Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show – Reiman Gardens

Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show – Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens is the gorgeous horticulture garden at Iowa State University that's been in Ames, Iowa since 1914. It provides a variety of unique plants and garden areas for visitors and researchers to explore. This past year they introduced the outdoor Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show for the first time, so we had to go [...]

Celebrating An At-Home Wedding Anniversary

Celebrating An At-Home Wedding Anniversary

It's hard to believe we just celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! We typically took the opportunity to dress up and have dinner at a nice restaurant in Des Moines, but that just wasn't going to happen this year. Previous Anniversaries Our first anniversary we went to Centro (pronounced chen-tro), in Des Moines, famous for their [...]

Strautman Christmas Tree Farm – Cambridge, Iowa

Strautman Christmas Tree Farm – Cambridge, Iowa

Considering getting a live Christmas tree this holiday season? Ever since we moved back to Iowa, we have consistently gone to Strautman Tree Farm as part of our annual tradition the day after Thanksgiving. We started this tradition after we got our first home, and we haven't looked back since! Strautman Tree Farm is located [...]

Low-Risk Iowa Activities to Enjoy the Holidays

Low-Risk Iowa Activities to Enjoy the Holidays

Looking for low-risk activities to celebrate the holidays safely within Iowa? Although Christmas and the holidays in Iowa will look different this year for everyone, there are still many ways to make it special and stay safe. The following list has compiled the most low-risk, low contact and fun activities within Iowa for the holidays. [...]

Christiansen Forest Preserve – Huxley, Iowa

Christiansen Forest Preserve – Huxley, Iowa

In Iowa, we aren't as blessed with glorious mountain hikes or beautiful waterscape views, but don't sleep on Iowa trails and forests! We have an amazing DNR in this state that takes great care of our trails and parks, with the added bonus of never worrying about excessive tourism. History & Information Christiansen Forest Preserve [...]