September 24, 2019

Iowa's landscape is dotted with numerous unique or cozy bed and breakfast establishments. From our bigger cities to our smaller towns, we are fortunate to have places that offer up special experiences and memorable accommodations. A great example of this (memorable!) i...

August 26, 2019

On the west side of Estherville, just to the north of Highway 9, is a sprawling park that lies on the banks of the West Fork of the Des Moines River.

The park has a number of different amenities and a nicely paved trail that follows the path of the river.

You can even go...

July 29, 2019

Located in northern Scott County near Donahue, about half way between Davenport and DeWitt, is Cinnamon Ridge Farms.

Though it is a century farm (a farm that has been in the same family for more than 100 years), the Cinnamon Ridge of today is a modern diversified family...

July 22, 2019

What comes to mind when you think about spending time on a lake in Iowa? Most Iowans probably think about Okoboji, Clear Lake, Saylorville, Coralville, or perhaps Lake Rathbun. But, of course, there are a many more options than those. Iowa doesn't quite have 10,000 lak...

July 18, 2019

Since launching as a cupcake shop in the popular Ingersoll neighborhood of Des Moines in 2010, Crème Cupcake has built a loyal fan base, grown it's offering of sweet treats, and even competed on the popular Food Network television show "Cupcake Wars"

On a recent eveni...

July 15, 2019

In Clarion, generous donors and community boosters recently commissioned noted muralist Ben Schuh of Des Moines to paint a mural featuring elements of the community.

In recent weeks, Schuh finished painting a similar type mural in downtown Des Moines.

Clarion's mural is...

July 1, 2019

Just about every small town around Iowa will tell you they are welcoming, down to earth, and friendly.  However, not all of them go so far as to put it in writing on their welcome sign. However, one small town of about 435 people in Ida County does - and that...

June 27, 2019

In 2015, the Des Moines City Council finally gave a green light to allow for food trucks to operate in Des Moines. Around that same time, the owners of food trucks formed an association (Legion of Food) to promote their cause.

In the more than four years since, Central...

June 26, 2019

A half hour west of Des Moines, on the border of Madison and Dallas Counties, is the community of Earlham. With it's population of around 1400, it's a town with a number of nice community amenities yet also conveniently located to everything available in the sprawling...

June 25, 2019

An English born and Australian raised restaurateur and entrepreneur living in New York meets a native Iowan also living in New York and they move to Iowa and start a flourishing line of upscale restaurants in the Des Moines metro.

Does that sound like a Hallmark Mo...

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