Road Trip Itinerary

From homemade pie and family-fermented wines, to star-studded views and a pampered night's sleep, the thrill of travel is not dead, especially in Iowa.

Day One

9:00 a.m. The Brick, Greenfield
Day One begins with a freshly brewed Americano at The Brick in Greenfield, slotted amongst shops and stores in the town's inviting square. Owner Laura Tobin Krolick encourages guest relaxation on a cozy sofa while she prepares a family recipe in the back kitchen.

10:30 a.m. Patriot Rock, North of Greenfield
Use the caffeine boost to pilot travels to the day's second destination, but on the way north on Highway 25, pull off at Patriot Rock for a unique photo opportunity. Painted annually by students, Patriot Rock pays homage to America's service men and women, and even allows visitors to pay tribute in an outdoor guestbook.

12:00 p.m. Danish Countryside Vines and Wines, Exira
As midmorning fades, Countryside Vines and Wines, just west of Exira, offers a pre-lunch treat. Fifth-year vintners Allan and Carol Peterson offer samples of their creations around a horseshoe bar and host receptions in the loft of a renovated 100-year-old barn overlooking their vines and cornfields. Visit Danish Countryside Vines and Wines.

2:00 p.m. John James Audubon Tea Room, Audubon
Wind down from the wine samples at the John James Tea Room up the road in Audubon, where a slice of homemade pie and aromatic coffee served on precious china atop delicate doilies satisfies for less than $3.00.

3:30 p.m. Templeton Rye Whiskey Distillery, Templeton
Take a trip back in history just north in Templeton, where Al Capone once tapped the bootlegging resources of the Templeton Rye Whiskey Distillery during Prohibition. Learn of the lore from locals or tour the dried-up operations. Take a virtual tour of Templeton Rye Whiskey Distillery.

5:00 p.m. Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids
Take a break from the car by enjoying 1,290 acres of horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, and leisurely hikes along the Middle Raccoon River. If the sun has already set, act as a novice astronomer and enjoy spectacular star viewing from beneath some of the darkest skies in Iowa. Learn more at Whiterock Conservancy.

7:00 The Port, Panora
Head further east to digest the day and a Port Filet or Smoked Iowa Chop at The Port in Panora, overlooking beautiful Lake Panorama. Enjoy a virtual meal at The Port, Panorama.

9:30 p.m. Prairie View Bed & Breakfast, Guthrie Center
Call it a night at the Prairie View Bed and Breakfast, where innkeepers Jim and Karen Sievers pamper guests with both indoor and outdoor activities. Book your stay in advnce at Prairie View Bed & Breakfast.

Day Two

9:30 a.m. Angie's Tea Garden, Jefferson
Begin the second day of travels with a cappuccino at Angie's Tea Garden, but don't forget a signature cheesecake to go. The Garden is known for its specialty cakes and desserts.

11:00 a.m. Black Hawk Lake State Park, Lake View
Enjoy a picnic lunch beside the 957-square-foot Black Hawk Lake, the southern-most glacier-formed lake in Iowa.

1:00 p.m. BozWellz Pub and Eaterie, Ida Grove
Make room for a bite of Cindi's famous Turtle Caramel Butterscotch Cheesecake, Awesome Coconut Layer Cake or Oreo Explosion Pie. Each made to order and to die for.

3:00 p.m. Trio Café, Denison
Fuel up one last time with an authentic cup from Trio Café in the heart of Denison, located at the crossroads for two of the regions most invaluable railroad lines.

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