Exploring Oklahoma: Arbuckle Mountains

As children of the Midwest, none of us are particularly accustomed to mountains, or really any sort of substantial elevation. So when we spotted a scenic lookout point—called a turnout in Oklahoma—we couldn’t resist pulling off the highway for a glimpse of the Arbuckle Mountains…

Exploring Kansas: Ottawa

With a population of roughly 12,400, Ottawa is still (surprisingly) considered a part of the Kansas City metro but, even so, probably doesn’t seem like your typical road trip destination…

Austin or Bust

It’s a little hard to believe, but in less than a week I’ll be in the car with two of my favorite people heading south toward Austin, Texas. It’s been more than a year since my last big road trip and I’m excited to explore the roadside during our roughly 13-hour drive to Texas…

Snake Alley

Even though I’ve traveled through the eastern part of Iowa on my journeys to Chicago to visit family, somehow I’d never made it south to Burlington, Iowa. So when my mom and I spent the weekend in the Villages of Van Buren we made a slight detour to tick something off my 2015 travel bucket list…

A Walking Tour of Bentonsport

One of the best things about Bentonsport, Iowa—aside from the Village B&B—is it’s size. The unincorporated community has a population of about 40 and even if you’re moving pretty leisurely, you can make a lap around the whole village in less than half an hour.

While there’s a pretty small chance of you missing something on your exploration of Bentonsport, I wanted to put together a small walking tour of some of my favorite places…

Bentonsport Village Bed & Breakfast

When my mom first asked if I’d want to spend the weekend with her in southeast Iowa, we didn’t put much thought into where we’d stay. But after a quick Google search we found we didn’t have too many nearby options.

Finally we decided on the Bentonsport Village Bed & Breakfast and, let me tell you, we weren’t disappointed…