Within Winneshiek County, Iowa, you can find the city of Decorah. Located at the intersection of Route 52 and Highway 9, it is the largest city in the county. Its economy is primarily farming based and it is home to quite a few awe-inspiring physical features.
Based on the description, you can tell that this is not the biggest city in the United States. In fact, since 1980, the population has hovered around the 8,000 mark almost consistently.
Some of the best romantic getaways are those that take place in small, quiet locations that are away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities across the United States. Decorah is one such location, which is why you should give it a chance when you are planning your next romantic outing. To offer you some inspiration, here are some of the romantic things you can do in Decorah, Iowa.
The Decorah Springs Park
The Decorah Springs is one of the most talked about attractions of the city and rightfully so. In fact, over the years there have been numerous couples who decided to tie the knot at this location because of the romantic and earthly aesthetic and features it offers. The activities you can take part in are perfect for honeymoon enjoyment, anniversary activities, or just for having some honest fun as a couple.
Decorah Springs Park can be found very close to downtown Decorah (a few minutes away). The standout feature here is the waterfall that measures around 200 feet. The clear water running down the rocks and greenery gives off one of the most shimmering and well-fitting color contrasts available.
Apart from viewing the waterfall and getting your feet wet together, feel free to take part in some of these other activities:
- Picnicking – Have you ever been out on a picnic with your significant other? If you have, you know how fun it can be and if you haven’t then you have no idea what you’re missing. It may not be the most popular way to spend time together anymore but there is no substitute for just sitting out in the open, taking in the fresh air, looking at the various agricultural sites, eating some tasty food, and just enjoying the feeling of being around each other in such a calm space.
- Hiking – One of the best ways to strengthen the bond between you and your significant other is to take on challenges together. The hiking trails here offer said challenge without being obscenely difficult and they’re a great way to spend some quality time together away from everyone and everything.
Note that parking is available, and the area is accessible for those with disabilities.
Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve
This cavern has the distinction of being one of the largest ice-containing caverns in the entire Midwest. The reason this cavern is so famous is because up until late summer, you can find ice deposits within it.
Taking trips to these kinds of places that are outside of the norm is a great way to spend quality time together and especially when cold, this cavern is sure to make you want to clutch each other tightly for warmth.
You do need to remain cautious when exploring this landmark together though as the cave floor gradually slopes upwards. Also, as stated before, the cave houses deposits of ice for most of the year on both the floor and the walls so it is not impossible for someone to fall and risk some sort of injury in the process. Also, it is in your best interest not to go playing around with any of the loose rocks in the cavern. Your best bet is to stick to each other, and traverse slowly. Do this and you should have no trouble at all.
Empty Nest Winery
For the wine connoisseurs out there, you need to check out the Empty Nest Winery together. The wines produced here are mainly of a berry and fruit variety and there are public opening hours or appointment-based sessions based on which you prefer. If you want a more private setting (which is what you should technically go for) while you do your tasting together, book an appointment and enjoy your alone time over glasses of unique wine blends. If something appeals to you then feel free to grab a bottle and take it with you for when you return home.
ArtHaus is your one stop shop for enjoyment of all manner of visual and performing arts. This is an acquired and a niche taste but once you have an interest in the world of art then you should check this place out. If you have never dabbled in the world of art and you’re unsure if it is for you, at least give it a try before you rule it out.
While art gallery viewing and reviewing is a great way to spend your one-on-one time, viewing performing arts together, especially those that convey emotions well, is perfect for strengthening your romantic connection and for getting a deeper understanding of each other’s emotions.
The great thing about ArtHaus is that you do not have to spend your entire visit watching. You are encouraged to become a part of the festivities in several ways.
First, the location offers facilities that many couples have used for what is now termed as “creative date nights.” This is where they go to make memorable pieces in each other’s company. If you want to take things a bit more seriously and learn together, ArtHaus offers art classes to all age ranges. For Adults they do special art workshops that are geared towards improving your art even if you are only doing it for recreation.
Apart from the classes and galleries, the location regularly has live music concerts, poetry slams, and a plethora of other artistic events and festivals of varying types that are just the perfect mix of creativity and fun for you and your significant other. Let out your creative side in Decorah.