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…

A Road Trip For Thinkers: The GameChanger Ideas Festival

Confession alert: I’m obsessed with “Orange is the New Black”. Ob-sessed. (Taystee and Red’s story arcs are my current favorites, but that always changes.) So…

Surviving The Maah Daah Hey Trail

The Maah Daah Hey Trail schooled me. I went from “I’m going to own this ride” to “Okay, I’m gonna have fun” to “Sweet Jesus,…

5 Ways to Explore Detroit Lakes

It’s human nature to overlook the treasures in our own backyards. Our favorite places just kind of become part of the landscape and we tend…

Old World Food Fusion (And Language Lessons) At The Czech Wagon

“Jak se máš?” I pause, trying to repeat my answer exactly as I’ve just been taught. “Dobře,” I reply. We giggle. Close enough. When you…

Cuba Through A Photographer’s Lens

I perk up whenever anybody mentions traveling to Cuba. Okay, I get excited whenever anyone mentions traveling anywhere (childlike enthusiasm is both a prerequisite for…

Freebies From The Fargo Food Truck Festival

I have an obsession with street food. I love the social atomsphere of gathering around a food stand or a food truck, just hanging out…

Step Back Into Frontier History At Fort Abercrombie

The Red River of the North has been a conduit of trade for centuries. It starts at the confluence of the Otter Tail and the…

Up North: #ForestFavorites in a Minnesota Summer

My colleague and friend Jack Dura of acrossnorthdakota.com just got back from a road trip to Minnesota’s North Shore and his photos were so good,…

Stay and Play in Minot, North Dakota: A Local Look At The Magic City

Travel can be a beautiful way to open ourselves up to people and places and experiences that we didn’t even know existed. You don’t even…

Baseball In The City: An Evening With The Saint Paul Saints

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.” – Yogi Berra Nothing says summer like baseball. I love…

5 Reasons To Check Out Winnipeg Folk Festival

Winnipeg Folk Festival is back at Birds Hills Provincial Park just outside of Winnipeg July 6-9. If you’ve never checked out this free-spirited Manitoba music…

Retail Therapy At Outlet Collection Winnipeg

Whenever I talk to Winnipeggers, they always tell me they like coming to The States to go shopping. Hotels in my home state of North…

A Beer Nerd’s Pilgrimage To New Belgium Brewing

Last week was American Craft Beer Week and one of the perks/joys/occupational hazards of being a beer writer is that I spent more time drinking…

3 Soothing Spas In North Dakota

I’m not always great at relaxing, but I’ve been making a conscious effort to slow down and de-stress after having an incredibly restorative spa experience…