NEW POST CLICK LINK IN PROFILE: 3 UNIQUE PLACES TO VISIT IF YOU LOVE THE MOVIE, 'A CHRISTMAS STORY.' 🎅🤶
The holidays are quickly approaching and all I can think about are family traditions: bright lights, decorated trees, festive markets, and cozying up to watch a few heartwarming classics.
I know, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet so it's crazy to talk about Christmas BUT I can't help it! We just visited a place near us that has the original Macy's in New York window displays from A Christmas Story. They've been on display for a few years now and we have never been.
A child of the eighties, A Christmas Story, was always a favorite in our house. It slowly crept up in many homes as an American tradition across the nation. One cable channel even plays it for twenty-four hours straight over Christmas eve and day in a true marathon fashion.
I’m not sure I would consider it sentimental necessarily, but the hilarious struggle of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker forever made an imprint in our hearts.
The movie, wrapped in nostalgia and a realistic perspective, flourishes at portraying the good, the bad and the ugly of the holiday season.
Whether you could relate to the loving doting mother, the hard-working crabby Old Man, the silly younger sibling, or the serious older brother, the family dynamic rings true to many households.
Looking for a unique Christmas trip idea?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIE?
We are big fans of history and architecture. We found this gem in @fergusfallsmn. It is the Fergus Falls State Historic Hospital. The building is in the Kirkbride style and opened to patients in 1890. #hosted#FergusFallsMN
I’m working on a post about our visit to @putnammuseum in @visitquadcities. There were a lot of exhibits and I can’t possibly include them all in the post. Like these interesting birds right outside the ancient Egypt room. My kids breezed right by the birds the case in their rush to see the mummies, but I had to pause. It was a cool room. Side note: It’s part of the ASTC reciprocal program so if you’re a member of @omahachildrensmuseum, you get in free. 👊 #visitquadcities#hosted
Today was a good day to take the kids to Mahoney @negameandparks - they had a lot of energy to burn. The new Venture Climb area is awesome and a good deal - $12 and the kids could climb and play in the huge active center all day.
It's that time of year again. The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit is back at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond Indiana. I finally got over to see it last year before they packed it up for the year.
I took some pictures of the exhibit. I have a link in my Bio.
This year's exhibit will be on display starting tomorrow November 10, 2018, until December 31, 2018. Don't wait until the last minute like I did.
If you go early, you and the kids can see Santa.
One exhibit at @thehenryford that resonated with me was on women’s suffrage. There were many impressive exhibits at the museum with historical significance, but this just popped back into my mind tonight as I was thinking about Tuesday and what it means to vote. #hosted
As we were leaving northern Wisconsin #GoPro a few weeks ago, pine 🌲 trees were glazed white from the falling snow. Will be taking an instabreak and Facebook break while I hike for four nights in the Great Smoky Mountains starting Monday. I voted early. Hope everyone votes 🗳
There are hotel pools and then there hotel pools. We encountered some pretty memorable ones — for the view or the design — while traveling in Missouri. Check out these two: The first is the unmistakeable view the @gatewayarchstl from the @fourseasonssl pool deck, the other is the fab lap pool at @theelmshotelandspa. Know of any other hotels in Missouri with unique pools?
"There's so much beauty to behold in the landscape of a downtown."⠀
Many of our trip destinations involve visiting the downtown areas of metropolitan cities. We find them to be filled with possibilities. For years the cities were subjected to urban flight, which propagated the growth of suburbs. In the past couple of decades this trend has seen a reversal. People are seeing the benefit of living in the urban core, where amenities are all within walking distance.⠀
For travel bloggers this is a huge bonus. We can minimize our driving time and spend more on visiting sites. Our visit to Des Moines, Iowa was a prime example of this concept. developers, along with the city planners, have been working for years to create an urban district that includes attractions, shops, and dining destinations. We were able to park our car and walk to almost every location on our three day itinerary. You can read our overview here.> https://buff.ly/2z6Kfib⠀
This same style of exploration is becoming more commonplace, as other cities are improving their downtown pedestrian paths to increase foot traffic. Some cities are even connecting different districts by using transportation methods that engage residents and visitors alike. Kansas City installed light rail that moves people between multiple districts, which are all seeing the benefit. This same type of system is being installed in Oklahoma City.⠀
What cities are you seeing this same style of redevelopment occur?⠀
@catchdesmoines @travel_iowa #OurChangingLives#travelcouple#kcbloggers#MWTravel#midwestbloggers#downtownvisits#urbanvisitors#urbancore#IGiowa#IGdesmoines#visitlikealocal
If I sent out Christmas cards #GoPro#travelwi I might use this scene. On our canoe paddle on the Birchwood Canoe Routes, an October snow dusting gave new meaning to the word “snowfall.” Scott from @bullmoosepatrol portages a @wenonah_canoe Prospector as I photograph from a Wenonah Fusion. See more photos in my new blog post- link in profile or copy/paste here https://travelingted.com/2018/10/19/birchwood-canoe-routes-wisconsin/
Lucky us! The longest canopy walk in the United States is located right here in my home state. It just opened this month. So, of course, we had to go see it! It was pretty amazing! We highly recommend a visit to Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan so that you can experience it for yourself. #canopywalk#dowgardens#whitingforest#midlandmichigan#mwtravel
We went to @figgeartmuseum to see “French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950” (don’t miss it). However, looks like we dress more like contemporary art lovers, doesn’t it? 😆 Side note: this is the only museum I’ve visited with crocheted art coveting the trees in front. I’ll have to dig up a photo of one. #visitquadcities#partner