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Exploring Iowa: Eldon & Ottumwa

Last week I wrote about my trip to the famous “American Gothic” house in Edon, Iowa. A town of just over 900, Eldon is one of the small town, Iowa gems I truly love. Before we headed to our final destination, we stopped off at a local antique and furniture renovation shop—Junk’e in the Trunk—and scooped up a few vintage treasures…

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Plan Your Visit to the American Gothic House

Last weekend a friend and I decided to take a mini road trip south to Eldon, Iowa in search of the house that inspired artist Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.” Less than two hours from Des Moines, the trip was the perfect length—peppered with stops along the way—for a sunny Sunday afternoon…

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Pella: A Touch of Holland

En route to another road trip destination, a friend and I recently made a brief stop in Pella, Iowa in search of some authentic Dutch letters. Pella—a town known for its annual Tulip Time festival—is also home to the largest functioning Dutch windmill in the United States. Unfortunately it was Sunday so all of the bakeries, most of the coffee shops and the town’s historic village were closed…