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Art + Iowa = Summer Destinations 1‌ . Cedar Rapids Museum Of Art

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Cedar Rapids: The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Grant Wood paintings and owns the property at 5 Turner Alley that Wood used as a home and studio from 1924-1934. It was in this studio that he painted one of the world’s most famous works of art – American Gothic – which the Art Institute of Chicago purchased in 1930 and still displays.

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2. Mooney Art Collection

Charles City: Seventy-seven works of art from artists including Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali and Grant Wood are on display at the Charles City Public Library. Arthur Mooney, who moved to Charles City as a child, bequeathed the collection to the library. After nearly 60 years in storage, a gallery was added to the library in 2000 to exhibit the pieces.

3. Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum Clarinda: In 2014, Robert and Karen Duncan, both Clarinda natives, renovated the town’s former Carnegie library to house their eclectic assortment of world-class contemporary art. Described as one of the top 50 private collections in the country,

piece collection includes art- hibits of 19th and 20th-century work from the 19th century to American art and the largest colthe present. lection of puppets, marionettes and related props from famous puppeteer Bil Baird, including 7. John and those seen in The Sound of MuMary Pappajohn sic.

the couple owns more than 2,000 sculpture that frames the 8th works of art. Rotating exhibits Street Viaduct. draw from these holdings, with new themed exhibitions installed 5. Figge Art Museum twice a year. Davenport: The museum’s 3,000 permanent holdings are testimony to seven decades of 4. Iowa West philanthropy and civic pride. The Public Art Collection collections, organized into seven Council Bluffs: A planning ef- areas, offer a distinct look at refort in 2004 designated more than gional, national and international 50 sites for potential placement art from the 15th century to the of public art. So far, nine artists present. have been commissioned to create a multitude of contemporary 6. Des Moines Art Center sculptures. Completed projects Des Moines: Internationinclude the Bayliss Park foun- ally recognized architects Eliel tain, the five-acre Great Lawn at Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park Meier constructed the facility and Gateway, a seven-story tall in phases. The more than 5,000

Des Moines: The roughly fouracre park on the western edge of downtown includes nearly 30 works by some of the world’s most famous artists. Among the signature pieces is the iconic Nomade by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, a 27-foot-tall human form made of a latticework of steel letters.

10. Pearson Lakes Art Center

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11. Sioux City Art Center

Okoboji: Six galleries showcase permanent and traveling exhibitions from local, regional and national artists. The center houses the second largest collection of Russian Impressionist paintings outside of Russia. Sioux City: More than 1,000 pieces from Midwestern, national and international artists make up the permanent collection. Grant Wood’s Corn Mural is on extended display in a room designed just for the work.

Between Madrid and Woodward: The half-mile, 13-story-high bridge is the signature component of the High Trestle Trail (which runs 25 miles from Ankeny to Woodward). Forty-one steel “frames” over the 12. Waterloo Center bridge represent support cribs for the Arts within a historic coal mine, a nod to the area’s mining history. The Waterloo: The permanent col“frames” light up with blue LED lection has been curated for more lights at dusk. than 50 years and includes Midwestern artists like Grant Wood 9. Charles H. Macnider and Marvin Cone, American decorative arts, international folk Art Museum art and the largest public collecMason City: This Tudor-style tion of Haitian art in the United mansion features permanent ex- States.

Eat across Iowa with ‘99 counties, 99 restaurants’

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ravelers love to eat where the locals eat. The Iowa Tourism Office is making it easier for visitors to find those restaurants with the launch of “99 Counties, 99 Restaurants.” The list includes one restaurant from every county and covers a wide range of dining options and specialty dishes. Travelers will find best burgers in

Fairfield, top tenderloins in Prairie City, super steaks in Mason City, farm-to-table in Orient, fine dining in Cedar Rapids, cultural cuisines in Elkader, eclectic eats in Des Moines, comfort food in Balltown and so much more. “Food is synonymous with travel. Not only do people travel for the specific purpose of sampling unique, local cuisine, but when people travel for any rea-

son, they’re also interested in authentic dining experiences,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “Iowa’s diverse ethnic communities, range of small towns and urban centers, and a strong agricultural industry combine to make our state home to some of the most interesting and memorable breakfast, lunch and dinner opportunities in the nation.”

