Thoughts From A Winter Night At Christkindlmarkt in Fargo

My hair smells like wood smoke. I can still taste the cloves in the mulled glühwein, even though I finished my drinking from my steaming…

12 Cold Weather Essentials

One of my proudest travel moments came in Germany last December. I was on an extensive city tour for an article about the wonderful Erfurt…

Happy Glamping: Little Luxuries To Take Your Trip To The Next Level

As the name suggests, glamping (a clever little compound word that combines “camping” and “glamour”) means you’re not exactly roughing it. Yes, you’ll be staying…

How To Be A Traveler In Your Own Town: Workshops and Coaching

People often ask me how I’m able to travel. It’s one of the most common questions I get on this site, second only to North…

Landscapes That Live With Us: Growing Up Along The Red River Of The North

We don’t get to choose the landscapes that shape us. We can’t control where on the planet we’re born or the environments the we grow…

Meditations On The Minnesota State Fair

I don’t even like fairs. My interest peaked at 14, when I realized my brand new woman’s body had somehow acquired a mysterious power that…

The Ancient, Otherworldly Beauty Of Badlands National Park

It was 102 degrees when I stepped into Badlands National Park. It was perfect. The intensity of the heat seemed entirely appropriate for a place…

In Studio With Courtney Stanley Of Northerly Goods

One of my favorite regular gigs is writing profiles about North Dakota artists and artisans, a job I do for multiple publications, including this site.…

Glamping At Cross Ranch State Park

It was my first time at Cross Ranch State Park, and I was basically getting paid to pay attention. I was on assignment for a…

Chicago On The Cheap: Lots To Love In Lincoln Park

The more I travel, the more passionate I get about walkable neighborhoods, affordable attractions and great parks. I believe that everyone should have access to…

A Tour of Bozeman, Montana With The Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls

Bozeman, Montana is on my travel wish list. It’s been on my radar since I realized  how close it to Yellowstone National Park, a place I…

12 Tips For Traveling With Kids

Don’t believe people that tell you that you can’t travel with kids. My son just turned five and he’s seen seven states, been to Canada,…

Into The Woods: A Hike In Maplewood State Park

We evolved in nature, but so many aspects of our everyday lives are lived far away from anything natural. We live and work and commute…

Make A List For Your Best Summer

Today is the summer solstice, the first astrological day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s traditionally been a day of reflection, celebration and transition…

In Studio With Erica G. Thune

Erica G. Thune is a wizard with color. Her work pulses with a bold, vibrant energy. She’s based in Bismarck, North Dakota, but she sells…