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Sable Points Lighthouse Tours

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I've always been fascinated by lighthouses and they always look stunning with the blue water and blue sky as a backdrop. I've had the opportunity to climb a lighthouse and peer out from the inside and it was amazing. 

I was recently in Ludington, Michigan where there are two lighthouses (with others not far away), but I was too early in the season to have a chance to get inside. However, there are four lighthouses that are run by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association that can each be toured. They are:

BIG SABLE LIGHTHOUSE

LUDING NORTH BREAKWATER LIGHT

LITTLE SABLE POINT LIGHTHOUSE

WHITE RIVER LIGHT STATION

You can climb each lighthouse for $5 for adults and $2 for children. 

The Big Sable Point Lighthouse will open for the season May 8 and it will be open daily from 10 a.m - 5 p.m. through November 4. This year it turns 150 and you can celebrate during the Michigan Lighthouse Festival in Ludington August 15 - 27.

The other three lighthouses open May 26 and each is open daily…

Antique Archeology, LeClaire, Iowa

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Last summer as we were visiting the Quad Cities, we took a little side trip one day to historic LeClaire, Iowa, It's an adorable river town along the Mississippi that has a main street with quaint eateries, boutiques, wineries, rental houses, shops and more. For those who are into antiquing, it's also a great spot to hunt for some unique finds.

A big draw to the town is that it's home of Antique Archeology, the antique store that the cable show American Pickers is based on. The show, which airs on the History Channel, debuted in 2010 and follows antique and collectible pickers,  Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they make their way around the country searching for treasures to bring back to their home base.

The main building houses some antiques and unique items along with American Pickers merchandise - lots of t-shirts, mugs, etc. - and an outbuilding has larger items. You can't miss the place, which has a rusty car placed out in front with the business logo on the side…

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

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For anyone who is a fan of baseball - or sports in general - a visit the Friendly Confines known as Wrigley Field should definitely land high on the bucket list. One of the oldest major league ballparks in the county - second only to Fenway Park in Boston - Wrigley Field opened in 1914. Until the Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016, the ball park had not been the home of a championship team.

Being a life-long die hard, I know I am biased, but there's just this wonderful old-school charm about Wrigley Field that you don't quite get in other ballparks. It's what makes it overall such a fun experience - the hand-operated scoreboard, the ivy on the bricks, the jazz band that makes it's way through the stands, the very mature employees who stand guard at each section checking tickets. There's been a lot of modernization in the past two or three years - the additional of big screens in the outfield, the addition of metal detectors, the move of the bullpen off the fi…

Newport on the Levee

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On a trip through Ohio with two of my boys, we decided to take the bridge from Cincinnati over the river into Kentucky and check out Newport on the Levee. It was a very warm winter day that was great for spending time outside. We took time to walk around and check out the shops and restaurants, walk the Purple People Bridge, a pedestrian only bridge across the river and visit the Newport Aquarium, which was a highlight of the day. 

The Newport Aquarium is absolutely worth the trip if you are anywhere in the vicinity and are mesmerized by under water creatures. The aquarium includes a tide touch pool where you can put your hands in and touch starfish, a Coral Reef, the Surrounded by Sharks tank where you can get an upclose look at sharks all around you, the Stingray Hideaway with above and below water viewing and an opportunity to touch them and a 75-foot long suspended bridge that you can walk over and see sharks below. The Newport Aquarium is absolutely one of the coolest places I hav…

Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Being the big baseball fan I am, I love to visit ballparks of minor league and independent league teams as we travel. Late last summer on a trip with my kids to Fort Wayne, Indiana, we took in a game of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (well, a couple innings of a game, anyway, before the rain came pouring down).

The Tin Caps are a Class A team affiliated with the San Diego Padres playing in the Midwest League.  The park is a beautiful one that is less than a decade old and was a short walk from our hotel. With a roomy concourse, suite level lounge and several private events spaces, it's an amazing venue. It has several times been awarded "No. 1 Ballpark Experience in Minor League Baseball" by Stadium Journey.

Since I am a big foodie and also do a food blog (ChicagoFoodieSisters.com), I'm always anxious to see what the food options are at big venues and this one had a lot of the typical baseball fare that you'd expect, but also some fun surprises. I loved being able to enjo…

Visit Hamlin Lake in Ludington, Michigan this summer

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The Ludington area is a popular spot during the busy travel season. The downtown is full of quaint shoppes and eateries. There’s a nice craft beer scene. The S.S. Badger sails out of the harbor daily during peak season taking passengers and their vehicles across Lake Michigan to Manitowac, Wisconsin. There’s also a lot of fun to be had on the area’s inland lakes, including the large Hamlin Lake located just north of downtown.
On a recent visit to the area, we stayed at Suable Resort, which is located on the east side of Lower Hamlin Lake. The western part of Hamlin Lake is bordered by the Ludington State Park as is the north shore of Upper Hamlin Lake.
We were there in the off-season, visiting while my kids were on their spring break and things were very quiet and laid back. It was actually snowing during our trip, which was pretty unexpected (at least to me) in April and kept us inside a little more than we had planned. 
The resort has a number of cottages to accommodate different si…

Travel & Adventure Show Takes Place This Weekend in Rosemont

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The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show returns this weekend to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center at 5555N. River Rd. in Rosement. Head out on Saturday or Sunday for the 14th annual show, which will feature exhibits from all corners of the globe, demonstrations, entertainment and activities. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

This year there will be 60 first-time exhibitors, so even if you've attended in the past, there will be plenty of new places to explore. Also included in the price of admission is access to dozens of inspirational, educational and culturally focused sessions on five stages located right on the show floor, along with hands-on activities for the whole family.

A Wellness Travel Experience pavilion is a new addition this year that showcases trends in wellness travel. There are also seminar sessions with some of the world's top travel experts, including Rick Steves, Pauline Former and Samantha Brown.

The follow…