Grotto Of The Redemption – Iowa’s Precious Gem

While the interstate highways work well for transporting people in the quickest fashion, they leave a lot to be desired for sight-seeing. For decades, we have made the journey to Minnesota to visit Crystal's relatives. Most of the time, we just want a quick route, but when time allows we venture off the beaten path. A good alternative, from our home in Kansas City, is US Highway 169, which runs from Oklahoma northward. As it stagger-steps its way through Iowa, it brings us surprisingly close to the town of West Bend. It is there that we discovered the Grotto of the Redemption, which [...]

By |2022-04-01T06:16:35-06:00April 1st, 2022|Iowa, Midwest|2 Comments

24 Hours In Mason City

Whenever we visit a new destination, we keep our eyes open for a theme. Some cities are all about history, while others can focus on family fun. As we made our way through Mason City, we quickly realized this Iowa city is overflowing with artistic subjects. While it has plenty of history to discover, it was the promise of art that caught our attention. With just about 24 hours in Mason City, we were going to have to make the most of every minute. After a quick stop at the local tourism bureau, we dove into our artful explorations.  We want to thank [...]

By |2023-02-02T19:59:20-06:00January 25th, 2022|Guides, Iowa, Mason City, Midwest, One Day Stays|2 Comments

MacNider Art Museum – All About Art

It seems that more and more cities we visit are learning to embrace art. Some have distinct districts that focus on showcasing artists. Others are finding a flourish of new art forms, such as murals, being introduced to their urban areas. When we arrived in Mason City, it didn't take us long to find that this Iowa city is all about art. The apex of this city's art can be found in and around the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Since the mid-60s, this art center has become a mecca for locals and visitors alike to explore this FREE museum that showcases some [...]

By |2022-01-11T07:21:20-06:00January 11th, 2022|Iowa, Mason City, Midwest|0 Comments

Beach Party Vibe – Clear Lake

Each new city and town we visit has its own particular feel. Some are historic sites with ages of artifacts. Others are artistic centers that entertain the eyes with rich and unique visions. It only took a few minutes for us to realize that Clear Lake, Iowa has a beach party vibe. Our arrival was timed for the morning of July 3rd, so there was a little extra electricity in the air. With a lakeside carnival in full swing, it was promising to be an entertaining visit. We want to thank Clear Lake, Iowa, and the local businesses for hosting our visit. Rest [...]

By |2022-01-04T07:30:54-06:00January 4th, 2022|Clear Lake, Guides, Iowa, Midwest|0 Comments

Epic Road Trip – Lewis And Clark Interpretive Center

Traveling can be extremely exciting, but being too long on the road can become uncomfortable. Even having all of the luxuries, won't remove the desire for the comforts of home. Can you imagine embarking on a perilous two-year-long trip across unchartered lands? That is precisely what Meriwether Lewis and William Clark faced during their famous expedition. On a smaller level, all of us can feel the same explorer spirit when we set out on our own adventures. We were at the start of an epic road trip and we pulled off in Sioux City, Iowa for our first stop. Presidential Directive America was [...]

By |2022-02-23T17:48:47-06:00December 17th, 2021|Epic Road Trips, Iowa, Midwest, Sioux City|0 Comments

60 Years Of Magic – Historic Park Inn Hotel

If you asked us to name a famous architect, we would probably come up with the same answer as most Americans. The reality is that while we love looking at all of the amazing architecture, we are oblivious to the masters behind the work. One name that we recognize, is Frank Lloyd Wright. This American designer created over 500 structures that carry recognizable features. It's easy to say that he impacted American architecture as much as anyone. With 60 years of magic under his belt, it's easy to say he was an inspiration for others.  We want to thank Visit Mason City and [...]

By |2021-12-10T07:32:29-06:00December 10th, 2021|Iowa, Mason City, Midwest|6 Comments

Kinney Pioneer Museum – Look For The Stories

First impressions can say a lot, but sometimes you need to look deeper. When we visit a new museum, it gives us an opportunity to learn about the destination we are exploring. Since the majority of the artifacts are usually donated by residents, it also gives a personal peek into the lives of those who founded the area. It becomes more about the stories behind the pieces, which is what history is really meant to tell. When we stepped through the door at the Kinney Pioneer Museum, we knew instantly that we would be diving into the lives of those that made Clear [...]

By |2021-12-07T12:44:36-06:00December 7th, 2021|Clear Lake, Iowa, Midwest|0 Comments

Treat Yourself – Mason City Meals

We may have only spent a little over 24 hours in Mason City, but we discovered that it's easy to treat yourself in this Iowa town. Our time allowed for three square meals, as well as a little sweet treat. Exploring walkable downtowns is always an adventure and is sure to build up our appetites. Let's see what we discovered in this Midwest destination. We want to thank Visit Mason City and the local businesses for hosting our visit. Rest assured that all opinions are our own.  Brewed Breakfast I cannot remember the last day that didn't start for us with some delicious [...]

By |2021-11-03T05:57:01-06:00November 9th, 2021|Iowa, Mason City|0 Comments

Patriotic Twist at PM Park

The folks in Clear Lake, Iowa certainly know how to celebrate. We visited this lake-centric city on the 3rd of July, and found everyone kicking it with a patriotic twist. The crowds were already in the holiday spirit and a weekend at the lake makes for a perfect escape. Pulling up to PM Park, it was hard to imagine that this place is over 100 years old. This popular hangout was designed for entertaining, so we knew we were in for a treat. We want to thank Clear Lake Chamber and PM Park for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our [...]

By |2021-10-19T06:12:33-06:00October 19th, 2021|Clear Lake, Iowa, Midwest|2 Comments

Sidestreet Discovery – Rancho Deluxe

It is said that "Art imitates Life", which we have found to often be the case. Of course, then you happen upon a place like Rancho Deluxe, which leaves you in awe of the imaginative powers of the human mind. During our exploration of Mason City, we did a lot of walking. The city is ripe for pedestrian traffic, as the topography is relatively flat. Our art excursion was providing us with tons of sights and when we learned of this sidestreet discovery, we just had to make the short detour.  We want to thank Visit Mason City for hosting our visit. Rest [...]

By |2021-10-01T05:51:46-06:00October 1st, 2021|Iowa, Mason City, Midwest|2 Comments
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