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…

Balancing Over The Mississippi: Hiking Itasca State Park In Winter

European explorers came north to Minnesota to learn what the indigenous people of the Northwoods had known for thousands of years — that the source…

Extreme Ice: 5 Wild Ways To Enjoy A Minnesota Winter

Minnesota has more than 10,000 lakes (11,842, if you want to be exact — which I do) and long winters, so it’s no surprise that…

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…

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…

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…

Scenic Vistas and Sweet Clover: The Stunning Scenery of Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s North Unit

For the most striking landscapes in North Dakota, head to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The South Unit near Medora gets most…

The Top 5 Dessert Spots In Fargo

Got a sweet tooth? Here’s where you should go and what you should try when you’re in my city. Every shop serves up seriously tempting…

Playing in the Snow at Detroit Mountain

My dad’s a grandpa now and I’m a mother. We both own our own businesses and have pretty much got this adulting thing down. But…

Stella’s Cafe and Bakery: The Perfect Winnipeg Breakfast

When I travel to a new city, I always try to ask the locals for recommendations. When a place comes up more than once, it…

A Taste of the Prairie at Maple River Winery and Maple River Distillery

Prairie people have been getting creative with the fruit, flowers and berries growing wild here for centuries. The tribes that lived here first gathered the…

Wanted: Walkable Cities

I’ve been thinking a lot about walkable cities lately. I prefer to experience a city slowly, at street level, instead flying by it in a car,…

Cross-County Skiing and Snowshoeing Spots in North Dakota and Minnesota

Cross-country skiing was on my bucket list last winter, but I got way too busy. So this is going to be the year that I (finally) try…

Fargo Pinball: A Pinball Wizards’ Hideaway

Fargo Pinball is one of the Red River Valley’s best kept secrets. Tucked away in a nondescript office building off of University Drive on the…