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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Plan a Groovy Stay at The Highlander Hotel in Iowa City

I love seeing old spaces transformed into something new. In Iowa City, The Highlander Hotel is the perfect example of a classic space turned into a modern gem.

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: The Perfect Gifts from Shop Iowa

When it comes to holiday gift giving, I always prefer to shop small! It’s fun to find new small businesses to support when I travel. But shopping small year-round also helps strengthen our community when…

Midwest Travel Books to Add to Your Bookshelf

Call me old fashioned, but I love using books and travel guides to plan a trip. Since we all have considerably more time to plan and dream about future trips while we’re staying safe at…

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Staying at Home

I usually compile gifts to help your favorite traveler traverse the globe. This year I’m excited to share options for those staying closer to home. I don’t know about you, but 2020 has given us…

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