People can browse the list by travel area at traveliowa. com/99restaurants or download the full list as a PDF. Travelers are encouraged to take photos at the restaurants and share using #ThisIsIowa or #99restaurants. Tourism in Iowa generates more than $8.23 billion in expenditures and $502 million in state taxes, plus employs 69,500 people statewide. The Iowa

Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA, or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center. Travelers can find additional travel inspiration on the Iowa Tourism Office blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Instagram account, or YouTube channel.


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8 reasons to travel Iowa ‌1

A to Z Foodie Trail, Marion and the Hall of Fame experience. Mahaska Counties: Launched in January, the trial features 26 Bernie’s Barnyard, Altoona: stops in a loop through Pella, Adventureland’s new chilLeighton, Oskaloosa, Knoxville dren’s area will include two and Pleasantville. rides for both kids and parents, a playground, arcade games and Sanford Museum Planetar- more. Expected to open in May ium, Cherokee: Iowa’s first 2018, it will be the central Iowa planetarium unveiled a new pro- theme park’s first major addition jector in January 2018, upgrading since adding the Monster roller from the original projector that coaster in 2016. dated back to 1951. John Deere Centennial CelGridiron Glory, Pro Footebration, Waterloo: In 1918, ball Hall of Fame, Daven- John Deere purchased the Waterport: The Putnam hosts the loo Gasoline Engine Co., maker largest traveling exhibition in of the “Waterloo Boy” tractor. A the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s community-wide celebration of history through June 2018. The the centennial is taking place on 6,000-square-foot exhibit June 15 and 16. features hundreds of artifacts, many exhibited for the first time, Cedar Screamer Zipline, Cefrom the Hall of Fame’s collecdar Rapids: The more than tion and captures the essence of 1,000-foot-long zipline will

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take adventurers up 10 stories for a unique excursion across the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids. The zipline will be open during Summer 2018.

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The Foundry DSM, West Des Moines: A former 1890s railcar barn and iron foundry in West Des Moines has been converted to a food and beverage hall and distillery. The Hall, open now, features multiple food trucks under one roof. Scott Bush, formerly of Templeton Rye, established Foundry Distilling Company and plans to open in 2018. When complete, it’s estimated to be among the top five stills in the country on a throughput basis.

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newbo evolve, Cedar Rapids: A new three-day, multi-disciplined celebration of the Bohemian creative spirit will

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Tired of Smithsonian? Visit quirky DC Museums FRITZ HAHN

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ashington is known for its museums. But venture beyond the Mall, which is home to four of the 20 most-visited museums in the world, and you’ll find plenty of smaller, quirkier institutions. Want to learn about great inventions, the history of horse racing in America or how drugs are smuggled across the border? You can, and it’s free. These five museums are, for the most part, targeted at niche audiences, which means they don’t get the crowds you’ll find at, say, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. But you also don’t need a full day to explore them: Even the ones that offer full, guided tours can take less than an hour to peruse. Think of these spots as entertaining and educational diversions — especially the ones that go out of their way to welcome kids. Check hours carefully, as most of these museums are not open daily.

DEA Museum

700 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, Va. The Drug Enforcement Administration was formed in 1973, but the history of drugs and drug abuse in America stretches back to the days when opiates were commonly used in children’s medicine and cocaine gave Coca-Cola its kick. That’s the story the DEA Museum tells, inside an anonymous office building in Pentagon City. The chronologically organized museum starts with 19th-century opium addiction, then it’s off to the age of gangsters and jazz, roaring through the counterculture revolution of 1960s, the battles against cartels in the 1980s and ‘90s, and the abuse of prescription drugs today. (And yes, there are actual drugs on display.) Much of the wall text is about as evenhanded as an elementary school D.A.R.E. class, but past the preachy tone, there’s some interesting information here, especially the displays demonstrating how

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A friendly, ecologically responsible greeter at the U.S. Forest Service Information Center. traffickers have tried to conceal drugs bound for the United States, inside shoes, tires and even cinder blocks. Don’t miss the diamond-encrusted Colt .45 owned by Mexican cartel leader Rafael Caro Quintero, which on a recent visit drew exclamations of “cool!” from visitors of all ages—maybe not the reaction curators envisioned.

