*The influence on America’s musical history can still be seen and heard in this corner of SW-Iowa. The cities of Shenandoah and Clarinda are two of the Midwest’s most precious areas when it comes to the historic musical origins that fans all over the world would agree with. Our visit to Page County was sponsored and funded by the Western Iowa Tourism Region. Some of the meals, services and goods were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
It was less than a year since I was in Page County last. There’s something I really enjoy about revisiting an area in different seasons while meeting up with some of the great folks that help make these communities tick. We were also able to reconnect with others who we haven’t seen since 2016 when The Iowa Gallivant was starting to really get revved up. Everything you’ll see below brings us, and others, to Page County all year long and has been for generations. However, it’s the locals that truly make this SW-Iowa getaway so memorable and enjoyable. Glenn, Don and Phil…Let’s start this off with some gallivanting music! 2-3-4!
Roadside America & History
Local museums are everywhere, and they will always provide history buffs with oodles of interesting avenues when it comes to the stories, people, events, and historic wonders of any community. They’re also perfect destinations for a lovely pitstop while you’re enjoying your travels step by step. Whether it’s a warm mid-summer afternoon, a crisp autumn day or a spell of chilly wintery weather, these facilities are always a good idea when you want to get out of the elements for a little bit. Plus, you’ll be supporting the hardworking locals and volunteers that pour time into these incredibly important museums.
Shenandoah is one of the greatest cities in the Midwest for anyone who appreciates public art and roadside attractions. They are EVERYWHERE! Murals, mosaics, plaques, historical landmarks….I mean EVERYWHERE!
When you’re walking lap after lap on Shenandoah’s Iowa Walk of Fame, you may notice a local Page County celeb on one of the markers. In nearby Clarinda is the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum where one of the world’s greatest musicians of the 20th century took his first steps. Can you imagine the crazy beats he created with his baby rattle???
Let’s get back to Shenandoah where local talent hit the mainstream in the 20th century. The puffy Page County clouds lead us to the Everly Bothers Childhood Home on Sheridan Ave!
Breakfast, Lunch and Shopping on the Square
Iowa’s town squares can be found in several of our state’s business districts. They’re one of my favorite charms of small towns everywhere, and Clarinda’s is one we’ve enjoyed very much throughout our travels. Time to experience some Page County cookin’!
A restaurant so great that it’s a must for a second feature on the T-Bone Trail. We met for lunch at J’s Pizza & Steakhouse in Season 1 and again for Season 2 in Western Iowa!
The antique stores of every city can produce some fascinating finds, and they are also very useful when it comes to discovering local history as well. Mosey on into Clarinda’s antiquing opportunities when you’re walking the square!
Back to Shenandoah where our evening would begin in the comfort of a great Page County hotel. We checked into the Shenandoah Inn & Suites and were very much pleased with its location. The staff was happy to see us and gave me several tips on what to do in town. There’s nothing better than meeting someone who loves their job and community when you arrive to the front desk of a hotel.
Let’s Eat Steak
Date Night in Shenandoah
Our hotel room was walking distance to everywhere we wanted to visit during our grownup getaway in Shenandoah. We had a great meal at The Depot and saved some room for dessert at Kat’s Koolerz next door!
Find those unforgettable restaurants and find the those scenic county parks as well. Stay active my friends, and enjoy Page County with some enjoyable jaunts on their trails.
Let’s get back to the farm and meet another one of Western Iowa’s beef producers! Just outside Clarinda is Muller Farms and they’re bringing Wagyu to the beef loving masses!
Page County gave us another chance to unwind and enjoy this region of Iowa in a historic and entertaining way. The small-town convenience of both Clarinda and Shenandoah shined throughout the entire trip. Find your way into this area and see how you can enjoy Page County from breakfast on the square to movie night on the walk of fame!
Make your reservations for the Shenandoah Inn & Suites on their website.