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Berit Thorkelson

Berit Thorkelson
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Berit Thorkelson, a longtime freelance writer specializing in home and travel topics, is basically a professional adventuring snoopy person. Her own interior style tends towards the eclectic and original—a salvaged church cabinet and a pair of checkout-lane lamps grace her own living area. She always wants the extended version of your home tour.

The YMCA: One Mom’s Respite in an Otherwise Chaotic World

Come for affordable swimming lessons, stay for the humanity

Get Away at Great Wolf Lodge

Bloomington’s new resort places a modern, waterpark-flanked, north woods staycay next to “The Mall”

Granite Falls is Rock Steady

A charming small-town destination—with a few world-class surprises

The Wabasha Wander

Wind your way along the Mississippi to discover soaring eagles, homemade toys, and the inspiration for Grumpy Old Men

Road Trip to Taylors Falls

Home-brewed root beer, exocitc wildlife, and a funky sculpture park along Highway 8, just north of the Cities

The Ultimate Black Hills Vacation

From the Badlands to Mt. Rushmore, it's South Dakota's classic family trip

Mother's Day

One couple's remarkable seven-year journey of trying and testing, loving and fighting, researching, spending, worrying—and boldly hoping for a baby

A Train Trip to Wisconsin Dells

Traveling by train to the Dells makes the journey as fun as the destination.

How Amy Thielen of 'The New Midwestern Table' Got Her Start

Discover how Amy Thielen pioneered her own way to getting a tv show and becoming a James Beard award-winning author.

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Blankets

While road-trippers have reliably flooded Minnesota’s handful of small town all-stars each fall, Faribault’s been quietly honing its getaway worthiness, one gift shop and sushi restaurant at a time. The historic downtown, including your...