It is about halfway through winter here in Michigan. Last week was the darkest week on record for this winter. So far this winter we have had 9% sunshine. Tonight, the ‘light snow showers’ turned into about 3 inches of snow in 2 hours, with snow in the forecast for the next several days.
I need to get away.
I love to travel. It is such an easy thing to enjoy, right? New places, new views, maybe even new food and new friends. One of my favorite parts of traveling actually starts before the actual vacation. I love to plan. I love to look at all the options of things to do and see and work to narrow them down to what works best in my schedule and budget.
I am Iowa born and raised. Even though I have been here my whole life, there are a lot of things in this state I have yet to explore and discover. I have a bit of a checklist in my head. This past weekend I checked another item off my list. Do you recognize this window below?
For the last 20 years my family has vacationed in west central Minnesota. We found a couple great resorts and spent one week a summer hanging out together and making memories. This year we decided to change locations to help reduce travel time for some of the family. We ended up in central Wisconsin, about 10 miles from the Wisconsin Dells. The home we stayed at was named Dells Edge Retreat. It was a beautiful home and was the perfect fit for our family. It was only 9 of us this year, but we could easily have a few more.
When I travel, whether it be a quick overnight stay, or an extended vacation, I like to look for options beyond a hotel room. I like being able to spread out in a space, and have a chair or sofa to sit on versus a bed. For longer stays I like the convenience of having a kitchen so I’m not having to go out for every meal. Over the past few years I’ve discovered vacation rentals. I have found these to be great alternatives to the standard issue hotel room. Overall the price is probably a little more expensive, but if you take some time to research and look early enough, you can sometimes get a deal. If you’re traveling with a group and are splitting accommodation costs it could make a home rental even more economical. Continue reading