Madison Road Trip

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Long Weekend

Kinstone Stone Circles

Kinstone is a place outside time. Or perhaps, a place situated back in time. This self-guided art garden takes you back to the Neolithic age with numerous standing stones, henges, dolmans, rock tables and round, thatched buildings. The mown trails,… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a tiny museum with a breath-taking collection of art. Despite having only 5 galleries, its permanent collection contains many of the biggest names in art. Wander among Klee, Monet, Cezanne, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Gogh, O’Keefe.

Driftless Books and Music

There are second-hand book stores, clean and well lit with a computerized catalog, tchotchkes at the checkout and frequent buyer clubs. And they’re ok, good for finding the occasional beach read you can leave behind at a hotel. But then… Continue Reading →

Garvin Heights Lookout

If you’re in the vicinity of Winona, MN, take the time to wind your way up to the top of the bluff to visit Garvin Heights Overlook. You will get a stunning view of the Mississippi, Winona and surrounding countryside…. Continue Reading →

Swedish American Museum

The Swedish American Museum in Chicago is a far cry from the grand American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. It still has plenty of charm. The main floor offers a rotating show, featuring a Chicago-related topic. The upstairs has another gallery… Continue Reading →

Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth is a delightfully creepy, or perhaps creepily delightful, curiosity shop in the heart of Chicago. Need a housewarming gift for the Addams Family? This macabre little store is packed to the ceilings with bizarre goodies. Two-headed calf? Check…. Continue Reading →

Maharishi University/Fairfield, IA

The best term I’ve heard to describe Fairfield and the Maharishi University is “cognitive dissonance.” Drive into the downtown and you’ll find gorgeous Victorian-era homes, a red stone courthouse with clock tower, and a central park with a gazebo out… Continue Reading →

U of Iowa Natural History Museum & Old Capital

The University of Iowa Natural History Museum is of the satisfying old-school variety. It feels like what natural history museum should. Founded in the 1850s, the collection contains many unique and exotic species and are are housed in a graceful… Continue Reading →

Iowa City/Cedar Rapids

On our recent trip to Iowa, we had a few set locations we had planned to visit: The Maharishi University, Devonian Fossil Gorge, and the U of I Natural History Museum. But there was still plenty of time to wander… Continue Reading →

Lake Macbride State Park

Located between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, the Lake Macbride State Park offers hiking, fishing, boat rentals and a very clean and attractive beach. Unlike Wisconsin, the parks are also free. An excellent natural area to stop and stretch your… Continue Reading →

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