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    Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Fanatics...I need your help. What are the best Iowa weekend getaways? Want to plan something for my wife's birthday next weekend. Any ideas?



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Okoboji in Northwest Iowa


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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Honey Creek Resort on Lake Rathbun (in Southern Iowa) is nice, but there is not a whole lot to do around that area, especially compared to Okoboji.



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    What does she like? Is she an outdoor person? B & B? Great restaurants?


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    Centro in Des Moines is a nice place to eat.



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Boji, or Mississippi river towns.



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Definitely Boji. My family stays up there for 2 weeks every summer at Village West Resort. I highly recommend it.


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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Quote Originally Posted by CynadoAlley View Post
    Definitely Boji. My family stays up there for 2 weeks every summer at Village West Resort. I highly recommend it.
    Twilight River Boat cruises Dubuque



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Quote Originally Posted by terryk View Post
    Twilight River Boat cruises Dubuque
    There is a river cruise that goes from Davenport to Dubuque and back. It's a morning departure from the Quad Cities and an overnight in DBQ. Get back to Dav by 7pm the next night. Food is included. My parents went on it and loved it. Something to consider.


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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    It has been 20 years or so since I've been there, but Fillenwarth Beach is family owned and prime location on West Okoboji:

    fillenwarth beach - Google Search

    It used to be a bit pricy, but you have to factor in the prime location right on the lake and close to everything in Arnolds Park and other amenities like sailboat rides (and maybe even lessons?) and the daily "booze cruise". Huge dock and you are on the east side of the premier lake, so the sunsets are outstanding. The family is nice and the guests are friendly. If too late to get one of the units right on the lake, they have cabins just behind the main building, with all the amenities. The smaller units right on the lake are probably best for two, but I'd consider any others in your price range just to get there. I've camped before too, but this is a really excellent location, and again, all the amenities. It is a short walking distance to all of the major things in Arnolds Park.

    Not sure about weekend only. We always stayed at least a few days, or maybe a week.



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    The flats in Fort Dodge.



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    You can also hit Boone on your way back.

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    The flats in Fort Dodge.



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    Quote Originally Posted by cymatterz View Post
    Fanatics...I need your help. What are the best Iowa weekend getaways? Want to plan something for my wife's birthday next weekend. Any ideas?
    go to omaha zoo and walk around the old market... only 2 hour drive.



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    Re: Iowa Weekend Getaways

    I second the suggestion to stay at one of Iowa's river towns.

    We've done Bellevue and had a great weekend staying at this B & B.
    Murder Mystery Hotel | Murder Mystery Iowa, Romantic Weekend Getaway Midwest , Murder Mystery Weekend Getaway , Mississippi River Weekend Getaway , Historic Bed and Breakfast Iowa

    We did the "riverboat cruise" package several years ago and really had a good time.

    There are things to do and see in Bellevue plus Gelena, IL is right across the river too.


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    Decorah area is great this time of year.


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