Iowa’s Romantic Stays

From rustic retreats surrounded by nature to historic charmers in the city, here are four romantic stays for smitten Iowans just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Mont Rest Inn


Found halfway up a 9-acre wood bluff, the elegant Mont Rest Inn offers seclusion alongside views of the Mississippi River. It is home to only 13 guests suites—many with hot tubs and fireplaces. Plus, guests are spoiled by thoughtful perks, like heated towel bars and handmade chocolates. Pictured.

Hotel Julien Dubuque


Offering the unbeatable combination of modern amenities and historic charm, boutique Hotel Julien Dubuque is a sophisticated stay in Old Main District. A favorite for weddings, guests are enchanted by the impeccable service, lavish accommodations and great eats at Caroline’s Restaurant.

Des Lux Hotel

Des Lux Hotel

Des Moines

Full of rich woods, exposed brick and even gargoyles, Des Lux Hotel is brimming with history and allure. It also boasts some of the largest accommodations in Des Moines, as many Des Lux rooms and suites have fireplaces and whirlpools for an utterly romantic night in.

Red Cedar Lodge

Charles City

A true respite from the everyday, Red Cedar Lodge is home to beautiful log-sided cabins where guests can cozy up by the fire, cook side-by-side in the full kitchens and make memories with gorgeous scenery right outside their door. For a little together time in nature, Red Cedar Lodge is near biking, fishing, birdwatching and more.

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