Our Top Five Weirdest Food Experiences

Why exploring tastes should be part of any road trip adventure. On the road we get to see and do lots of interesting and unique things we would never get to experience at home. It’s those things and our reactions to them that create lasting memories that we share and the stories that we tell. One of our favorite ways to explore is through taste, sampling unusual regional specialties to dial in to the culture of … [Read more...]

Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory (Frankfort)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Until I'd been to the Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory, I don't think I've ever tasted anything quite as addictive as one of their Kentucky Colonels, also known as a Bourbon Ball. We took the opportunity to tour the little factory that turns out these magical confections that marry Kentucky bourbon and chocolate into an absolute taste sensation. The factory will remind you of that candy-wrapping scene in "I Love … [Read more...]

Jelly Belly Factory Tour (Pleasant Prairie)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Could you think of a more aptly named place to be the home of the Jelly Belly Factory tour than Pleasant Prairie?  My kids were so excited for this stop it's all they could talk about since the moment they woke up.  I'll confess I have a pretty big sweet tooth and I think I was just as excited as they were.  As a mom, my mantra is moderation and I think it's an important lesson to teach your children especially as … [Read more...]

Pez Visitor Center (Orange)

Pez Visitor Center

I don't know about you, but my kids and I LOVE Pez.  Checking out the Pez Visitor Center was definitely the highlight of the day, and one of the most memorable things on the trip.  Driving up from New Haven, our GPS took us through this weird little residential area, and when we turned a corner we came upon this big commercial building with huge bright Pez wrappers hanging on the top.  The kids were squealing … [Read more...]

Virginia City

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and Montana

Virginia City is a fun little historic town that looks frozen in time. We rode a little train from Nevada city into the town and I remember Isaac acting out and some strange man-a real relic of the old west, on the train told my son to behave or he'd teach him a lesson. I was so caught off guard that someone would say something like that to someone else's kid that I just froze. To this day I am mad at myself for … [Read more...]