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The River Bungalow In Missouri Is The Perfect Romantic Getaway Cabin

The River Bungalow Cabin at River of Life Farm is a perfect romantic getaway destination! The River of Life Farm property is located at 1746 River of Life Drive in Dora, Missouri. You can book and check availability by clicking here.

The River Bungalow Cabin is the perfect secluded spot for a honeymoon, romantic anniversary, vacation, or just a few days away for the two of you.

This luxurious bungalow can sleep 2 adults in it’s hand-crafted king size bed. With the large whirlpool tub, this is a perfect place for a romantic getaway! At the end of the day you can relax with a fire in front of the native stone fireplace!

The cabin has all the comforts of home, just with better scenery! River Bungalow Cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, and many other amenities.

Guests of the River Bungalow Cabin can enjoy many activities. The hiking trails at River of Life Farm cover more than 500 acres of Ozark beauty! You’ll enjoy a gorgeous view of the North Fork River from Inspiration Point, a 3/4 mile hike from your cabin. The trail is well marked and at a gentle enough incline for almost anyone to make the trip.

This is also a perfect location for canoeing and kayaking! The North Fork River is a beautiful destination and a day on the water is a perfect way to enjoy your stay! Anglers will also enjoy world class fishing! The river is well known for for trout and small mouth bass!

Or maybe you just want to stay inside and enjoy the views. If that’s the case be sure to schedule a therapeutic massage. Just imagine getting massaged on the deck of your cabin while enjoying the relaxing sounds of the forest around you! When you make your cabin reservation, be sure to schedule a therapeutic massage, you can find more information on this here.

If your looking for the perfect vacation destination with a nice balance of relaxation and adventure you found it at River of Life Farms. The River Bungalow Cabin is an unbelievable lodging option and provides a wonderful setting for a weekend away with that special someone!

10 Midwest Pumpkin Patches You Need To Visit This Fall

The Cave Pumpkin Patch

The Cave Pumpkin Patch opens for the season on Saturday September 30th. The pumpkin patch is famous for its cave tour and corn cannons! The patch has a wide variety of games and activities, as well as a huge selection of pumpkins! The Cave Pumpkin Patch is a family owned and operated Pumpkin Patch. The Cave Pumpkin Patch is located at 123 Swinging Bridges Road in Brumley Missouri. Visit their Facebook page here.

Louisburg Cider Mill Family Farm

At Louisburg Cider Mill, we are known for our annual fall festivities. One of the most popular traditions is choosing an exciting new theme for our annual 10-acre corn maze. Our 2022 corn maze is the design of sisters Brielle and Emily Light, winners of the Second Annual Corn Maze Design Contest. We present the Louisburg Cider Mill Family Farm Corn Maze, Fly On In The Scarecrow Corn Maze.  Located at 14730 K68 Highway, in Louisburg, Kansas. For more information, click here.

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm

Make a visit to Bengston’s this fall for their annual Pumpkin Fest. Just an hour’s drive from Chicago, Bengston’s is open every day through October. Take a bite into some award-winning barbeque, or indulge in an apple cider donut while you’re there. The kids won’t want to miss the Barrel Blast or the Haunted Barn — plan to spend the whole day at Bengston’s! Bengston’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 13341 West 151st Street in Homer Glen, Illinois. For more information, click here.

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Uncle Bill’s Farm

Uncle Bill’s Farm has been helping families enjoy fall fun & create wonderful memories for over 25 years.  The farm offers wholesome family entertainment and a safe environment that ensures lots of fun for everyone.

  • taking a hayrack ride out to the Pumpkin Patch,
  • meandering through the Corn Maze,
  • browsing the General Store,
  • picking out giant mums from the Green House,
  • bouncing on the Jumping Pillow,
  • enjoying Uncle Bill’s barn yard animals,
  • playing in the Corn Pool
  • refueling at Uncle Bill’s Feed Bag restaurant.

On weekends you can watch exciting Barn Loft entertainers as well as let the little ones ride Uncle Bill’s trains and much more! Located at 244 400th Ave., in Grinnell, Iowa. For more information, click here.

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch

Goebbert’s Fall Festival starts September 10th, 2022 and runs through Halloween. We are a great place for families to come and have a great fall day. Come enjoy the animals, watch a pig race, see our famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, have some lunch and pick out a pumpkin. We have plenty of fun attractions for the whole family! Also, make sure to stop by the Red Barn Café & Bakery for some tasty treats, including our famous Apple Cider Donuts and Pumpkin cookies. Don’t delay; our festival is only 6 weeks long! Located at 40 W. Higgins South Barrington, Illinois. For more information,click here.

