*One of the pound for pound best counties in Iowa for delicious restaurants is home to towns called Defiance, Harlan, Elk Horn, Panama, Earling and more. If you’re hungry then make this visit happen! Our trip to Shelby 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!
I know what some folks might be thinking when it comes to getting the hankering for a culinary inspired road trip. Make reservations for one of the metro areas and go from there, right? Not a bad idea at all. However, it’s not the only option out there. How about planning a delicious getaway for a Western Iowa county that has the Western Skies Scenic Byway, one of the state’s Danish villages, and a way to land in Panama without a passport! Let’s belly up to Shelby County! But first, let’s get some coffee and see some agricultural wonders…
Ok, you heard me hype the restaurant scene in Shelby County so let’s get started. Many folks outside of Western Iowa have heard of our lunchtime endeavor and it’s because of their award winning breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. That’s a great reason, right! However that’s not all they’re serving up at Victoria Station in Harlan!
2022 was the year we stumbled upon more prairies than any other year in our travels. We’re going to make a habit of that moving forward because many of these preserves are some of the most peaceful areas of Iowa.
An Easy Trip to Panama
Beer Me, Panama!
Let’s Eat Steak
Are you a Marylin Monroe fan that ranges from kinda to super mega huge fan? Then you’re going to want to get a road trip planned for Panama and Norma Jean’s Bar & Grill!
Sundown on the Bend
Harlan is Shelby’s county seat and its where you’ll find most of there area’s hotels for your own excursion into Western Iowa. A short drive to all of what Harlan offers is the Baymont!
We had another phenomenal trip to Shelby County and it was no surprise to me when I saw how gracious and cheerful our hosts were once again. They showcased more of what didn’t get to see during Season 1 of The T-Bone Trail, and assured us there’s still plenty of other avenues we can take for another return trip, and we’ll just have to make that happen and get on that Western Skies Scenic Byway again! Tell Norma and Victoria I miss them!
Make your reservations for Baymont-Harlan on their website.