Sunsets & Chardonnay : “Adulting” in Okoboji

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Whether you are empty nesting, a couple looking to get away for a long weekend, or a group of friends there is so much to do sans kids in Okoboji you may want to book a whole week!

Okoboji Commons
Okoboji Commons Hotel

STAY

As far as accommodations there are many fabulous choices.  Check out the Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast which is an adults only boutique inn and overlooks a beautiful wetland in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes! Amazing breakfast included! Other suggestions include:  The Okoboji Commons Hotel is crisp sleek and has many extras;  the brand new Inn Hotel is fabulous, trendy and in the middle of it all; Arrowwood Resort is on Brooks Golf Course and is the home to Minervas restaurant, or Vintage Block is newly remodeled, has a pool and fire pits.  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.

Lake Day

PLAY

Who says Okoboji is just for the kids!  Adults can enjoy over 60+ miles of paved bike trails; golf a different course everyday; throw axes; or hit the lake for a cruise, paddle, or kayak.  Biking is increasingly becoming a primary reason people travel to Okoboji as our paved trail system continues to grow and connect even more places and destinations. Put September 28th on your calendar and join us for University of Okoboji Oktoberfest bike ride! With 5 plus courses to choose from, there is no shortage of lush green golf courses and each has their own challenges, landscape, and views that you will want to try a new one every day of your stay!  New to Okoboji this year is the Throwing Post where you can compete against one another in a variety of axe throwing games and ring that bell for a bullseye!  Of course a trip to Okoboji wouldn't be complete with out some lake or beach time.  There are a variety of ways to get out on the lake from a narrated tour on the Queen (weekends only in September) to renting a boat or exploring by kayak or stand up paddle board.  Oh don't forget a beach day and there are many great ones to choose from!

Bike Trail
Bike Trail

Explore

Take a day or two to tour our local museums which will take you on a trip through time in Okoboji. Start at the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum located in the year-round Iowa Welcome Center and gift shop. The friendly folks here can help point you in the direction of anything going on in Okoboji! The Maritime Museum itself houses an impressive collection of antique wooden boats, maritime history, and amusement park memorabilia including the wooden slide, barrel and sugar bowl. While here you can also swing through the Iowa Rock 'N Roll museum which preserves the legacy of Rock 'N Roll in Iowa, is all brand new and is super impressive. We are not exaggerating when we say you could spend ALL DAY at the Clark Museum in Milford. Curators Jerry and Irene Clark's museum features thousands of historic photos of the area as well as artifacts from restaurants, the amusement park and so much more. You will most definitely NOT want to miss the Okoboji Classic Cars Museum, which showcases a rotating inventory of restored classic cars amidst a backdrop of floor to ceiling murals by artist Jack Rees. Even if you are not a classic car lover you will be WOWED by Okoboji Classic Cars!  Don't forget the Abbie Gardner Cabin, and the Dickinson County Museum.  

You will also want to make time to explore the amazing and always changing art work at the Pearson Lakes Art Center or the wonderful information and exhibits at the Dickinson County Nature Center.

The Commons Tasting Room
The Commons Tasting Room

Sip

Whether you are looking for amazing coffee, craft beer, local wine or a tickle your tastebuds island drink you can find it all in Okoboji!  With so many wonderful patios you can spend all afternoon relaxing and enjoying your favorite iced drink or cocktail. You will love the view, breeze and outdoor drinks at The Barefoot BarPirate Jack'sThe RitzOkoboji StoreThe Gardens,  Captain's Getaway, and the Dry Dock. Start your morning with great coffee, smoothie or breakfast at Rabab's , which is conveniently located on the bike trail, Deli on the Ave in Spirit Lake, or Nektar, the cutest coffee trailer in town.  Be sure to stop at West O and Okoboji Brewing Company, come in the afternoon and you may be able to get a brewery tour.  Hoping to find your favorite cocktail or try something new head to The Commons Tasting Room, The Beach Club Lounge for upscale drinks or if you want to hang with the locals check out The Hutt, Nautical, or Tweeter's Bar & Grill.

Beach Club
The Beach Club Lounge

Savor

Okoboji has no shortage of amazing places to eat. In fact, deciding where to eat may be the hardest decision you make all day!  Great sunsets can be enjoyed while dinning at the Dry DockWater's Edge, Pub 19The GardensThe Ritz, or the Okoboji Store.  For a great sunset from the top of the Emporium, in a classy environment, check out the Hi-Point.  Celebrating a special occasion? Be sure to make your reservation for Minerva's, The Outrigger, or Yesterday's and don't skip the Key Lime Pie, no matter how full you are! If your in the mood for Mexican fare check out Los Pueblos or La Barca.   For casual indoor or outdoor dinning don't miss Smack Shack, SnappersTweeter's, The Hutt, or Smokin' Jakes.  Don't forget breakfast stops at the iconic O'Farrell Sisters, Koffee Kup or the Dry Dock and The Hutt on weekends!

 

Central Emporium

Shop

From unique boutiques, Okoboji clothes, house wares, antique shops and everything in between Okoboji shopping can fill a whole day or more! You could start your day to the north at the growing and eclectic shops on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. Next stop is The Great Lakes Mall where you can clothes shop for all ages at Fashion FormulaThe Look, or Wild Child.You can also find the perfect accessories at Spirit Lake Silver and Gold  and if your looking to freshen up a room or your whole house Interiors is your one stop home decor store.  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. Continue on down the road and make sure to stop at Lace, Okoboji’s premier lingerie boutique.  From there head to West Boutique for brands like Free People, Sperry, Everly, Velvet Heart and much more. You will need the whole afternoon in Arnolds Park to shop The Central Emporium and Queen's Court!  You will most definitely want to check out Elements for fresh flowers, home decor, unique jewelry and much more! Of course,  no trip to Okoboji is complete without shopping at The Three Sons in Milford, need we say more?

If antique shopping is more your stye be sure to make time for Timeless Consignments, The Spirit Lake Antique Mall, and Antiques Etc.

 

Cheers to a great time with friends during your next visit to Okoboji.  Visit vacationokoboji.com to learn about the great places to stay and check current availability.  You are also welcome to call the Okoboji Tourism Office at 800-270-2574 to learn more.

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