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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Latest Posts

How to Support Iowa Businesses by Shopping Small This Spring

There are so many reasons to celebrate in the spring! This year, those celebrations may look a bit different. But somehow that makes them even more special and worth commemorating.

10 Places to Eat and Drink in Mason City, Iowa

It’s no secret that there’s lots to see and do in northern Iowa. But you may be surprised to learn just how many delicious places there are to eat in Mason City, Iowa.

On the Road with Thirty Something Super Mom

This month I’m excited to introduce Melissa Dixon of Thirty Something Super Mom. Melissa is based near Cedar Rapids, Iowa and blogs about health, family lifestyle and travel.

The 2020 Iowa Caucus Tourist’s Guide to Des Moines

With the Iowa Caucuses less than a week away, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite places to eat, shop, and spend time in Des Moines if you happen to be passing through during caucus season…

Coming Soon: 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