*’Through the western roads of Iowa and into Guthrie County’s legendary byway on the inaugural Western Iowa T-Bone Trail! Our Gallivant was sponsored by White Pole Road Scenic Byway. Some of the goods, meals, and services were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
There’s a byway that cuts through the center of the state and winds into Western Iowa with an irresistible winding flow to it. Through scenic rural views, into small town Main Streets, and back to the countryside splendor that makes a road trip through Iowa a unique one. Sure, we have tons of wide open acreage of farmland, woodlands, wetlands, prairie preserves, and never ending blacktops and gravel roads. But you hardly ever go more than 30-40 minutes without driving into a town of any size. White Pole Road is one of the best rural paths for scenery, history and small town America in Iowa!
There’s always a good time for breakfast and especially when you’re heading up and down Iowa’s byways. We’re always looking for a hefty portion of my favorite meal and Menlo is where we found a great spot. The gravy train was making a stop at the Melo Cafe!
That’s a great start to any day right there. Friendly service and cooks who know how to get a hot breakfast out to your table for your table. Always a fantastic energy booster to a road trip!
Staying active was a focus for us all year. It also showed us parts of Iowa we’ve never seen or heard of. Lake Panorama had wonderful scenery and I was glad to finally see it. But it was the off the beaten path locations of Guthrie County that were the most rewarding.
Get out and see these natural wonders all over the state! Especially when they’re in your own backyard. Guthrie County has plenty of trails and woodlands to explore and that includes the next place we searched for. This would be one of the most beautiful walks we took all year.
If there was one place I had to pick for my only stop in Guthrie County’s public areas it would be there at Sutcliffe Woodland. The drive down the gravel made the anticipation sky rocket with each curve of the road. This kept us more than active and kept our imagination swirling the entire time we were here.
Roadside Attractions & History
The changing scenery and miles of trails are an enlightening way to travel through Guthrie County. If you love to learn about local history then make sure you swing into Panora and spend some time at the Guthrie County Historical Village and Museum!
I lost count of how many local museums we visited, on the T-Bone Trail, and that’s a very good thing to say. This complex was highly recommended by friends of mine and I was very glad we stopped by. As always, I wish we could spend more time at these museums, but we had more of the county to see!
Let’s Eat Steak
Steak night on White Pole Road! Pioneers Pub & Grub made another juicy meal happen with a classic special we got to know very well on the Western Iowa T-Bone Trail. Let’s make another Prime Rib supper a tasty and memorable one in Casey!
Wonderful salad bar that led to the chicken wings with a Prime Rib punch in Casey! Fantastic restaurants are all over White Pole Road and Casey has a great one! The Pioneers Pub & Grub peeps were so fun to hang out with and it made our meal that much better. This was an incredible slice of Iowa Beef in Guthrie County! Click on the video below and see what we’re talking about…
Marvin and JoAnn relocated the Fett Guesthouse to its current location on Broad Street in Adair. Never an easy task but they got it there, and are so proud to host visitors inside their dream project. The Fett Guesthouse is right across the street from Adair City Park with its campground, and walking distance to restaurants right down the road. We loved the historic atmosphere and the rooms were very cozy. It’s a perfect place to have a gathering and have the entire family enjoying a getaway with a neighborhood feel. This isn’t all that I have to say about the Fett Guesthouse! Stay tuned to The Iowa Gallivant because we have more to show you from this Adair, Iowa gem!
It was the first time I spent this many miles on White Pole Road and I can see why so many people have enjoyed this stretch of countryside highway. The fall road trips are in full swing and I know we could all use a getaway during the harvest season. Guthrie County’s splendor is there in every scenic corner and in every bite at its popular restaurants. A White Pole Road Getaway could be your next tradition of traveling Iowa and seeing the western reaches of the state in a whole new historic byway style!
Make your reservation for the Fett Guesthouse by calling 641-740-0659 or 712-249-0206