Showing posts from December, 2012

Kellogg Discovery Center: Battle Creek, Michigan

A one-tank trip article that appeared in the Northwest Indiana Times in 2010. This place was quite interesting! It was one stop on a lovely trip that began in Shipshewana and Nappanee in Indiana and then extended up to Battle Creek, Michigan.

Historic village reflects Adventist lifestyle, highlights Dr. Kellogg ONE TANK TRIP: BATTLE CREEK, MICH. PrintEmail April 10, 20

Civil War Museum: Kenosha, Wisconsin

In the coming weeks, I'm going to post some of the travel pieces I've written that have appeared in the Northwest Indiana Times. This one printed on October 23, 2010. I was very impressed with this museum and Kenosha remains one of our family's favorite getaway spots. With plenty of museums amd indoor activities, it makes for a great cold-weather destination, but if you visit during the winter, you MUST return in the summer to take full advantage of the lovely beaches!

Civil War Museum highlights Midwestern contributions

Road trips for the holiday break

The past week was hopefully full of presents and food and time with family as the Christmas holiday was celebrated. It’s always such a whirlwind of activity and most kids in the region still have at least another week off of school, so there’s time for lots more fun. The upcoming week is a perfect time to connect as a family with a little road trip. It can be short or long. It can be near or far. If you have an empty calendar this week and are looking for some family fun, here are some of my suggestions based on our family’s wintertime trips of the past. Hop in the car and have a little fun, either in your own back yard or a little beyond. Be sure to check hours in advance as some attractions close on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day or have shortened hours.
1)IndianaWelcomeCenter – This place is just a hop, skip and a jump away, but through January 6, the free “A Christmas Story Comes Home” exhibit remains on display, with elaborate scenes from the classic movie, “A Christmas Story” c…

Miracle on 34th Street playing at Round Barn Theatre

With some time of off school for the kids coming up, I always try to squeeze in a little over-nighter or short getaway during the holiday break. For those families who'd like to get away, but not travel far, Indiana's Amish Country is a great option. We like to stay at the Splash Universe Shipshewana, which has an indoor water park. It's a great place to have fun as a family while it's cold outside.

I was looking up what's going on in that area this month and I see that the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is having a performance of Miracle on 34th Street. Sounds to me like a wonderful way to spend a chilly evening with family.

Details are below. Tickets can be ordered online at

November 14 – December 31
Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies; based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street.
Musical Arrangements by Travis Smith

Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic PublishingC…

Lansing Historical Museum has free tree exhibit

For the past 15 years of so, I've been involved with the Lansing Historical Society and I'm always amazed at the great job that is done in putting up the annual holiday "Festival of Lights" exhibit, which many have said rivals the holiday tree exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

The exhibit includes over 30 trees, each decorated to represent a different country, culture or aspect of life in Lansing. There's also a collection of nativity scenes and Santa himself resides in the museum for naptime. Admission is free. The exhibit continues through December 29. Hours are 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 3 - 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m .to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum

I haven't had as much time to post on this page as I'd like since I also have two other very active blogs along with several Facebook pages that I manage in addition to my other writing work. Oh, yeah, and I have five kids, too, that keep me a tad busy. So, I thought I'd start sharing some of my previously published articles here when I don't have time for a lengthy post. There are so many interesting places we've been in the 13 years that I've been doing travel writing. For many years, I wrote "One-Tank Trip" articles for the Northwest Indiana Times, but last year as things were getting trimmed down, that column was one of the casualties. And I really miss it. Here's a one-tank trip article I wrote back in 2006 on the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum. Having boys who love anything with an engine, this was a perfect place to take them. And being a history buff, I was fascinated by all I was learning there. I think it was the trip that I first reall…

Volo Auto Museum

If you love cars, you will love the Volo Auto Museum.  The huge site includes not only the auto museum, but a gigantic antique mall, or rather 5 malls strung together. Kids will love the Hollywood Showroom with movie vehicles, including the "Back to the Future" DeLorean and Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine. There are also some antique kiddie rides.
If you're in the market for a classic car, you'll also find dozens of cars for sale in climate controlled showrooms. A military exhibit showcases several military vehicles from different time periods. The 1950's food court and gift shop provides a blast from the past.
The museum is open daily all year round.
VOLO AUTO MUSUEM 27582 Volo Village Road Volo, IL 815-385-3644