A few weekends ago, during some sort of wonderful fluke, we had a rare 60 degree, early November Saturday in central Iowa. So Kristen and I took advantage of the sunshine and headed to Winterset, a tiny town just west and south of Des Moines, home to a surprising amount of roadside attractions and a whole lot of charm.
We stopped by John Wayne’s birthplace, grabbed a cone at Frostee’s, traveled the curving roads to Clark Tower and started our tour of the Bridges of Madison County. While there’s lot to see in and around Winterset, one of my favorite parts of the trip was wandering around the town square. A lot of the small towns we’ve visited share the town’s charming antique molding and moderate levels of kitsch, but so far none have been as well-preserved as Winterset.