Audubon County is a Western Iowa set of communities that we’ve been to several times, and it was my pleasure to return to some of the places we’ve come to love about the area. The familiar roadside attractions, the delicious restaurants and all the great people we’ve met before were awaiting another gallivant. This time we met even more beef producers and found new ways to stay active. Our visit to Audubon County was sponsored and funded by the Western Iowa Tourism Region. Some of the goods, services and meals were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
The land where you’ll find a giant bull, an enchanting mermaid, a Danish village, and a tasty restaurant where you can order a huge cheeseburger, juicy steak, burritos and a bowl of pasta under one roof. It’s an area where there’s award-winning breaded pork tenderloins and some of Iowa’s most famous trees with all of this in a bird lovers paradise. We’re talking Audubon County, baby!
I’ve always said that the coffee meal is the best part of the day and the most important. What’s even better, is that this course can be enjoyed multiple times a day and here at The Bakery on Broadway in Audubon, Iowa!
Audubon County is home to one of the state’s biggest world record holders. Albert the Bull has been greeting visitors for generations and he’s very photogenic! Albert is one of Iowa’s most well-known roadside wonders and he is a must see when you’re in Audubon County. Seriously! He loves his picture taken!
The Danish Villages are another popular way to spend some time locating several memorable roadside attractions in the area. One of those villages Is Kimballton and it’s home to the Little Mermaid fountain which gives travelers a little taste of Copenhagen and the Scandinavian heritage this area is so proud of.
The T-Bone Trail meets the T-Bone Trail! We made a return trip to Audubon County for Season 2 of this steak filled promotion, and we like to stay active in between the popular restaurants we visit. Time to get the step tracker going and hit the trail! Then hit the trail after that….
County parks and rec areas are an important feature to communities all over the state. Not only do the locals utilizes these public areas, but they also bring in visitors who are seeking entertainment and activities in peaceful surroundings. Littlefield Rec Area is where you’ll find your campsite in a park that’s managed by some hardworking and incredibly welcoming folks who have a passion for what they do at Audubon County Conservation.
Let’s Go Shopping
Unique shopping was a focus of ours during Season 2 of the T-Bone Trail, and the folks in Audubon made sure to guide us in the right direction for this request. It’s where rebels don’t pay retail at Retail Rebel! Click on the video below and get a sample of what you’ll find here and how the shopping experience works!
Legendary breaded pork tenderloins in the little town of Hamlin is a local tradition that’s been luring in more hungry visitors all the time. Darrell’s Place was the first restaurant to win the coveted award for Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin, and that’s not all they have. Click on the video below and prepare to get hungry for a double bacon cheeseburger at Darrell’s!
Let’s Eat Steak
We made it back to one of our favorite restaurants in Western Iowa! Audubon’s El Adobe Restaurant was an easy choice to showcase on the T-Bone Trail. The Audubon County Cattlemen were the official meal sponsor for our Gallivant to these great communities, and we thank them for joining us! Let’s do this!
Beef producers have been giving us tours of their facilities all summer long and that includes a family farm near Exira. Lauritsen Cattle Company is located by another famous Iowa tree called Plow in the Oak, and we got an up close look at this farm during feeding time!
Time to Wind Down
Rise and Shine
More time with the wonderful producers that help make our state tick and visiting with longtime friends that have been bringing us to Audubon County for years. Yes, Albert I’m talking about you too. Make your own plans to get over here on the Western Skies Scenic Byway and dive into more of these communities. Don’t forget your binoculars, swimwear, comfortable shoes and appetites because Audubon County is ready to get you active and full of wonderful cooking!
Make your reservations for Taylor Hill Lodge on their website.