Fruitcakes, Cosplay and Fireworks: Zany North Dakota Christmas Celebrations

It’s Christmastime in North Dakota, a place where Santa shows up in a helicopter, carolers in Renaissance costumes sing as wassail is served, and revelers…

European Travel Tips From Expats, Writers and Travelers

Europe is an easy and accessible vacation destination for first time international tourists and experienced travelers alike. The continent holds so many iconic landmarks and…

A Bemidji City Guide: Where To Play, Shop And Eat In The Minnesota Northwoods

Bemidji, a pretty little northwoods town nestled along the Mississippi River and Lake Bemidji, is a classic Minnesota getaway. It’s also one of the top…

Shop Small: The Pleasure Of Handmade Gifts From Winnipeg’s Third + Bird Christmas Market

There is something so innately pleasurable in buying — and even just seeing and touching — handmade products. I like to see the tool marks…

In The Field and In The Kitchen With Food Writer Danielle Prewett

Danielle Prewett creates beautiful food. I mean, seriously, look at these photos. It’s gorgeous. Interviewing the chef, writer, recipe developer and food photographer totally made…

5 Chicago Tastes Worth Traveling For

One of the many benefits of living in a global society is we can try food from all over the world. But sometimes things just…

Win “North Dakota Beer: A Heady History” (And Beer Buttons Too)

Calling all beer nerds! You asked for it, so you got it! I’m (finally) giving you a chance to win my book, “North Dakota Beer:…

5 North Dakota Pumpkin Patches — With A Twist

It’s prime pumpkin patch time, people! So get yourself a pumpkin spice latte to get in the mood and head out for a little corn…

A Public Art Tour of Milwaukee

I went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in search of beer and beer history, but found a laid-back, waterfront city with a thriving arts scene. (Okay, and…

Dishes To Die For: What To Eat In Fargo

People often ask me where to eat when they visit Fargo. Getting requests like this from other writers, travelers and complete strangers is one of…

Forest Favorites: A Minnesota Fall Color Roundup

Jack Dura loves fall. He’s also the only person that has ever said “leaf peeping” in my presence without eliciting a shudder. (For some reason,…

How To Photograph The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a trending topic among travelers these days. I count myself lucky to have grown up seeing these gorgeous, shimmering lights spreading…

Shady Serenity: Hiking In Icelandic State Park

“North Dakota doesn’t have any trees.” Nope. Incorrect. Sure, this state is mostly (and justifiably) famous for its wide open spaces, endless horizons, rolling prairies…

Self Care For A Peaceful Fall

“Self care is any action you purposefully take to improve your physical, emotional or spiritual well being […] When you take time to replenish your…

10 Reasons To Try Train Travel

I just got back from a train trip on Amtrak’s Empire Builder from St. Paul, Minnesota to Chicago and I got a ton of feedback…