99 Proposals in 99 Counties · Central Iowa · Grownup Getaways · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits

99 Counties-99 Proposals: Moment #5 in Boone County

*I have a goal to propose to my wife in all 99 Iowa counties. It will take long time and that’s okay because I’m counting on having many decades to complete it. Writing is a true passion and I can’t imagine having The Iowa Gallivant without Monie by my side the whole time.  Boone &… Continue reading 99 Counties-99 Proposals: Moment #5 in Boone County

Central Iowa · Family Adventures · Iowa Food

Stuffing the Stockings & Iowa Feasting: Boone For the Holidays Part 2 of 2

Boone & Madrid, IA: Boone County You need a great meal….I mean meals…and you also need a beautiful state park, local wine, premium hotel room, and a place that has more Christmas cheer than Rudolph, Bing Crosby and Clark W. Griswold have combined. We found it and rolled in it like the first snow angel of… Continue reading Stuffing the Stockings & Iowa Feasting: Boone For the Holidays Part 2 of 2

Gallivant Milestones and Moments · Grownup Getaways · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits

Iowa Wineries & Our Quest to Discover Them All

We’ve been to a lot of places around Iowa and we seem to find ourselves gravitating to the local vineyards and wineries, and for good reason. The wine industry is going great here in Iowa and wine enthusiasts are going local more and more. We have found some skilled wine makers since we started this… Continue reading Iowa Wineries & Our Quest to Discover Them All

Family Adventures · Northeast Iowa

The Greatest Decorah Christmas of All-Time: Day 2 of 2

Decorah, IA: Winneshiek County Day 2 brought us a day in the low 30’s which made for perfect snowball and fort construction conditions. Our weekend Christmas home at Whitetail Cabin had a great hill for sledding and timber for the kids to go exploring. Yet another perk to this beautiful property just 1 mile outside Decorah. The… Continue reading The Greatest Decorah Christmas of All-Time: Day 2 of 2

Iowa Recipe Quest · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits

Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Tassel Ridge Clam Sauce

  Tassel Ridge Winery Star Spangled White Wine: Leighton, Iowa Why oh why do I not cook more seafood? Why oh why do I not grab a bottle of Tassel Ridge more often. I don’t have the answers to those questions. I do know that magic happens when I get this couple together. They really… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Tassel Ridge Clam Sauce

Iowa Recipe Quest · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits

Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Odessa Yellow Watermelon Granitas

Rose Wine: Odessa Vineyards-Wapello, IA The summer is winding down and we still have Labor Day weekend coming up that will yield a lot of camping trips, swirls around the lake, and tailgate parties! Delicious melons from Iowa and all over the Midwest are still in season and you can head to the North Dodge… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Odessa Yellow Watermelon Granitas

East Central Iowa · Grownup Getaways · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits · Southeast Iowa

Eastern Iowa Wine Country

Louisa and Muscatine Counties We’re taking a sip out of a very scenic part of Iowa as we head to a region that we’re very familiar with. A little wine sampling with some breaks in between as we hike and discover our way through another great rural tour in this area’s wine country. JayJay and Monie’s first stop… Continue reading Eastern Iowa Wine Country