Road Trip 2010 Planning!

Gretchen Neuman
VinoVerve Editor

This year, I will once again, be driving out the Wine Blogger’s Conference. This year, the event will be held in beautiful Walla Walla, Washington. Naturally, I need to find places to stop along the way. No road trip is complete without a bite of the local color. So the key is to start planning now. I have two potential routes to adventure. I can either take the incredibly convenient to hop onto Interstate 90 which will lead me through Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington; OR the equally incredibly convenient to hop onto Interstate 94 which will lead me through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington.

Choices, choices. The common denominator is the ease with which I will be able to hit the road as from Chez Neuman it is a five minute drive to either Interstate. Talk about your Gateway to the West!

Now is the time, for me to figure out as much as I can to make an informed drive. So if you know a cool, geeky spot, I should stop, a nice, but reasonable place to stay for the night, the local fare that should be tried or a great winery along the way? Email me at If I use your suggestion a beautiful Locapour t-shirt could be yours!

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2 Responses to Road Trip 2010 Planning!

  1. Wanda says:

    Hey there – sounds like this could be a fun trip, but given my occupation (Public Relations for the South Dakota Office of Tourism) I of course think I-90 is your best bet. 🙂 South Dakota actually has a really great budding wine industry, and if you choose this route, I definitely recommend a stop at the Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, SD. Their wines are all made with South Dakota grown products such as grapes, various berries and other fruits, and have won dozens of awards from respectable competitions. Their site is if you want to check it out. For other recommendations, feel free to email me at

    Best regards, and have a good trip!

    SD Office of Tourism