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!
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!
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!
I literally can’t say enough positive words about Distinctively Dubuque! As a new expat in America, discovering this course couldn’t have come at a better time! It is a completely FREE programme run by Greater Dubuque Development and the Northeast Iowa Community College and is aimed at people who have been living in the Dubuque district for 5 years or less.
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?
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!
When I knew I was moving ‘to’ Dubuque Iowa, I began researching the area like a tourist. I saw pictures of the Fenelon Place Elevator (aka Forth Street Elevator) and put it straight to the top of my new found Iowa bucket list! History: Originally built in 1882, it is the world’s shortest, steepest funicular railway. It started life as a way for a local man, Mr Graves, to get between his home, on top of the hill and his place of work at the bottom, cutting out a journey that would usually take him 30 minutes. It was powered using a steam engine which pulled the car up the hill using rope. It first opened for public use in 1884. In 1893, a fire destroyed the elevator and Mr Graves couldn’t afford to rebuild it. 10 neighbours clubbed together to get it back up and running, the steam engine was replaced with a motor engine and steel cable instead of rope.