Iowa July 21, 2017
The Tiny Beach Town In Iowa You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit
With a population of just over 7,000, this small Iowa town has more than its share of beautiful sand beaches, lakefront homes, and nostalgia.
Every summer, people flock to this town. It’s carefully arranged with the lake as its focus, which simply adds to its charm.
It's a northern Iowa lake town, located between Des Moines and the Minneapolis. People love it here for the laid-back and care free vibe.
The City Park is full of the smells of grilled food and the sounds of kids playing on the lawn. Every Saturday and Sunday, there's a municipal band concert. You can take a paddlewheel cruise or enjoy chicken and sweet corn from the Lions Club.
The lakeside resorts of days past are now beautiful vacation homes.
You can find a place to stay on VRBO.com or AirBnb.com. There are two yurts on the lake at McIntosh Woods State Park. Plenty of B&B, motels, and camping at the two state parks here offer accommodations for tourists, as well.
Fishing is great at the west end of the lake from McIntosh Woods.
Clear Lake State Park has a lodge and mature oak trees offer plenty of shade. The beautiful sandy beach here is the ideal place for evening boat watching and lounging by the water.
The people who live and vacation in Clear Lake dearly love their lake.
The town faces the water. There's a park and restaurant patios with beautiful views for the water. Main Street comes to a stop right at the water. It's a great place to shop quaint antique stores and gift shops. You'll find a movie house, and several drug stores. The large hanging baskets overflowing with greenery and flowers are the handiwork of volunteers who water them in the early morning hours.
During your visit, you must see the Surf Ballroom.
Carefully designed to look like a 1950's beach club, it's the place where Buddy Holly played in 1959. After the concert, his plane crashed in a nearby cornfield, putting Clear Lake in the national spotlight. Don McLean wrote the song, "American Pie" referring to Buddy Holly's death as, "the day the music died." Big-band orchestras and classic rock bands play at the Surf Ballroom all week long.
Some of the best sunset views over the lake are at The Landing Patio Bar & Grill at 1603 Shore Dr.
The Anchor Inn at 468 Shore Dr. also has great food and a nice outdoor seating area.
This weekend, on July 22nd and 23rd, Clear Lake celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Lakeside DixieFest. Visitors will enjoy traditional jazz music performed by bands from all over the world. The festival is free to the public.
Enjoy the music of The RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART from North Iowa during the festival. They are celebrating 30 years of playing together. They've been the host band of the Lakeside DixieFest for 25 years.
The Fat Babies Jazz Band from Chicago will also offer musical entertainment.
They are the "house band" at Chicago's Green Mill Lounge and are well-known for their 1920's and 1930's music.
Have you visited Clear Lake? What did you think? Where is your favorite Iowa beach town? Tell us about it in the comments.