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Make This Year's Valentine's Day Historic

January 28, 2013 (Des Moines, IA) – Look to the past to make this year’s Valentine’s Day one to remember – book a stay at one of Iowa’s historic lodging properties.

Is your sweetheart an architectural buff? Then stay at the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, the last remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the world. It reopened in 2011 after extensive renovations.

Maybe they love to bowl? Book a room at the Hotel Pattee in Perry. In addition to 40 individually decorated and themed rooms, including the Louis Armstrong Suite, the hotel features a two-lane bowling alley built to replicate the original bowling alley when the hotel was first constructed.

If your honey is more a history buff, check in to the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport. Previous guests have included Cary Grant, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and Jack Dempsey. The property recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation.

Love small town charm? Check out the Hotel Greenfield just off the square in Greenfield. The brick, woodwork, lobby tiles, staircase and more in this 1920 property have been restored to their original splendor.

Or just make it a date night by taking in one of these Valentine’s Day-related events:

  • Valentine Dinner Trains, Boone: Step back in time and enjoy elegant dining on a two-hour ride through the beautiful Des Moines River valley.
  • Couples and Canvas, Cedar Rapids: Couples will be guided through the process of creating a masterpiece.
  • Vino d’Amore Valentine’s Dinner at Sugar Clay Winery, Thurman: Romantic candlelit three-course dinner paired with Sugar Clay wines.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7 billion in expenditures, employs 63,400 people statewide and generates $328 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


For more information contact:

Jessica O’Riley, Iowa Tourism Office
Iowa Economic Development Authority

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