*There’s been many times we’ve zipped through Carroll County and we finally coordinated a Gallivant to this area that’s BIG ON BEEF and so much more. Our visit was sponsored by Emerge Marketing Solutions. Some of the goods, services, and meals were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
There was a huge day planned for us in Carroll County, and Shelly Greving of Emerge Marketing was the hostess that planned it out for us! She did her homework and knew just what we needed to see during our inaugural Gallivant to this Western Iowa community on the T-Bone Trail. An entertaining itinerary wasn’t all she provided for this expedition….
The German Hausbarn Campground was enjoying a busy day of campers and we were happy to be a part of the squad of outdoors enthusiasts here in Manning. Look at the weeks ahead in your favorite weather app because there is going to be some wonderful days and nights ahead for campgrounds like this!
This campground is just a short drive from everything in Manning and serves as a fantastic staging point for some easy going road trips throughout the area. Or just stay put the whole time! No one would blame you. However, we have a few suggestions that could inspire some Carroll County exploring of your own….You hungry?
Let’s Eat Steak!
The Shop Bar & Grill isn’t just popular with folks in Arcadia and Carroll County. This restaurant brings in crowds from all over West-Central Iowa and beyond! Watch the video below and see one of the most delectable Ribeyes we had on this year’s T-Bone Trail…
Very fresh, cooked to a wonderful medium-rare, and great company to share it with. How fresh is this steak? We’ll get to that in a bit, but I’d start making plans for your own visit to The Shop!
We didn’t stop with the Shop Bar & Grill when it came to huge and memorable steak moments in Carroll County. We still had supper to prepare for and we went big back at the camper in Manning!
Roadside Attractions & History
Wowzzerz! Manning is one of Iowa’s premier cities for roadside attractions! They are everywhere and the range of styles are all over the place. Public art, murals, historic, interactive, and….well, let’s just get to pictures…
The German Hausbarn was just a short walk from our campsite and it provided an amazing look into 1600s-Europe. Being in awe of how it was all put together was the constant feeling I had here. A very pleasant way to take a walk while camping in Manning. The Hausbarn isn’t the only attraction that’s a short jaunt from the nearby campground.
Let’s keep up the good times and history here in Carroll County! Time to get on the blacktops and drive to Templeton!
We had the pleasure of getting a full tour of Templeton Distillery by Keith Kerkhoff! His family’s history goes deep into the Templeton lore and goes back for many-many years in this region of Iowa. He knows this distillery better than anyone, and he was the perfect guide to show us around.
The blacktops kept going all over the county! This included classic road trip material for the roadside attraction lovers that we are!
Let’s Go Shopping
The meaty train through Carroll County continues! Remember that glistening Ribeye from The Shop Bar & Grill? It was brought over from a well known meat locker that’s right across the street from the kitchen it was cooked in!
In my eye there is no better way to shop small, buy local, and support Iowa industries, farmers, and families better than heading to local lockers and meat shops. There’s someone you know that would love to receive meaty gifts from places you just read about. You’ll be making some great folks very happy on many levels and the mileage of the revenue your purchases go a long way at these establishments. But hey! Bundles of steaks, sausages, Bologna, and jerky isn’t the only gifts you can wrap up in Carroll County. Let’s head back to Manning and see what we can find….
Morning came to Manning and we exited the Greving family camper with so much to be thankful for. Shelly with Emerge Marketing Solutions sent us on a wonderful excursion throughout these proud communities and still left us wanting more. These days on the T-Bone Trail gave back to us in ways we can’t fully describe in words. Which is why we, as a family, need to make efforts for return trips to Carroll County and Western Iowa. The folks that showed us around provided more proof to how spectacular it can be traveling in Iowa. So hop on the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway and you’ll find yourself in Carroll County at some point. The area can provide so many great moments for you and your road tripping crew, and I truly hope you bump into some of the locals that made our trip a fantastic one. But I feel like I need to head back to Templeton for some reason….