Bizarre and whacky Iowa!
So this is for you trekkies out there!. Every year in late June, in the little town of Riverside, Iowa is the annual Trek fest. What is the Trek fest you might ask. Well it a celebration for being the fictional hometown of Captain James Kirk of the USS Enterprise of course. This is a fun event, with as you can imagine, great people watching. Along with your normal booths and eateries, their is a parade and volleyball tournament. So if you are looking for something a bit off the beaten path, get your Spock ears on and head out to Riverside.
- Budget Travel
Wine country in Iowa? Yep!
Amana Colonies is a delightful little day trip from Iowa City with a mere 30 minute drive. This area has a wealth of little towns, the main one being Amana which has some interesting wineries and breweries. Quaint small town vibe and very walkable. Everything is created in a very German tradition so it seems like you are taking a stroll in a European town.
- Wine Tasting
Kalona, Iowa is a nice little 30 minute day trip from Iowa City. This is a classic small town pretty much surrounded by Amish country. Watch your speed and keep an eye out while driving, you are bound to run into a horse and carriage sharing the road. The town is a pretty and walkable with some restaurants and mostly antiques and furniture stores with the famous Amish quality.
- Road Trip
Take a minute and check out the Old Capital building. It caught fire several years ago and has since been remodeled. The capital was built in 1842, then the capital was moved to Des Moines in 1857.
It's a nice setting. The building is west of the main downtown area on the Pentacrest. It is surrounded by four large buildings used for classes and other U of Iowa functions.
The Old Capital adds a lot to the downtown atmosphere.
Mississippi River for boat lovers
If you own a boat and love to fish, dock your boat at many ramps along Iowa's Eastern shores. The Mississippi River is great fishing.
We have caught tons of great Walleye and huge catfish.
Of course always the many other varities of fish too.
A nice campground is Sugar Bottom in Bellevue, Iowa. There is a boat ramp right there and is easy to get boat in and out of this ramp if not a yacht!
You can go many miles up shorelines and relax or fish your heart out.
Worms, great bait as always. Early morning best results of course.
Drive North to Mount Vernon
A half hour drive north on Highway 1 is a fun afternoon evening excursion. The Lincoln Cafe is a very popular restaurant for the entire Eastern Iowa area, but is often very busy and they rarely accept reservations. This shouldn't be a deterrent though, because there is plenty to do in the uptown area while you wait. The restaurant doesn't serve alcohol, but diners can definitely bring in their own bottle of wine or beer. The menu changes nightly, with a few simpler items always available. The Silver Spider next door is one of many gift shops on main street and there are also antique shops open in the afternoon. The World Bistro and Chameleon's Pub are a few doors down and both offer simpler fare for those who don't want to wait.
Mount Vernon is also home to Cornell College which is a very pretty campus with nearly all of the buildings on the National Historic Register.