Polly’s Pumpkin Patch

Come visit us! We are open daily through October 31.
Polly’s  has a huge selection of pumpkins, gourds and everything else needed for fall decorating! Looking for a fun place to bring the family? We have enough to keep you entertained all day with our 15 acre Corn Maze and Family Activity Center .  Located at N4367 Highway 57 in Chilton, Wisconsin. For more information, click here.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Heading into its 37th year of operation, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is flooded with thousands of guests each fall. The 400-acre farm located just outside of Omaha has nearly 55 acres of pumpkins planted each year.  You can easily spend a whole day at Vala’s, enjoying the dozens of attractions for guests young and old. From the Haunted Farmhouse to the Pirate Maze to the Barnyard Animal Band, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 12102 S. 180th St. in Gretna, Nebraska. For more information, click here.

Three Cedars Farm

Three Cedars Farm is just a short drive from Detroit for all the old-fashioned fun you’re looking for this fall. The farm is open everyday for U-Pick pumpkins, hayrides, and of course the seven-acre corn maze. The donut hut is a must-see attraction on the farm. Three Cedars describes it as “a favorite stop for city folks!” Take some freshly-made donuts and pasteurized apple cider home to enjoy all week. Located at 7897 Six Mile Road, in Northville, Michigan. For more information, click here.

Walter’s Pumpkin Patch 

Regularly listed as one of the top 15 pumpkin patches in America by USA Today. Known as “Wichita’s Favorite Pumpkin Patch,” Walter’s hosts its annual PumpkinFest, Wednesdays through Sundays, complete with pick-your-own pumpkins and dozens of other family-friendly attractions. New this year are The Pickled Pumpkin with beer and wine, VIP campfire sites, and a new obstacle course. Carroll and Becky Walters own and operate this 1700-acre farm with over 73 acres of pumpkin patch. Be sure to stop by the gift shop for seasonal decor and the pumpkin patch’s own Pumpkin Salsa. Walters Pumpkin Patch is located at 10001 NW U.S. HIGHWAY 77 in BURNS, Kansas. For more information, click here.

10 Haunted Places In The Midwest You Need To Visit This Halloween

With Halloween Right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to list some of my favorite haunted places in the Midwest. I’m sure this list hardly scratches the surface, so be sure to let me know if any other haunted places in the comments! So here is my top ten favorite haunted places, enjoy!!


The Soap Factory

You know you’re in for a scare when you have to sign a waiver before entering a haunted house. Anyone that’s experienced The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota will tell you it’s the haunted house of the Midwest. The factory is actually an old warehouse renovated for art exhibitions. But the basement holds a different type of art, a dark art. Patrons that purchase a ticket embark on a nightmarish path. The artist’s vision was to create a surreal environment utilizing special effects and breathtaking carnage. Tickets sell out every year! The Soap Factory is located at 514 Second Street SE in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, click here

Raven’s Grin Inn

Conveniently nestled at the end of a dark, dead in road sitting on a cliff across from a cemetery,  lies the Raven’s Grin Inn!  Just the site of the building is enough to gives visitors chills. Inside the house, gets even creepier. There is a labyrinth of twists and turns that would be easy to get lost in.  The Ravens Grin Inn is open year round.  411 N Carroll St, Mt Carroll, IL 61053. For more information, click here.

Ohio State (Mansfield) Reformatory


Visit one of the most famous haunted prisons in America. OSR has a long, documented history of paranormal activity and is a premiere location for all paranormal enthusiasts. The Ohio State Reformatory provides several ways to interact with the macabre history of the stunning limestone architecture of the former prison. Most of our paranormal programs are conducted in the evening with the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable guide.  The Ohio State Reformatory is located at 100 Reformatory Rd, in Mansfield, Ohio. For more information, click here.

Sylvan Island

Abandoned industrial site that is approximately 37 acres by the Mississippi/Sylvan Slough. Offering crushed limestone hiking trails & dirt bike trails. The park is riddled with ancient ruins from the industrial era, and is a popular spot for fishing, picnic’s and bird-watching. According to the island is also thee most haunted place in Illinois. The island is located at 1st Ave & 2nd Street, Moline, IL. For more information, click here.

Story Inn

One of the most haunted places in the Midwest is just an hour south of Indianapolis. One of the most well-known ghosts is the “Blue Lady; Guests have recorded hundreds of encounters with her. They say her eyes are hypnotic blue and she smells like cherry tobacco.  She also frequently leaves behind items blue in color. If you’re interested, you can stay in the “Blue Lady Room” and summon her by turning on the blue light next to the bed.

McPike Mansion

Many haunted houses claim to be the most haunted. It only takes a few minutes inside the McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois for a visitor to see why. Built in 1869 the house was designed using a combination of Italianate-Victorian style architecture. With 16 rooms, 11 fireplaces and a vaulted wine cellar the house has earned a spot on the National Historic Registry. And after hundreds of paranormal reports ranging from the sight of apparitions to the sound of footsteps the McPike Mansion has also earned itself a spot on the series, Scariest Places On Earth. Decide for yourself by scheduling a guided tour. The McPike Mansion 2018 Alby Street in Alton, Illinois. For more information, click here.

