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Where to stay in Traverse City, Michigan

Where to stay in Traverse City, Michigan: Cherry Tree Inn & Suites

Traverse City, Michigan, has long been a favorite travel destination for Midwest families. With the abundance of lodging options, ranging from popular hotel chains to private home rentals, it can be difficult to decide on where to stay in Traverse City. I’m here to make that decision a bit easier for you with my recommendation […]

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Weekend getaway to Grand Rapids, Michigan | Where to stay, eat, and drink

Weekend getaway to Grand Rapids, Michigan: Where to stay, eat, and drink

One day out of the blue, my friend and co-worker, Jamie, said to me, “I want to go to Grand Rapids. Take me there!” I’ve traveled to Grand Rapids a number of times over the last few years. After hearing me talk about it so much, Jamie knows that the city has become one of […]

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The Curiosity of Privacy - ArtPrize 2015

Favorites from ArtPrize 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike. Started as an experiment almost a decade ago, ArtPrize is an art competition that takes place every year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What makes it so unorthodox, disruptive, and intriguing is that it uses three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids […]

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Summer travel & weekend family getaways from Chicago

Summer is finally here in Chicago. Well, at least the calendar says so. (Really, what is up with all this rain?!) The kids might be asking where you’re heading for summer vacation. Or, you may be looking to do a weekend away from the city. Either way, I’ve got recommendations for some summer travel and weekend […]

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Visit to Grand Rapids Downtown Market

One thing I’m always sure to do when traveling is visit food markets. It’s a delicious way to get a taste of the regional flavor and to mingle with the locals. Some of the best meals I’ve had while traveling were either at food markets, or I bought ingredients at the market and prepared the meals myself. Meals […]

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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel | Grand Rapids, Michigan

History and sophistication at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Amway Grand Plaza is ideally located in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids, right along the Grand River. Construction of the original hotel building began in 1913 and it was known then as the Pantlind Hotel. In 1925, it was ranked “One of the 10 Finest Hotels in America”. But by the late 1970s, the […]

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Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

Decompress and overcome anxiety through travel

This working/traveling mom thing is cool and all. It’s wonderful when people tell me that I’m an inspiration to them and how impressed they are that I manage to do so much, what with balancing a career, a family, and a travel lifestyle. But you know what? It’s tiring. And it’s stressful. Throw in two […]

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Fall travel plans: Beer, nature, & art in Grand Rapids

Fall is my most favorite time of year, weather-wise and travel-wise. I prefer to travel once summer ends and the kids are back in school. The weather typically is milder and the crowds, generally, are smaller. Not surprising, then, that I’ve got some travel plans lined up for this fall. What is surprising, though, is […]

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On the Michigan wine trail with Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association

I love my kids and all but I’m not going to lie and say that I was not looking forward to visiting Traverse City without them. We had gone to Traverse City as a family last September and had a blast, not letting the presence of our kids stop us from wine-tasting and beer-sipping. No matter how […]

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