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! Sundown Mountain 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!
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!
I was AMAZED to find out that Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is completely free to visit! It’s not unusual for city attractions to have a free day every now and then but Lincoln Park Zoo does it one better by being free 365 days a year!
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!
When I moved to Iowa, the State Fair went straight on the ‘Iowa Bucket List’. We don’t have fairs quite like this in the UK and every Iowan seems to have gone multiple times, so of course I wanted to see what the fuss was about! The fair is located in Des Moines and in 2016 over 1 million people visited! Here’s what I thought of the 2017 fair as a first timer (and for those stats lovers 120,833 people were at the fair the day I visited)!
Now I was shocked to find out that it is in fact possible to reach the Atlantic Ocean from Lake Michigan. I just always assumed with it being a 1000 miles away from the sea that it was probably land locked. But after discovering that cargo ships could in fact travel from Kenosha Wisconsin all the way to SOUTH AFRICA, the dots of Kenosha’s history all connect together!
I love flicking through destination visitor guides. Sometimes on a website you may miss something if you’re not quite looking in the right place but in a guide, it’s all there in black and white for you to see. Back in April, I discovered that Kenosha (Wisconsin) had a section of their guide entitled “Get Your 10,000 Steps While Enjoying the Kenosha Area”. Now as a Fitbit obsessed person, I was desperate to get back to Kenosha in the summer to test a couple of the routes out! I was so impressed that a destination was actually targeting the 10,000 step counting market!
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’.