Who’s ready for the summer?! There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa. In this post I share some of my favourites, along with some of my bucket list plans for this summer! Are there any others you’d add to the list?
Taste of the World is an annual free event that takes place in Dubuque, Iowa. It is hosted by the Multicultural Family Center and celebrates Dubuque’s cultural diversity. It was so refreshing to attend an event that brought so many different nationalities together under one roof. Everyone was smiling and chatting and having a great time!
In the midst of ‘Chain America’ exists local businesses that are amazing at what they do. Today I’m shining a spotlight on Betty Jane Candies born and bred right here in Dubuque, Iowa! Betty Jane Candies was first established back in 1938. They have 3 store locations in Iowa, 2 in Dubuque and one in Marion, with the Asbury Road (Dubuque) store doubling up as a mini Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where all of their yummy treats are made!
On the 3rd Saturday of February, The Mystique Casino and Resort hosts the Dubuque on Ice Brewfest. This year there were around 66 vendors, from various, mainly Midwestern, breweries and distilleries, all offering multiple drinks to be sampled! On entrance everyone was given a Brewfest pint glass, a drawstring backpack, a guide book and a cloth wristband and then let loose on the Mystique Ice Rink (covered of course!! Could you imagine mixing an ice floor and alcohol?!?! Although that could possibly be hilarious…) for 3 hours, 4 for those that purchased VIP tickets!
I first started getting excited about Christmas this year, when I visited ‘Reflections in the Park’, it was like Christmas being thrown up on me and I thought it was AWESOME. ‘Reflections in the Park’ is a drive thru Christmas Light display held in Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, Iowa to raise money for Hillcrest Family Services.
In the UK, you can always tell it’s nearly Christmas when the Coca Cola adverts start appearing on TV (…The holidays are coming….the holidays are coming!). There’s a big truck and a big train covered in Christmas lights driving through the snow with Father Christmas on the back. When I discovered there was a real life train version run by Canadian Pacific (not Coca Cola!), that was going to be passing through Dubuque Iowa, I just had to go and see it!
It’s November and it’s only just started getting cold here in Iowa. A couple of weekends back I visited the Dubuque Arboretum, hoping to catch it before the ‘end of the season’. There’s a public garden back in my home town in the UK and it’s one of my favourite places so I couldn’t wait to see how the Arboretum compared. But I was too late! The day I visited was the first volunteering day of the ‘winterisation process’. Basically they dig up all the plants and store them in a green house for the winter months so they don’t die!
Autumn in the Midwest is a pretty big deal, people decorate the front of their houses with Autumn colours, there are Autumn themed weddings and towns will track the trees for when the leaves will be the best colours. So I thought it’d be the perfect time to explore the Mines of Spain recreational area in Dubuque, East Iowa.
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