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. Cedar Valley Lodge
The Cedar Valley Lodge is situated in the beautiful Yellow River State Forest, a perfect secluded retreat for an amazing weekend. You can rent the log home, the lodge or the cabin on the river. They all come with modern amenities and rustic charm. To make reservations, call 563-586-2200. 617 Downing Ln., Harpers Ferry, IA.
2. The Lodge Resort Hotel
Located in Forest City, Iowa, this rustic resort lodge is a cross-country skiing lover’s dream. Nearby, you’ll find 47 miles of hiking and biking trails, so even if there’s not snow on the ground, you can get out into nature for some fresh air. Rooms are comfy with modern amenities, and there are also suites available for larger parties. For reservations, call 641-585-5060. 945 US-69, Forest City, IA.
3. Red Cedar Lodge
Booking a stay in one of these cabins will provide you with a scenic and comfortable weekend getaway. Located along the scenic Cedar River, you’ll be surrounded by rustic beauty. The cabins come with full kitchens, gas fireplaces, 37” TVs with cable and much more. And there are plenty of winter activities to partake in, including snowmobiling, sledding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Call 641-228-3444 for reservations. 1880 Gilbert St., Charles City, IA.
4. Adams Street Country Lodge
This B&B is a beautiful and serene place to get away from it all. Located half a mile from McKinley Lake and surrounded by hills and ponds, you’ll love the scenic surroundings on this property. You can cozy up with a book next to the fireplace or relax in the whirlpool and sauna. To find out more, call 641-344-5478. 1412 170th Street Creston, IA.
5. Andy Mountain Cabins
The Andy Mountain Cabins offer a cozy retreat in a breathtaking setting. They are situated near the Mississippi River, the Effigy Mounds and Pikes Peak Park, where you can enjoy gorgeous hikes and spectacular views, or just hole up with a good book if the weather is too cold. Phone: 563-586-2123. 2335 Andy Mountain Ln., Harpers Ferry, IA.
6. Iowa Country Cabin
The Iowa Country Cabin is located in a peaceful natural setting with country decor. This is the perfect place to just hibernate, relax and kick back. For more information, call 712-585-3701. 2370 X Ave., Clarinda, IA.
7. Five Ridge Prairie Cabin
This small, rugged camping cabin is for those who really want to feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere. The cabin comes with a few modern conveniences, but it’s pretty no frills. The cabin has one room with a lofted bed, futon, table and chairs and a propane grill and stove outdoors. There’s also a primitive bathroom and a small amount of power. The cabin is available year-round, weather permitting. For reservations, call 712-947-4270. 15561 260th St. (east entrance), 7 miles south of Westfield, IA.
8. The Natural Gait Cabins
These cabins in the lovely Northeast Iowa are cozy and rustic, with modern conveniences. The cabins are fully furnished and feature wrap around decks, wood burning stoves and puzzles, games and magazines for a lazy afternoon spent by the fire. For reservations, call 563-535-7314. Marquette, IA.
9. Mont Rest Bed & Breakfast
This charming 1890s Victorian-style inn is located on a beautiful 9-acre wooded bluff with incredible views of the Mississippi River. There are 12 beautiful guest rooms, and many come with a fireplace and jacuzzi, for those cold winter nights. For reservations, call 563-872-4220. 300 Spring St., Bellevue, IA Phone.
10. Little Swan Lake Winery and B&B
The Little Swan Lake Winery Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful country getaway. This one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast is located in a renovated grain elevator. The rooms are all unique, offering their own kinds of charm, and you can’t beat a weekend getaway right in a winery. For reservations, call (712) 858-4592. 1350 320th Ave., Estherville, IA.
11. Lorelei Cabins
Lorelei Cabins are cozy, charming and secluded, for optimal peace and quiet. But there are also plenty of activities for every season, like hiking, bonfires, wildlife watching and more. There are two cabins available to rent. Both have hot tubs, and one also has a spa tub. For reservations, call 800-847-2850. 11823 Lorelei Ln., Dubuque, IA.