Travel Iowa

Official blog for Iowa Tourism promoting Iowa's attractions, events, communities & destinations.

Get your free account at Travel Iowa.

  • Vote

    for your favorite new posts
  • Publish

    your own original blog posts
  • Earn

    $20 for your posts voted to Top Posts
  • Sign Up!
Fall: Foliage, Friends, Fun! It's Autumn in Adams County
Facebook Tweet Google+ Pinterest Email More Sharing Options

Fall: Foliage, Friends, Fun! It's Autumn in Adams County

Fall. Family. Foliage. Friendship. Food. French. Fabulous!

We’ve survived the endless days of summer, and autumn is here. We can’t afford to waste another precious moment. Now’s the time to take a fall foliage drive through the fabulous countryside in Adams County. The sunsets are vibrant, the sunrises are crisp, and the fun abounds as you explore the Corning community.

Lake Icaria is a fantastic backdrop for that family photo with 300 feet of sandy beach, or with the fall colors and leaves swirling around you. Make a day of it, because hiking the many trails and crunching the leaves is an absolute must. Enjoy a fall picnic after you have played a game of DISC GOLF! The 18-station course starts and ends by the shelters above the Marina. Or build a sandcastle, catch some rays or check out the geo-cache sites that are plentiful. And family-friendly.

Once you are in Corning, the fun continues. Search high and low for the painted rocks that are part of “Rockin’ around Corning.” These little diamonds in the rough are spreading kindness and smiles throughout the community. People of the Adams County find rocks, post pictures on Facebook and then re-hide the rock for others to find. It’s exciting to see how far the kindness and rocks travel.

The French Icarian Colony is holding its traditional fall supper, Fête de MaÑ—s. The Fête de MaÑ—s was a celebration the Icarians held with friends and neighbors each fall after all the crops were harvested. A four-course meal, featuring dishes from the Alsace region of France, will be served in the 1878 restored Icaria communal dining hall, located at 2349 220 Street, Corning. Seating begins at 6:30 pm. Reserved tickets are on sale now for the Friday, October 13 meal and can be purchased by calling 641.322.4717 or emailing

When you visit later in the month, check out the Corning Opera House Cultural Center, three live entertainment opportunities in one week! The opera house and Johnny Carson Birthplace are partnering for the third annual “Our Tonight Show” on Saturday, October 21 at 7 pm. to celebrate Johnny Carson’s 92nd birthday. The 10 talented acts range from 10 to 85 years old, featuring several musical acts, surprises and even “Carnac the Magnificent”. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students are available here.

The second Corning Opera House opportunity is Sunday, October 22, featuring our monthly Opry Show, with a Hee Haw theme that includes country music, humor, and dancing on a hardwood floor. The show starts at 2 pm for three hours of enjoyment at $8 per person. (Pay at the door only.)

The Corning Opera House is also starting their fall/winter Afternoon Delight Series, for those who especially don’t like driving after dark. Thursday, October 26 at 1:30 will be our first one, with pianist Michael Philipsen. Michael taught 27 years at Indian Hills Community College and will be performing favorite classical, sacred and pop tunes. Tickets are $8 and include a piece of pie and drink.

We often take for granted all that we have available in our communities. Adams County and Corning have many attractions according to, including the arts, heritage, golf, getaways, kid-friendly activities, museums, outdoor amenities, shopping, sports, and even a local winery. Though we may be off the beaten path, we are very attractive. Come make a friend or two.

Leave a Comment

  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Autumn in Adams County sounds awesome! Thanks for contributing to the Travel Iowa blog.
    Log in to reply.
  2. cohcc
    Thanks for this opportunity to showcase beautiful southwest Iowa.
    Log in to reply.
  3. Patrick Muller
    Good to know. It will be fun to make the Fête de MaÑ—s some year.
    Log in to reply.
  4. Johnny Carson Birthplace
    If I didn't already live here (lucky me) I would certainly be interested in looking into this place to call home-- the blog is an introduction to a friendly home town.
    Log in to reply.


Connect with Travel Iowa

Sign Up to Vote!

10 second sign-up with Facebook or Google

Already a member? Log in to vote.