Travel & Outdoor
Midwest Living

Midwest Living

July/August 2020

Midwest Living celebrates the unique and surprising Midwest region through its food, travel destinations, lifestyle, homes and gardens. Like visiting with a best friend, it unveils the authentic flavor of this region through inspiring photos, inside tips on best places to visit, and family-favorite recipes that simply taste great.

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Meredith Corporation
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2 min.
editor’s note

Here in the Midwest, when others need a hand, we pitch in. In the last few months, as a global pandemic has raged, we’ve seen so many selfless acts of kindness and remarkable moments of innovation. Midwesterners are rising up to support one another and to keep shops open, restaurants afloat and dreams of small-business owners alive. Front-line workers are risking their health and safety every day as they answer calls to assist in their communities. Everyone at Midwest Living has been moved by such an outpouring of generosity. So in our Life section, we’ve expanded our Good Neighbors feature (page 16) to celebrate just a few of our favorite stories. If you enjoy good news (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t these days?), follow #mwlgoodneighbors on social for regular hits…

1 min.
home + garden

SMART DESIGN REEL SOPHISTICATED A sleek and eco-friendly storage solution for your garden hose—who knew? The Hoser, from Duluth’s Loll Designs, offers a mod minimalist take on the typical wall-mount reel. Loll, which spun out of a custom skate-ramp business, is known for creating fun and innovative outdoor furniture with recycled plastic (mostly single-use milk jugs). The Hoser is available as a square or round version, in nine splashy colors, including Sky Blue (pictured). $125. lolldesigns.com ALLISON ZELLE, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR FAMILY TREE NURSERY Family Tree is a great metro Kansas City nursery with a helpful staff for newbie gardeners like me. It’s my go-to spot for houseplants. (I just bought a fiddle-leaf fig and a string of bananas plant.) The Shawnee location has a coffee shop called Café Equinox. Tagline: Caffeine plus chlorophyll. Sold!…

4 min.
pooled resource

“I’m so blessed to have such a talented, hardworking group of friends.”paula hudachko HOMEOWNER PAULA HUDACHKO REMEMBERS the sweltering August day her pool house was born. Six couples—close friends since their wedding days, and now enjoying life as grandparents—had gathered by her East Peoria, Illinois, pool to celebrate summer birthdays. As the sun baked down, conversation shifted to the heat. “My patio looked like a tent city, covered with umbrellas,” Paula says. Someone floated the notion of a pool house, and the idea hung in the air, shimmering like a mirage. Lofty plans became concrete when one of the gang, retired carpenter Bruce Wilson, volunteered to manage and design the project. “We love the Keys and were drawn to that casual, island feel,” Paula says. She envisioned a blue, turquoise and white…

2 min.
stream at home

PLANT PICKS Click here for a closer look at the plants in David Baker’s garden If hiking a stretch of the Appalachian Trail is on your adventure bucket list, David Baker’s garden offers a taste of the terrain—in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A mountain stream inspired David’s front yard, a sloping woodland expanse, where water and blooms cascade gracefully, like the belle of the ball descending a grand staircase. Waterfalls feed a brook that plays hide-and-seek with meandering stone paths. Three pumps circulate the water, mostly roof runoff routed to the stream via buried drains. It’s a scene from The Last of the Mohicans, or maybe a Thomas Cole painting. Though the garden clones a bit of Appalachia, its DNA is all Midwestern. David bought a pickup just to haul plants from nurseries in…

4 min.

BOOKSHELF THE DAUGHTERS OF ERIETOWN Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz (her husband is Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown) sets her debut novel in 1950s Clayton, Ohio. It’s a tale of deep desires, old secrets and family sacrifice (Penguin Random House, $28). LAKE WARE Wave patterns. Watery quips. Paddles. Anchors. Bobbers. If a product has a lake-y motif, Katherine Gramann sells it at Lake Effect Company. She started the online boutique in 2016 and last year, opened a lakefront brick-and-mortar shop in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Her top-selling Chase More Sunsets line includes locally designed clothing, jewelry, water bottles and more—or just follow her Instagram (@lakeeffectco) for a splash of that #lakelife mood. lakeeffectco.com GIVE BACK WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT The crew behind Living Lands and Waters, a nonprofit environmental organization based in East Moline, Illinois, spends most of the year…

1 min.
log jam

PREPARE TO GET SOAKED. The goal of logrolling, a sport that dates to the lumberjack and logging camp era, is to dislodge your opponent (i.e., make them fall in the water) without using your hands. In competitions, forcing three out of five falls wins the match. For recreation, though, “most people just try to stay on and have fun,” says Shana Verstegen, cofounder of Madison Log Rolling club in Wisconsin (and a six-time world-champion pro logroller!). Every summer, kids and adults flock to her program on Lake Wingra for logrolling matches, private lessons and parties. It’s not only an entertaining way to beat the heat, but solid exercise too: Logrolling tests your cardiovascular fitness, as well as your endurance, coordination, balance and concentration, Verstegen says. While her program still uses actual…