Iowa September 30, 2016
10 Enchanting Places To Spend The Night In Iowa Right On The River
With the weather cooling and green leaves slowly changing to a rich autumn palette, what better way to celebrate fall than to book a stay at a riverfront hotel, inn or B&B? Not only will you be near the river, you’ll have access to views of the fall leaves lining the river banks. These 10 Mississippi-adjacent spots provide charm, comfort and proximity to plenty of sightseeing, nature, shopping and dining to make them the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend away.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Grand Anne Bed & Breakfast, Keokuk
Grand Anne Bed & Breakfast is definitely grand. It’s a 22-room mansion built in 1897 that is one of the best preserved examples of Queen Anne Revival style architecture. The mansion sits on a 200-foot bluff with amazing views of the Mississippi River. The inn features exquisite architectural details like beautiful stone floors, a curved glass turret, stained glass, intricate woodwork and crystal light fixtures, to name a few.
Location: 816 Grand Ave., Keokuk, IA.
2. Beiderbecke Inn, Davenport
The Beiderbecke Inn Bed and Breakfast in Davenport is a charming four-bedroom bed and breakfast full of antiques and homey touches, along with modern conveniences. The inn sits on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and is located in Davenport’s historic Gold Coast area.
Location: 532 W 7th St., Davenport, IA.
3. Squirrel’s Nest Bed & Breakfast LLC, Burlington
Owned by an artist and architect, this quaint bed and breakfast was named “Best Overall B&B for Iowa” in 2014, and was chosen for “Best Breakfast” in 2015. Located in the delightful and historic river town of Burlington, there’s plenty to see and do during your stay. The Penthouse Suite makes the most use of its proximity to the Mississippi, offering incredible bluff-top views. In fact, the room was named to have the “Most Scenic View” in Iowa in 2012.
Location: 500 North St., Burlington, IA.
4. Hotel Julien, Dubuque
Hotel Julien is a beautiful hotel just a short walk from the Mississippi River. With a balance of charm and luxury, not to mention rumors of being haunted by Al Capone’s ghost, your stay here will be truly memorable.
Location: 200 Main St., Dubuque, IA
5. Mont Rest Bed & Breakfast, Bellevue
This beautiful 1890s Victorian-style inn is situated on a 9-acre wooded bluff that offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River. This B&B features 12 beautiful guest rooms, many equipped with a fireplace and jacuzzi.
Location: 300 Spring St., Bellevue, IA
6. Kingsley Inn, Fort Madison
This elegant inn combines Victorian charm with 18 spacious, modern guest rooms with high ceilings and modern amenities. The Mississippi River is just steps outside the front door, as well as Riverview Park and the world’s longest double-deck swing-span bridge, which is 525 feet long.
Location: 707 Ave. H, Fort Madison, IA.
7. The Redstone Inn & Suites, Dubuque
Dating from 1894, This quaint Victorian bed-and-breakfast was built in 1894 and is a quick 11-minute walk to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This boutique hotel offers 15 rooms with historical charm along with modern amenities, like wi-fi and suites with whirlpools.
Location: 504 Bluff St., Dubuque, IA
8. Mandolin Inn, Dubuque
The Mandolin Inn is a gorgeous Edwardian mansion turned bed and breakfast situated in the charming and historic riverfront town of Dubuque. The inn boasts eight beautiful guest rooms, home cooked food and features a stained glass window with the likeness of Saint Cecelia, patron saint of musicians, holding a mandolin.
Location: 199 Loras Blvd., Dubuque, IA
9. The Castle Bed and Breakfast, Sabula
Located on Iowa’s only island, the Castle Bed and Breakfast offers Mississippi River views, as well as a path along the river for a relaxing waterfront stroll. This charming B&B actually looks like a little castle and is 105 years old.
Location: 616 River St., Sabula, IA
10. The Inn at Potter’s Mill, Bellevue
This inn is situated in the bluffs just off the Mississippi. The inn offers three B&B rooms with historic charm and modern amenities like wi-fi and flat screen TVs. Just downstairs, you’ll find Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, a lively restaurant that offers delicious BBQ and live jazz.
Location: 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue, IA
here to check river levels before booking your stay.
Have you stayed at any of these beautiful spots? What was your experience like? For more charming places to stay in Iowa, These 10 Charming Bed & Breakfasts In Iowa Are Perfect For A Getaway.