As an expat, there’s not many typical American ‘holidays’ that I celebrate, we don’t have Thanksgiving or the 4th of July in England and Halloween is no where near on the same scale that it is here! HOWEVER, I have spent my whole life celebrating Christmas! So here are some Dubuque Christmas events in East Iowa that you should check out this year!
Dubuque, Iowa lays on the banks of the mightly Mississippi River and proudly claims to be the place ‘where Iowa started’! Just minutes from the borders of both Illinois and Wisconsin this river side town has something for everyone! Whether you are travelling as a couple or a family with kids or if you are a foodie or enjoy being in the great outdoors! Here’s a giant list of some of my favourite things to do in Dubuque as told by a local (including free things to do)!
Because of geographical location of Dubuque Iowa, there are plenty of opportunities to get ‘up high’ and experience some of Dubuque’s vantage points! Sitting along the banks of the Mississippi River, it is possible to see 3 States (Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin) at once from the majority of these viewpoints!
One thing that surprised me the most when I moved to Iowa, was that there was actually a ski resort! I’m sure I’m not the only one that would assume that Iowa equalled flat and all corn fields…how wrong was I! Skiing in Iowa is most definitely a thing! Sundown Mountain Resort Dubuque has 21 ski runs (green, blue and black diamond) and 2 terrain parks. When it doesn’t snow, the resort is maintained by 150 snow guns (believe me, it’s cold enough for the snow not to melt once it is there!) and the runs are groomed daily!
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!
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!
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 now one of my favourite places in Downtown Dubuque Iowa.
I’m a sucker when it comes to street art, I wrote a previous post on some of the street art locations in Camden, London! In the American Midwest, Dubuque Iowa has EXPLODED with colour over the past couple of months! There are several pieces scattered across Downtown Dubuque, but the majority are in a 4 block area between Locust St, Main St and 1st St to 4th St. Here’s a sample of some of the pieces you can expect to see!