Most Americans live very stressful lives in the push to provide and care for our families. A weekend getaway to Dubuque, Iowa, is the perfect remedy to stress incurred from laboring for 40 hours or more on the job site, packing lunches, chauffeuring children in school carpools, listening to the relatives discuss ailments over the phone, doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms and raking leaves. These five reasons prove Dubuque to be a perfect place for a relaxing fall weekend getaway.
- Antique Shops: Shopping for antiques is the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon. Cathy's Treasures, located on Main Street, features a wide selection of antiques, jewelry and electric model trains. Woodchips Antiques, located on Central Avenue, is a delightful store specializing in vintage merchandise.
- Bridges Restaurant and Lounge: Since 1961, the restaurant located on Locust Street has served barbecue, chicken, seafood, and steaks. The exterior of the building is not impressive; however, the food and hospitality is a reminder of grandma’s kitchen. Reservations are highly recommended.
- East Mill Bake Shop: Visitors with a sweet tooth to indulge should stop by East Mill Bake Shop, located on South Grandview. The bakery offers delicious gourmet cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, pastries, pies and scones. The shop has homemade granola and yogurt parfaits for health conscious individuals. Guests following gluten-free diets are not forgotten, as the bakery serves gluten-free monster cookies.
- Hancock House: The Hancock House is an elegantly restored Victorian bed and breakfast inn. The friendly innkeepers offer guests a warm welcome and serve a full breakfast each morning. Whether enjoying the sunrise or relaxing in the afternoon, the wrap around porch is the perfect place to contemplate one’s thoughts.
- Picturesque Location: Dubuque, Iowa is a picturesque location in the fall. Dubuque has a mixture of native trees, including hawthorn, hickory, oak, maple and others. The foliage along the mighty Mississippi River displays beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and purple each autumn.
(Photo is courtesy of Town Square Ginko in Fall as uploaded by Raymond Bucko at Flickr’s Creative Commons.