The Spam Museum in Austin, Minn., is an interactive shrine to Hormel Foods’ iconic canned meat.

Midwest Traveler: Spam Museum makes for a meaty road trip in Austin, Minn.

Austin, Minn.'s famous foodstuff is at the center of this appealing town.

Grand Marais celebration is like the car show for wooden watercraft enthusiasts

June 2
Traditional wooden small craft take to Lake Superior at the North House Folk School’s Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival.
A wooden boat parade, puppetry pageant, chowder tasting and contra dancing are part of this North Shore event.

Hit the road for these National Park sites around the Midwest

May 17
Cameron Giebink started on the Locator Lake Trail for a few days of backcountry camping in Voyageurs National Park.
These invigorating National Park Service sites are within a day's drive (or so) from the Twin Cities.
Local
June 8
Museum director Lynne Blomstrand Moratzka leads a tour of Gammelgarden, showing Swedish immigrant life, in August.

Scandia group proposing tourism upgrades, including arts and heritage center

Washington County town considers reconstructing a structure from its past.
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May 19
Eagles Nest in Nisswa, Minn. The mom-and-pop resort on Lower Cullen Lake has 15 charming clapboard cabins and a 40-foot beach.

5 budget resorts in Minnesota where we really want to spend a week

Looking for s’mores on the beach, fishing off the dock, lounge chairs lined up on the sand — and a nightly rate that won’t hurt…
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May 17
Zipline photo Provided by Kerfoot Canopy Tours

Zipline attractions around Minnesota let you experience the heights of summer

Six unforgettable zipline adventures in Minnesota.
Variety
May 17
This restored horse barn near Colo, Iowa, was constructed in 1885 by Irish pioneers and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Midwest Traveler: Iowa barn tours tell the story of the state

So many barns, so little time: Two annual Iowa events inspire dreaming of country life.
May 9
Louisville Slugger bats are suspended from the ceiling in the lobby at the Wheelhouse in Chicago.

New Chicago hotel lets you book a base of your own near Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs fans can stay at the Wheelhouse Hotel, now open in Wrigleyville.
May 2
The Evening Bar, a windowless, cozy room with seating for only 30 people, at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit.

Shinola luxury brand boosts its profile in Detroit with new hotel

If you like Detroit's Shinola luxury fashion brand, you'll love the casually elegant Shinola Hotel.
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April 27
Buddy Guy’s Legends has been a popular blues club in Chicago since its opening in 1989. Mz. Peachez and Her Casanovas played there on June 19.

Where to find the best blues clubs in Chicago

The tradition of Chicago blues carries on. Here's where to find the best clubs.
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April 27
The bar at Sardine, a white-tablecloth restaurant in Madison, Wis., offers an oyster happy hour and its own delicious menu.

Beyond beer and brats: 13 must-try restaurants in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin's capital and university town gets an A for its culinary delights.
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April 18
Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup: Each fall, the ground rumbles as the 1,300-head bison herd is brought in.

In South Dakota, enjoying buffalo roundup and Wild West shootouts

From buffalo roundups to Wild West towns in the western part of the state.
April 14
Guests waited for drinks at the lobby bar of the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

Midwest Traveler: Louisville's bourbon sprawl

Kentucky's largest city has art and music to offer — and one fine drink.
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March 29
The Swedish-American hangout Simon’s Tavern has been a mainstay of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood since 1934.

Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood is a smorgasbord of shopping, food and drink

The Andersonville neighborhood offers a buffet of delights, Swedish and otherwise.
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March 25
A winter tradition at Camp du Nord near Ely, Minn., involves avantouinti — Finnish for “ice-hole swimming.”

From saunas to snowshoeing, northern Minnesota's Camp du Nord hosts a peaceful winter escape

Camp du Nord is known for its summer family camps. But winter is increasingly a draw for adults, couples and women's groups.
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March 18
Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet has won awards for its dill pickle brats and raspberry chipotle bacon.

Minnesota's Meat Trail: 5 small-town markets worth the drive

A road trip to the state's best family-run, tradition-loving meat markets.
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February 28
Sandhill cranes over the Platte River near Kearney, Neb.

Midwest Traveler: Sandhill cranes flock to Nebraska in epic migration

The annual crane migration in March gives new meaning to "flyover country."
February 21
A guest suite with a view of Lake Michigan at the Viceroy Chicago. The 18-floor pleated glass high-rise hotel sits in Chicago’s Near North Side.

Reimagined Viceroy hotel fits the bill on Chicago's Gold Coast

The 18-floor pleated glass high-rise hotel sits on the tony Near North Side.
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February 21
The Sleeping Giant — a 3-mile-long mesa and provincial park — sits across the namesake body of water from the city of Thunder Bay.

In the depths of winter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a sleeping giant

Even during a polar vortex, it's possible to discover the Ontario city's charms.
Eat & Drink
February 18
Hiking through a vineyard in winter gives an appreciation for Minnesota-grown wine grapes at Crow River Winery by Hutchinson.

A winter winery crawl on the Twin Cities' western edge

Three wineries near Hutchinson, Minn., and Waconia make for an ideal winter day trip.
Variety
February 16
At the 20th annual International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minn., Abe Hiro, senior correspondent for Fuji Television Network News, held an eelpout f

Quick Trips: Eelpout and Grumpy Old Men festivals and Big Turn Music Fest

Walker, Minn. Anglers will pick their spots and ready their ice augers for the 40th annual Eelpout Festival Feb. 21-24 on Leech Lake. In addition…
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February 1
The tap room at BrewDog’s 42-acre complex has a full menu, serving items such as chili chorizo pizza and cauliflower wings.

Midwest Traveler: Columbus, Ohio's new craft beer hotel anchors a hopping scene

Scottish brand's DogHouse hotel is a sign of what's brewing in Columbus.
Variety
January 26
Rochesterites entered the 2018 SocialIce festival in Peace Plaza through a curtain of ice cubes illuminated by color-changing lights.

Art and carved ice converge in Rochester, Minn.

Wintertime is fun in the Mayo Clinic city, with the SocialIce festival coming.