Romantic Places in Iowa
North-central Iowa Historic Park Inn Mason, Iowa T: +1 (641) 422-0015. 27 rooms. US$ 100- www.historicparkinn.com Architect enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to sleep in the last-standing hotel designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Located in downtown Mason, the boutique hotel and restaurant re-opened in 2011 after a multi-year restoration project.
Central Iowa 30 miles north of Des Moines you’ll find the small town of Perry. It’s location doesn’t really qualify for our definition of romantic – notwithstanding our affection for tiny rural towns. Still, we couldn’t resist Perry’s pièce de résistance, the Hotel Pattee, and its story of a local girl who left small town Iowa for the west coast, did very well, and came back to pour both her fortune and her attention-to-detail good taste into restoring the hometown hotel.
Hotel Pattee 1112 Willis Ave. Perry, Iowa T: +1 (515) 465-3511. 40 rooms. US$ 125- www.hotelpattee.com This meticulously restored Art Deco hotel comes with a vintage bowling alley and rooftop sculptural garden.
Northeastern Iowa Bordering Wisconsin, woodsy hilly northeast Iowa features the upper Mississippi river—wide but only 9 feet deep—and its limestone bluffs. Hancock House b&b 1105 Grove Terrace Dubuque, Iowa T: +1 319 557-8989. 9 room b&b. US$ 75- www.thehancockhouse.com Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this elegant 1891 Queen Anne Victorian began life as a wealthy merchant’s house. Rooms have bluff or river valley views. Hotel Winneshiek 104 E. Water St. Decorah, Iowa T: +1 (563) 382-4164. 31 rooms. US$ 139- www.hotelwinn.com Restored historic hotel and restaurant located in the center of a charming college town. The area surrounding the town is beautiful.