Romantic Places in Iowa
Historic Park Inn
T: +1 (641) 422-0015. 27 rooms. US$ 100-
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.
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.
1112 Willis Ave. Perry, Iowa
T: +1 (515) 465-3511. 40 rooms. US$ 125-
This meticulously restored Art Deco hotel comes with a vintage bowling alley and rooftop sculptural garden.
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-
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.
104 E. Water St. Decorah, Iowa
T: +1 (563) 382-4164. 31 rooms. US$ 139-
Restored historic hotel and restaurant located in the center of a charming college town. The area surrounding the town is beautiful.