8 Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa!

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?

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Taste of the World – Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Dubuque, Iowa

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!

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Made in Iowa: Betty Jane Homemade Candies

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!

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Dubuque on Ice Brewfest 2017

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!

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48 Hours in Davenport, Iowa

Davenport is located in East Iowa right on the Mississippi River.  It is one of the 4 Quad Cities (Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline & Rock Island) that cover both Iowa and Illinois!  Here is my tried and tested mini trip itinerary to show you how to make the most out of your time in the Quad Cities!

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Expat Life: USA Cell Phone Plans Are SO Expensive!

In the UK I had been with the same phone company ever since I was 11 years old…roughly 15 years!  It may have changed hands several times (One-to-One, T-Mobile, EE) but I was always happy with the service I received.  I’ve been in America for 5 months and I’m already onto my 2nd phone company.  Before I emigrated, I had bought an iPhone, just thinking that it’d be simple, I’d get to America and just put in an American Sim Card and away I go!  If only it was that simple!

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Reflections in the Park: Drive Thru Christmas Light Display!

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.

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Rocking Out to the CP Holiday Train

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!

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