Who needs to spend boatloads of money on a vacation when you can have a perfectly good STAYcation right here in Iowa? From island castles to barns-turned-B&B’s, these 10 bed and breakfasts in Iowa are so charming, you will want to plan a trip just to see them!
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1. Mason House Inn, Bentonsport
This quaint little bed and breakfast in Bentonsport is nearly 170 years old, and was built by Mormon settlers as a hotel for steamboat travelers. Aside from the main inn area, there is a Caboose Cottage that you can stay in as well, and the owners serve a full country breakfast in the morning. Be careful, though, it's notoriously haunted!
2. Redstone Inn, Dubuque
This beautiful B&B in the heart of Dubuque's historic district is furnished in a Victorian fashion, and the Parlor is especially lovely. There are 15 different rooms, each as magnificent as the last.
3. Hotel Manning, Keosauqua
This gorgeous Steamboat Gothic hotel in Keosauqua has been open for business since 1899. Take a step back in time when you stay in one of 18 rooms in this antique B&B.
4. Potter's Mill, Bellevue
Potter's Mill is a historic grist mill turned B&B that is now home to Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ and The Inn at Potter's Mill. The inn, tucked into the bluffs, offers rustic and charming rooms, with a splash of modernity for a truly unique stay. The kitchen, Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, offers delicious Southern soul food.
5. The Castle Bed & Breakfast, Sabula
Who knew that Iowa has an island? And who knew that this island has a castle on it? Pretty neat, huh? This 105 year old castle sits on the bank of the Mississippi, offering guests an unforgettable view at an unforgettable bed and breakfast. This is that island getaway you've been needing!
6. Hancock House B&B, Dubuque
This magnificent Victorian B&B shows Queen Ann architecture at its finest. Be sure to ask about the fireplace in the South Parlor, as it won a blue ribbon at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. During your stay, the generous Inn-keepers will provide you with a full breakfast each morning, cookies and coffee in the guest pantry, and complimentary wine and beer. They know how to treat guests right at Hancock House!
7. Larch Pine Inn, Clear Lake
This elegant Victorian inn was built in 1875, and has been beautifully preserved both inside and out. Aside from the main inn area, there is a charming little Carriage House Suite you can stay in, and you can always look forward to waking up to a generous home-cooked breakfast.
8. Barn on the Bluff B&B, Elkader
This barn-turned-B&B is probably one of the most unique places to stay in Iowa. When you reserve the barn, the entire barn is yours. You will find a full kitchen, dining for 20 guests, 3 bathrooms, a fireplace, game room, covered porch and a fire pit, where you can sit outside to enjoy the beautiful northern Iowa view.
9. Blue Belle Inn B&B and Tea House, St. Ansgar
The Blue Belle is simply one of the most charming B&B's in Iowa. It looks like something straight out of a storybook! Along with the six guest rooms, there is a balcony overlooking the sprawling maple trees, flowers and fish pond. The Tea House offers a variety of delicious, cultural cuisine, and (my favorite part) they offer Fondue Feasts!
10. Mont Rest Inn, Bellevue
This beautiful 1890's Victorian-style inn is the original Murder Mystery hotel, and they do all sorts of fun themed events. On your stay, check out any one of their 12 gorgeous guest rooms, many of which come with a fireplace and jacuzzi. For a getaway that's not that far away, be sure to check out Mont Rest.
Ready for a stay-cation yet? We are! What are some more unique bed and breakfasts in Iowa to check out?