Winter always makes me feel like snuggling inside, wrapped in (layers upon layers) of blankets, avoiding the elements at all costs. Spring, on the other hand, just begs me to fling off the covers and explore. Here's a list of some top weekend excursions I hope make it onto the calendar this Spring.
So beautiful in the spring. And Breaking News:
Special Genghis Khan exhibit at the Field Museum.
How did I NOT KNOW THIS WAS HAPPENING?!!
|Oooh, tough guy. here.|
You know, from here, that I have a soft spot for GK and his ruthless, yet brilliant, empire-building ways. It's a pretty quick trip from South Bend, and if we can coincide a trip to the museum with one of the city's many many outdoor festivals, and a visit to Ikea, we've got a weekend trip, folks!
Southern Indiana is a bit slooower and calmer than up here in the big city, so it's not a place you'd expect for a hotbed of modern architecture. But that's where Columbus blows you away. With a variety of mid-century modern builidings, by architects such as I.M Pei, who were commissed by the city's industrialist leaders to transform the small town into a global destination, Columbus is worth much more than a second glance. The Boy and I have already made a trip or two, but we want to go back for a reservation-only visit to the Miller House and Gardens. Ranked "America's most significant modernist house" by Travel + Leisure, this is a must-see for architecture lovers ... and anyone needing a more intellectual excuse to drive past the Edinburg Outlet mall.
Three Rivers, MI:
Sometimes, it's fun to go back in time to small town America for the day. I'm thinking a day-trip to Three Rivers may just do the trick for me. The historic downtown is full of interesting shops and independent restaurants (the only chain is a Sherwin Williams - and who doesn't like paint stores?) There's even an original 1969 diner called Goldie's - apparently they do old school ice cream sodas and malts - hold the phone! The town is surrounded, not surprisingly, by three rivers where visitors can kayak and canoe. Another impressive feature is a large scale petting zoo - when was the last time you visited one of those? But the piece de resistance is the Riviera Theatre, above. Dated to 1925, this is one of the oldest operating theaters in the Midwest. This weekend, they're hosting the Rivers of Justice Film Festival featuring films with social justice themes. I see a weekend trip in our very near future....
Where are you going this Spring?