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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2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Foodies

When we travel, food items are some of my favorite things to pick up for gifts or souvenirs. So it makes sense that when the holiday season rolls around, my gifts for foodies in my…

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Avid Travelers

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Olio in Iowa’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time for Olio in Iowa’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! I’m a sucker for a good gift guide season. In fact, over the years I’ve found…

Plan an Offbeat Adventure with KC Destinations’ Quirky Trip

It’s no secret that I love a quirky destination. I’m never happier than when I have an offbeat itinerary ahead of me, which is why I was so excited to experience KC Destinations’ Quirky Trip.

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