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Yes, I have heard it's a lovely town

I'm moving to Madison, WI and everyone loves it. But why? And is it really perfect? [more inside]
posted by hydrobatidae on Aug 22, 2014 - 34 answers

Are there warm apartments in cold climates?

I live in the SF Bay area and I'm thinking about moving to colder climates at some point, but for various reasons I can't handle a cold ambient temperature inside my home, even if I bundle up. In colder areas (specifically New England and the Midwest), how easy/possible is it to find apartments that are well-heated (perhaps buildings with a whole-building radiator system?) or other situations where I can have a warm (68-70 degree) home without paying through the nose for utilities? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jul 2, 2014 - 49 answers

Mini-moon!

The soon-to-be-Mr-Vortex and I are getting married in September! Hooray! We are thinking about taking a mini-moon instead of a honeymoon after the wedding, because we're also going to be moving and I will be starting a new job. We'll do a nice, longer vacation once we're settled into our new lives. Trouble is, we're having a tough time thinking of somewhere to go. We've traveled in the upper midwest quite a bit, and would like to find somewhere new to go. Help us, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jun 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Best Hike near St. Louis

I remember reading in an old Backpacker Magazine the Best Hikes in the Midwest, and number one was a few hours outside of St. Louis. But I don't remember what it was and I can't find it online! Failing someone finding that, I would like recommendations for a place within 3 hours of St. Louis where we could hike a couple hours and then camp for the night. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on May 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Car went crunch. Help me find a new one quick!

Was in awful car accident yesterday. Good news - walked away without a scratch. Bad news - car is now a paperweight. Help me find a new vehicle? Details within. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Mar 24, 2014 - 30 answers

Help me adjust to (or tolerate) the Midwest...

I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2014 - 60 answers

Midwestern MeFites: I want to laugh in public! Difficulty: feminist.

I'm a huge fan of standup comedy, comedy podcasts, and so on, but I'm starting to get tired of what feels like an endless stream of life-in-LA anecdotes. I don't live in LA, and I don't really care about LA. Surely there are funny people who want to say funny things in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis....right? Nationally famous comedians are great, but I'm looking more for regional folks that I can see often, locally, and preferably not for $50 a seat... [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Tastes of the Midwest: Grocery Edition

I work with a small retailer of non-perishable foodstuffs (among other things). Niche and one-of-a-kind product lines—local/craft/boutique, organic, gluten-free, etc.—do quite well here, and we'd like to carry more of the same. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Dec 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Animal/plant found ONLY in Illinois/midwest

Need a QUICK answer. I need animals or plants found ONLY in Illinois or immediately surrounding areas. Have tried Google and am really struggling with the ONLY part of that. Anyody who knows one or more, PLEASE let me know. Thank you!
posted by odragul on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Specfic writing workshops in the Midwest

Are there any speculative fiction writing workshops in the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Small town bachelor party

Bachelor party, challenge level: wholesome time, tiny Midwestern town, Thursday night, 7 people total, best man (me) arriving in town a few hours before. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Apr 22, 2013 - 15 answers

What is the Midwestern Oxford American/Garden & Gun?

As a Midwestern expat living in the South, I have more Southern literature, magazines, blogs, and podcasts than I can shake a stick at. How do I find the Midwestern equivalents? [more inside]
posted by mostly vowels on Jan 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Video time capsule

Looking to make a video time capsule with my friends. What questions should I ask, what should we put in it. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Dec 15, 2012 - 4 answers

I'm driving through flyover country. Where should I stop?

I'm driving from northern New Jersey to Ann Arbor, MI tomorrow via I-80, and returning to DC on Sunday via 76/70/270. What can I do to make these journeys less boring? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Nov 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Charming small-town stop between Atlanta and Kansas City?

Where should we stop for the night between Atlanta and Kansas City? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I get a fatbike?

Should I get a fatbike? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Oct 8, 2012 - 18 answers

Last one in the clay ball room is a 썩은 달걀

Are there any Korean-style spas in Minnesota? In the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Aug 9, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I survive a year or two in a small town after years in the city?

