5 Cool Iowa Vacation Rentals for When You Need a Break


Image of Rookery Cottage via VRBO

The daily drudgery of working to feed your family while trying to find time to be with the family you work for can get overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important every once in a while to mix things up a bit with a change of scenery.

Traveling long distances takes time and money, making it difficult to plan that much-needed getaway. But you don’t have to travel far to get that well-deserved break when we have great places to stay nearby.

Here are five of the coolest Iowa vacation rentals for singles, couples, and families to enjoy year-round.

New Day Dairy Guest Barn, Clarksville

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If you don’t have “Sleeping with Cows” on your bucket list, you better get a pen. About 10 minutes from Clarksville and 20 minutes from Waverly, you will find New Day Dairy Products and their three bedroom guest barn. This space is perfect for a family getaway as it seats 10 and the little ones will surely want to “cow watch” all day. The attic of the barn has two large windows overlooking about 150 cows; you can only get closer to your included introductory and farewell tours.

While staying at New Day Dairy, you are close to the 21-mile Rolling Prairie Bike Trail for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Also, you can drive to Clarksville if you don’t want to cook in the barn. The small town has a handful of eateries, eateries, and bars dotted around its historic downtown area.

Wold Farm Grain Bin, St. Olaf

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If sleeping near livestock doesn’t sound exciting, how about sleeping in a grain silo? The Wold Farm grain bin has a loft with a queen bed and a twin trundle ottoman in the living room on the main level, so you could sleep three. However, the space is more suited for a romantic getaway for two or a peaceful getaway for one. The renovated vintage grain silo isn’t stuffed with amenities, but its coolness makes up for it. Guests are isolated on a gravel road, surrounded by the Iowa prairie.

The Wold Farm Grain Bin has no TV and only a microwave and mini fridge, so you’ll definitely want to go out for meals at nearby Elkader. You’ll find an Irish pub, an Algerian-American restaurant, a pizzeria, a bakery and a handful of other bars and restaurants, so you have plenty of dining options nearby. Downtown Elkader sits along the Turkey River, providing a beautiful backdrop as you stroll along the Riverwalk.

Rookery Cottage, Coon Rapids

Outdoor enthusiasts and those who really want some seclusion should check out the Cottage Rookery, a former flower shop built with reclaimed barn wood. Cell phone service is questionable and the internet is spotty, so a getaway to the Rookery means you have to commit to being off the grid and enjoying an escape from the normal daily pressures.

The rustic, air-conditioned cabin, which sleeps six and has heated floors, is just a few miles from Whiterock Conservancy, giving guests access to over 40 miles of trails and the Middle Raccoon River. The Rookery is truly a great place for those who want to spend time on the trails, whether biking, hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Stationary barge, Dubuque

Readers, writers and adventurers will find by staying on a stationary barge in the backwaters of the Mississippi River, the perfect way to connect with their inner Mark Twain. Technically, the boat is on the Illinois side of the river in East Dubuque. You can’t cruise, but you can enjoy indoor and outdoor space, including a master bedroom, sleeping quarters, bar, and outdoor furniture.

Guests also get a free hour of kayak rental from the marina restaurant should they wish to explore when the backwaters are not frozen during the winter months. Those who want to explore the area are close to everything Dubuque has to offer, like its botanical gardens and myriad dining options.

Pyramid House, Clear Lake

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The 5,600 square feet. Pyramid House in Clear Lake is ideal for those with large families or those who want to get away with other couples or families. The house has six bedrooms, including three master bedrooms with king beds, two kitchens, a cinema room and a game room. If you like the idea of ​​staying in this uniquely designed house, but your family is not big enough, you can also rent part of the house.

Guests can access the lake across the street at public access and fish off the dock at two houses. If you’ve never been to Clear Lake, take the time to visit”The day the music diedMemorial, which honors Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, whose plane crashed into a nearby cornfield after a concert in 1959.

by Jessica Lee
10/17/22

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