Scholte House Museum – Finding New Freedoms

While religious persecution was not unknown in Europe, Holland had long been a refuge of safety. By the mid-1800s, this dynamic changed. It signaled the beginning of an exodus for those seeking refuge. A group of about 800 immigrants set sail for America with hopes of a better life. Hendrik Scholte, their religious leader or Dominie, promised his wife a life that would equal that which they were leaving behind. Although they would face hardships it would end up being a promise kept by the founder of Pella, Iowa. Our visit to the Scholte House Museum would educate us on this interesting family. [...]

By |2021-06-04T04:05:57-06:00June 8th, 2021|Iowa, Midwest, Pella|2 Comments

A Day Downtown – Exploring Oskaloosa, Iowa

Long ago, we discovered that the downtown is the center of a community. The very pulse of the city can be felt in this area. The towns that embrace this idea are the ones where you will find a vibrant and thriving society. Our visit to Oskaloosa, Iowa only allowed for one day downtown, but we were determined to make the most of it. It never ceases to amaze us with the variety we find in the places we visit. Oskaloosa was no exception. The citizens have embraced their history and it has propelled them to create an inviting space that offers visitors [...]

By |2021-06-04T06:36:28-06:00June 4th, 2021|Iowa, Midwest, Oskaloosa|10 Comments

Getting Our Dutch Fix – Pella, Iowa

We have had the opportunity to sample a wide range of cuisines, but Dutch had escaped our taste buds. It took a visit to Pella, Iowa for us to savor this particular style of dishes. Dropping by for Tulip Time allowed us to immerse ourselves in the culture and flavors of this particular fare. With only a couple of days to check it out, we wanted to get our Dutch Fix every chance we got. The city is filled with tasty opportunities, but we focused our attention on the downtown square. We want to thank Visit Pella for their hospitality. Rest assured all [...]

By |2021-05-21T06:18:32-06:00May 21st, 2021|Iowa, Midwest, Pella|6 Comments

Life In The Heartland – Nelson Pioneer Farm

It is a simple fact that the Midwest was settled by farmers. The fertile lands of the Central Plains are often referred to as the "Breadbasket of America". Being natives of this region, we enjoy visiting sites that tell the stories of these fruitful laborers. Oskaloosa is home to the Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum, which showcases life in rural Iowa and the occupations that were needed for survival. Over a dozen buildings have been assembled on the acreage that the Nelson family settled only a year after the land was opened. We dropped by to explore the spaces and learn more about [...]

By |2021-05-18T04:29:36-06:00May 18th, 2021|Iowa, Midwest, Oskaloosa|10 Comments

Discover Dubuque – Iowa’s First City

To gain a true history of Dubuque, you have to go all the way back to the 1700s. The first European settler arrived in the region in 1785. Julien Dubuque had received permission from Spain to mine the lead-rich deposits in and around the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The ownership of the territory would change hands after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In 1837, more than two decades after Dubuque's death, the city would be officially chartered and named after the original pioneer. Having a chance to discover Dubuque attractions, eateries, and sights was an opportunity we were not going to pass [...]

By |2019-12-17T05:02:09-06:00November 6th, 2019|Destinations, Dubuque, Guides, Iowa, Midwest|14 Comments

Industrial Chic – Inspire Cafe

Staying in the downtown districts of cities we visit offers us plenty of chances to explore. Each destination has its own flavor and character. Often, we find nearby neighborhoods that are within walking distance but offer a completely different taste of the city. This was certainly the case in Dubuque, Iowa. Just a few blocks from our stomping ground, we located the Millwork District. Made up of just over a dozen square blocks, this historic section is teeming with local life.  Breakfast at Inspire Cafe would give us an opportunity to mingle with some of the locals while enjoying the industrial-chic design.   We [...]

By |2019-12-17T05:08:36-06:00October 30th, 2019|Dubuque, Iowa, Midwest|0 Comments

Nature’s Highways – National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

There were certain attractions that were "must-sees" during our visit to Dubuque, Iowa. Being Iowa's first city, it is no surprise that there is a river nearby. Of course, this isn't just any river. Visiting the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium promised to be an adventure on a grand scale. After all, it's the largest river in North America, and this museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. We booked three hours to explore the exhibits designed around nature's highways and knew that we would be pushed to the limit to see it all in detail.  We want to thank Travel [...]

By |2020-01-24T07:45:00-06:00October 23rd, 2019|Dubuque, Iowa, Midwest|4 Comments

Family Tradition At Vinny Vanucchi’s Little Italy

When we are developing an itinerary for a new destination, picking our dining locations is especially important. I got my blogging start by hosting a local restaurant site for five years. When we expanded to our travel blog, it was important that we maintained our roots. Fortunately, locating interesting restaurants is usually easy. When I started researching downtown Dubuque, I found that there were way too many eateries for us to visit. This meant that we had to select a handful that would offer a broad example of what can be found in Iowa's oldest city. When we learned about Vinny Vanucchi's Little [...]

By |2019-12-17T05:20:42-06:00October 16th, 2019|Dubuque, Iowa, Midwest|6 Comments

In The Shadow Of Giants At Hotel Julien

History has a way of sneaking up on you. When we visited Dubuque, we knew we were experiencing Iowa's first city. The moment that Julien Dubuque first arrived on the western shore of the Mississippi River, was the start of something special. It would be almost 50 years, before the city would be officially chartered, and another 13 years before the territory would become a state. By that point, there was already a hotel occupying the corner of 2nd and Main. Fast forward 180 years, and the Hotel Julien stands proudly on this spot overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Over the decades this site [...]

By |2019-12-24T22:20:45-06:00October 9th, 2019|Dubuque, Iowa, Midwest|0 Comments

Spelunking In Dubuque, Iowa

Iowa is known for many things, but underground caves are one that didn't make it on our list. You can imagine our surprise when we learned that Dubuque is home to Crystal Lake Cave. Located near the Mines of Spain Recreation Area, this underground attraction offered us a chance to satisfy some spelunking urges. Visiting caves is a fun way to learn the history of a city from the ground up. As a matter of fact, this stop would give us a peek below the ground, as well.   We want to thank Travel Dubuque and Crystal Lake Cave for their hospitality. Rest assured [...]

By |2019-12-24T22:25:27-06:00October 2nd, 2019|Dubuque, Iowa, Midwest|2 Comments
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