How do I survive a year or two in a small town after years in the city? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 19 answers

Relief from the interstate

In late August we'll be driving from upstate NY to the Black Hills in S. Dakota, almost entirely on I-86 in NY and I-90 the remainder of the way. We take this trip to visit relatives periodically and over the years we've found some good but brief diversions along the way to give small breaks from the monotony -- great Japanese gardens in Rockford, IL; the kitschy Spam Museum in MN; Amish restaurants in Shipshewanna, IN; the West side market in Cleveland on weekends (our timing is bad for that this time); Carr's cheese in Mauston, WI. We take 2 days out (stay in W suburbs of Chicago), 3 days back (stays in Tomah, WI and Bowling Green, OH). Any recommendations are gratefully accepted, noting that we don't want to get detoured from our route (nothing that's more than 15-20 mi from the interstate, pretty much) because we do have a destination with relatives waiting to see us, and that it'll probably be mid-week travel each way.
posted by aught on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Travel ideas U.S. midwest

[Very last minute U.S. Midwest travel filter] Going to be in Bloomington for a conference and then have a couple days planned in Chicago...what to do with the three extra days? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

What are the best vacation destinations within driving distance from Chicago?

What are the best vacation destinations within driving distance from Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Apr 8, 2012 - 32 answers

Sometimes we hear banjos and pigs squealing out there in the woods and it's scary...

We live in the sticks. I'd like to take my 7-year-old out to where the people are! Can you help me conceive an awesome, week-long-ish trip for $1000 or less? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 20, 2012 - 18 answers

A good book about the immigration of Norwegians to the Midwest?

I'm looking for a good book about the Scandinavia to Midwest America immigrant experience (non-fiction). [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jan 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Hokey medical spas near Indiana?

My wife really likes run down tourist attractions and old fashioned "medical" spas, both of which are found in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For her birthday this month I need something closer to Indiana (within 200 miles of Indianapolis). Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Jan 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Afforable day trips around chicago, Metra/public transit accessible

Afforable day trips outside of chicago, Metra/public transit accessible [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Oct 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Ut oh, road closed ahead

Need routing help, RV traveling from Winnipeg to Memphis ... our usual route has closures and detours. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Sep 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Don't let dad hitchhike with the serial killers

How can I safely get my father from Des Moines to Rochester MN? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Sep 2, 2011 - 8 answers

movinonuptothenorthside

Yet another where should we move? question: the liberal gay Northern edition [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jul 4, 2011 - 35 answers

Ambiguity is scary

I'm moving from Small Town, Midwest to Big Metro Area, East Coast within the next month. What do I need to know to prepare myself mentally for the transition? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden on Mar 16, 2011 - 29 answers

Why are the farmers tilling so early?

Why, in the middle of winter (now, in Central MI), would a farmer plow under only a strip of land in the middle of his (previously harvested but un-tilled) field? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Mar 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Understanding Ohio's SB 5 legislation

Help me edumacate myself on Ohio SB 5! As a former resident of WI, I could find news easily enough because the internet already existed when I lived there and I was familiar with online sources. In my attempts to read more about Ohio, I just don't know where to turn. Obviously national media is out as it's been crap at covering recent events in the midwest. Is there an Isthmus equivalent? A few possibly wonky blogs that are right on? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered on Feb 26, 2011 - 4 answers

OpenSourceMusicGeekProjectFilter question

I need some advice on how to build a database-driven site around an archive of ephemera (mostly flyers). Essentially, I want to build an online archive of scanned rave flyers from the Toronto-London-Detroit rave scenes (plus some Midwest US flyers). Here's what I have: [more inside]
posted by LMGM on Feb 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Give me the boot, or al least a place I can buy it...

Stripper shoes / stripper clothes stores in or between Akron, OH - Columbus, OH - Indianapolis, IN? Bonus, along or near I-70 or I-71. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Dec 5, 2010 - 2 answers

Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest?

Midwestern Urban Fiction: What are the great novels that exemplify or characterize (as opposed to "are set in") any of the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 3, 2010 - 25 answers

Looking for a suitable Chicago/Midwest place to have a really big party. Outside. Unless it's raining.

