Family Adventures · Roadside Iowa · Southeast Iowa · Unincorporated Iowa

Excuse Me But I Think There’s Turtle In My Soup: Van Buren Village Hopping-Part 4

Villages of Van Buren County, IA Have we mentioned that we love Van Buren County? So, welcome to part 4 of our Southeast Iowa village hopping! This trip featured the area’s biggest weekend of visitors with every community finding unique ways to lure them in. It’s annual Scenic Drive Festival and you MUST get this on your… Continue reading Excuse Me But I Think There’s Turtle In My Soup: Van Buren Village Hopping-Part 4

Family Adventures · Southeast Iowa · Unincorporated Iowa

Haunted, Juicy, Fishy, & Squeaky: Van Buren Village Hopping-Part 3

The Villages of Van Buren County, Iowa: There’s a constant when it comes to Team Goodvin. We road trip and we road trip and we road trip again. Not so far from our Hills headquarters is Van Buren County. Just a little over an hour from the Iowa City area. We love to eat, take… Continue reading Haunted, Juicy, Fishy, & Squeaky: Van Buren Village Hopping-Part 3

Roadside Iowa · South Central Iowa · Unincorporated Iowa

The Back Roads-Iowa’s Great Pyramids

Avery, IA: Monroe County (Our 24th County) The things you see when you take the dirt road and not worry about where it leads… Some of Iowa’s greatest historic landmarks, inspiring and scenic views, and unknown treasures can be found in places that rarely show up on tourism brochures and websites. Rural Monroe County is home to… Continue reading The Back Roads-Iowa’s Great Pyramids

East Central Iowa · Iowa Food · Unincorporated Iowa

Will Travel For Sweet Corn-Out Windham Way

Windham, IA: Johnson County Parnell, IA: Iowa County How far will you go for legendary Iowa sweet corn? Luckily, during its peak season you don’t have to go far. Local produce stands, grocery stores, and festivals all over the state have ample supplies of Iowa’s most well known produce staple during the heat of the… Continue reading Will Travel For Sweet Corn-Out Windham Way

East Central Iowa · Iowa Food · Unincorporated Iowa

Baxa Burgers & the Bridge

The historic bridge in Sutliff, IA. Generations of locals have been making the day trip to this outpost of tubing, cold drinks on the river, great food, and entertainment. (Photo from Baxa’s Sutliff Store and Tavern Facebook page) Sutliff, IA: Johnson County Where were you when you had your first breaded chicken gizzard? If you can’t… Continue reading Baxa Burgers & the Bridge

Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Southeast Iowa · Unincorporated Iowa

Van Buren Village Hopping: Part 1-Chief Black Hawk & the Banks of Bentonsport

Villages of Van Buren County, IA (Our 18th County!) Memorial Day weekend had the entire state of Iowa busting at the seams with opportunities for a Team Goodvin getaway. We opted to take a trip to one of the most scenic and historic areas in our homeland. The dart landed on Van Buren County and we… Continue reading Van Buren Village Hopping: Part 1-Chief Black Hawk & the Banks of Bentonsport