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Join Us In Milwaukee April 21-23, 2017 For #WITS17

WITS 16 Group Shot

We are excited that Midwest Travel Bloggers is a Media Partner for the Women In Travel Summit. The summit is in Milwaukee April 21-23, 2017. We would love to see you at the conference and get to know each of you on a more personal level.

Lisa and Sara


If you have never attended an event like this, we have put together our reasons as to why we think you would benefit from attending.

It’s fair to say that we were very excited to learn that #WITS17 was headed for Milwaukee.

Use this discount code when purchasing your ticket: MTB10 

The beauty of blogging is the fact that every blogger is in the space for different reasons. Some enjoy it as a hobby and others want to build a business. We firmly believe that there is a place for everyone in the blogging space, as everyone has their own voice. The Women In Travel Summit offers you the opportunity to be professional and learn alongside bloggers that have the same interests as you.

WITS Opening Party
Photo Credit: SocialPhoto.Com for Women In Travel Summit by Wanderful

We hope to see you in Milwaukee and connect in real life. Those real life connections do matter. Without a phone call and a meeting in person, MidwestTravelBloggers would not exist.

We want each of you to be successful and proud of the content that you produce. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful community. We look forward to seeing you at the Women In Travel Summit.

Tickets are limited so join us and make sure to register today. Use code MTB10 to get your special Midwest Travel Bloggers discount.





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Convenient Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kansas City Downtown

Crowne Plaza

Kansas City is becoming a midwest destination of choice for many as it is deatination on the radar of many. The Crowne Plaza Hotel located in the heart of Downtown Kansas City offers a location unlike many others. Here you will find yourself a hop, skip and a jump away from the Kansas City Streetcar and the vibrant Power & Light District.

We drove into Kansas City and were able to find the Crowne Plaza Hotel relatively easy. One tip that we would give you, is that the parking ramp is located to the right of the main doors and the valet drop off area. It would be easy to drive by if you were not aware of its location.

The check in process was smooth and the staff was very friendly. Upon entering our room, we found it to be spacious with a stunning view.

Crown Plaza Hotel Room

Anytime we stay in a downtown property, we often find the views to be tremendous. What’s not to love about sunset?

Sunset from Crown Plaza Hotel

Staying in the heart of Downtown Kansas City during the holidays also has special perks.The Christmas lights are abundant and it’s a sure sign that the Christmas spirit is in the air. The Crowne Plaza lobby was also decked out for the season, as there were packages here and there.

packages at Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kansas City prides itself on offering 14,614 square feet of meeting space. With 10 meeting rooms and one that will hold 325 people, this property offers a great venue for companies looking for a place to meet.

additional outlets
additional outlets

Other amenities on the property are:

  • Complimentary Wifi
  • On-site fitness center
  • Plug ins are adequate in the rooms (There are several outlets)
  • Restaurant and Starbuck’s are on site
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Kansas City is a town that is rich in architecture and history. Once you park your car at the Crowne Center Hotel in Downtown Kansas City, you can easily explore on foot and use public transportation.

Power and Light District

The Power & Light District, is a couple blocks away, and offers entertainment and an opportunity for you to explore the different types of food that Kansas City has to offer. From BBQ to seafood, Kansas City has a wide variety of foods to sample.

We have more to share of our recent visit to Kansas City, so stay tuned. The Crowne Plaza Hotel makes for a great base camp, as the rooms were clean, inviting and in the heart of Kansas City.

Have you explored Kansas City and its outlying areas? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience.

*A special thank you to Visit Kansas City for hosting us during our recent stay.


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Holiday Favorites From The Midwest

The holidays are fast approaching and we want to share some of our holiday favorites with all of you. We love to travel and are passionate about what the midwest has to offer. From experiences to products that we love, we hope you find our holiday guide to be helpful and fun. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered into a drawing for several prizes to be given away throughout the holiday season. Enter to win prizes through November 27, 2016.


Udderly Smooth is based out of Ohio and we love their products. We personally love the hand cream, as it’s some of the best we have ever used. Your chapped winter skin will appreciate the hand/body lotion.

hand body lotion


Udderly Smooth is not a greasy lotion, it goes on smooth and immediately soothes your skin. Do you have a loved one in your life that is battling cancer? Udderly Smooth offers a soothing experience for those with skin issues brought on by different types of cancer treatments.