National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, Va. The National Inventors Hall of Fame, inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has a dual mission. Half of the museum is meant to inspire the next generation of creators, telling the stories of such inventors as Howard Head, who created the first aluminum skis, and then, in retirement, the oversize aluminum tennis racket. (Prototypes of the inventions bring the displays to life.) The section on patents and trademarks shows how technology has evolved: Get behind the wheel of a curious Ford Mus-

tang—one half from 1965, one half from 2015—to compare their features, or examine displays charting the changes to cellphones and cameras over decades. Interactive games demonstrate how trademarks and copyrights work—there’s a quiz with trademarked sounds, such as Darth Vader’s breathing—and challenges to see if you can pick out which pair of name-brand shoes is a fake. Don’t be surprised if younger visitors want to pick up a science kit in the gift shop on the way out.

National Museum of Health and Medicine

2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Md. The National Museum of Health and Medicine is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. Here you can see the grotesquely swollen leg of a man with elephantiasis, shelves of bullet-ravaged skulls and bones from Civil War casualties, and fragments of Abraham Lincoln’s skull and James Garfield’s vertebrae.

But this Department of Defense-run museum is more than a morbid cabinet of curiosities: It demonstrates how the Army’s treatment of battlefield injuries has evolved, from gruesome Civil War amputations (see the scary-looking saws?) to the war in Iraq, where the trauma center at Balad had a 98 percent survival rate. The permanent collection of anatomical specimens and medical oddities is impressive, but the museum also hosts rotating exhibitions: Now it’s focused on World War I and the horrific effects of mustard gas, with sketches by John Singer Sargent and a copy of his famous, monumental painting “Gassed.”

National Museum of American Jewish Military History 1811 R St. NW.

The history of the United States military is long and complicated, but the National Museum of American Jewish Military History focuses on one area: the experience of Jews

who’ve served in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some of the displays feel a little formulaic — guns and helmets in cases — but where the museum succeeds is in the personal touches. Touch screens allow visitors to scroll through dozens of candid snapshots taken during leisure time in Europe or the South Pacific; displays hold the flight jackets worn by pilots shot down over Berlin, a handmade ark used in Burma, and simple souvenirs, such as a coconut mailed home from Guam during World War II, or vases and belt buckles made from shell casings. Listening stations with headphones play oral histories of service members who liberated concentration camps. A separate gallery holds pictures and details of every Jewish service member to receive the Medal of Honor, which makes for compelling and inspiring reading.

USDA Forest Service Information Center 201 14th St. SW.

It might be a stretch to call the USDA Forest Service Information Center a museum. The main exhibit space, decorated to look like a western lodge, includes displays of Forest Service blankets and equipment, including wooden skis; videos and photos produced by the Forest Service; and a large touchscreen map showing all the forests and parks in the country. The primary reason to visit the Sidney R. Yates Federal Building at 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW sits right behind the front desk, eyes closed, feet up on the furniture. Walk in, and he’ll wake with a start. “Well, hello there!” booms Smokey Bear. “Remember, only you can prevent forest fires!” The life-size, animatronic Smokey is the star here, so much so that on a recent visit, the ranger on duty had to trigger Smokey a few times in a row to entertain a group of children. There’s plenty of free swag that will appeal to kids (and adults), including 1960s-era Smokey Bear comic books, magnets and posters.


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RIDE ON The eight best trail systems in Iowa

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ith more than 1,800 miles of bike trails, the great outdoors really doesn’t get any greater than in Iowa. Check out some of our famous routes – and don’t forget to add our popular biking events to your calendar!

1. Cedar Valley Trails‌

4. Raccoon River Valley Trail‌ Waukee, Adel, Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale, Herndon, Jamaica, Dawson, Perry, Minburn, Dallas Center. This 89-mile trail loops through several small Iowa towns and Des Moines suburbs – so you can start and end your ride from almost anywhere along the trail. Must-stops for refreshments include Bunkers Dunkers Bakery in Jefferson, Ethel’s Restaurant and Bar in Yale, PJ’s Drive-In in Panora and the bikefriendly Hotel Pattee in Perry that’s a perfect overnight stop.

Cedar Falls, Waterloo. This 110-mile system of trail loops in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area connects to both downtown districts, museums, hotels, restaurants and bars. Need to est for a bit? Head to Cedar Falls’ Main Street for a sweet treat at Scratch Cupcakery, a tasty brew from SingleSpeed Brewing and 5. Sauk Rail Trail‌ an overnight stay at the BlackLake View, Carnarvon, Breda, hawk Hotel. Maple River, Carroll. This trail

2. Fairfield Loop Trail‌

Fairfield. Cycle 15.9 miles through parks and wetlands and over the Louden Bridge. After making the loop of town, bike your way to Fairfield’s square to dine at one of its adventurous restaurants like the Istanbul Grill. Or stop at The Cider House for a glass of hard cider, brewed in-house. Also try Café Paradiso that’s been voted Iowa’s place for the best coffee.

