So I didn’t make it to every place I wanted to go in 2011. It happens. But I did find myself in some places that I didn’t know I wanted to go, but now would highly recommend.
Topping my list is Goodies Homemade Candies in Okoboji. I have been by it a number of times, but on my last trip popped in to buy someone a quick thank you gift. Perhaps it was my hungry tummy that made me fall in love with this candy shop, but the smells and sights of a room full of treats has left me with sweet memories and plans to stop there every time I’m in the great lakes area.
On a visit to Bettendorf, I landed at the Isle Casino Hotel. This is a beautiful facility with great space to see a show, play the slots or a table game or just crash for the night. I was very impressed by the beautiful décor and great amenities.
A breakfast meeting landed me in Newton at Shay’s Tea Room. I am by no means a connoisseur of tea rooms, but if they are all like this one, I can see why people enjoying going. Located at the historic Hunter Mansion, Shay’s offers delicious food and great shopping. It would be a perfect place for a girl’s day.
I could go on, but I’ll save them for other blogs. What places did you wander into as an acquaintance and left as a fan?Colleen Murphy, Iowa Tourism Office