Celebrating 22 years of holiday tradition. The Clear Lake community welcomes thousands of visitors to the annual Christmas By The Lake celebration Dec. 2-4, 2016, in Clear Lake right off of I-35.

Christmas By The Lake Fireworks

This is the place to be if you enjoy holiday fellowship, fun and festivities, music, food, games,movies, carriage rides, and oh yes, a lighted Christmas parade and fireworks display. Don’t forget to dress warm.


Hendricks County is home to the Martinsville Candy Kitchen in Martinsville, Indiana. Here you can view candy canes in the making, all year long.

Martinsville Candy Kitchen

There’s something to be said about a place you can indulge in a holiday favorite, the candy cane.  Hendricks County has much more to offer throughout the holidays, including the Winterland Christmas Light Show.

The lighting of Danville’s Christmas tree also marks the grand opening of the Winterland Christmas Light Show just down the street at Ellis Park. Drive through the park with the family while listening to Christmas music on the radio that is synchronized with the light displays. I can’t even begin to guess how many thousands upon thousands of lights there are in this display, highlighted by a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree. The light show is open daily from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30, closed on Christmas Day.




The Omaha Children’s Museum is all about bringing families together through educational opportunities and fun. With more than 45,000 square feet of museum space, creative minds are encouraged to flourish. With several unique areas to learn, your visit will leave you wanting to plan a return visit.

The Omaha Children’s Museum Vision for Creative Arts:
At the Omaha Children’s Museum, children and families are allowed and encouraged to be creative and authentic through art experiences. The museum strives to provide a healthy balance between art processes and product, fostering inspiration and expression. Visitors will have opportunities with an array of experiences that are fun, engaging, meaningful and community oriented. The entire family is welcome to participate in all the art experiences that the museum offers.

The Omaha Children’s Museum offers a little bit of Santa’s Magic, November 23-December 23, 2016.

Santas Magic Crew



Red Cedar Lodge offers a luxury lodging experience in Charles City, Iowa for families of all sizes. Located in North Central Iowa, a short drive from the Des Moines and Twin Cities Metro areas. We love the atmosphere that is offered in this small rural community. If you need a place for a family gathering or are looking for a couples get-a-way, this is your go to resort. We also know that gift giving is also a tedious thing and families are looking for experiences.

Red Cedar Lodge from above

How about a gift certificate for a couple night’s lodging in 2017? Red Cedar Lodge can put a nice gift package together for you and you will give the memory of a lifetime. A quick phone call to 641-228-3444 will make your holiday shopping easy.


Cabin Coffee is one of our favorite go to coffee shops in the midwest. In fact, they are even expanding out of the midwest and have shops in Georgia and Colorado. Cabin Coffee’s mission is one that we are proud of. We can attest to top notch service and a quality cup of coffee every single time we have set foot in their stores.

Cabin Coffee

Cabin Coffee Company’s mission: “Creating and sustaining a warm and inviting environment while providing the highest quality products and service.”We are dedicated to creating a warm and inviting environment for both customers and our team members.  We value every team members’ individuality and personality, and believe that empowering our team members will ensure the best service for every customer.

Here’s a great idea for your holiday giving. How about coffee from Cabin Coffee Company? We know your recipient will love this, as it’s some of the best coffee around in the midwest.

This is a small sampling of all that the midwest has to offer this holiday season. Enter the Rafflecopter form below and you may win one of the prizes listed here:

  • (2) Family Four Packs To Visit Omaha Children’s Museum In Omaha, Nebraska
  • (1) Basket of Clear Lake, Iowa Items
  • (1) Basket of Udderly Smooth Products


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Plan Your Spectacular 2017 Adventure Across The Midwest

The summer 2016 season has wrapped up. We have been inspired all season long and we would like to inspire you to travel in 2017. Here are some of our favorite things from 2016. This is a glimpse of what the spectacular midwest has to offer. Each state truly has a little slice of paradise for every single person.

Clear Lake, Iowa
Sunset: Clear Lake, Iowa
Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park: South Dakota
Lake Erie Island & Shores
Bicycles for Rent: Lake Erie Island & Shores
North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park: North Dakota
Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore: Keystone, South Dakota
Mill Creek: Youngstown, Ohio
Old Market: Omaha, Nebraska
Sculpture Walk: Northwood, Iowa