Family Adventures · Northwest Iowa

Main Street Iowa Never Looked This Suite

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The gem inside the Gem of the Prairie.

Paullina, IA: O’Brien County

We have stayed in some amazing places throughout our Iowa journeys and our last trip to Paullina supplied one of the most unique lodging opportunities we’ve experienced. And the great part was how it was right on Main Street in the center of all the great businesses this small Iowa town is proud of. We stayed in suite and we got much more than that…

The long staircase, between Old Market Antiques and JW’s Restaurant, leads to the historic Bock Suite and its remarkable decor. The loft-style suite stretches the entire length of the building and has a beautiful mix of modern renovations with antiques in every corner, room, nook, and cranny.

The Bock suite has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fully loaded kitchen and everything you need for short stay… or long one. It’s also perfect a gathering place for any occasion. The owners of the Bock Suite, Steve and Marlys Hartong, welcomed us to Paullina and made us feel right at home during our entire weekend in O’Brien County. It also helps that you awaken to the aroma of fresh pecan and cinnamon rolls baking downstairs.

Directly below the Bock Suite is the Hartong’s antique store and their quality merchandise can be seen all over their shop and the suite itself. There was a lot to see during our trip to NW-Iowa but we could have easily stayed in this property for three straight days with all of its comfort and hospitality.

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From past yearbooks, to post cards and magazines. The Bock Suite drips with local history.

Not only is the Bock Suite an incredible place to stay and browse for antiques, it also doubles as an unofficial museum for the area. Classic local photos and artwork hang on the walls. High school annuals from past decades can be thumbed through. Magazines with headlines of your youth can be re-discovered. You think this is all the Hartong’s have to offer here? There’s another element to this property and you’ll have to keep your attention on our Best Between Bread series and see what is cooking here!

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