About Olio in Iowa

Olio in Iowa is a Midwest-based travel blog inspired by offbeat destinations, roadside attractions, and “world’s largest” things. Started in 2012, Olio in Iowa focuses on unique travel destinations and the joys of roadtripping. With readers located across the country, Olio in Iowa strives to highlight the nation’s sometimes overlooked locales and showcase the people who help create and maintain them.


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Olio in Iowa’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe it’s already time for Olio in Iowa’s 2020 holiday gift guide. This year has been a doozy with struggles, twists and turns.

That Time We Almost Bought a Wigwam Motel During a Pandemic

Yes, you read that correctly. Six months into a global pandemic, Josh and I considered imploding our lives in Iowa to move to Kentucky to buy and run a wigwam-shaped motel.

Spend the Night at Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City, Kentucky

I love a roadside attraction. But one you can spend the night in? Sign me up! The Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City, Kentucky is one of only three remaining wigwam motels in the…

Available Now: Iowa Supper Clubs

From relish trays and Old Fashioned cocktails to prime rib and fried fish, supper clubs are a quintessential part of midwestern dining culture. In Iowa, hundreds of supper clubs once dotted the state’s rural highways and byways, serving as havens for hungry travelers and community gathering places for small towns. Today, fewer of these classic eateries remain, but the ones that do hold some unique stories and incredible dining experiences.

Iowa Supper Clubs Book Cover