Barn on the Bluff in Elkader, Iowa, Gets Website Update

Barn on the Bluff is located in Elkader, Iowa

A Picture-Perfect Snapshot of Barn on the Bluff in Winter

Barn on the Bluff is a very unique lodging experience for groups of 8 to approximately 30 people and it is located on some of the most picturesque landscapes in northeast Iowa, specifically Elkader, Iowa. recently completed an update of the website for Julie and Rick Dengler, owners of Barn on the Bluff. launched the updated site with Amelia Painter acting as the lead designer.  Painter annually teams with the owners to update their site.  She emphasizes the guest features the 106 year old “post and beam” barn has to offer groups.

When a group reserves the barn for lodging accommodations, they are reserving the entire barn, including the 30×60 foot hayloft that has been converted into five levels of living and sleeping areas. The barn can easily sleep 20+ individuals. Groups enjoy access to a full kitchen, dining for 20+ guests, 3 bathrooms, a fireplace, game room, covered porch and a fire pit.

Call 563-245-2820 to make reservations or go to to learn more about this unqiue lodging experience in northeast Iowa.

Launched Farm House Bed & Breakfast / Engelbrecht Family Winery Website and Blog Updates

Our design team has finished and uploaded updates to the Farm House B&B / Engelbrecht Family Winery website and blog. Both businesses are located on the family farm in NE Iowa.

Guests of the bed and breakfast stay on a working farm with some cattle, goats, chickens, peacocks, llamas, Jacob sheep, cats and dogs.  Visitors enjoy viewing baby calves, gathering the eggs, fishing in the farm pond, walking, running or biking on the 5 mile nature trail, viewing the Vineyard, and shopping in the winery gift shop. The Farm House Breakfast offers a full-course farmers’ breakfast with locally grown products.

Gathering Room at the Farm House Bed & Breakfast

The Farm House Gathering Room is available year round — except Sundays. This private dining room can be reserved for just about any function imaginable. Our Event Coordinator, Chef, and wait staff are eager to please! It is a great place to enjoy a bottle of Engelbrecht wine and gather with friends and family.

Lowden Iowa B&B Launches New Web site

LOWDEN, Iowa (June 27, 2005) – Leading Iowa hospitality design firm creates original Web site for Liz and Brad Norton, owners of the historic Lincoln Hotel in Lowden.

“I am so excited, I can’t wait to tell all my friends and regular guests about the launch of the new Web site,” declared innkeeper Liz Norton.

The new, exquisitely designed Web site is as helpful as it is aesthetically pleasing. Visitors view and, within seconds, get a real taste of what a getaway would be like at the Lincoln Hotel. Whatever the visitor is looking for, from basic online reservations to valuable information on surrounding points of interest, the redesigned site caters to every possible inquiry. The historic Lincoln Hotel is a popular eastern Iowa destination offering guests premier Lowden accommodations.

The Lincoln Hotel is a completely refurbished, award winning bed and breakfast, that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. The last of the interior rooms was completed this spring – a luxurious master suite that includes a sitting room, dining area, and private bath. The Lincoln Hotel is a member of the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association.

Also noteworthy is the fact that all member inns of the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association are approved and inspected. Inn reviews are 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 review process. 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 member inns will automatically deliver a consistently clean, comfortable and professional experience.” provides website design and promotion services to the hospitality industry and manages a number of state B&B association sites, including Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.

To learn more about see their site at For more information on the historic Lincoln Hotel, or to view the guest accommodations, visit their Web site at:

The Iowa Great Lakes Region for an Outstanding Family Vacation

If you are looking for an economical yet entertaining and family filled Summer Getaway or Vacation then the Iowa Great Lakes is the place to go.

Iowa’s Lake Okoboji is the summer playground for fishing, boating, going to an amusement park, riding go-karts, swimming, theater, golf, and enjoying wild life areas.  It is located at the junction of US highways 71 and 9, which intersect in the city of Spirit Lake, Iowa.

The Iowa Great Lakes Region was first settled in the 1850s and is home to Arnolds Park,, an amusement park with rides for young and old.  Arnolds Park is a wonderful place for a child’s birthday party or just a weekend of fun and games. Bumper cars, roller coaster, go karts, tilted house, and much more. If it’s a cruise you want you then take a ride  aboard the Okoboji Queen II.

The Queen II has her legacy on West Okoboji Lake of over a decade of operation. If it is the beautiful glacial lake that you want to see there is no better way to see it then aboard the Queen II.

And, what getaway or vacation is complete without a little sightseeing, shopping and eating? The area is full of gift shops, antique shops, clothing stores and fine places to eat also. Some of the sights consist of the Abbie Gardner Cabin, which is the site of the 1857 “Spirit Lake Massacre.” The Abbie Gardner Cabin was first known for the “Massacre” and later became one of Iowa’s first tourist attractions. The Abbie Gardner Cabin survives as a reminder of one of Iowa’s most tragic events during its frontier days. The dramatic stories of Abbie Gardner and the Dakota leader, Inkpadutah can be found here at the Cabin and Museum. The cabin and Museum can be found just one block west of Arnolds Park. The Spine Trail or Dickinson county Hiking trail covers an extensive area reaching to almost every natural habitat within Dickinson County. The trails are wide enough to allow for travel in two directions thus making this an excellent choice for hiking, biking, roller-blading, jogging or just a casual walk. The area also provides an abundance of lodging. Motels, cabins, cottages, resorts and campgrounds are abundant throughout the area. Adjacent to Arnold’s park is a beautiful campground and cabin and cottage area.

Lodging rates in and around Arnolds Park during the spring and summer can be very expensive. If you are willing to drive an extra 10-15 miles you can save a bundle!  In the sleepy community of Fostoria (6 miles from Spencer and 6 miles from Milford) is The Prairie Cottage, a private vacation rental.  Depending on the length of your stay and the number of folks in your party, you can rent this 2-bedroom private home with a large enclosed patio area for as little as $85 a night.  It sleeps 6 comfortably and has all kinds of extras. See their Web site at:

During the month of July 2007, you can save $35 a night if you book the home for 3 or more nights and you can make your reservations online from their Web site.

Historic Lincoln Hotel

The Historic Lincoln Hotel in Lowden, Iowa.  We recently finished designing their new Web site and would love for you to go and visit the site at:

The Lincoln Hotel, tucked in the junction of Old Lincoln and Hoover highways, is located on the southern tip of Iowa’s Wine Country. Built in 1915, the Lincoln originally hosted workers and travelers on the Pacific and Northwestern Railroads and the Old Lincoln Highway.

Completely refurbished, the hotel was present the “Best Restoration in Iowa” award in 1996 by Governor Branstead. (*See photo on the site of Brad Norton and Governor Branstead.)

If you are wanting to see a good example of the beginnings of a “travel links page,”  go to the Map and Attractions page on this site.  The site has outbound links to several local attractions, but a high quality link to a very popular tourism site.  This one link will help ensure the site is indexed fairly regularly once the innkeeper acquires a link exchange from the Eastern Iowa Tourism site.