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Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola, Iowa

Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Whether you’re a devoted fan, or just want to experience your first performance, head to south central Iowa to hear the sounds of opera music. For a few magical weeks each summer, Des Moines' Metro Opera comes to life right here at the Blank... Read More »
Grass Tennis Court, Charles City, Iowa

Grass Tennis Court, Charles City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Join Dan as he lobs a few balls on one of the few grass tennis courts in the U.S. This one is just outside Charles City. Read More »
Augusta Restaurant, Oxford, Iowa

Augusta Restaurant, Oxford, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

You don’t have to travel very far to get both a taste of New Orleans AND an award-winning Iowa staple: a pork tenderloin sandwich. Read More »
Saturday in the Park, Sioux City, Iowa

Saturday in the Park, Sioux City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Since 1991, this annual outdoor music festival in northwest Iowa has grown to attract 50,000-some visitors and many big name musicians. Read More »
Little Swan Lake Winery, Dickenson County, Iowa

Little Swan Lake Winery, Dickenson County, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Buffalo, wine and a bed and breakfast in a grain elevator may sound like an improbable combination. But you'll find they all fit together beautifully here at the Little Swan Lake Winery in Dickenson County. Read More »
Broadbent Distillery, Norwalk, Iowa

Broadbent Distillery, Norwalk, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Iowa’s spirits industry is going through a renaissance similar to what our state’s wine and beer industries have gone through, and Broadbent, Iowa’s smallest micro distillery just outside of Norwalk, fits the bill. Starting out as a vineyard, it... Read More »
Bily Brothers Clock Museum and Antonin Dvorak Exhibit, Spillville, Iowa

Bily Brothers Clock Museum and Antonin Dvorak Exhibit, Spillville, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Spillville is a small town with a rich Czech heritage. That also holds a special place in classical music history. With its bed and breakfasts, beautiful churches, and fascinating museums, Spillville and the surrounding area offer one-of-a-kind... Read More »
Lake City Tourism, Lake City, Iowa

Lake City Tourism, Lake City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Lake City calls itself the town with everything but a lake. It was drained decades ago for farmland. But it's not without its attractions for visitors. Join Dan as he takes in the sites of Lake City, Iowa. Read More »
Skydiving, Brooklyn, Iowa

Skydiving, Brooklyn, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Is parachuting from an airplane at 13000 feet on your bucket list? If it is, head to Brooklyn and SkyDive Iowa. Read More »
Clay County Fair, Iowa

Clay County Fair, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Every year there are more than one hundred county fairs held in Iowa. In fact, some counties even host more than one. One of the largest is northwest Iowa's Clay County. Read More »
Scenic City Empress Riverboat, Iowa Falls, Iowa

Scenic City Empress Riverboat, Iowa Falls, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

There’s nothing more relaxing than a float on the water, a little food, a guided tour, and the scenic limestone bluffs that makes this double-decker boat ride a real treasure. Read More »
Jester Park, Polk County Conservation, Iowa

Jester Park, Polk County Conservation, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Polk County Conservation oversees more than 11-thousand acres of prairies, wetlands, woodlands, trails and parks to explore. Read More »
Redwood Steakhouse, Anita, Iowa

Redwood Steakhouse, Anita, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Steak Houses sprinkled throughout state play just as important of a role in Iowa’s heritage as the cattle industry. And in Anita, Iowa, one small steak house embodies that rich tradition. The Redwood is one of Iowa’s grand old steakhouses,... Read More »
Harvester Golf Course, Rhodes, Iowa

Harvester Golf Course, Rhodes, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

The Harvester Golf Course offers a course where no two holes are the same. Read More »
Wright on the Park Hotel and Music Man Square, Mason City, Iowa

Wright on the Park Hotel and Music Man Square, Mason City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Mason City is associated with several famous American icons. Among them: architect Frank Lloyd Wright and "Music Man" composer Meredith Willson. Read More »
Southeast Iowa Art Tour

Southeast Iowa Art Tour

posted on July 11, 2013

Most artists travel to nearby art shows to sell their work. But a couple times a year throughout the state, some artists invite visitors to their studios … which is a great excuse for a relaxing drive through the countryside. Read More »
All Ability Cycles, Jefferson, Iowa

All Ability Cycles, Jefferson, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Find a bicycle to fit your needs no matter what your challenges might be --- then head off on some of Iowa’s more than 12-hundred miles of trails. Read More »
Hotel Julien Dubuque and Art on the River, Dubuque

Hotel Julien Dubuque and Art on the River, Dubuque

posted on July 11, 2013

The Hotel Julien Dubuque offers a rich blend of style, services, and history. And the Art on the River program offers a walkers a unique cultural experience. Read More »
Kalona Tourism, Iowa

