Iowa

Adorable Dairy Cow Art with Personality in northeast Iowa
Adorable Dairy Cow Art with Personality in northeast Iowa

Adorable Dairy Cow Art with Personality in northeast Iowa

I write a lot about Iowa because 1) there are a lot of interesting stories in Iowa, and 2) there are a lot of interesting people there. I know, I married one. But one of the most interesting characters I’ve met is…

Why Pull Off at Iowa’s Pretty Little Interstate Highway Rest Areas
Why Pull Off at Iowa’s Pretty Little Interstate Highway Rest Areas

Why Pull Off at Iowa’s Pretty Little Interstate Highway Rest Areas

When Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation creating the interstate highway system in 1956, he and his team of engineers thought of much more than getting from Point A to Point B across this vast nation in an efficient manner. They recognized…

A Creative Boutique Hotel with History and Sass in Grinnell Iowa
A Creative Boutique Hotel with History and Sass in Grinnell Iowa

A Creative Boutique Hotel with History and Sass in Grinnell Iowa

Boutique hotels are a delightful option for travelers who are not necessarily comfortable with the intimacy of bed and breakfast inns, but want more personality than often is offered in your typical chain hotel. The Hotel Grinnell in Grinnell Iowa…

Iowa Artist Isabel Bloom Creates Concrete Figurines and Hugs
Iowa Artist Isabel Bloom Creates Concrete Figurines and Hugs

Iowa Artist Isabel Bloom Creates Concrete Figurines and Hugs

My mother-in-law is a fan of the artist Isabel Bloom and as a result, we have several of her cheerful concrete sculptures around our home. But I didn’t fully appreciate her work until I had the opportunity to tour the…

An Authentic Norwegian Experience in Decorah Iowa
An Authentic Norwegian Experience in Decorah Iowa

An Authentic Norwegian Experience in Decorah Iowa

For an authentic immersion into the Norwegian culture without actually traveling to Norway, there is no place more genuine in the U.S. than the adorable community of Decorah, Iowa.  Located in the northeast corner of Iowa on the border with…

Creative Art-Filled Boutique Hotel in Downtown Davenport Iowa
Creative Art-Filled Boutique Hotel in Downtown Davenport Iowa

Creative Art-Filled Boutique Hotel in Downtown Davenport Iowa

I’ve been traveling to Davenport, Iowa all of my married life. For many of those years, I had the pleasure of staying with my husband’s family. But when a new hotel opened downtown, we had to check it out. It’s…

Exploring the Famous Covered Bridges of Madison County Iowa
Exploring the Famous Covered Bridges of Madison County Iowa

Exploring the Famous Covered Bridges of Madison County Iowa

The covered bridges of Madison County have been a feature of the central Iowa landscape, as natural as fields of corn and grazing cattle, long before Robert James Waller wrote a book about them, long before Meryl Streep and Clint…

What to Love About this Boutique Hotel in Greenfield, Iowa
What to Love About this Boutique Hotel in Greenfield, Iowa

What to Love About this Boutique Hotel in Greenfield, Iowa

Who remembers the fun early 1970s movie “Cold Turkey” starring Dick Van Dyke and Tom Poston. It was Norman Lear’s very first film ever and it was shot almost entirely on location in the little town of Greenfield, Iowa. I was…