Sometimes getting away as a family or a couple is impossible because of the “who will take the children dilemma”, or maybe you just need to relax with your people and invest in friendship, or celebrate a life event, or maybe you are retired and are looking for a guys or girls getaway! Whatever your EXCUSE, REASON for a girlfriend getaway we can help you get the most out of your time in Okoboji!
NO KIDS, JUST THE GIRLS…of course you are looking to stay somewhere as quiet as possible! Check out the Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast which is kid-free and overlooks a beautiful wetland in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes! Amazing breakfast included! The Inn, brand new this year, Okoboji Commons Motel, or Vintage Inn Block and Suites would be other great options. If you need a more budget friendly hotel the newly remodeled Super 8 in Spirit Lake is crisp, clean and fantastic. For all lodging options CLICK HERE.
We all renew and keep our energy up differently. For some it’s time to lace up the shoes and take a run or walk on the many beautiful trails throughout the Iowa Great Lakes. Maybe it’s a group Yoga class at The Studio Yoga and Barre or Yoga Okoboji or pampering yourself with a relaxing, professional facial treatment at Okoboji Skin Care! Let Dallas and her team give you the ultimate Okoboji pampering experience! Possibly all it takes is a good cup of coffee and a power breakfast at Arnold’s Perk.
No trip to Okoboji is complete without a day on the lake and there are many ways to get out there! If you have an adventuresome and experienced boat driver rent a boat for the afternoon at one of our many fine rental stores. If you would rather leave the driving to a professional many rental facilities will provide a driver for an added fee. Also, there are many excursion boats departing from Okoboji Boat Works . There is also the Queen II, which departs several times a day from Arnolds Park Amusement Park. If you like the lake better from the land there are many beaches for a relaxing day of fun in the sun. Before, after, or during your day on the lake you will surely be hungry and most definitely thirsty. Lake Hair Don’t care…dine and grab a drink at The Dry Dock, The Hutt, Tweeter’s, The Garden’s or The Barefoot Bar.
SIP & SAVOR
After full day the hardest decisions you may have is where to have happy hour and get something to eat! For a before or after dinner drink Okoboji Commons Tasting Room is a must while in Okoboji. For a unique cocktail or small plate appetizer you can’t go wrong. You will feel like you are in a big city. You can also be transported to yesteryear at The Beach Club Lounge at the Inn Hotel where you can have a fabulous cocktail or breakfast, lunch or dinner! Check out lakeside dinning at The Okoboji Store, Waters Edge, or Bracco. If you are in search of a place you can dress up and visit in a quiet environment check out Yesterday’s, Minerva’s, Kazarelli’s, Or High-Point. High-Point overlooks beautiful West Lake Okoboji and the sunsets from there are breathtaking, free, and not to be missed. Little Swan Lake Winery is a great site for a late afternoon tour and tasting followed by dinner and entertainment in their tasting room. Many of the local eateries and bars have entertainment all week long. Check the events calendar for options.
Of course the one thing any Girls Getaway must include is shopping and Okoboji has it all! From unique boutiques, Okoboji clothes, house wares, antique shops and everything in between Okoboji shopping can fill a whole day or more! The Shops at Queens Court have an excellent variety and then you can wander up the sidewalk to The Central Emporium or right across HWY 71 to Homeology. While you are in this area grab lunch on the spacious deck at The Hutt and then swing by Bungalow 29 on your way up HWY 71 to Spirit Lake where you can shop all along the way. Make sure to stop at Lace, Okoboji’s premier lingerie boutique and Mary’s which offers kitchen gadgets, clothes, jewelry, home décor and so much more. Then be sure to wander the growing and eclectic shops on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. You will also want to be sure to make time for The Great Lakes Mall where you can clothes shop for all ages at Fashion Formula, The Look, or Wild Child. You can also find the perfect accessories at Spirit Lake Silver and Gold. If your looking to redecorate a room or your whole house you will want to spend time in Interiors. Finally, no trip to Okoboji is complete without shopping at The Three Sons in Milford and just outside Arnold’s Park Amusement park.
If your group has a pull to the Artsy side of life a stop at the Pearson Lakes Art Center would be time well spent. Check the calendar of events as there may be aconcert, class or movie to take in while you are here. Speaking of taking in a show, no Girls Trip to Okoboji is complete without a night at the Okoboji Summer Theater, performing 9 different shows throughout the summer. Finally, if you would prefer to get your hands dirty there is Creative Spirits in Spirit Lake, where you can enjoy a glass of wine while painting an original masterpiece with the guidance of a professional instructor.
Whether you are celebrating a life event or just escaping the craziness of everyday life, we all need these breaks and the bonding that goes with them. Often a few days away with your friends, mom or sisters leave you so refreshed you come home an even better mother, wife or employee. But if you are still feeling guilty about how much fun you had without your family make reservations to bring them to Okoboji for a Family Fun Getaway!
Who say’s Girl’s weekend just needs to be for the Girls….how about an Okoboji Guys Getaway.