Friday, November 12, 2010;
If you don't want to travel with Steinbeck, United Airlines has connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Fargo, N.D., from $440 round trip.Where to stay
Rooms in this boutique hotel feature work by local artists - lots of cornfields in black and white - and there's a "sky prairie" (think garden plus hot tub) on the roof. Rooms from $159.
201 Fifth St. N.
At 18 stories, the tallest building in town. Rooms from $104.Where to eat
518 First Ave. N.
North Dakota leads the nation in malt barley production; its farmers also grow a fair number of chipping potatoes. So it's practically a requirement to sample the local beers, freshly made potato chips and, yes, delicious burgers at this downtown spot. Burgers $3 to $4; beers $3.50 to $6.50.
Fargo Billiards and Gastropub
3234 43rd St. S.
North America's largest (self-proclaimed) pool hall also serves tastier-than-average bar food, with burgers from $7.50 and sandwiches from $5. Live music Wednesdays could feature the Deb Jenkins quartet - and Jenkins's version of Bob Dylan classics. (Dylan once lived in Fargo.)
205 S. Main Ave., Rugby, N.D.
Specials including cheeseburger chowder start at $2 to $3.
(Steakhouse and Lounge)
11 W. Main St., Mayville, N.D.
Try the cherry pie (about $2). And 25-cent coffee happy hour from 3 to 4 p.m. weekdays and all day Sunday.What to do
Independent film and live performances at this beautifully restored art deco theater at the center of downtown. When there's no show going on, peek in on the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Shop for books, including local titles, and other unique gifts.
Plains Art Museum
701 First Ave. N.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $5.
Historical & Cultural
Society of Clay County
202 First Ave. N., Moorhead, Minn.
See a Viking ship replica that made it from Minnesota to Norway in 1982. Open Monday and Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. $7.Information