July 21, 2016

Room With A View: South Shore Inn In Iowa

Sunset from the table right outside our room at South Shore Inn in Clear Lake.

The longest stop of the Great Iowa Road Trip was Clear Lake, a charming beach town in northern Iowa. There are several lodging options around Clear Lake, but very few have a lakeside view. We lucked out with South Shore Inn, though. You couldn't get much closer than our room! Our stay was hosted by Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. Let me tell you about the place! What to expect at South … [More...]

July 20, 2016

An Omaha Weekend Of Snakes & Critters


Mice, snakes and a whole lot of critters - that sums up this weekend in Omaha. Check out these three fun things to do this weekend, including "Stuart Little" at Film Streams, snakes at Schramm Park SRA and a bunch of critters (or at least bugs) to be encountered at the family camping experience at Hummel Park. Forever Young Family & Children’s Film Series – “Stuart Little” When: Saturday … [More...]

July 19, 2016

Trail Rides & Pony Rides At Mahoney State Park

Farley on a not-so-little pony ride. Pony rides at Mahoney State Park are $6 seasonally.

There are surprisingly few places to go trail riding within 30 or so miles of Omaha. One option is at Mahoney State Park out in Ashland, Nebraska, which is about midway between Omaha and Lincoln. I’ve gone horseback riding at Mahoney as a kid and recently, I decided that it was time to hop back on the saddle, and this time, bring my son along for his first horse ride. My daughter wasn't old … [More...]

July 18, 2016

Sips, A Casual Upscale Clear Lake Restaurant

Service on the patio at SIPS North Shore Kitchen & Bar was prompt and comfortable with my squirrely kids.

We visited several highly recommended restaurants during our Great Iowa Road Trip. There was only one where the food was so good, I wanted photographic evidence of its greatness, was a Clear Lake restaurant: SIPS North Shore Kitchen & Bar. Ryan, one of the chefs at SIPS, found out I was headed to Clear Lake and invited my family to dine there. He was tempting me with this baby, the Spicy … [More...]

July 15, 2016

Family-Friendly Des Moines Hotel, Wildwood Lodge

The  fireplace in the lobby of Wildwood Lodge in Clive, Iowa.

Des Moines, Iowa, is a city with attractions spread throughout the metro area, so choosing a hotel for a home base can be tough. It's an easy-to-navigate city, but knowing what you want to do there will help narrow down your options. I was set on seeing the Living History Farms for the first … [More...]

July 14, 2016

Trains & History Fun This Weekend

Photo courtesy loom/Brent Crampton

Get the hats and sunscreen ready, this weekend, I handpicked three fun things to do with the kids and they're going to have kids activities and areas of interest outdoors.   Railroad Days 2016 When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Lauritzen Gardens, The Durham Museum, … [More...]