Looking for an indoor/outdoor venue for our wedding/party in the greater Chicago area, that isn't astronomically expensive, and would offer some pretty scenery, and accomodate my ridiculous desire to dress my dog up as a ring bearer. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Oct 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Backpacking with a dog

I’m thinking of going on a solo backpacking trip with a dog and am looking for location ideas. [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Sep 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Wanna make repeat trip more interesting.

Looking for suggestions for drive through the midwest of things to see and roads to take. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Sep 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Abandoning a sinking (academic) ship: what career next?

Help me brainstorm a career change! Catch: $45K, in the midwest. [more inside]
posted by philokalia on Sep 6, 2010 - 23 answers

What baby mammals are in my lawn?

What baby mammals did my rat terrier find? [more inside]
posted by xorry on Aug 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Must-See Scenic Drives and Attractions Driving West from Cincinnati to Seattle

What are some must-see scenic drives and attractions to be found on a one-way roadtrip West from Cincinnati, OH to Seattle, WA. Mid-40s opposite-sex couple who love photography, don't like hiking very much but appreciate a good hot spring, and are what you would call "foodies". We're thinking about the Badlands and Black Hills, but what else? Also, what stretches of road can we avoid to stave off boredom, and where should we drive instead of them? We can go a bit out of our way, but would like to be back at our jobs within a week.
posted by matildaben on Aug 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Is taking a roadtrip through the midwest over a couple weeks during the winter (around the holidays) a horrible idea?

Is taking a roadtrip through the midwest over a couple weeks during the winter (around the holidays) a horrible idea? Tentative idea is Detroit to Tulsa via a bunch of stops to see things/cities/people. Tentative route - Detroit to Fargo via I-94 (via Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul), Fargo to Kansas City via I-29 (via S. Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska) and then down to Tulsa. [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Jun 23, 2010 - 12 answers

May Day Baskets?

Have you ever heard of giving "May Day baskets" in the US? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 3, 2010 - 52 answers

Three kids, two weeks, one car: Toronto to San Francisco vacation, or "if you like it so much then quit your job!"

Late-March roadtrip from Toronto to San Francisco, or wherever we end up by the time we have to head back. We've got two weeks, or sixteen days if we really need it. There's three of us. We currently have no plan and only vague notions of freedom on the road and driving into podunk towns to see giant balls of twine. As such, we have tons of logistics questions, which I will attempt to summarize: [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Mar 4, 2010 - 23 answers

What should I eat around Columbia, Missouri?

I'm visiting a friend in CoMo this weekend for a little less than a week and I'd like to immerse myself in some heartland goodness. What should I eat along highway 40 between KC and STL? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Dec 9, 2009 - 18 answers

Bad-at-Romance-Filter: Chicagoland Weekend Away

Gotta-Get-Away Filter: I'm trying to book a weekend away with my darling fiancée in late september or early october for our combination birthdays/two year anniversary. [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Aug 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Tips for a train trip across the West.

In September, I've got 10 days to see everything I can see from Minneapolis to Portland, OR along the route of Amtrak's Empire Builder. Know anything about these places? I'm looking for some Metafilter reconnaissance about my route. [more inside]
posted by the jam on Aug 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Where to go for a midwest photography trip?

I want to go on a photography weekend trip next month. I'm in Chicago, and want to drive no more than 6-8 hours to a destination. With my preferences (inside) in mind, I'd like advice on where to go. Help? [more inside]
posted by hijinx on Aug 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Interesting, spooky, out-of-the-ordinary roadtrip stops within driving distance of Iowa?

Interesting, spooky, out-of-the-ordinary roadtrip stops within driving distance of Iowa? [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Jul 30, 2009 - 28 answers

Looking for rural West/Midwest-ish americana music.

I'm looking for americana music that comes from, or is roughly evocative of, the (romanticized?) rural West and Midwest. [more inside]
posted by archagon on Mar 26, 2009 - 19 answers

Roadtrip filter: world's largest ball of twine?

Roadtrip Filter: what can I stop and see for fun when I drive from Boston to St. Louis this weekend? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Feb 25, 2009 - 15 answers

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