*The loops and main roads of the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway will guide you into Mills County and the beautiful county seat of Glenwood during your much needed road trip. Our visit to Mills County was sponsored and funded by the Western Iowa Tourism Region. Some of the meals, goods and services were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
Mills County is an area where we’ve become regulars. It started with a trip in 2016 and we make it a point to cruise on in every time we know we’re going to be within horseshoe throwing distance of the area. The scenery and restaurants are a big reason why, but it’s the locals are the biggest reason why it feels so great to show up to these SW-Iowa communities. And we keep making more friends each time we Gallivant Mills County!
Roadside America & History
It’s really easy to start straying from where you were planning on going in Mills County. The Loess Hills reminders are everywhere so I recommend penciling in some time to make several unscheduled stops during your getaway here.
County museums are always an excellent way to learn about local history wherever you travel to. An alternate pursuit of historical knowledge in Mills County is at Malvern Manor in the town of Malvern. Prepare to get the chills when you hear the stories that are coming out of this internationally known haunted building.
The past is something that can be retold in several ways, and the history of Malvern Manor is a fascinating one even without the ghost stories. After getting properly frightened, it was time to get back on the road and see more of the county. Obviously with a lot still on my mind!
Sometimes you need to have an adventure that’s suited for the grownups out there. Mills County is a terrific destination for this sort of adventure and you get all that local scenery to go with it!
On the town square of Glenwood is a family owned business that seems to dabble in just about everything. Joe Designer is another Mills County business that’s made back on The Iowa Gallivant and for some seriously good reasons. They have some slick looking shirts and hats that I was eyeballing and we needed a place to stay so there’s two great reasons right there!
The Town Square Loft is just a few steps to everything in Glenwood’s main business district. Make your getaway a convenient one by parking your car and not worrying about driving much after you make your reservations, and enjoy the square with every lap you take!
Let’s Eat Steak
*We had the great pleasure to work with the Mills/Montgomery Cattlemen and they were the official meal sponsors for our visit to Mills County. Thank you to this association because we had some mouthwatering meals featuring some delicious beef!
Some of Iowa’s smallest communities have the tastiest restaurants. Mineola is in rural Mills County and just south of Council Bluffs. Tobey Jack’s is a popular destination for droves of travelers enjoying the byway, bikers and cyclists. Another scenic area of Mills County and perfect spot for a meet-up with a steak supper!
Back to the Town Square
We have a lot of people in this world we should try to thank more often. Iowa’s farmers rank right up there for me, and the recent Mills County Fair gave me the opportunity to highlight a local cattlemen that has long and strong family ties to area of SW-Iowa!
I find myself missing some of the folks I know in Mills County when I think of the area. It’s been a set of Western Iowa communities that have helped me create a long list of positive and entertaining memories throughout the years of gallivanting. My travels to Mills County have brought me to so much that I’m already familiar with while opening me up to new ways to enjoy the county all at the same time. I can’t think of a better way to spend multiple return trips to a Loess Hills beauty like this. Beer me again, Randy!
Make your reservations for the Glenwood Loft on the Towns Square on Airbnb.