It's hard not to find something unique in Iowa. However, these gems are sure to raise some eyebrows and awe from your friends. Book your calendar. You'll need to pen these into your vacation...trust me.
1. Want to spend a night in a rainforest? How about a cave? Roaming in Rome? You won't need your passport, but pack your sense of wonder for The Designer Inn and Suites in Toledo. These Fantasy Suites have something to tempt travelers without taxing your wallet. The hotel offers great deals and weekday rates run under $150 for most rooms. The 7 "Fantasy" rooms truly are spectacular, and the facility also provides less intriguing models as well. Check out their specials and package deals offered throughout the year.
2. If you're feeling a bit peckish in Waterloo, there's a place that offers feasts for the eyes as well! The Galleria de Paco on Commercial Street boasts a ceiling swirling with a copy of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. Well, these aren't literally by Michelangelo, but they are an unbelievable reproduction by artist Paco Rosic, who recreated the masterpiece with...spray paint. Rosic decided to open a restaurant and jazz bar instead of an art gallery. We thank him for that. The food is as appealing as the decor. Choose from the 4-course menu or sign-up for the interactive tour and dining experience. The dishes are innovative and exquisite. Vegetarian options are a welcome addition.
3. Park Farm Winery (yes, winery) situated in picturesque Bankston, instantly transports you to Burgundy. The chateau-styled manor overlooks rolling pastures and vineyards that are beating the odds and yielding award winning wines. The specially chosen varieties can handle freezing temperatures and re-emerge with impressive fruits that are blended to echo French vintages. The vines represented: "We grow three white grape cultivars – LaCrosse, LaCrescent, and St. Pepin – and three red grape cultivars – Maréchal Foch, St. Croix, and Marquette. We also maintain a small number of other varietals, including Frontenac and Leon Millot."
The eleven-acre estate is open to visitors year-round. Wine tastings, a shop and an authentic Italian, brick pizza oven round out the tour. Event coming up? Book that special day at Park Farm Winery.
Iowa is waiting.
You'll need to arrange for some extra vacation time.
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Alexander Van Loon