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!

Fall Girlfriend Getaway:


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! Other suggestions include  Americinn Lodge and Suites or Arrowwood Resort.  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.


Oakwood Inn

hotel lobby


What Fall is complete without a visit to an apple orchard?  Little Sioux Orchard just south of the Iowa Great Lakes is sure to get you in a festive fall mood with a hay ride to the pick your own orchard.  With a variety of apples ripening through out the season there should always be fresh crisp apples ready to be picked and enjoyed.  A fall highlight for locals and visitors alike is the Artisans Road Trip. October 12th and 13th your group can enjoy a self-guided studio and gallery tour that spans from Ida Grove to Estherville (with plenty to see in between), highlighting the work of local artists in a variety of mediums.  If you are looking to get away with the girls for some Christmas shopping Okoboji is your place Nov. 8th and 9th. The Wow Women’s Weekend hosts a vendor show at the Dickinson County Expo building and stores throughout the area will be hosting open houses and running specials.

Little Sioux Orchard picking apples



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! Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy a leisurely round of golf at one of our many golf courses.  Possibly all it takes is a good cup of coffee and a power breakfast. Check out Rabab’s or The Coffee Shop in Milford for great coffee, breakfast or lunch.


Okoboji Skin Care



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If you happen to catch a golden, warm Fall day there is NOT a better time to enjoy the beauty of Lake Okoboji.  Fall is a perfect and calm time to try a paddle board or kayak.  If you like lake life better from the land there are many beaches for a relaxing afternoon of fun in the sun, not to mention that fall is one if the best times to enjoy lakeside drinks and dinning at The Okoboji Store, The Waterfront,  The Dry Dock, The Ritz, or The Garden’s. 

boating girls




After full day the hardest decisions you may have is where to have happy hour and get something to eat!  You will feel like you are in a big city. Fall is the PERFECT time for lakeside dinning at The Okoboji Store, Waters Edge, The Gardens or The Ritz. If you are in search of a place you can go Okoboji Casual or dress up and visit in a quiet environment check out The Beach Club LoungeYesterday’s,  Minerva’s, Kazarelli’s, or Outrigger.  The Dry Dock and rooftop bar at Captain’s Getaway are great are also great places to watch the sunset. Many of the local eateries and bars still have live entertainment on the weekends.  Check the events calendar for options.

Breakfast Beach Club

Beach Club Lounge




Of course the one thing any Girls Getaway must include is shopping and Okoboji has it all year round! From unique boutiques, Okoboji clothes, house wares, antique shops and everything in between Okoboji shopping can fill a whole day or more!  If shopping is your game you won’t want to miss Okoboji WOW Women’s Weekend November 8-10th, the perfect girls getaway, complete with a vendor show at the Dickinson County Expo building. Many stores will be decked out for the holidays and will be holding open houses and have great specials.

Start your day at the growing and eclectic shops on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake, you can even get coffee or breakfast at Deli on the Ave or The Family Diner. You are sure to find a treasure you cannot live without at Timeless Consignments .  Next stop is 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 you’re looking to redecorate a room or your whole house you will want to set aside plenty of time to spend at Interiors .  Next head south on highway 71 to Mary’s Home Decor and Gift Shop, where you can shop for clothes, house wares or a wide variety of kitchen gadgets.  From there, head to West Boutique for brands like Free People, Sperry, Everly, Velvet Heart and much more.  You also want to stop by Boat House Apparel in Arnolds Park for for some unique Okoboji clothing & accessories. By now you may be ready for lunch at Minerva’s, The Hutt or Tweeter’s will be sure to fill you up and energize you for some more shopping.  Of course,  no trip to Okoboji is complete without shopping at The Three Sons in Milford, need we say more?

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The Three Sons


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 a concert, class or movie to take in while you are here.  Finally, if you would prefer to get creative, visit Kurio Kastle Pottery Painting Palace to choose & paint your own unique piece of pottery or visit 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.


Pearson Lake Art Center

Person on dock at sunsetWhether 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. Fall is a beautiful and much more slow pace to enjoy everything the Iowa GREAT Lakes has to offer.

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 Fall girls getaway to Okoboji!

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Who say’s Girl’s weekend just needs to be for the Girls….how about an Okoboji Guys Getaway.