Each year the National Park Service hosts the Maple Sugar Time event marking the beginning of maple syrup season. During this prime time of year, temperatures at night are below freezing and the days are sunny, making conditions ideal for maple tree tapping. At night the sap goes back into the roots of the tree preventing freezing, expansion, and cracking of the bark. During the day the sun pulls the sap back up into the maple tree for tapping. Scroll to the bottom for instructions on tapping a maple and making syrup.
Valparaiso, a vibrant city, located in Northwest Indiana, provides many things that you'd find in bigger cities while still maintaining the small town feel that I love.
I begin this post as I’m sitting on the rooftop deck of the Marina Grand Hotel. I’m in a place of total peace and relaxation, and I’m grateful.
From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on the first Friday of every month, local, uptown businesses in Michigan City open their doors to the public and host artists and their work.
Warm days are ahead, and I'm excited to play in the sand and hit the trails. I do both whenever I undertake the 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park.
My friend Carol and I recently decided to treat ourselves to a night out at The Chopping Block recreational cooking school in Chicago. It was an experience we won't soon forget. We had a ball!
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets located in Michigan City is my go to place for shopping. It's home to 120 stores: Calvin Klein, COACH, J Crew, Nike Factory Store, GUESS, The North Face, MICHAEL KORS, Under Armour and Anne Taylor Factory Store to name a few.