Kalona Tourism, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Just about 30 minutes from the bustle of the University of Iowa campus and downtown Iowa City, is an enchanting small town where you can catch glimpses of a unique way of life - and sample some of its treasures. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#506)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#506)

posted on July 5, 2013

Full Program: Come along with host Dan Kaercher as he visits some western Iowa farms for lavender cookies and aronia berry wine, takes in the sights in one of Iowa’s oldest River communities, finds a bike to fit the needs of most anyone, no matter what their... Read More »
Drake Restaurant, Burlington, Iowa

Drake Restaurant, Burlington, Iowa

posted on July 3, 2013

From Elk burgers to Lobster Risotto, this restaurant on the Mississippi river in southeast Iowa, has something for everybody’s taste buds. Read More »
Geocaching, Bedford, Iowa

Geocaching, Bedford, Iowa

posted on July 2, 2013

Back in 2000 some of the first consumer Global Positioning System or GPS devices became available, and along with those devices a fun, new outdoor activity was born: Geocaching. Read More »
Danish Immigrant Museum, Elkhorn and Kimbalton, Iowa

Danish Immigrant Museum, Elkhorn and Kimbalton, Iowa

posted on July 2, 2013

Dan goes to Elkhorn and Kimbalton to take in the history and tastes of Denmark and visits the Danish Immigrant Museum and Danish Windmill. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#503)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#503)

posted on June 12, 2013

Full Program: Get a birds-eye of Iowa with some skydivers, visit the artisan community of Lake City where many aging buildings have been renovated into captivating visitor stops, take your time viewing a northeast Iowa collection of masterfully made clocks,... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#505)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#505)

posted on June 10, 2013

Full Program: Host Dan Kaercher discovers how Iowa’s landscape and rich history compliment a championship golf course in Rhodes, samples the dishes at one of Iowa’s grand old steakhouses in Anita, drives the country roads of southeast Iowa to visit several... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#504)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#504)

posted on June 10, 2013

Full Program: Host Dan Kaercher explores Iowa activities and soaks up the limestone bluff views on a river cruise in Iowa Falls, enjoys the tasty food at Mississippi River restaurant The Drake in Burlington, takes in the sights at Iowa’s largest county fair... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#501)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#501)

posted on May 31, 2013

Full Program: Join host Dan Kaercher as he stops in Charles City to visit one of the few grass tennis courts in the U.S., learns about the Danish history of Elk Horn and Kimballton, enjoys a performance by a talented Iowa professional opera company in... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#406)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#406)

posted on July 11, 2012

Full Program: Get lost in an amazing autumn maze; explore the all-you-can-eat menu at a scenic spot in Jackson county; learn the history and hardships of life as a hobo; and save room for a Green River or Banana Split at the ol' time soda fountain in Wilton. Read More »
Solsma's Punkin Patch, Sanborn, Iowa

Solsma's Punkin Patch, Sanborn, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2012

In northwest Iowa, Dan Kaercher finds an amazing place -- a corn maze and all things pumpkin. Read More »
Bluff Lake Catfish Farm Restaurant, Maquoketa, Iowa

Bluff Lake Catfish Farm Restaurant, Maquoketa, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2012

Dan Kaercher finds a family-run restaurant in Jackson County that offers a homey atmosphere in the country and all-you-can-eat entrees. Read More »
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, Waterloo, Iowa

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, Waterloo, Iowa

posted on June 28, 2012

In Waterloo, Dan Kaercher tours a spot devoted to the history of wrestling, and learns this favorite Iowa sport actually dates back to ancient times. Read More »
The Inn at Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Iowa

The Inn at Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Iowa

posted on June 28, 2012

In Ida County, Dan Kaercher travels back in time and discover some interesting sites on my way to the elegant Battle Creek Bed & Breakfast. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#404)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#404)

posted on June 21, 2012

Full Program: Tour the Quad Cities on 2-wheels; follow the same trail as many pioneers who crossed the prairie in the mid 1800s; seek out an angler's paradise in northeast Iowa; and get ready for "BIG" portions and big flavor at a Story County eatery. Read More »
Iowa Mormon Trails (Prairie Trails Museum), Corydon, Iowa

Iowa Mormon Trails (Prairie Trails Museum), Corydon, Iowa

posted on June 21, 2012

Some of the first travelers to Iowa arrived by oxen or horse-drawn wagons. Some stayed ... others were just passing through. Dan Kaercher sees part of the trail the Mormons took through southern Iowa. Read More »
Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, Iowa

Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, Iowa

posted on June 13, 2012

In the fall of 2011, the New York Times named this hotel one of its 150 "weekend destinations". It's the restored Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport. Read More »
Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

posted on June 13, 2012

If you like eerie experiences, you don't have to wait for October and Halloween. Just join Dan Kaercher for a visit a certain house in the southwest Iowa town of Villisca. Read More »
 Rusty Duck Restaurant, Dexter, Iowa

