*The Southwest Iowa region has been a destination on The Iowa Gallivant several times with Adams County welcoming me to town my whole life. Our travels were 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!
The video above was something we didn’t plan on doing until after we got back in the car with our breakfast. I knew at some point I wanted to include the old jailhouse during our visit to Corning, and it was with coffee in hand when I knew I wanted spend some time on the porch with this being the vary porch my family enjoyed for 8 years while Grandpa was sheriff. But where did we get those yummy pastries and coffee? Just down the hill from the Adams County House of History at Sweet Desires Bakery with the iced coffee coming from Backgrounds Coffee Bar & Boutique!
I love it when a community can repurpose an old school instead of having sit idle years after it shuttered. Prescott, Iowa is one of those communities that’s been able to feature an old school and it sends up some major lunch lady vibes thanks to Cooper’s Kitchen!
If you seek rare artifacts, collectibles, agricultural relics and all around Iowa history then Prescott’s Kline Museum is what you’ll want mosey through in Adams County. Rusty, rare, refurbished and full of surprises in every room!
Time to get back to the Corning Main Street District and do some shopping! I’ve been telling folks for years to make trips into small town Iowa for shopping excursions because they’re hosting some incredibly unique businesses. We make our return to Real Deals!
One of the anchors of Davis Ave-Corning is a center that’s been hosting artists and their works for years now. It’s another place I don’t want to miss when I visit, and these walls and exhibits always have something new when I show up. Corning Center for the Fine Arts never disappoints and always brings out some of the best talent this area has to offer.
Another family tradition of ours is an ice cream stop at the old McMahon drug store. The Main Street District of Corning still has a soda jerk and classic malts!
Iowa’s county parks seem to be getting more and more popular every year. Folks have been discovering and rediscovered these natural treasures at an inspiring rate, for the past few years, and it’s been a welcomed occurrence all over the state. Lake Icaria has grown in popularity and it’s seeing a longer reach in visitors with every passing season. The great part, like many of Iowa’s county parks, some of their cabins are open year round. That means you can get the family packed up for a rural vacation in the summer or plan a cozy getaway in the winter. I suggest looking into Lake Icaria for both of them and especially on the weekdays!
The hiking trails of Icaria are an excellent way to stay active with the Adams County scenery surrounding you. But it’s not the only way to keep the daily activities going in Corning. Stop into the CHI Health Wellness Center for a round of golf…..indoors!
Let’s Eat Steak
From a simulated golf course to an actual one in Corning. Happy Hollow Country Club is a longtime gathering place for its members and guests, and it was our turn to see why. Time for a steak dinner with A LOT of pasta on the links!
Back to Davis Ave in Corning and a restaurant that is a must when you’re on and Adams County getaway. We had a fantastic dinner and now it’s time for dessert at Primrose!
It will always feel like home in Adams County, and this Gallivant was no exception. It had been years since I’ve been to some of the places we visited and it was a pleasure catching up with the folks we encountered last year on the trail while meeting more of the area’s memorable locals. I saw more of the Adams County spirit and more reasons why visitors, travelers, vacationers, and tourists keep stopping by. Continue growing, Adams County! There’s another carload that’s going to love it there own the way!