Honestly, I’m pretty terrible at remembering important dates. (Although in my defense, when you run a vast empire 24/7, you’ve got a lot on your mind.)
And here in Iowa, there’s so much to fill my travel calendar, it’s hard to keep track of it all.
Fortunately, now that I’m retired – and out of exile - it looks like I’ve got lots of time on my hands to celebrate milestone this year at these Iowa destinations:
In May, there are two terrific tulip festivals to catch. Pella Tulip Time, May 7-9, is turning 80, while the Orange City Tulip Festival, May 14-16, will celebrate 75 years. On June 11-14, I’ve marked the 40th Annual Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda. Ooh la la!
And there are so many more locations to visit as they celebrate anniversaries! Reiman Gardens in Ames (20), Living History Farms in Urbandale (45), Spook Cave in McGregor (60), Ox Yoke Inn restaurant in the Amana Colonies (75) and Arnolds Park Amusement Park in Okoboji (125).
Not to mention the historic hotels. The Hotel Julien in Dubuque and Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport both turn 100 while the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah celebrates 110 years in 2015. (Nearly as old as I am – Amusante!)
This summer is going to be crazy. It reminds me of Bastille Day. But in a good way.
*Pictured: Napoleon Bonaparte on The Legend Roller Coaster at Arnolds Park (125 years old).