Leaf Peeping in Iowa: Plan a Fall Trip

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).

Paiges of Thyme Bed and Breakfast in Clarinda, Iowa Launches Informational Web Site

CLARINDA, Iowa (September 12, 2005) – Leading Iowa design firm creates original Web site design for Dennis & Cheryl Schmitt, owners of the Paiges of Thyme Bed and Breakfast Inn of Clarinda, Iowa.

TotalWebDesigner.com has designed the newly launched Web site with Emily Boetel acting as the lead designer. Boetel teamed with the owners to create a small Web site design emphasizing features the inn has to offer. "We wanted the visitors to be able to see what accommodations are waiting for them and not just read about them," says Boetel.

The Web site will explain to visitors how guests are pampered and what additional amenities are available at the inn. Paiges of Thyme is an inspected and approved member of the Iowa Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that all member inns are approved and inspected. Inn inspections are conducted by a staff member that is thorough in scope, covering safety and security items as well as appearance, comfort, and cleanliness. Food preparation, amenities and administrative items are also evaluated as part of the inspection. According to Mary Nichols, Association President, every member inn "must pass a rigorous inspection to insure compliance with Association standards. IBBIA is the only Innkeeper Association in the State of Iowa that requires such close scrutiny of their membership, but this policy lets guests know that our inns will automatically deliver a consistently clean, comfortable and professional experience."

Bed and breakfast accommodations give you a unique and personalized travel experience with a touch of local flavor. These small, charming, privately owned bed and breakfast inns are an affordable choice for pleasure or business travel. To view the website please go to: http://www.paigesofthyme.com