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Midwest Living: Travel Hot List: 6 Things We’re Crushing On Now

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Art on the Lake

A new hub for international art and culture opened last summer in northern Michigan. The sleek Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor (near Petoskey) has hosted musical prodigy Frankie Moreno, country artist Sara Evans, and The Second City comedy tour. Visitors can attend a cinema series in the 500-seat auditorium or buy curated art pieces throughout the building.


InterContinental Minneapolis

Dare we say we’re hoping for a flight delay on our next trip through Minneapolis-Saint Paul? A new 12-story hotel attaches a luxury spa, two restaurants and 291 rooms to the airport. With half-day room rates (up to eight hours), direct access to TSA screening for carry-on luggage, plus acoustic design to buffer air-traffic noise, recharging at the airport never sounded better.



Axe to grind

First we cringed. Then we accepted that the axe-throwing trend is only gaining momentum. Since 2017, dozens of venues, many of them BYOB, have opened in the Midwest. So if you need us, we’ll be slinging blades and enjoying a drink (extra responsibly).

Bad Axe Throwing In 2016, the Canadian chain opened a spot in Chicago. Now they're in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Kansas City and beyond.

Blade and Timber Launched in Kansas City in late 2017, the start-up has already expanded to Leawood, Lawrence and Wichita in Kansas. West Coast bars are underway.

Backyard Axe Throwing League The Toronto-based business has opened U.S. sites in the Detroit metro and Chicago.


Get Outside

Skating Trail

800 feet: Distance of an ice “rink” in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The free skating trail loops through Central Park in the Minneapolis suburb.

Read the full article in Midwest Living, here.

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