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Pella Things to Do

  • Tour the Vermeer Mill

    This mill was completed in July 2002 and is now an eyecatcher in the historic village. You won't find a larger working windmill in the whole of the US. The mill was constructed in parts in the Netherlands by the Lukas Verbij firm from Hoogmade. It was then assembled by two dutch craftsmen on location in Pella.The grain mills from the 1850's in the...

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  • Play Bos Landen Golf Resort!

    One of the best golf courses anywhere! It is a must play for any golfer! Very affordable - great service - excellent food served in the Grille on the Green!

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  • Tulip Time

    Every May in Pella is a riot of color with all the tulips. So Pella celebrates with Tulip Time the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday in May.There are Parades with the required street washing before the arrival of the Tulip Queen and her court. Also Dutch dance presentations with dancers dressed in Dutch clothing and wooden shoes.

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Pella Restaurants

  • Good food ... not so dutch....

    This restaurant is located in the Royal Amsterdam hotel in downtown Pella...We hoped to find some dutch food over here but unfortunalty the didn't.Instead of that they serve italian style food, steaks, fish and chops. In the center of the restaurant they have a bar. When we where here they had mostly tourguests i don't know if this restaurants has...

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  • Great steaks, pastas, sandwiches and...

    Great steaks, pastas, sandwiches and salads in a casual setting overlooking the 18th green of Bos Landen Golf Club! Create your own pasta on Friday nite and prime rib on Saturday nite are local favorites!

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Pella Shopping

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    Jaarsma Bakkery in Pella Iowa

    by mafootje Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The shop on the outside like you would find in historic Netherlands or in Amsterdam Canal house. The frontage goes down from the center like double stairs.

    Inside you'll find a counter on your left in the middle and along the walls are all kinds of dutch products, like soup, drop, cookies and more...

    The family has been baking for Pella since 1899 when Herman Jaarsma imigrated to Pella and brought the dutch recipes with him.

    What to buy: You can get almost anything you would get in a dutch bakkery. They have dutch letters, dutch spice cookies (speculaas koekjes), Almond Butter Cake. They also sell some Delfts Blue in the store...

    What to pay: The prices are a bit higher then you would pay in the Netherlands..

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Pella Local Customs

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    by mafootje Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the many shops in Pella you can find "delfts blue" and dutch treats....

    They have windmills, tiles, Amsterdam Canal houses wooden shoes and more....

    Beside that you can even buy "korrels", chocolate and more dutch imported food.

    But can we say that these are local customs ? I think for Pella they are maybe not everyone eats "Boerenkool met worst" but i bet there are a few that really do that.

    I wouldn't know it sure seems like it, this town has taken on the dutch customs as if they were their own.


    Picture taken june 10, 2004

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Pella Sports & Outdoors

  • by nd2golfmor Written Jan 2, 2007

    One of the best golf courses in the state of Iowa is located in Pella - Bos Landen Golf Resort - "Great Golf in the Land of the Woods" - Bos Landen is a beautiful golf resort nestled in 350 acres of rolling hills. Very affordable and always open to the public.

    The "Grille on the Green" restaurant serves great steaks, pastas, sandwiches and salads in a casual setting overlooking the 18th green.

    The conference center can accomodate up to 225 people.

    The "Bos Bunker Lounge" is Pella's only non-smoking sports lounge and is a great spot to watch a game on TV, play indoor golf, pool, darts or foosball.

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  • Tulip time tower

    1935 was the first year the Tulip Time festival was held in Pella. The streets of downtown Pella are lined with tulips during this three day festival during the beginning of may.During this festivals there are lots of things to see free of any charge. Besides the tulips you can see dutch dancers at the Pella square, watch a parade float portraying...

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  • Central Park and Windmill

    In the center of the business districtis Central Pank with many tulip beds, the windmill, the Tulip tower, a Civil War stature and a 1900's fountain. There are many benches around the park for sitiing and viewing of the flowers. The windmill is used an Info center during the summer season. Many tulips all over town and many parks with tulip beds.

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  • Tulip Toren

    The Tulip Tower in the center of Pella. It is the main stage for many activities of Tulip time. There are concerts in the summer held there. During Tulip Time streamers with the colors of the Dutch flag are flown.

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