Iowa Outdoors

Center Grove Orchard Strawberry Patch – Cambridge, Iowa

Center Grove Orchard has opened their strawberry patch for the first time in 2021, and we were so excited to check it out and pick our own strawberries. This is such a fun place to go as a day date during the summer, or perfect as a family outing! Typical with their apple picking in […]

Planting Potatoes in Iowa

Why We Love Planting Potatoes We have absolutely loved planting potatoes the past couple years and plan to continue planting them going forward. Here are a couple reasons why we love planting potatoes and why they do so well here in Iowa! Also, make sure to check out our previous Iowa Garden Harvest blog to […]

Scenic Sites in Downtown Des Moines

There’s nothing quite like exploring your own town to enjoy the nostalgic moments and seeing the changes or new features you never noticed before. We had gorgeous weather the other weekend, and took the opportunity to grab some boba and wander through downtown Des Moines. I thought I’d share the notable places we toured this […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Loess Hills Hideaway Cabins & Preparation Canyon State Park

Loess Hills Hideaway Cabins are the perfect couples or family getaway in western Iowa, and are also pet friendly cabins. You’re only minutes away from Loess Hills State Forest which includes the Preparation Canyon State Park, but otherwise this location is secluded from modern conveniences. We had to accept that we may not be doing […]


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