East Central Iowa · Family Adventures · Outdoors All Year

Sledding the Streets of Mount Vernon!

Mount Vernon, IA: Linn County

When the mercury reaches 30 degrees, we in Iowa call that a “break in the weather”. That means it’s time to get your cabin-fevered hineys outside and find a hill that will test your courage, snow skills, and common sense. Lucky for us, Mount Vernon, Iowa has such a place for us and it’s a short drive away from our home in Hills.

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The race is on! Charlie and Gigi st the summit of Mount Vernon's Main Street sledding hill.
The race is on! Charlie, Gigi, and a fellow sledder at the summit of Mount Vernon’s Main Street sledding hill.

Right next to the First Presbyterian Church, on 1st Street West, is one of Linn County’s best wintry spots to spend the day. This steep hill is right in between Mount Vernon’s historic Main Street district and the beautiful campus of Cornell College. Both are an easy walk to the hill, so parking is a non-issue if you plan on doing a little exploring.

Lake Placid, Lillehammer, Sochi and now you can add Mount Vernon, IA to the list of cities that provide the world with classic winter games.
Lake Placid, Lillehammer, Sochi and now you can add Mount Vernon, IA to the list of cities that provide the world with classic winter games.

The sun was out, it was 31 degrees with a slight breeze, and the snow was perfectly packed on Mount Vernon’s legendary hill. The area received the much needed snow through the course of the week, but the windchill didn’t allow for any ideal outdoor recreation. On this day the natives felt the opportunity in the air and invaded their slope. Sleds, snowboards, and saucers were in full-force!

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Wow! That was a fun trip down the hill. Now march! You'll need to have your energy when you're street sledding in Mount Vernon, IA.
Wow! That was a fun trip down the hill. Now march! You’ll need to have your energy when you’re street sledding in Mount Vernon, IA.
The city blocks off access to cars at the summit of this street. Just another way of showing it's residents and tourists how much they want you to have fun in Mount Vernon, IA.
The city blocks off access to cars at the summit of this street. Just another way of showing it’s residents and tourists how much they want you to have fun in Mount Vernon, IA.

After 7,964 trips up and down the street, Dad needed to give the kids a rest. And that’s how the story goes. Ask anybody who was there. We walked back to our car, near the campus of Cornell College, and started the necessary plans to get an agreeable lunch. Mount Vernon has that covered too. Although the spruce-infused snow you ingest on your way down the hill at 90 MPH isn’t bad either.

The main campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. The grounds are also home to a great disc-golf course. As you can see on the left side of the picture.
The main campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. The grounds are also home to a great disc-golf course, as you can see on the left side of the picture.

It didn’t take long for the locals to speak up and let Team Goodvin know where we should eat lunch on a Sunday afternoon in Mount Vernon. It’s football season and that means we dine at Scorz!
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Scorz Bar and Grill. Right on Main Street.  109 1st Street NW Mount Vernon, IA.
Scorz Bar and Grill. Right on Main Street.
109 1st Street NW
Mount Vernon, IA.

After Charlie had successfully interrogated Abby, our server at Scorz, on her reasoning for not rooting for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, we were finally ready to eat the food she brought out to us. Abby was a great server, but she wasn’t going to let a ten year old kid sway her into cheering on Tony Romo. We had a great time at Scorz eating their delicious food and observing Charlie taunting the local Packers fans. Abby was impressed at the level of spaghetti that my son put away.

The old man's pick. The Pub Melt at Scorz Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, IA. Tender grilled pork tenderloin and onions with melted Swiss cheese, in between toasted buttery garlic bread. Big belly approved!
The old man’s pick. The Pub Melt at Scorz Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, IA. Tender grilled pork tenderloin and onions with melted Swiss cheese in between toasted buttery garlic bread. Big belly approved!
Three very happy Green Bay Packers fans. Their team won and they had gigantic burgers and pitchers to celebrate their victory in Ice Bowl II. Let the curly fries rain up in hear! At Scorz Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, IA.
Three very happy Green Bay Packers fans. Their team won and they had gigantic burgers and pitchers to celebrate their victory in Ice Bowl II. Let the curly fries rain up in here! At Scorz Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, IA.

Team Goodvin needed some fun and Mount Vernon supplied it. And a much needed workout. This area yields many reasons to come back all year long and we’ve added a January trip to this historic town. Thank you for keeping up with tradition and having your streets safe for sledders, Mount Vernon. It’s time for more communities to get back to this great winter experience. Dry socks are good times too.

January: Historic Main Street Mount Vernon, IA.
January: Historic Main Street Mount Vernon, IA.

Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin

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