you can set your family on course for a wonderful vacation. 1. Take advantage of the … [Read more...]

Best Historic Homes to Tour in Minnesota

{James J. Hill house}  The state of Minnesota has many beautiful historic homes that can be toured. Preserving these architectural landmarks and allowing new generations the opportunity to take a momentary peek into the past is important. The grandness of some of these prior residences is intense. Displaying wealth and status never seems to go out of style for some and while most of us live a more moderate lifestyle visiting this type of place can make for a fun afternoon outing.  James J. Hill House Pictured above, the James J. Hill House is a Gilded Age masterpiece. Located on … [Read more...]

Learning to Ski at Spirit Mountain in Duluth & a Ski Package Giveaway

This post is in partnership with the Midwest Ski Areas Association, all opinions are my own.  Duluth and the Lake Superior North Shore is such a great place to visit. Fall, spring and summer there are numerous trails for hiking and exploring. It's an outdoor lovers paradise! But what about winter? Recently my fellas and I visited Spirit Mountain and discovered just how much fun winter can be in Minnesota! Sometimes people assume that you need to travel to far off states in order to ski. But there is so much fun to be had close to home. According to the Midwest Ski Association, … [Read more...]

10 Best Things at Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington

While our stay was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  The new Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington is just a hop, skip and a jump from my house. What this close proximity means is an ideal and easy way to have a fun staycation. I knew the water park was going to be a hit with my crew. It's a no brainer. What I didn't understand was all the other amazing, fun things that this specific Great Wolf Lodge has to offer. I felt like a kid myself experiencing this magical place specifically designed to maximize joy.  Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota is a destination. … [Read more...]

Best Places to See in Oahu

Hawaii, in general, is a top destination within it's own right. But as most people know Hawaii is composed of eight different and distinct islands. I've only had the opportunity to visit Oahu {twice}, therefore my post is dedicated to some of sites I've found to be well worth a visit that are specific to this popular island.  Most people have limited time on the island so honing in on those destinations and activities that are the best fit for you are key. Quite obviously my list is skewed to my favorite activities. If you are a regular visitor to this site you'll know I prefer hiking, … [Read more...]

Best Things for Kids in Myrtle Beach

This post was created in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, opinions are my own.  Since we live in the Minneapolis area it might not seem that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a go-to destination for family fun. But Spirit airlines has a new direct flight to this coastal town and within a couple of hours snowbound Minnesota residents can be at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. This April my crew and I explored this vacation town. Myrtle Beach Bound!  This was our first time in South Carolina so I had no previous level of understanding of the area or … [Read more...]

Family-Friendly Captain’s Quarters Resort in Myrtle Beach

This post was created in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, opinions are my own. Myrtle Beach is a family friendly city with lots to see and do, but a visit to Captain's Quarters Resort is a destination within itself. Multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, a bowling alley, an arcade, restaurants, whirlpool hot tubs, an outdoor kiddie waterpark, ocean view rooms and, of course, the mighty Atlantic Ocean just a few feet away make Captain's Quarters a great place to stay when visiting Myrtle Beach!  There are lots of different room configurations, so … [Read more...]

Best Places to Eat Myrtle Beach

This post was created in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, opinions are my own.  If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed that we recently visited the ocean town of Myrtle Beach.  A direct flight from Minneapolis to Myrtle Beach had us at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in just a few hours. I'll be highlighting some of the must-see things to see and do in Myrtle Beach, but first I wanted to feature where to eat.  My boys are getting older now {ages 13, 10 and 8} and are no longer in the high maintenance baby or toddler stage, so eating … [Read more...]

Best Places to Stay Near Duluth, Minnesota

A visit to Duluth is a Minnesota staple. Unlike other ares in the state, Duluth and the surrounding shores of Lake Superior offer locals the chance to steps away from the typical Midwest look and feel. Duluth and the North Shore is distinct with it's rocky cliffs and deep expansive lake. Visiting in the summer and fall is my go-to, but it's certainly a destination year long.  Having visited this area since I was a child, I've stayed at a plethora of different places. Some locations have been extraordinary while others have been unmemorable. Of course, the season of your visit will have … [Read more...]

Dog Sitting with Care from Rover.com

This post was created in partnership with Rover.com, all opinions are my own.  This is Dougie. He's a labradoodle that thinks he is a little boy. He's a dog that doesn't seem to understand he weighs 110lbs and maybe shouldn't frolic around the house. He's a member of the family and my boys adore him.  Most of the time we are at home. I even work from home. But sometimes we need to travel and when we do Dougie has to find lodging elsewhere. Previously I've had Dougie stay at a local kennel. They are super friendly and I know they take good care of my dog. But it's … [Read more...]

Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark

While our visit to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark was complimentary, all opinions are my own.  Waterparks and kids are synonymous. I'm not entirely sure when these fun-filled places began to pop up, but they sure didn't seem to be around when I was a kid. My biggest joy was a trip to the local swimming pool that had exactly one diving board and zero slides. These days my boys have visited their fair share of waterparks. Each site has their own special features and offerings and we discovered this was certainly true at our recent visit to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark.  … [Read more...]

The Cove of Lake Geneva

While my stay in Lake Geneva was complimentary, all opinions are my own. There are a few tricks I've learned through the years by being a mom of three boys. Call them parenting hacks. Call them common sense. However you see the situation, with experience hopefully comes some degree of wisdom. A few of these bits of knowledge circle around ensuring my boys have a love of books and learning. At one point I felt that I had mastered the art of keeping a toddler entertained at a restaurant. But one of my more important and long lasting nuggets of enlightenment circles around traveling with … [Read more...]

Best 5 Things to See & Do in Lake Geneva with Kids

My visit to Lake Geneva was complimentary, however all opinions are my own. Nestled between Milwaukee and Chicago is the summer destination town of Lake Geneva. Full of quaint homes, shimmering waters, friendly locals, a vibrant downtown and lots of family-friendly things to do, Lake Geneva has long been a point of interest for those from Chicago. Traveling from Minneapolis the boys and I recently made our first visit to this pocket of Wisconsin.  We were eager to discover all the town had to offer and we were not disappointed. We conveniently stayed at The Cove of Lake Geneva … [Read more...]

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

This fall we took a late season hike to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. With all the fall leaves crunching at our feet rather than dangling from the tree tops, the woods seemed almost eerie. The park is best suited for hiking as there is not a ton of additional offerings, though there are camping spaces.  The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Hidden Falls. I'm not sure why this place is named Hidden Falls, as they the area didn't seem so hidden to me. I'm sure there is a story of some sort to provide an explanation.  While our visit lacked the beautiful fall colors … [Read more...]