For an overall picture of Iowa, visit the division of tourism’s website (tel. 888/472-6035; www.traveliowa.com) and for specific updates on fall color, they run a hotline (telephone: 515/281-8395) and a website (www.iowadnr.comm/forestry/fallcolor.html) that will be updated regularly; specific promotions began appearing on the site in August.
If you’re looking for a deal on a place to stay, wander around and wind up in Lost Nation Iowa, at the Gardner House (tel. 563/678-2600; www.thegardnerhousebandb.com), and take advantage of their special. Accommodations for two at the restored 1903 Queen Anne home, for two nights, are $150. Located in northeastern Iowa about 40 miles from the Quad Cities, the peak season here is usually in the first couple of weeks in October, depending on the weather. The rates are good only for the month of October. A full breakfast is included, so are afternoon beverages and snacks. Nearby attractions include hiking and nature trails at Eden Valley, local wineries, antique shops, and art galleries.
For fall scenery in North Central Iowa, consider staying at the Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast inn. Stroll the walkways at Beeds Lake State Park located only 3 miles from our inn. Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast (tel. 866/456/4036) www.countryheritagebb.com is a unique 1921 family farm with antiques to view inside and out. Choose from the Pine, Mahogney, or Honeymoon Suites and relax on your own private balcony. If you enjoy farming or would like to learn more about farming this is the place to be during October with the harvest in full swing. Full breakfast is included with your stay. Reserve your harvest weekend for $125.00 plus tax includes two nights. Nearby attractions include specialty shops, antique shops, and golfing.
For other bed and breakfast suggestions, try the Iowa’s Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association (tel. 800/888-4667; www.iabedandbreakfast.com).