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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How to Support Iowa Supper Clubs During COVID-19

When I first planned for the release of Iowa Supper Clubs, it included a lot more eating in restaurants and a lot more in-person events. Throw in a global pandemic and restaurant culture is looking quite…

Explore the Outdoors This Summer with the Iowa State Parks Passport

Summer is the perfect time to explore the outdoors and this year is no exception! With many of our usual summer activities cancelled and trips put on hold, exploring Iowa State Parks has been one…

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Summer is the perfect time to plan a road trip! This year we’re opting to stay a bit closer to home by exploring Iowa and its neighboring states, which is why I was so excited…

Meet Albert the World’s Largest Bull

The “world’s largest” thing that began my obsession may have called neighboring Nebraska home. But it seemed fitting to kick off  my Wandering the World’s Largest adventure in Iowa with Albert the World’s Largest Bull.

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