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Clover Ridge Resort

Date of Visit: January 2000

Clover Ridge is located in rural Iowa. The units are spacious and well-equipped. All have full kitchens. Many of the units have whirlpool tubs in the master bedrooms, and most have fireplaces. There is a very nice 18-hole golf course on the property and a par 3 community course in the area. The resort is located on Lake Panorama. A private, residential community. The lake is large enough to accommodate motor boats. If you bring a boat, call ahead for information about securing a permit for the week of your visit. Fishing is great - expect to catch bass, walleye, and pike.

If you visit the resort, you will definitely need a car, and I recommend contacting the Iowa Department of Tourism to get more information and maps. The closest airport is Des Moines, about an hour's drive away. The Omaha, Nebraska airport is about an hour and a half from the resort. If you fly, check fares from both airports. Southwest flies into Omaha.

Panora is a small community about 4 miles from the resort. There are a few restaurants in the area, including one on the grounds at the convention center and another, "The Port," about 3 miles away. Traveling farther can yield some great food and exposure to rural Iowa culture. In Perry, Iowa (about 40 minutes away), be sure to visit the Times Remembered Tea Room for lunch and the Hotel Patee for an excellent dinner or a great Sunday brunch.

If you visit the resort between April and October, a 50-mile bike trail is accessible from the resort. The trail goes from Jefferson, Iowa to Des Moines. There is a great deal to do in Des Moines. Everything from touring the Capitol, visiting the art museum, state historical center, city botanical center, going to Adventureland (a theme amusement park), or spending your time and money at Prairie Meadows (a horse-racing track and casino). Three large malls offer plenty of shopping, and if you like antiques, Valley Junction in West Des Moines is a definite must-stop.

If you go in winter, it will be quiet around the resort, so plan to visit and sightsee or to spend some quiet and relaxing time by the fire.

I own a timeshare here and have stayed many times and during all the seasons. I have had many pleaseant experiences and great memories.

The location is rural, "off the beaten path," so if you visit, be prepared. New York City it is not. However, that is also its charm. If you want a quiet, laid-back, and friendly Iowa experience, this is a great place.

I may be somewhat biased as an owner and board member.
I am quite satisfied with my experiences.

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