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    ("Things to do, Places to go, People to see")

Bentonsport:  

Shopping:  Most shops open daily:  10am to 5pm, April - Oct. and weekends only in Nov. and Dec.

The Iron & Lace Shop, of course, is your first stop for unique pottery and hand made artistic ironwork! (319)592-3222    Take a class with Bill or Betty with Villages Folk School: www.villagesfolkschool.com

The Greef General Store is where you can find antiques, crafts, and one of a kind collectibles!  (319) 592-3579  www.greefstore.com

Mason House Inn Bed & Breakfast is open all year long.  Spend the night in a 170 year old hotel built in 1846.  Furnishings are original antiques.  Enjoy the new Caboose Cottage, in a real railroad caboose to rent for a night, a weekend, a week, or longer! www.MasonHouseInn.com  (319) 592-3133

Things to see:

Indian Artifact Museum: Home to an extensive collection of Native American Indian artifacts including an impressive display of arrowheads (open by chance or appointment).

Old Presbyterian Church Building:  Visit this historic building on the hill north of the village.  Open daily 10am to 5pm, May - Nov.  The building is available to rent for weddings, programs, services, etc.  Call (319) 592-3222 for more information.

Historic Bridge:  Built in 1882 for horse and buggy traffic, this bridge is the oldest and longest iron truss bridge still in use across the Des Moines River.  Open to foot and bicycle traffic.

Vernon Schoolhouse:  On the south side of the river (and up the hill a little ways) stands the handsome three story Vernon Schoolhouse.  Built in 1868, it was in use until 1960.  It is now a private home and studio.  (Open by chance or appointment.)

Rose Garden:  Set within the rock walls of the old Mill foundations, this garden is complete with walkways, benches, water garden, and a variety of perennial plants.  A great place for a picnic or wedding.

Things to do:

Have a picnic in the park.  *    Hike the Nature Trail north of town.  *  Take the Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bentonsport.  *   Hunt, fish, watch the eagles during the winter season.

The Stone House is available to rent for parties, weddings / receptions, meetings, catered meals, etc.  Call Betty at 319-592-3222 to rent the building. 

Bonaparte:  www.bonaparte-iowa.com

Shop for crafts and antiques at the Mill Antiques, Newman's Antiques, the Emporium, the Villa and Midwest Memories Antiques.  Tour the Historic Bonaparte Pottery Archeological Site www.bonaparte-pottery.com

Restaurants:

1.  Bonaparte's Retreat in the old grist mill.  A great steak house, featured in the Iowan Magazine.  (319) 592-3339

2.  Jet Stop - convenience store with gas, pop, sandwiches, pizza...

 

Keosauqua:  www.keosauqua.com

Hiking, fishing, swimming at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park and Lake Sugema

Swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts at Riverview Country Club (319) 293-3200

Restaurants:

1.  First Street Grill - pizza, tacos, sandwiches  (Open Sundays)

2.  Riverbend Pizza - pizza, steak, salad, sandwiches (319) 293-9900

Hawkeye Canoe Rental: rent a canoe for fun on the river (319) 293-3550

 

 Cantril:  http://cantril-iowa.com

Dutchman's Store: bulk food items, fabric, shoes & boots, homemade items, fresh produce and other grocery items.  (Run by Mennonites for the Amish.)

Walk the lovely Waubonsie Park trails.

Visit the 4-story round barn at Wickfield Farm (open by appointment).  Built in 1918.  (319) 293-3129

 

Farmington:  http://farmingtoniowa.com

Shimek State Forest is the largest of Iowa's three state forests with 9,000 acres.  Four large ponds are stocked with fish.  Electric trolling motors allowed.  Public hunting in season.  Winter sports and equestrian trails.  Indian Lake Park is located SW of Farmington on Hwy. 81.  The park is 177 acres, including a 44-acre lake with great fishing.  There is a 2-mile multi-purpose trail around the lake.  Boat rentals and swimming available.  Farmington's Strawberry Festival is the 2nd weekend in June.  Crafts, flea market items, and lots of free ice cream with strawberry sauce!

 

Mt. Pleasant:  Don't miss the Old Threshers Reunion held annually in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  Always 5 days ending on Labor Day.  Only 45 minutes north of Bentonsport on Hwy. 218. www.oldthreshers.org . Spend the day there, and have a pleasant nights rest here in the peace and quiet of the Mason House Inn!

 

Nauvoo:  Visit the historic town and shops.  See the rebuilt Mormon Temple. Golf in Nauvoo at the Great River Road Golf Club (800-233-0060). www.golfnauvoo.com

 

Fort Madison:  Tour the old Fort, the museums and shops.

 

Keokuk:  See the lock and dam system in action!  Experience a Civil War Reenactment in Rand Park, April TBA.  Reenactments take place Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2:30pm.  Check their Events Calendar for more fun things to do at www.leecounty.org .  Spend the day there and have a pleasant nights rest here!