Missouri State Penitentiary

There are hundreds of documented paranormal stories linked to the Missouri State Penitentiary. I won’t go over them all, but I will give some brief examples. There are various reports of an entity known as “Fast Jack” who usually is in a hurry, with a clipboard and white lab coat. Tour guides have had experiences locking doors through the control room, only to have them unlocked. They often say this is done by “Fast Jack” who some believe used to work in the medical wing. In the female wing of the prison, there have been sightings of a woman dressed in vintage clothing. The more common guest experiences are hearing cell doors slam, the smell of smoke, loud banging noises, shadowy figures and footsteps. The Missouri State Penitentiary is located at 115 Lafayette St, in Jefferson City, Missouri. For more information, click here.

Villisca Axe Murder House

With a dying main street and surrounded by cornfields the quaint and tiny town of Villisca doesn’t seem much different than most Iowan towns. But Villisca holds a horrific and unsolved secret that defines this small community. On June 10, 1912 Josiah and Sarah Moore and all four of their children were axed to death inside their house. The murder(s) were never brought to justice. This gruesome unsolved mystery has made Villisca a hotspot for paranormal hunters over the past century. Tours and overnight stays are the best way to explore this historic site, and are said to reveal some of the highest paranormal activity in the Midwest. The Axe Murder House is located at 508 E 2nd Street in Villisca, Iowa. For more information, click here.

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

Since as far back as the 1950s stories have circulated about paranormal activity taking place out at Bachelors Grove Cemetery and its immediate area. After well over five decades many of these tales have now become common knowledge among the local communities. But what are these tales that the locals speak of and are there any facts to support them? If so, how did they begin and where does it all stand today? Given the nature of paranormal phenomenon there may never be a definitive answer to all of the tales. The main parking area is at the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve in Cook County, Illinois   For more information, click here.

The Stull Cemetery

Stull Cemetery may not be one of the well known spooky spots in the Midwest, but it has earned a reputation to be a hotspot for evil. The locals have referred to it as a “Gateway to Hell”. A source for a variety of urban legends, Stull Cemetery is popular amongst Satanic and occult groups. Most rumors focus on a stone church built on the north side of the cemetery. Locals knocked it down in 2002 after occult groups and witches were claimed to be using it for worship. The town of Stull doesn’t have a great reputation either. After several mysterious deaths including a boy that was burned alive, Stull is truly one hell of a creepy place. The Stull Cemetery is located at E 250 Road in Stull, Kansas.

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Have A Blast Kayaking The Chickamauga Dam Lock Tour

The Tennessee River’s Chickamauga Dam is a marvel of engineering, holding back floodwaters while producing hydroelectric power.  The trip meets at the Hubert Fry Center Boat Ramp off of Amnicola Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Directly Across the Street from the Coca-Cola Bottling plant. You cross over the RR tracks and will see a boat ramp on your left. Park next to the bike share station in single car spots. For more information or to book your trip, click here.

Experience this impressive structure up close by kayaking through the dam’s lock on this remarkable guided tour. Over the course of around three hours, you’ll paddle into the lock, watch the gates close, and slowly sink down some 50 feet before paddling back out into the river.

This epic kayak tours lasts about three hours and costs $79.00. The tour is guided and everything you need is provided, all you need to do is show up and have fun! Meet your guide at Chattanooga’s Tennessee River-walk.

For more of the best family activities in the area, click here. For the best parks and amazing locations in Tennessee, click here. For nearby lodging or campgrounds, click here.

This Stunning Waterfall Is One Of The Best In The Midwest

Beautiful Sable Falls is part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and is located about 1.0 mile west of Grand Marais Michigan, on Alger County Road H-58. For more information, click here.

Sable Falls tumbles 75 feet over a cascading slope of Munising and Jacobsville sandstone formations on its way to Lake Superior. The best viewing is from the bottom of a long staircase of 168 steps. The trail from the parking area to this staircase is a short one.

The trail continues past the falls for a short walk to a rock and sand beach where Sable Creek flows into Lake Superior. The trail from the parking lot all the way to Lake Superior and back is about 0.4 miles round trip.

The Jacobsville sandstone exposed at the bottom of the falls is estimated to be at least one billion years old. The area has almost a perfect combination of natural attractions. Highlights include the beach area, stunning views of Lake Superior, and of course the gorgeous Sable Falls.

The beach at the end of the Sable Falls Trail is part rock and part sand, with views of the Grand Sable Dunes towering above.
For more of the best parks and Amazing Locations in Michigan, click here. For the best nearby lodging and campgrounds, click here. For a listing of family activities, click here.
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