Lodging · South Central Iowa

An Old Friend: Hotel Ottumwa

*We have the pleasure of showcasing many lodging partners during our travels and Hotel Ottumwa came thru again. Our stay here was complimentary and the opinions expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant! Ottumwa, IA: Wapello County We’ve been on this Iowa Gallivant adventure for almost five years and one of… Continue reading An Old Friend: Hotel Ottumwa

Family Adventures · South Central Iowa

The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 2 of 2

Ottumwa, IA: Wapello County The yuletide season was just getting warmed up on our visit, and we had a lot of memorable moments ahead including another round of tasty meals. Breakfast on the ground floor of Hotel Ottumwa was up to bat!   2nd Street Cafe has the all the butter, syrup, pancakes, sausage, and cinnamon… Continue reading The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 2 of 2

Family Adventures · South Central Iowa

The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 1 of 2

Ottumwa, IA: Wapello County The holiday season is nearing its peak and that doesn’t mean anyone in the Ottumwa area will be slowing down when it comes to jolly ‘ole times in southern Iowa. We’ve made a few trips here and each one produces memorable moments like what you’re going to see in our recent… Continue reading The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 1 of 2

Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · South Central Iowa

Mistletoe & Tenderloins: A Grant Wood Christmas on the Wapello Trail

Eldon & Ottumwa, IA: Wapello County You hear that? The faint sound of bells jingling away while some jolly dude ho, ho, ho’s through the chilly breeze. It could be coming from anywhere, but, if you ask Team Goodvin, we’ll probably tell you that it’s coming from the greater Ottumwa area. Because it’s one of… Continue reading Mistletoe & Tenderloins: A Grant Wood Christmas on the Wapello Trail

Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · South Central Iowa

Roadside Iowa: Why We Give Our Children Cigars

Agency, IA: Wapello County “Let’s take the long way back!” One of the most common phrases you’ll hear in the Team Goodvin road trip-mobile. Without these voluntary detours, we wouldn’t have the inventory of blog posts we have now. Our recent trip to Ottumwa was winding down and we needed to treat our history buff personalities. Luckily… Continue reading Roadside Iowa: Why We Give Our Children Cigars

2016 Taco Tour · Iowa Food · South Central Iowa

Iowa’s Best Hometown Taco Award Goes To…..

Let the awards season begin! What an amazing round of tacos we had this year! Our search for Iowa’s Best Hometown Tacos took us to a lot of restaurants with 25 of them making it to the pages of The Iowa Gallivant. We went all over the state in search of some of the best tacos. Obviously, we… Continue reading Iowa’s Best Hometown Taco Award Goes To…..

2016 Taco Tour · Iowa Food · South Central Iowa

Hecho En Iowa-A Search for the Best Hometown Tacos: Locale 16, Ottumwa

Ottumwa, IA: Wapello County One of the hardest choices we had to make when visiting Ottumwa was picking a taqueria to feature in this series. Ottumwa is absolutely loaded with authentic Mexican restaurants and that is all Team Goodvin needs to hear for road trip roll call. We NEED tacos. Ottumwa has thousands of them. Let’s… Continue reading Hecho En Iowa-A Search for the Best Hometown Tacos: Locale 16, Ottumwa