A veteran of the hospitality field for more than three decades, Dan Carlino is the general manager of Hilton Des Moines Downtown. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the hotel, which has 330 rooms and 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and happens to be the only one connected to the Iowa Events Center.
Restaurant of the Week: St. Kilda Surf & Turf
St. Kilda Surf & Turf, located in the East Village in Downtown Des Moines, offers healthy modern fish dishes, souvlaki, all-day breakfast, salads, bites, artisanal coffee beverages featuring Counter Culture Coffee, and a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine.
Iowa Fall Arts Preview
While some theaters and galleries have opened their doors, others are still taking precautions in the midst of the pandemic, and are producing the bulk of their projects online. Here’s a preview of what the fall arts season will look like in Iowa.
Hilton Des Moines Downtown
Hilton Des Moines Downtown in Iowa is a beautiful and modern addition to the downtown area, offering comfortable accommodations, onsite dining as well as other amenities and conveniences any traveler might need or want.
Drive-Through Bite-Size Market Open in Des Moines
Through Oct. 31, Downtown Farmers’ Market fans can get their fill of farm-fresh goods via the new Drive-Through Bite-Size Market. Customers can pre-order produce, meat, eggs, cheese, artisan food items, baked goods, flowers and more through the Drive-Through Online Marketplace and can pick up their items the following Saturday.
5 Historic Driving Trails to Cruise in Iowa
A cruise through the hidden backroads of Iowa can be scenic, quiet and, simply put, dazzling. But believe it or not, it can actually double as a history lesson too. The state is full of a number of driving trails that can serve as routes for a charming evening drive, or that can act as an alternative excursion that will allow you to immerse yourself in the culture of Iowa.
Iowa’s Best Glamping Retreats
Everyone loves an excuse to explore the great outdoors—and luxurious glamping experiences offer all the charm of a secluded getaway, but with the conveniences of a five-star resort. Iowa has a handful of fantastic glamping alternatives that offer unparalleled views at some of the state’s most iconic lakes, nature preserves and national parks.
Fabulous People: Jeff Quint
Jeff Quint is the founder/CEO of Swisher-based Cedar Ridge Distillery. Quint founded the award-winning distillery in 2005 with the notion that “Iowa should be a net exporter of distilled spirits, not a net importer.”
The 5 Best Things to See in Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls is a quaint town located in the heart of Black Hawk County. The city is bustling with boutique shops, independent restaurants and nature preserves that encapsulate the scenic and unparalleled charm of the state perfectly. Here are the five best things to see in Cedar Falls.
Fabulous People: Carissa Johnson
Carissa Johnson is the executive director for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, a beloved annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to Cedar Rapids to celebrate July 4 with more than 70 events. As the festival’s youngest executive director in its 36-year history, Johnson discusses how she got to be where she is today.