Rusty Duck Restaurant, Dexter, Iowa

posted on June 13, 2012

There area lots of places to get a good burger. But for a great burger, Dan Kaercher found an eatery that's earned a "Best of" title. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#403)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#403)

posted on June 13, 2012

Full Program: Dig for Iowa's state rock and mine for a little civil war history in southeast Iowa; take a bite of an award-winning burger in Dexter; test your nerves at an authentic haunted house; and relax at a historic Quad Cities hotel that received national... Read More »
Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton, Iowa

Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton, Iowa

posted on June 12, 2012

Some days Dan Kaercher just longs for an old-fashioned treat from an old-fashioned soda fountain. And he knew right where to go --to Wilton, in eastern Iowa. Read More »
The National Hobo Convention & Museum, Britt, Iowa

The National Hobo Convention & Museum, Britt, Iowa

posted on June 8, 2012

A Hobo's life is transient – but the life and history of the hobo is forever honored in just one place – the north central Iowa town of Britt. Read More »
Devonian Fossil Gorge, Iowa City, Iowa

Devonian Fossil Gorge, Iowa City, Iowa

posted on June 8, 2012

Did you know that Iowa was once part of a large continent south of the equator, covered by warm, shallow seas? The sea beds are still here and Dan Kaercher explores the ancient fossil gorge in Johnson County. Read More »
Trout Fishing, St. Ansgar, Iowa

Trout Fishing, St. Ansgar, Iowa

posted on June 8, 2012

Dan Kaercher looks for an angler's paradise among some of northeast Iowa's hundreds of miles of trout streams. Read More »
Sutliff Cider, Lisbon, Iowa

Sutliff Cider, Lisbon, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

In Linn County, an orchard and cider company made the cut as one of the 30 best hard ciders in the world. Let's have a taste with Dan Kaercher! Read More »
Terrace Hill, Des Moines, Iowa

Terrace Hill, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Join Dan Kaercher as he takes a tour of Terrace Hill. Its home to the governor ... and its open for tours. Read More »
Archie's Waeside Restaurant, Le Mars, Iowa

Archie's Waeside Restaurant, Le Mars, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Dan Kaercher found a northwest Iowa steakhouse established by a Russian immigrant who fled his homeland during the Bolshevik Revolution. Read More »
Odessa Water Trail & Wildlife Complex, Wapello, Iowa

Odessa Water Trail & Wildlife Complex, Wapello, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Dan Kaercher learns that nothing puts our busy 21st century life into perspective more than floating a river, observing nature and learning a little about those who inhabited Iowa before us. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#402)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#402)

posted on June 7, 2012

Full Program: Paddle with Dan Kaercher through a southeast Iowa wildlife complex; dine at a third-generation steakhouse in northwest Iowa; step into a historic landmark all Iowans should be proud of; and sample a variety of handcrafted ciders produced in Lisbon. Read More »
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Dan Kaercher sight-sees downtown Des Moines both with a bike-sharing program and on a sternwheeler riverboat that offers food, beverage and fun on the Des Moines River. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#405)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#405)

posted on June 7, 2012

Full Program: Dan Kaercher learns how to draw a bow, aim and let the arrows fly in west central Iowa; gets a hold on all things wrestling in Waterloo; walks on Iowa's ancient seabed uncovered by floods; and relaxes at a Victorian Inn in northwest Iowa. Read More »
Two-Wheel Touring, Davenport, Iowa

Two-Wheel Touring, Davenport, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

See the Quad Cities on two wheels – on a bicycle or on an electric vehicle called a Segway. Read More »
Raccoon Ridge Archery, Stuart, Iowa

Raccoon Ridge Archery, Stuart, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

Join host Dan Kaercher as he hits the great Iowa outdoors and some 3D targets on an archery range in Stuart. Read More »
Galleria de Paco, Waterloo, Iowa

Galleria de Paco, Waterloo, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

You don't have to travel to Rome to be inspired by the Sistine Chapel. Join Dan Kaercher in Waterloo, as he dines under an artist's interpretation of the Sistine chapel ceiling. Read More »
Musketeers Hockey, Sioux City, Iowa

Musketeers Hockey, Sioux City, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

Host Dan Kaercher enjoys some high speed hockey action with fans at a Sioux City Musketeers game. Read More »
Stan's Pastry Shop, Geode Fest & Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa

Stan's Pastry Shop, Geode Fest & Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

If you're a rock hound or a civil war buff Southeast Iowa is the place for adventure. Plus Dan Kaercher found there's a great stop for a sweet treat. Read More »
Villages Folk School, Bonaparte, Iowa

Villages Folk School, Bonaparte, Iowa

posted on March 31, 2011

If Dan Kaercher can learn to draw at the Villages Folk School, then most of the rest of us can, too. The class offerings range from traditional arts to blacksmithing to knitting and are taught in each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van... Read More »