*County parks, craft beer, burritos and steak sandwiches….That’s a grownup getaway in Southwest Iowa with a lot waiting for all of us! Our visit to Union 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!
Sometimes Mom and Dad need a road trip to ourselves, and we know just where to go when the getaway finally happens. Southwest Iowa has the hilly roads, scenery, restaurants, neighborhood bars and roadside wonders we always want in a road trip which is why we keep coming back. Creston and Union County has all of this and it’s where our weekend began during the last week of the 2022 T-Bone Trail in Western Iowa!
Miles of trails and scenic views at the parks of Union County. We stopped by two we haven’t been to yet and took advantage of the afternoon in between much needed showers in the area. I just knew that my wife really wanted to take a few selfies with me as well!
Roadside America & History
The long road for the Mormon plight into the West had a historic path through Southern Iowa. Mount Pisgah is a must see for anyone that seeks roadside attractions, off the beaten path treasures, scenic views and America’s pioneer history near the community of Lorimor.
Public art is one of the delights and specialties of Union County. The murals keep popping up and this is an area that embraces artists who want to publicly display their talents on the local buildings and streets. You could easily lose count of all the murals in this area!
Let’s Eat Steak
The T-Bone Trail keeps chugging along and Creston, Iowa is a the ideal town for when we want to railroad our way through a meaty meal. Willy’s Bar & Grill we go!
Beer Me, Uptown Creston!
I’ve been accused of being full of hot air from time to time and probably for good reason. I was happy to find some Union County folks that can say the same thing because we were all sipping on some local craft beers from Hot Air Brewing in the heart of Uptown Creston! Click on the video below and see who we met at another of Iowa’s fantastic breweries….
Uptown Creston wasn’t done with us yet. The Lobby was mixing more drinks and supplying a pool table for some friendly husband and wife competition. Spoiler alert…Monie was victorious…Again.
When there’s a Gallivant there’s a quality lodging partner. For our stay in Union County it was the Quality Inn that’s just off the main drag in Creston. That’s what I call a convenient location!
Thanks to the whole staff for doing a great job at the Quality Inn-Creston! We enjoyed the entire day, and this hotel was just what we needed when it was time to start kicking back and winding down. And another HUGE thanks for keeping that coffee bar stocked up!
Small towns have some great Mexican restaurants all over Iowa. That goes double for the western region of state and we had many memorable Mexican meals this year with another one in Union County at El Ranchito in Afton, Iowa!
Southwest Iowa has been on our travel calendar for years and there’s no reason to let up on that routine. Union County has been an entertaining host for us and Ellen has always found some interesting ways to keep us coming back. We can say that we’ve experienced more of Uptown Creston’s exciting revitalization, more of the area’s small town dining and the rural wonders you can only find from the gravel roads. I’m ready for another steak supper, Union County!
Make your reservations for the Quality Inn-Creston on their website.