We love the Midwest and we won't shut up about it.

The Midwestival is a chronicle of the people, places and stories that make the Midwest home.

Our community focuses on big city, small city and middle-of-nowhere explorations throughout this wonderfully unique region. We launched this website in September 2014 and are based mainly in the North (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan), but we're always down for a road trip.

Beyond a typical travel or lifestyle blog, we've made it our mission to bring you features that make you want to stop and stay for a while — to discover locally made goods, to take grown-up history lessons and to meet your neighbors. To investigate what it means to be Midwestern or Northern or whatever it is we're going to call ourselves. To eat well, to drink well, to cross state lines and to never stop exploring your own backyard.

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We are explorers and storytellers. We prefer lakes to oceans. We garnish our Bloody Marys with cheese curds and could act out The Mighty Ducks by heart.

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Annie D'Souza  Founding Father

Annie D'Souza
Founding Father



Wanderu // Favorite Summer Travel Blog // 2016
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine // Best of 2015 Issue — Best Blog // 2015
The Weekend Starts Now // Podcast Interview // 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune // My Outdoor Life Column Interview // 2015
Room & Board Blog // Sculpture Parks // 2015
Volume One // Old Fashioned Story // 2015
Grand Forks Herald // Interview // 2015
The Forum Fargo-Moorhead // Interview // 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune // Introduction // 2014
Explore Minnesota // Pizza Farms // 2014
Food and Wine Magazine // Bourbon Chai Fizz // 2014
Yes and Yes // Web Time Wasters
Explore Minnesota // Top Picks // 2014
Hey Eleanor // Smart Ladies // 2014
Brit + Co // Minneapolis Makers // 2014
Midwest Dressed // Weekend Commute // 2014
Flock of Broads // Gift Guide // 2014
Steller Stories // Top 20 // 2014

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