Here is Part 2 of my monthly list of Midwest Travel links:
Hara Arena-It's the end of summer when my thoughts definitely turn to hockey, so I enjoyed this story about a sad good-bye to a classic hockey barn just outside of Dayton, Ohio. I definitely see the point Ronny makes here about how minor league sports teams might be best off with smaller venues instead of larger and more modern venues that attempt to ape the modern major-league venues. Besides, any article that mentions the classic "Slap Shot" flick with Paul Newman definitely got my attention! Check it out at Queen City Discovery.
Made in Marietta: Bite-size History at Semah Studios-Images of historical plaques dot the pages of my own blog when I use them to illustrate stories and give readers a little background about historical sites we visit as we travel. Check out Tonya's story about this Ohio business that produces many of these plaques for sites around the country it at The Traveling Praters blog.
Behind the Scenes of Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round-Supper clubs with hometown hospitality and homemade food are a tasty tradition in Wisconsin. Jessie looks at these family-run eateries and interviews author Rob Faiola about his book, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round. The book is a follow up to Rob's first book about dining clubs, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience. What I want to know is if any of them serve whitefish livers?! Check it out at the Wandering Educators blog.
Exploring the Southern Minnesota Children's Museum-Road construction and a child's upset stomach led Shanna to question if the hassle was worth the trip to this children's museum, but the trip happily ended well as Shanna and her family found plenty to keep them engaged for several hours at this museum near Mankato, Minnesota. Check out the story at A Midwest Travel Companion.
Road Trip Through Northeast Minnesota-Join Jenna and Micah as they join fellow travel bloggers to tour northern Minnesota between Duluth and Grand Marais along the Lake Superior shore. We remember enjoying traveling in this area and loved re-visiting some favorite sites like Canal Park area and Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, the Split Rock Lighthouse and much more! Check out Jenna's story at Wander the Map.
Graveyard of the Great Lakes-The eastern end of Lake Superior above Michigan's Upper Peninsula has a long reputation for claiming ships and lives in the area known as the Shipwreck Coast. Despite the doomsday title of this story, advances in technology and navigation improved sailing safety and tourists flock to the scenic area each summer to see the lighthouses and the Shipwreck Museum. Check out Beth's story at Midwest Weekends.
Lighthouses of the Apostles-Visiting the Apostle Islands was another favorite trip of ours. The sunset boat cruise where we toured the lighthouses out of Bayfield, Wisconsin was particularly memorable. Check out Beth's story about the area and its lighthouses at Midwest Weekends.
Best Motorcycle Routes: The Scenic Windy 9-Check out a collection of motorcycle routes developed by the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau in southern Ohio. Heather shows highlights of the Windy 9 and includes a short video of the trip with her story. I know Tim would love to try some of these routes! Check it out the story at the Ohio Girl Travels blog.
North Dakota Road Trip Day 2: Valley City to Devil's Lake-Here is another in a series of stories Connie wrote about exploring North Dakota. She takes us on a road trip that includes a tour of the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site, a quick peek at the big buffalo at Jamestown (we spotted this guy on the way through North Dakota ourselves) and a look at a game nature preserve where she lingered for a while watching the prairie dog town (much as we did at the Teddy Roosevelt National Park in the state). Check it out at Midwest Wanderer.
The World's Largest Gavel-Tonya sees the World's Largest Gavel in Columbus, Ohio. This quirky roadside attraction is a stainless steel sculpture in the city's downtown and in front of the Judicial Center. Check it out in The Traveling Praters blog.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens-Mike found the perfect tour in Akron, Ohio that allowed him to bring his best friend to tour a beautiful home and with him! Mike's Chihuahua buddy Slider look like they enjoyed this "woof walk" around the grounds and gardens at the Akron mansion of a founding family of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The National Historic Landmark offers tours that include special Sunday times when you can tour the home with your leashed dogs. Check it out at OHventures.
Exploring World's Only Quilt Gardens Tour-Join Connie for a tour of some beautiful "quilt gardens" in northern Indiana. These self-guided tours look are bigger and better organized since I remember seeing them several years ago! Check it out at Midwest Wanderer.
For a Few Hours, a Fading Advertisement Returned to Prominence-Ever notice "ghost" signs in your city? Ronny has a special interest in these fading artifacts--in fact he wrote a book on the subject-Fading Ads of Cincinnati by Ronny Salerno. Check out the story at Queen City Discovery about a visual artist's visit to spotlight one of the Cincy ghost signs pictured in Ronny's book. I loved this behind the scenes look at the process of bringing these signs back to life...if only for a day. And, yes, there are plenty more ghost signs pictured in Ronny's book.
That's it for this month's Midwest travel links list. Do you have any favorite Midwest stories or blogs to share?
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