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One Fine (October) Day near Ames, Iowa

So far this autumn we’ve been lucky enough to have some amazingly mild weather. And so you can take advantage of the changing leaves and warmer temperatures, too, I decided to share a recent day trip I took to Ames and its surrounding area to enjoy some of my fall favorites…

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One Fine Weekend in Roseville, Minnesota

Disclosure: The Roseville Visitors Association and the Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville hosted our stay in Roseville. However, all opinions are my own. One Fine Day is a series inspired by my favorite now-defunct Chicago Tribune…

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Road Trip 2013: San Francisco Day Two

Unfortunately we were only able to spend three days in San Francisco, but we tried to make the most of our time. On our last day in California we checked out of our hotel and took an early morning trip to the Palace of Fine Arts in the Presidio…

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Olio in Iowa’s Best of 2017

It wasn’t until I started looking back on Olio in Iowa’s best of 2017 that I realized how many new places I’d explored in the last year. It’s always interesting to see which posts resonate…

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5 Ways to Explore the Unique History of Kenosha, WI

Disclosure: The Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted our visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin. We received a free admission and a tour of the Southport Lighthouse, free admission to the Civil War Museum, and a free…

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A First-Timer’s Guide to Travel Conferences

When I attended my first travel conference—TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange)—last year, I had no idea what to expect. Luckily I had some online friends who showed me the ropes and made me more comfortable in the…

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5 Spring Break Inspired Weekend Getaways

Ever since I can remember, all of my classmates and I desperately looked forward to spring break. Not only did it mean a week off school, but spring break always seemed to signify the impending,…

2016: A Year in Review

Earlier this week, I shared some of Olio in Iowa readers’ favorite posts from the past year. But when I sat down to look back on my year in travel, I realized there were so…

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Olio in Iowa’s Best of 2016

It’s been a bit of a crazy year—both personally and from a travel perspective. I’ve traversed across the Midwest and explored new areas of the south in my trusty old Acura (RIP, old friend) and…