*Southwest Iowa’s HWY 34 brings in the travelers and explorers like us to communities that are home to some energetic entrepreneurs. Our trip to Montgomery County was funded by the Western Iowa Tourism Region. Some of our meals, services and goods were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
I love a great cup of coffee, steaks, gravy, history and any reason to pull over to snap a picture of a roadside wonder. Lucky for me, and countless road trippers out there, we have Montgomery County, Iowa and the opportunities it’s home to for all those entering reasons I listed above. Let’s get a taste of Sweden in Stanton, Iowa!
Roadside America & History
The Swedish heritage is on full display throughout many areas of Stanton. For some of them you’ll need a keen eye to notice and some will pop out like a Scandinavian beacon calling you into town.
One of the biggest reliefs to travelers is when they locate the local coffee hub where we can order our favorite caffeinated beverages. Or dive into a local delight you can’t get back home. That Montgomery County hub for me was Fika Coffee Hus on the main drag of Stanton!
Let’s Eat Steak
*We’d like to thank the Mills/Montgomery Cattlemen for being the official meal sponsors during this wonderful Gallivant through Montgomery County! Let’s see what we ordered….
The wind is just right for a thick steak in Stanton! The locals were looking forward to this evening for a long time and they supplied one of the greatest welcoming gifts I’ve ever received. Let’s get to know Gibbs Chophouse!
My preferred way to travel anywhere is to park my car and have the room, restaurant, and a business district all within steps of each other. This is possible in Stanton because of the OLY suites!
Red Oak is where I found the Montgomery County gravy train! A restaurant that’s been cooking for generations is the place I had to experience, and I was thrilled to meet up with some awesome folks at The Rainbow Café!
We just featured some great ways to consume delicious meals that have beef as the headliner. Now, let’s get to know one of Montgomery County’s farmers who has a professional team that raises some quality cattle. Let’s go to Hart Farms near Stanton!
I stumbled upon some of Montgomery County’s prairies and parks the last time I was here, but not all of them. I needed more miles on my step tracker and I got the job done near Elliot at Pilot Gove County Park with a trip around its lake.
The act of going back to a place you’ve traveled to before can be a satisfying one. Less than a year went by since my last visit to Montgomery County, and yet I managed to see more of the area and meet more of its entertaining and welcoming locals. I used the word “welcome” several times in this blog post because that simple gesture was all around me the entire time. You all did a top-notch job of representing your communities, and I thank all of you for your friendliness and true character. Let’s meet for a gravy filled lunch and party the Swedish night away again!
Find information about the Stanton Old Lumber Yard and Event Center on their website.