6 Wonderful Iowa Winter Vacations

John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo

While winter brings cold temperatures and snow, there’s no reason to keep us from enjoying a weekend getaway. Whether you’re an indoor person or outdoor enthusiast, planning an Iowa winter vacation is as easy as opening Google maps. Actually, we’ve done the homework for you and suggest any of these locations for a fun family, … Read more

14 Awesome Iowa Road Trips For The Summer

I’m always up for a weekend getaway, and Iowa has become my reliable, go-to state. Iowa cities provide an inexpensive vacation, and all within just a few hours from Omaha. Here are a few of my favorite, memorable vacations in Iowa, plus recommendations from Iowa travel bloggers. Is it a day trip or a weekend … Read more

Iowa’s Hidden Gem: Hotel Pattee

Earlier this year, we had a weekend getaway in Iowa to ski and hang out with friends. Our destination: Perry and Boone, Iowa, too small towns with big personalities. Our home base was in Perry, where we stayed at the historic Hotel Pattee. Disclosure: My family’s stay was hosted by the Hotel Pattee, though our … Read more

Winter Fun At Seven Oaks In Iowa

I wanted a winter ski trip but I didn’t have time to go too far away from Omaha. Plus, my kids were absolute beginners and I didn’t want to spend too much money at some mountain resort where they may not leave the bunny hill. Our best option ended up being in Iowa: Seven Oaks … Read more

The Great Iowa Ski Trip

We may have just created a new annual winter tradition: The Iowa ski trip. We went with a group of friends to Seven Oaks Recreation in Central Iowa, staying in the nearby Hotel Pattee, a historic hotel with individually-decorated rooms and suites for families. Disclosure: I was hosted by The Hotel Pattee and Seven Oaks … Read more

3 Great Lake Vacations In Iowa

Iowa is home to a variety of lake destinations. Depending on your vacation goal – relaxation or play time or a mix of both – I know a good lake for it. Here are three of my favorite lake vacations in Iowa: Lake Icaria, Clear Lake and Okoboji. Lake Icaria Vacation goal: Relaxation and getting … Read more