Author: Carissa Johnson

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Prairie Patch Farm in Cedar Rapids

Prairie Patch Farm is a private, 50-acre nature preserve and wildlife refuge near Cedar Rapids that is dedicated to preserving Iowa’s Natural Heritage. This is not your traditional farmland – it is home to 10 llamas, an alpaca, pigs and goats and one-of-a-kind experiences (like llama hikes!)

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The Green House in Iowa City

Woman-owned and -operated The Green House is a plant-themed cocktail lounge, located in Downtown Iowa City. Opened in early September 2022, The Green House focuses on crafting delicious plant-inspired cocktails, as well as offering an inviting and calm atmosphere.

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Border Hop: Galena’s Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes, located in historic Galena, is an inviting restaurant serving up the finest steaks, seafood, pasta and an outstanding wine selection. The restaurant offers multi-level dining and has a number of accolades to its name, making Fried Green Tomatoes a must when visiting the Illinois city.

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Summer Vacation: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

With nearly 7,000 acres of pristine countryside, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a one-of-a-kind Midwest destination, located just outside the historic Galena, Ill. This golf and spa resort is an ideal spot for a family vacation, a trip away with friends or a romantic getaway with your partner.

Hilton Des Moines Downtown

Hilton Des Moines Downtown, centrally located in Downtown Des Moines, is a modern hotel offering an ideal spot to enjoy all the nightlife, restaurants and entertainment that area has to offer. It is also located a few blocks from the Iowa Events Center, the Historic East Village and Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater.

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Restaurant of the Week: Barrel House

Barrel House, located in the heart of Downtown Cedar Rapids, is only a few blocks from all the major theaters and entertainment venues in the city, including TCR, McGrath Amphitheatre, the Paramount and the Alliant Energy Powerhouse. Barrel House is an upscale tavern pub that has a little something for everyone, including 16 beers on tap and daily specials.