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While many people travel to Gulf Shores Alabama to take in the white sandy beaches, the area offers a thriving food scene. With the vast array of food options from fresh seafood to 50s diners and more the Gulf Shores is a food destination all on its own. Wolf Bay Lodge Wolf Bay Lodge has been a local tradition in the area since 1973. Sadly, the original lodge was destroyed by a fire in 2008 but two locations, in Orange Beach and Foley, opened shortly after. Wolf Bay Lodge focuses on a heavy seafood menu. You’ll find shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab claws, lobster, and more in various forms and combinations. The Captain’s platter or Wolf Bay platter are a great option to try multiple items on the menu. Traditional southern sides include hushpuppies and smoked gouda grits.  Lulu’s Jimmy Buffet’s sister Lucy was born in Mobile, Alabama so it’s no…

In Southwestern Minnesota, you’ll find a small town of just under 14,000 giving some big city vibes. With small-town cafes to unique dining options all throughout town as well as museums, entertainment venues, and more there is always something to do and explore! Marshall, Minnesota is the perfect weekend getaway and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor options as well as big annual events so no matter what season you plan to visit you are sure to have a blast. Camden State Park This state park is just a short drive from Marshall, Minnesota, and offers a great opportunity to get outdoors and explore nature. Camden State Park offers over 15 miles of hiking trails, over 4 miles of mountain biking paths, and 10 miles of horse trails. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the area, tent and RV parking spaces are available as well as a…

The Gulf Shores area in Alabama is a dream destination for many in the Midwest. This beach community is known for its white sandy beaches and offers activities for all ages, indoors and outdoors, year-round. No matter when you visit you will always find something to do and enjoy. Part of my stay was hosted by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. As always, all opinions are my own! Animal Interactions at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Spend some time with the animals at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. This zoo includes many different ways to get up close and personal with the animals. This 25-acre zoo is home to over 199 different species and offers free parking. Giraffe feedings are available a couple of times a day as well as animal encounters with sloths or lemurs that allow you to get up close and personal each day. Grab a bite to…

Nestled in southeast Iowa, Fairfield is a charming town that seamlessly blends rich history, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine. From the hidden gems of the Underground Railroad Tour at the Carnegie Museum to the culinary delights of the Cider House and Asian Pho Bistro, Fairfield offers a diverse range of experiences for locals and visitors alike. Eat & Drink Dinner at Cider House For an exceptional dining experience, head to Cider House. Located in a renovated apple-packing warehouse, this restaurant offers a unique ambiance and a menu that celebrates locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in a diverse range of dishes, from gourmet pizzas to farm-to-table entrees, all while sipping on their signature hard ciders all while overlooking the beauty of the area. Cider House is a perfect blend of culinary excellence and historical charm. Breakfast at Bountiful Bakery Kick off your day with a delightful breakfast at Bountiful Bakery. Known for…

La Crosse is a waterfront town located in the driftless region of Wisconsin. If you’ve never explored this area, this is the perfect place for foodies to get great food and experience many local favorites. After spending a few days in the area, I’m excited to share some of the best restaurants you can find in La Crosse, WI. This bustling town has a large variety of flavors to offer that you need to add to your bucket list. Rudy’s Drive-In Step back into the 1960s and experience fast food the old-fashioned way with the classic drive-in at Rudy’s! Their menu is filled with delicious food and classics such as burgers, onion rings, cheese curds, and milkshakes. As soon as you arrive you pull into a stall and order through the speaker. Servers are on roller skates just as they would have been back in the day. They bring your…

If you are headed to Bismarck, North Dakota soon, check out this can’t miss list! These 5 things to do in Bismarck this weekend gives you just a glimpse into the many incredible things to do in the Bismarck-Mandan area. North Dakota’s state capital is packed with fun activities, great food, and so much more! Check out the Dakota Zoo Claiming the title of the biggest zoo in North Dakota, the Dakota Zoo expands over 90 acres and houses over 600 animals. Over 150,000 people visit this zoo each year and it’s no surprise with the many exhibits and variety of animals. Grab a ticket for the train ride around the zoo to get a quick glimpse of everything available or get your walking shoes out and explore the grounds yourself! Check out the new penguin exhibit building as well as the many baby animals you can find from the…

Watertown, South Dakota is a charming and vibrant city nestled in the heart of the Midwest. Watertown has an abundance of attractions that cater to diverse interests, making it a delightful destination for anyone seeking a unique experience. From the adventurous to the artistic, the city offers a plethora of activities that will leave you with cherished memories. Check out some of Watertown’s hidden treasures, popular attractions, and local favorites. Mavericks Steak & Cocktails Mavericks, a rustic steakhouse located in the heart of downtown, offers a captivating dining experience. Savor mouthwatering cuts of steak while immersing yourself in the ambiance of the historic Goss Opera House. Their menu has something for everyone from their salads with a housemade champagne vinaigrette to their award winning wings or even their fall off the bone ribs. Be sure to try one of their carefully crafted cocktails and save room for dessert! The Redlin…

As the warm sun casts its golden glow upon the serene lakes and lush forests of northern Minnesota, it’s time to embark on an unforgettable summer adventure in Park Rapids Lakes Area. Nestled amid the breathtaking landscapes of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, this charming area offers a plethora of activities for locals and visitors alike. From live music and delectable treats to exhilarating outdoor adventures, this guide will help you experience the best of summer in the area. 2nd Street Stage The vibrant and lively atmosphere of Park Rapids comes to life every Thursday night with the highly anticipated “2nd Street Stage” live music event. The concert runs from 6pm-8pm every Thursday in the summer and includes great bands, a beer garden, various activities for kids, and booths from local area businesses. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, head to 2nd Street, and immerse yourself in the music as…

If you’re seeking an authentic and picturesque road trip experience, look no further than Old Highway 61 in Minnesota. This historic highway is rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, and delightful attractions. You can revel in the wonders of Jay Cooke State Park, savor the delectable offerings of Jordy’s Hi Hat, and discover other captivating places to explore and dine. Moose Lake, Minnesota As you embark on your adventure along Old Highway 61, you’ll find Moose Lake, a quaint town exuding rustic charm. This idyllic setting offers a warm embrace to travelers with its friendly community, picturesque surroundings, and a variety of attractions that cater to different interests. Moose Lake State Park Start your exploration by visiting the Moose Lake State Park, a haven for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. The park boasts well-maintained trails, ideal for hiking and birdwatching, as well as scenic picnic spots overlooking serene lakes. It’s…

If you are looking for things to do in South Dakota’s state capital you will be blown away by the options. Pierre, South Dakota is the 2nd least populated state capital in the United States but what they lack in population numbers they make up for in adventure, unique eateries, and hospitality. This community sits along the bustling Missouri River and takes full advantage of all the opportunities that the water ways provide. You will find endless places to explore, discover, and dine during your trip but here’s a few highlights to start with! Explore Get on the water Head to Fun Time Rentals in Fort Pierre and rent a kayak, paddle board, or even a boat for the day! With the Missouri river running right between Pierre and Fort Pierre many locals take full advantage of getting out on the water. There are multiple boat launch areas in the…