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    3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Early July. Decided to leave the kids at Grandma's and take my 7.5 months pregnant wife on a 3-4 day Iowa getaway. We live in Ankeny so have done a lot of the DSM stuff. Friends have a house in Galena so we get to Dubuque about twice a year. Need some other suggestions of some things to do in our great state.


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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    July is 1.5 months away, so your wife should be about 9 months at that point. I gotta be honest, you might want to check with her and make sure she's going to be up for travelling...




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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Brass Lantern in Greenfield is a nice, quiet bed and breakfast.


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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    An Iowa getaway? I like living in Iowa as much as the next guy but a getaway in Iowa?



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Early July. Decided to leave the kids at Grandma's and take my 7.5 months pregnant wife on a 3-4 day Iowa getaway. We live in Ankeny so have done a lot of the DSM stuff. Friends have a house in Galena so we get to Dubuque about twice a year. Need some other suggestions of some things to do in our great state.
    How about the big insurance convention in Cedar Rapids?



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Okoboji would be a good stop. Outside of that, far Northeast Iowa like Broodwich described.

    Everything else... well, I wouldn't go visit just for the hell of it.


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    It would be nice and relaxing even if you didn't go anywhere. They stock movies that mention Iowa or were filmed in Iowa too. Great breakfasts too!



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Field of Dreams in Dyersville. Do they still have the Ertl factory there?

    If you're in the area, you could go to the Amanas. Not sure what kind of touristy things there are to do there, though. I worked at the refrigerator plant there (when it was still Maytag) so we would usually eat at the various restaurants there.

    I agree with Okoboji. But if you were going to Dubuque, I think that'd be kind of pointless to turn around and drive all the way back there.



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    The Grotto of the Redemption, Amana Colonies, Ice Cream Capital of the World, just to name a few.



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    I'd spend every minute of it at "The River"! The N.E. corner of the State is something to behold. The Lansing area is some of the most beautiful country I've every seen. Check it out!



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
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    Seconded. NE Iowa is the best looking part fo the state.



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    Field of Dreams in Dyersville. Do they still have the Ertl factory there?

    If you're in the area, you could go to the Amanas. Not sure what kind of touristy things there are to do there, though. I worked at the refrigerator plant there (when it was still Maytag) so we would usually eat at the various restaurants there.

    I agree with Okoboji. But if you were going to Dubuque, I think that'd be kind of pointless to turn around and drive all the way back there.
    I think both of the Dyersville attractiosn are gone. I think the Ertl museum may still be there but the factory is closed. And the Field of Dreams folded up a while ago.



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Quote Originally Posted by brett108 View Post
    And the Field of Dreams folded up a while ago.
    I don't think that is correct...I believe Field of Dreams remains open.



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    Re: 3-4 Day Iowa getaway

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    I don't think that is correct...I believe Field of Dreams remains open.
    Their website claims they are still open. FWIW.

    http://www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/distance.html

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    Also found the Ertl museum. Could knock both of these things out in a day (which is what I did back in the day).
    http://www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/distance.html


    Last edited by CtownCyclone; 05-27-2011 at 02:21 PM. Reason: Added Ertl link

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