On a crisp autumn morning, the rooms were quiet as the morning golden sun slowly crept through the windows, illuminated the rooms and had coaxed me out of my dream world. With a great yawn, I slid out of bed and lazily ambled to the kitchen with a sleepy sway in my step. Once the coffee maker sputtered out its final drops of fresh brew, I filled the mug closest to me and sipped from the rim. The dark roast soothed me and resonated with my senses, and I knew today would be a good day in Clayton County.
A group of friends and I had decided to have a girl’s weekend and rented The Twisted Cedar in Elkader to lodge overnight. They had great reviews and beautiful photos online, so we had to check it out for ourselves. As we pulled up to the lodging, we were amazed to see the gorgeous landscaping and well-kept building among the beautiful countryside of Iowa. As far as first impressions went, The Twisted Cedar was impressive inside and out. When we walked into the lodge, we were amazed to see the abundance of space we had available for the night. It was equipped with a large kitchen, fully furnished living room with a TV, and plenty of spots for us to sleep. The large windows allowed light to fill the space and left us speechless.
The Twisted Cedar was furnished to give off a rustic charm that I love to see in lodging spaces. It felt less like a hotel or rented space and more like a temporary home for the evening. We decided to utilize the space to its full potential, so we popped up some popcorn, put a DVD in the TV and had a movie night together. The buttery aroma of microwave popcorn made the room feel less like a temporary living space, and more like a home movie theater. Our girl’s weekend was already a blast, and The Twisted Cedar made it perfect.
I took another sip of my coffee as the other girls walked to the kitchen with a sleepy gait, grabbing mugs to join me around the island and relive the events of the weekend over a steaming cup of the dark brew. We had tossed around different ideas of what to do for the day, though eventually decided to stay at the lodge to explore the outdoors nearby, and have a bonfire around the fire pit. Our weekend couldn’t have been more perfect. The Twisted Cedar made our time together special and we made memories we’d cherish for a lifetime.
Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to The Twisted Cedar