Visiting Iowa

Perhaps to dispel its corn-y reputation, Iowa embraces other claims to fame. Life imitates art in the Music Man Square in Mason City, thanks to the movie’s actual set pieces, and film buffs can take a swing on the Field of Dreams. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, the famed Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, while Waterloo is home to the family-fun hotspot, Lost Island Water Park. Living history museums abound in the Hawkeye State, including Urbandale’s Living History Farms, charting 300 years of rural Midwestern life, and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

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Perhaps to dispel its corn-y reputation, Iowa embraces other claims to fame. Life imitates art in the Music Man Square in Mason City, thanks to the movie’s actual set pieces, and film buffs can take a swing on the Field of Dreams. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, the famed Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, while Waterloo is home to the family-fun hotspot, Lost Island Water Park. Living history museums abound in the Hawkeye State, including Urbandale’s Living History Farms, charting 300 years of rural Midwestern life, and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

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Stories and Tips Iowa

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Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe - Great Cajun Food in Des Moines

Written by MilwVon on 11 Dec, 2007

Buzzard Billy’s – Des Moines, IA100 Court AvenueDes Moines, IA 50309PH: 515-280-6060Perhaps my favorite place to dine in Des Moines, Buzzard Billy’s Flying Carp Cafe is always a welcomed treat even though it’s an hour drive from our home in Ames. Located…Read More


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Adventureland Amusement Park

Written by MilwVon on 14 Aug, 2007

With the nearest Great America Amusement Park some 200 miles away down in the Kansas City area, Des Moines’ Adventureland fits the bill for the under 14 crowd! I say the under 14 crowd because the rides at Adventureland are tame in comparison to the…Read More


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Bridges of Madison County (Iowa)

Written by MilwVon on 22 Apr, 2007

Once we moved to Iowa one of the first things I wanted to see was the bridges made famous in the movie "Bridges of Madison County" staring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Still one of my all-time favorite romance stories, I still cry as he…Read More


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Amana, Iowa – The Largest of the Amana Colonies

Written by MilwVon on 22 Apr, 2007

We enjoyed a lovely spring afternoon visiting the Amana Colonies, located approximately 75 minutes from Des Moines. We started at the far southern and western end of the 10 mile loop road, ending our tour here in Amana. Here there is the largest number of…Read More


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The Seven Villages – Amana Colonies, Iowa

Written by MilwVon on 22 Apr, 2007

The Amana Colonies were founded by Germans who had left their Buffalo, NY homes to find a better life in the Midwest. This religious group founded seven communal villages which by design were one hour by ox cart from one another. In the communal village…Read More


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ISU Football - Tailgating Like It's Meant to Be!

Written by MilwVon on 09 Sep, 2006

ISU has quite a regional following. Tailgating begins six hours before game time, with motor homes, old converted school buses and students converging on Ames. Of course there is also the opposing team! This weekend was UNLV which does not have the…Read More


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The Dovonian Gorge

Written by susiejwp on 07 Nov, 2005

Almost a month passed between July 5 and August 2, 1993. What happened during these 28 days changed forever the way geologists will look at this quiet Midwestern part of the US. You see, before this time, the spillway at Coralville Reservoir was simply that--a…Read More


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An Iowa Institution – Maid-Rites

Written by btwood2 on 25 Nov, 2004

It wasn’t long after Bob and I got married that he showed me how to make maid-rites. They’re not hard to make. You just fry up your hamburger meat loose, instead of forming it into a patty. Then you put it on your hamburger bun,…Read More


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Dining at Strawtown Inn

Written by btwood2 on 15 Dec, 2004

A few days after our somewhat disappointing lunch in Pella (see dining review: Windmill Café), Bob’s sister-in-law Marilyn encouraged us to return to Pella with the express intent of sampling Dutch food at Strawtown Inn. Now this was more like it! For one…Read More


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Pella Delights

Written by btwood2 on 15 Dec, 2004

Bakers, butchers, and Delft blue: Truth be told, I’m not a big shopper and neither is my husband Bob. But in the day and a half we spent in Pella, there simply wasn’t time to do justice to all the delightful opportunities for browsing…Read More


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