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 guys getaway we can help you get the most out of your time in Okoboji!
Man vs. Wild??
Whether you re you looking for a rugged night of camping or a hotel/resort close to the action there are many great lodging options for the “guys”. Arrowwood, and AmericInn are located on or close to Brooks Golf Course and are great options if you are looking to golf and be centrally located. If you want to be right on the lake check out Four Seasons Resort or West Oaks.. If you are looking for a quieter stay, Crescent Beach, The Northland Inn, or Village West on the west side of West Lake Okoboji may suite your group well.
There are so many things to keep you busy the hardest part will be deciding what to do! You could bring bikes and enjoy a whole day riding 40 plus miles of paved trails which wind throughout the Iowa Great Lakes. Come on the weekend of September 29th and enjoy the Oktoberfest Bike Ride around West Lake Okoboji. There will be drink and food specials at a variety of restaurants as well as games and a Polka band at Preservation Plaza. When you get hungry, or more than likely, thirsty, you can take a pit stop at Pub 19 Bar and Grill for amazing wood-fired pizza or locals hangout Woudes Bay Bar! The group may even want to try their hand at disc golf, an 18 hole course located in Kenue Park.
Just like no girls weekend is complete without shopping no guys weekend would be complete without golf! In Okoboji you could play a different championship course every day of your stay! Serving the public since 1932, Brooks Golf Club is a beautifully maintained course with 27 holes, through parkland, prairie, and wetlands. With lush green rolling hills and an abundance of stately trees, Emerald Hills will ensure golfers of all skill levels a fun challenge at affordable rates. Okoboji View Golf Course on the West side of the lake, combines a great golf experience with an awesome dinning experience at Pub 19 Bar and Grill. Okoboji View has recently undergone a major renovation, with 12 acres of wetlands and reformatted holes. Finally, just a few miles south of Okoboji, Spencer Golf and Country Club, is a well-manicured course with four sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels. Fall is a beautiful time to enjoy each of these courses!
Hunting, Fishing, and Loving Every Day
Okoboji and the surrounding area is an angler and hunting paradise in the fall! Whether you are throwing a line in from the shore, a dock, or a boat we “almost” guarantee you will catch something to fuel your late night fish-telling stories. Stop by Stan’s Bait and Tackle, Shucks Bait and Tackle or Kabele’s Trading post to get your fishing license, gear and ask where the fish are biting! If you want to ensure a successful day of catching fish without all the work and gear, make a reservation with one of our local fishing guides who are experts on where the fish are biting. We have heard nothing but rave reviews about our Okoboji fishing guide services. With a wide variety of public and private land to hunt Okoboji is a hunter’s paradise. Okoboji boasts over 20,000 acres of publicly managed land that is ideal for hunting. According to the DNR in Dickinson County the pheasant population is expected to be the second highest population in the last ten years. Pheasant season opens October 27 and early archery deer October 1st. For a full listing of hunting season dates go to Iowa DNR hunting schedule.
Eat / drink
Of course you will need to eat and drink while in Okoboji, it’s up to you to decide in which order you will do this! If the drinking part comes first you will probably want take a brewery tour and grab a cold one at West O or Okoboji Brewing Company. If you want one stop dinner and drinks on the deck check out The Okoboji Store, Water’s Edge at the Waterfront, or Los Pueblos for a Mexican feast. If only a burger or steak will satisfy swing by Tweeter’s for lunch or dinner and catch the game on one of their 10+ TV’s. For other casual dinning while watching your favorite college or pro team play try The Hutt, The Gardens ,The Ritz, Captain’s Getaway or Nautical. The The Outrigger or Yesterday’s are also great stops for dinner. If you are looking for a hearty breakfast to start the day off The Hutt Bar and Grill , The Dry Dock, or O’Farrell Sisters will get your day started off right! Many of the local eateries and bars have entertainment all week long. Check the events calendar for options.
No trip to Okoboji is complete without a day on the lake and there could not be a more beautiful and calm time to get out there! Bring your boat or call Okoboji Boat Works or Mau Marine and ask about fall boat rentals. While out on the water be sure to grab lunch or a drink at The Dry Dock, The Ritz, The Garden’s or The Barefoot Bar.
Okoboji Classic Cars: The Ultimate Man Cave is home to a state-of-art restoration center that restores cars from around the country AND a museum of 80 plus classic cars. Step into the museum and you will be transported back to the 1960’s of downtown Spencer and Arnolds Park. Floor to ceiling murals create the backdrop to display classic cars, most for sale! Polaris Indian Motorcycle Experience Center in Spirit Lake is another must stop. Take a guided tour of their assembly floor led by staff who work in a variety of capacities. Following the tour, you can view artifacts on display in the new reception / exhibit area. Tours last approximately 1 hour, and are best in the morning.
No matter the occasion there is plenty of things to do, see, eat and drink on an Okoboji guys getaway. The only thing left to do before you leave is to book a trip to bring the Family Fun Getaway back to Okoboji.