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Here's Your Northeast Iowa Summer To-Do List
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Here's Your Northeast Iowa Summer To-Do List

With June quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about activities and events to add to your summer to-do list. Luckily for you, the list below will take you to a beautiful variety of quintessentially Northeast Iowa places and events. Don't miss these 10 awesome Northeast Iowa gems!

1. Guttenberg’s Art by the River Festival:

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Gutenberg’s Art by the River festival will feature yoga, live music, interactive art workshops, and displays of Northeast Iowa’s local artists along the scenic Mississippi River. The event is free and offers fun for the whole family. See you June 3rd!

2. Eagles Landing Winery:

Take a trip to Eagles Landing Winery, an award-winning, family-owned winery in Clayton County. Located along the Mississippi River, the winery has won over 200 awards in the last ten years, including the 2013 Iowa Wine Maker of the Year. Next time you need a break, take a trip to this awesome weekend getaway. It's filled with beautiful scenery, friendly faces, and a wide array of unique Iowa wines. 

3. Trace Your Family Roots at Decorah’s Genealogy Association:

Trace your roots this summer at the Decorah Genealogy Association (DGA). The DGA a private, non-profit research center that provides people all around the United States information about their genealogy. Since its opening in 1993, the organization has provided people far and wide more information about their ancestors and what life was in Northeast Iowa during their lifetime. 

4. Clayton County Farmer’s Markets:

Clayton County is home to eight unique Farmer’s Markets. From Elkader to Edgewood, you’ll be sure to find fresh fruit, tasty treats, and fun for the whole family. Check them out! 

5. Serenity Valley Bed & Breakfast:

Relax. Renew. Reconnect. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Serenity Valley Bed & Breakfast. Guests enjoy access to a large pond, catch-and-release fishing, a small beach, walking trails, an outdoor patio with a fire pit, and more. Reconnect with friends and family at this locally owned bed & breakfast. What are you waiting for?

6. Decorah’s Nordic Fest:

Decorah’s Nordic Fest is a one-of-a-kind Scandinavian celebration to honor Norwegian culture and heritage. This non-profit, non-commercial festival offers traditional food, art, dance, music, and more! If delicious treats, traditional crafts, and a colorful parade sound like something you’d be interested in, be sure to stop on over July 27th-29th!

7. Iowa’s Only National Monument:

Effigy Mounds National Monument, located in Allamakee County, is Iowa’s only national monument. With over 2,4236 acres overlooking the Mississippi, it is home to over 200 prehistoric Native American Indian mounds. With no written records and few surviving tribal stories, the mounds’ origins and meaning remain somewhat of a mystery.  

8. The "World’s Largest Strawberry”

Did you know? Clayton County’s very own Strawberry Point is home to the “World’s Largest Strawberry.” From June 9th-June 11th, you can also enjoy Strawberry Days, a city-wide celebration featuring a parade and street fair, a truck and tractor pull, and much, much more. 

9. Quilter Paradise in Clayton County:

Calling all quilting lovers! Clayton County is home to three awesome arts & crafts stores. Plan a ladies weekend, travel through the beautiful countryside of Clayton County, and take a class while you’re at it! The BackStitch, located in historic Elkader, offers classes for all ranges of people – from beginners to experts. 

10. The Yellow River State Forest:

The Yellow River State Forest, located between Harpers Ferry and Waterville, is a must-see for nature lovers. The park offers peaceful campgrounds, fishing streams, 25 miles of hiking trails, and a number of scenic viewpoints that can be reached by car, horseback, or foot. Nature is neat! Go see for yourselves. 

There you have it! Ten ideas and plenty of inspiration to head out and explore Northeast Iowa this summer. Do you have other note-worthy items added to your summer to-do list? Feel free to share them in the comments section below! 

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