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Whether you are looking for a girl’s weekend, mother daughter get away, or a chance to jump-start your holiday shopping Okoboji is the place to be Nov. 8-10th. The Wow Okoboji Women’s Weekend is the premiere Holiday Kick-off shopping extravaganza. Here are some suggestions for a memorable Okoboji Wow Weekend!

The Inn Hotel

Of course the first thing you need to do is make reservations at one of our many year-round lodging properties.  The Oakwood Inn is an adults only bed and breakfast which was recently given Select Registry Status, a prestigious designation of inns and bed & breakfasts. Arrowwood Resort is newly remodeled and includes Minerva's RestaurantThe Inn Hotel is brand new this season and is a luxurious boutique hotel with the bonus of the  Beach Club Lounge, which happens to serve incredible Craft Cocktails.  Other properties in the middle of it all where you will have a fabulous night sleep include AmericInn, Okoboji Inn and Suites, or the Super 8.  If you are looking for a clean, budget-friendly stay, check out Ramada, The Great Lakes Inn or Rodeway Inn.  Check out all lodging properties HERE.

Wow Weekend

After you get settled in to your hotel Friday afternoon you will want to go straight to the WOW Vendor Show at the Dickinson County Expo in Spirit Lake. With over 60 vendors, the 4 pm - 7 pm time frame should give you plenty of time to circulate the room and get ideas for everyone on your Christmas list. If you're one of the first 50 ladies through the door you will be given a special WOW gift!  Be sure to register for a $1,000 Great Lakes Mall shopping spree and a $500 Hy-Vee gift card.  The Friday night bonus is the Hy-Vee Holiday Showcase which includes food and beverage sampling.  Three hours of shopping is sure to make you hungry and thirsty!  Head to Tweeter's for a melt in your mouth steak, prime rib or  a fabulous Oscar.  Another great option is Snappers at Parks Marina for great food and drinks in a casual lake vibe environment.  Another great option is Minerva's for steaks, seafood and pasta!  If your looking for modern cuisine and craft cocktails The Beach Club Lounge at The Inn Hotel is the place you want to be.  Finish the night at The Garden's dancing the night away with Hot Pink Hangover or just go back to your hotel to relax and to make a plan of attack for Saturday!  

Saturday you will need to hit the ground running...there is SO MUCH to do: special events, holiday open houses, and shopping!  The Wow Vendor Show will be open from 9 am - 5pm if there were things you needed to go back and purchase.  From there you will want to hit The Great Lakes Mall for a variety of shops for all ages and stages!  Spirit Lake Silver and Gold will be hosting a Diamonds and Donuts event from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.  Interiors will be hosting their Holiday Open House with refreshments and door prizes.  The Holiday Style Show featuring styles from The Look Fashions, Fashion Formula, The Wild Child and Spirit Lake Silver and Gold begins at 11 am with entertainment beginning at 10:30 am.

The eclectic shops on Hill Ave in Spirit Lake will WOW you with the variety of things you can find for the hard to shop for person on your list.  At Allure & Co. you will be amazed at the great clothing and housewares, and furniture at reasonable prices. Allure and Co. will host a Holiday Open House Thursday 10-6; Friday 10-7, and Saturday 10-5, as well as a tree painting workshop Friday at 6:00 and Saturday at 1:30. Timeless Consignments boasts an array of unique treasures at reasonable prices. Stop in Megan and Co for a huge assortment of teas and oils to keep you healthy this holiday season, and for the guys & gals on you list check out Evans clothing. Also, stop by Okoboji Motorsports and Okoboji Indian Motorcycle's open house on Friday from 4-7 and Saturday 9-5 for "pre Black Friday" specials featuring jewelry, apparel and cool gifts for the guy on your list.

As you continue on your shopping journey, check out the following shopping experiences around the Lakes area:

Homeology is under new ownership and celebrating their Grand Opening WOW Weekend!  It is all decked out with Christmas decor, gift ideas, and kitchen goods upstairs, with clothing & jewelry in the lower level.  Hours: 9:30 - 5:00 Friday and Saturday

People say Mary’s Gift Shoppe is a hidden treasure and a unique experience for one and all!  Mary’s features an ever-changing selection of fashionable scarves, jewelry, handbags, boutique clothing, home decor for every style, and a large kitchen selection for every cook! Hours: 9:30 - 5:30 Friday and Saturday.

West Boutique is located at Okoboji Boat Works Marina and carries all of the latest fashions for women of all ages and sizes with brands like Free People, Kut, Lysse and so much more!  Hours: 8-5 Friday; 9-5 Saturday; and 12-5 Sunday.

Boat House Apparel, the flagship store of the Queen's Court is your stop for fashion forward boutique clothing and accessory lifestyle brands inspired by life at the lake.  Hours: 11-6 Friday; 9-6 Saturday; 11-2 Sunday

Elements is your stop for great local jewelry, gifts and home decor.  Hours: 10-5 Friday; 10-4 Saturday

Palm at the Park, your Lily Pulitzer headquarters is the place to shop for all the holiday gatherings.  Hours: 10-5 Friday and Saturday; 12-5 Sunday

Three Son's is your stop for University of Okoboji clothing and so much more for everyone on your shopping list! Hours: 10 -5:30 Friday and Saturday; 12-3 Sunday

If antiques are your shopping pleasure don't miss Antiques Etc open Fri-Sat 10-5, and Sunday from noon-5, and the Spirit Lake Antique Mall.

Finally for the lake lover on your list be sure to stop at our area Marina's for WOW gifts like paddle boards, wakeboards, skis, tubes, floating mats, clothing and maybe even a new boat!

With all this shopping you are no doubt going to need to keep your energy up, and you're in luck because there are SO MANY great places to eat!  If you're looking for some fun breakfast options to start your day on Saturday or Sunday, check out: The Beach Club Lounge, The Hutt Bar & Grill, or The Dry Dock Lounge.  Looking for casual dinning for lunch or dinner with something for everyone? Make sure you catch a meal at Tweeter's, Dry Dock Lounge, The Hutt, The Garden's or Smokin Jakes.  In the mood for Mexican, then Los Pueblo's or La Baraca will satisfy the craving. Pizza on the mind, then head to Pub 19, Godfather's or Pizza Ranch.  Looking for more quiet and upscale dinning experience...head to The Outrigger or Waters Edge Grille.  As people who LOVE to eat out, we guarantee you can't go wrong with any of these selections!


In addition to more shopping and eating, the marquee event on Sunday is a Taste and Tour of Homes from 12-3 pm hosted by the Mary Lynn Ingvall Real Estate Team.


We are guessing by this point the guys are calling and begging you to come home, but before you do make sure you book another stay in Okoboji!  Join us for a Concert at the all new Roof Garden, come for Winter Games weekend, or schedule a time to bring the whole family for Okoboji Winter Fun!


As always if you have any questions or need other recommendations please call us at 1-800-270-2574. We would love to help you plan your shopping getaway in Okoboji!

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