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Midwest Travel Bloggers Recommend Clear Lake, Iowa

Clear Lake Fire works

Clear Lake, Iowa is one of those midwest destinations that you will immediately fall in love with. You will also find yourself planning your next visit, as soon as you arrive.

Clear Lake is easy to get to. It’s located right off of I-35 at Exit 194, in North Iowa. The Mason City Municipal Airport is approximately one mile from the Interstate. Here you can fly in on Air Choice One and head on over to North Iowa Collision Center to rent a car while in town.

North Iowa Collision Center

We love the feeling of community when dining in the local restaurants, as well as the variety of experiences. One of the newest dining experiences can be found at the Surf District Bar & Grill, located near the Legendary Surf Ballroom. From boating to dining, there’s a wide variety of activities for families of all ages. City Beach, as well as Clear Lake State Park offer family friendly beaches.

Clear Lake is a boater’s paradise, as well as a fisherman’s dream lake. The walleye are fairly easy to catch, as are the yellow bass. Visit a local bait shop before you head out with your fishing pole in hand. We have learned in our travels, that the locals do know where to find “local” secrets. Clear Lake, is no different. As we have said before, the locals here are very friendly.

Did we mention that Clear Lake is also affordable? Clear Lake was recently featured in Forbes, as one of the 25 Cheapest Places To Travel To This Summer. It’s also one of the best remaining traditional 4th of July Celebrations in the midwest. Here’s your glimpse into what the fireworks look like when out on the lake in a boat on the 4th of July.

Clear Lake Fire works

Family friendly events throughout the week, keep families returning year after year.

Have you enjoyed spending time at a midwest lake? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Do you want to learn more about Clear Lake, Iowa?

Here are the Top 10 Things To Do In Clear Lake, Iowa.

 

 

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Midwest Travel Bloggers Recommend: Mason City, Iowa

The Midwest is full of hidden treasures. Did you know that Mason City, Iowa, is often referred to as River City? A community filled with music, nature, and architecture. Mason City is located in North Central Iowa, approximately 30 miles south of the Minnesota border. In case you are wondering, I-35, Highway 65 and Highway 18, are the three major highways that run near River City.

Mason City’s pride and joy is Meredith Willson. In fact, the Grammy award winner was born in Mason City.

Music Man Square MuseumThe tradition of music lives on in this small town, year after year. The Mason City High School choir is an award winning choir; year after year.

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the numerous hiking trails that follow rivers, streams and outstanding birding opportunities. With four seasons, you can only imagine the variety of opportunities available. Cross country skiing and snow shoeing are two outdoor sports that keep people moving during the middle of winter.

Architecture enthusiasts will adore Mason City. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright properties are numerous. The beauty of touring these properties in this North Iowa community, is the fact that you will not fight bumper to bumper traffic to experience the stunning architecture. Mason City is also proud of the fact that they are home to the last known hotel in the world that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel

And as you know, food is a major part of any destination. If you want one of the world’s most flavorful steaks, this is your destination. If you enjoy a variety of Mexican foods, this North Iowa community also offers a taste of Mexico. One would never know that a “Michigan” sandwich could bring your taste buds to life in Iowa.

We love the fact that Mason City is located part way between Minneapolis and Des Moines. Located in the heart of America. Omaha, Kansas City, Sioux Falls and Chicago residents, can find themselves in Mason City, in a relatively short period of time.

Airplane

We know that you will love this warm, welcoming North Iowa Community. Do you want to learn more? Here are our Top 10 Things To Do In Mason City, Iowa.

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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

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.

CHRISTMAS BY THE LAKE: CLEAR LAKE, IOWA

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, INDIANA

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.

 

 

OMAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: OMAHA, NEBRASKA

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: CHARLES CITY, IOWA

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 COMPANY: CLEAR LAKE, IOWA

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
Ohio
Mill Creek: Youngstown, Ohio
Old Market: Omaha, Nebraska
Sculpture Walk: Northwood, Iowa