This run literally sums me up to a T…I love being active…but then I also love to pig out! Run 5K (3 miles) and be rewarded with chocolate…what more could you want?! I signed up to Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which as the name suggests has both a 15K (9 miles) and a 5K hot chocolate run. At the moment they have races in 17 cities across the USA (5 being in the Midwest) which are spread out over the ‘winter’ season. I took part in the 5K in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Once a year in Rockford Illinois, the Midway Village Museum hosts the Sock Monkey Madness Festival celebrating all things sock monkey in its official home! The Sock Monkey is recognised around the world and started right here in the Midwest, and yes they are made completely from a pair of socks!
Pinots Palette was founded in Houston, Texas back in 2009. There’s now over 100 studios across the country with 2 being located within Iowa (Dubuque and Des Moines)! The Pinots Palette tag line is “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” and I can vouch that it is definitely a very fun and relaxed environment! Classes usually operate twice a week, with different seasonal painting each evening, so you could go back multiple times and not have to paint the same pictures over and over! The studios operate a ‘bring your own drink’ policy but provide glasses and ice buckets and all the necessary painting equipment for the evening!
So the Hawkeyes are making headline news at the moment, you may have seen the ‘Kinnick Wave’ on the news. During the football home games in Iowa City, the whole of Kinnick Stadium turn to the Children’s Hospital that overlooks the stadium, and everyone waves at the patients on the 12th floor. They even do it at night and wave phone flashlights (if you’ve ever been to a music gig where people wave a light during a song, you’ll know how awesome it looks)! On December 7th they will be receiving the ‘Disney Sports Spirit Award’! But did you know that in Iowa City there’s a ‘Hall of Fame and Museum’ celebrating Hawkeye sports and all the athletic achievements of the University of Iowa?
Live in Dubuque Iowa or visiting the area? It’s easy to get wrapped up in just eating at the large chain restaurants, they are near all the biggest shopping areas, with the largest car parks. But you’re missing out! There are plenty of independent Dubuque restaurants in the Downtown Area that are well worth visiting! Here are 8 of my favourites!
The Hilton Garden Inn is a brand new hotel (opened in October 2017) located in Downtown Iowa City, just 1 mile from the Iowa Hawkeyes football stadium (which has recently made the news thanks to the new tradition ‘The Wave’, where the whole stadium waves to the children overlooking the game in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital). With a room rate starting at $124 per night, it definitely makes for an affordable central stay, has some great amenities and is within walking distance from things to visit such as the Ped Mall and the Old Iowa Capital Building!
The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Iowa City opened in October 2017 and is home to the Vue Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, one of only a handful of rooftop bars in the Midwest. It is located on the 12th floor of the hotel and offers views across Iowa City from 3 sides! You can even see the Iowa Hawkeye football stadium as it’s just 1 mile away!
There are lots of places in the USA that stand abandoned. Once upon a time, the Millwork District in Dubuque was one of those places. The milling factories closed up and left the brick buildings empty and unused, but not anymore! The Millwork District is one of my favourite places in Downtown Dubuque.