Discovering Street Art 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!

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My Favourite Finds at the Dubuque Farmers Market – Iowa

The Dubuque Farmers’ Market first opened in 1858 and is the oldest in Iowa (after all, Dubuque is #WhereIowaStarted)!  The ‘Summer’ Market is open every Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of October between 7am – 12pm.  Currently the Market is located mainly on Iowa Street and spreads out down 11th, 12th and 13th Street.  Since it began, it has always been in or around the Dubuque City Hall!

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Ghost Sunday at the Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

During the months of July and August (for the past 25 years!) the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa comes alive with ghosts of the Chicago White Sox for their free event ‘Ghost Sunday Comedy Show’.

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5 Places to Grab Dessert in Dubuque, IA

I love dessert.  So it’s no surprise that I’ve been hunting down Dubuque’s best dessert spot!  Being a fairly big town, of course Dubuque is full of all the national chain restaurants.  There’s Cold Stone Creamery, Culvers Frozen Custard, Red Robin and Buffalo Wild Wings that all serve dessert, but this list will highlight the small businesses that deserve some recognition!  Did you know that for every $100 spent at a small business, $68 will stay in the community, whereas $100 spent in a chain restaurant only $43 will go back to the community?! (Source: L May Eatery)

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Fly Through the Air with Sky Tours Zip Lining in Dubuque, Iowa!

Everyone needs a little kick of adrenaline at some point and what better way than to take a zip lining tour that combines learning about Dubuque’s history!  Sky Tours is located in Union Park, along John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque, Iowa.  The course consists of 9 zip lines and takes around 2hr 30 to complete!

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A Stay at the Hotel Julien – Dubuque, IA

The Hotel Julien is a luxury 133 room hotel, located right in the heart of Downtown Dubuque, Iowa.    It’s a building that is rich in history and was originally built in an area so it would be the first building that people would see when they crossed the bridge from Illinois into Iowa!

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English Afternoon Tea at the Inspire Cafe in Dubuque, Iowa

When I moved to America I thought I’d never get to have a British cream tea ever again.  Then Dubuque decided to throw out one better, a FULL English Afternoon Tea experience at the Inspire Cafe in the historic Millwork District!  The Afternoon Tea tradition dates back to the 1800s.  They usually include: a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, cake and scones (cream teas are smaller and only have scones and tea).  When my American family came over for our wedding in the UK, we took them to a tea room for an English Cream Tea and we even served it at our wedding reception!

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Everything is Bigger in America…Including Foot Golf!

Last week it was my 1st wedding anniversary, the visa process cooperated and we were actually able to spend it together!  We wanted to do something a little different to celebrate it so went for a round of Foot Golf at Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, Illinois!

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