Megan McDaniel is the wedding and social event executive for Iowa-based The Rewind Hotel, Hotel Renovo and Revel Hotel. “I work with our couples to help them plan, design and execute their event, helping them bring their vision for the big day to reality.”
After its first opening in 1854, the Iowa State Fair has become an award-winning, annual tradition–not just for Iowans, but for visitors across the globe. The fair will take place August 12 to August 22 in Des Moines with more than a million people expected in attendance.
Whitney Coyle is the owner of Lux Pop Up Picnics, which sets the stage for themed luxury picnics for special occasions and expands to Waterloo and surrounding areas on August 1. “This is an exciting expansion, and we can’t wait to serve Iowa.”
Contrary to popular belief, Iowa actually has a pretty buzzy bar scene. With local eateries, hole-in-the-wall taverns, and modern restaurants galore, there’s certainly no shortage of cocktails and light bite specials to enjoy all across the state. Here’s where to go to enjoy some of the best happy hours in Des Moines.
It’s National Ice Cream Month, and what better way to celebrate than by trying the best shops in all of Iowa? From classic favorites to twists on tradition, there is flavor waiting to be tried for everyone.
With two successful locations already under its belt (one in Solon and the other in Iowa City), Big Grove Brewery has announced its newest brewery and taproom is slated to open in Des Moines in 2022. The project will be located on the eastern side of the Crescent Chevrolet Building.
Sugarfire Smoke House, an award-winning casual, chef-driven restaurant, is located on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids. Sugar Fire features barbecue favorites, including its top-selling brisket, plus a variety of other tasty dishes including pies and boozy ice cream shakes.
Nothing pairs better with a good meal quite like a great view—and Iowa has no shortage of either. Here are some of the best waterfront dining options to visit on your next night out.
Meg Dickinson’s business, Sugar Grove Goods, began as a goat milk soap endeavor operating out of her 120-year-old farmhouse. In April 2020, Dickinson opened a coffee shop in Dallas Center to house her bustling business and also spotlight some of Iowa’s most talented food purveyors.
With Independence Day just around the corner, here are some of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Iowa this year.