Welcome to MidwestWeekends! I'm Beth Gauper, and for 19 years, I've written about vacation travel in the Upper Midwest.
I'll tell you where to find the best places to stay and eat and the festivals you should be sure to catch. I'll tell you where to shop and where to take the kids. If you like to hike and bike and paddle, I know the best places to go.
You can read stories about your favorite destinations or skip to the Trip Tips, where I give you a choice of the best places to stay and things to do.
We're adding and updating every day so you can have the best and most up-to-date information about travel in the Upper Midwest. If you see a broken link or something that needs updating, please let us know.
You should know that this is not an ordinary travel publication. We have no ties to any tourism bureau or
When I point you toward a place, it's because I think you'll like it, not because someone is paying me to plug it. Though I list many places I think you'll want to check out, I recommend only those I've visited myself.
We do have advertising, but it doesn't affect our content. And we accept advertising only from businesses that we know or believe to be good ones.
It's not easy or cheap to take the high road in travel writing. I'm lucky because I got to know the Upper Midwest while writing weekly travel columns for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a very fine newspaper that paid my salary and travel expenses for 14 years.
Now I'm exploring on my own, still providing unvarnished opinions and tips. I hope you'll find value in the work we're doing.
It took another kind of travel expert to build this site. The man behind the screen is Torsten Müller, my husband and a fantastic programmer. He also contributes photos he takes on our trips. We live in Minneapolis.
The third member of our team is Ron Ramirez, who designs our beautiful ads. His Bloomington, Minn., firm RBR Design specializes in logos and branding.
And in northern Minnesota lakes country, Mary and John Zesbaugh of Pine River are in charge of our golf coverage. I like golf, but Mary and John LOVE golf, and it shows in their enthusiastic stories.
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