3. High Trestle Trail‌

Ankeny, Sheldahl, Slater, Madrid, Woodward. Art and nature collide on this beautiful 25-mile trail. A tree canopy shades you from the sun as you cycle to the award-winning Trestle Bridge that’s 13 stories tall. Popular stops along the route include the Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid, the Whistlin’ Donkey in Woodward and the Frontier Shack food truck near the trail in Madrid.

takes you 33 miles from Lake View to Carroll, with the opportunity for stops every few miles at local watering holes like The An- Trout Run Trail near Decorah gry Beaver in Maple River, Red’s Place in Breda, The Bar in Lake View and B&S’s in Carroll. Check prairie – and seeing wildlife isn’t out Thursday nights on the trail uncommon. for the weekly “T.H.I.R.S.T.” ride.

6. Three Rivers Trail‌

Rolfe, Bradgate, Rutland, Humboldt, Dakota City, Thor and Eagle Grove. Named for the fact that it crosses three area rivers, the Three Rivers Trail crosses or parallels the west branch of the Des Moines River, the east branch of the Des Moines River and the Boone River. The 33-mile trail is a lovely mix of woodlands, grasslands, marshy areas and open

7. Trout Run Trail‌

Decorah. This 11-mile loop trail runs next to the Decorah Trout Hatchery (where you can feed the fish for just a quarter) and also passes by the world-famous Decorah eagle nest. When you want a break, head to the Whippy Dip for ice cream or Toppling Goliath for an ice-cold beer (their brews are frequently rated some of the best on RateBeer and BeerAdvocate).

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8. Wabash Trace Nature Trail‌ Council Bluffs, Mineola, Silver City, Malvern, Imogene, Shenandoah, Coin, Blanchard. The 62-mile Wabash Trace Nature Trail is one of Iowa’s longest and most popular rail-trails, as it travels through the unique Loess Hills and connects with the city trails in Council Bluffs. Every Thursday night, riders can join the “Taco Ride” from Council Bluffs to Mineola’s Tobey Jack Steakhouse and back.

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lorida’s Clearwater Beach was the number one beach in America, according to TripAdvisor’s annual best beach listing. Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.

1. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida About a 40 drive west of Tampa, Clearwater Beach dazzles with two and a half miles of sugar-white sand, crystal-clear waters and tranquil Gulf breezes. Perched on a barrier island, the beach offers calm, shallow water, making it an ideal playground for families. “GREAT white sand

beach ... very long, so if you are a beach walker, you will be happy. There is nothing like FL white, silky, sand! I love it!” shared a TripAdvisor traveler.

2. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida

3. Ka’anapali Beach – Lahaina, Hawaii Among the most visited beach in West Maui, this area is a popular spot for quiet relaxation or water sports. It’s also famous for the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as “Puu Kekaa” or Black Rock. According to a TripAdvisor reviewer, “Amazing this time of year. Right from the beach we saw amazing whale breaches. The sand is amazing and the beach is well kept up!”

Less than 30 minutes south of Sarasota, Siesta Beach on Siesta Key is renowned for its eight-mile stretch of sugar-fine, quartz-white sand. It’s also a great spot for kids to collect seashells and sand dollars. “It is a very large beach that accommodates lots of people — it has lots 4. South Beach – of parking, picnic tables, BBQ, there is Miami Beach, Florida also a snack shop. It gets very crowded so timing is important,” added a TripAdPeople watching is a great pastime in visor reviewer. Miami’sSouth Beach, which draws ce-

lebrities and models. Travelers love the wide, fine, white sand-covered beaches as well as the surrounding area, known for wild nightlife and excellent restaurants. “Direct access to the beach! The promenade is always full of people walking, biking and strolling with their dogs and families. Very clean and well-kept area,” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.

5. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Honolulu, Hawaii Located on the southeast coast of Oahu, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of Hawaii’s most popular natural attractions. Travelers note that the beach is good for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and picnicking. According to a


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TripAdvisor user, “One of my favorite places to visit in Hawaii. I sincerely appreciate the staff’s every effort to preserve and respect marine/aquatic life. I would have given it a 5 star except for the very limited parking.

palm trees. “Nice place to enjoy the Atlantic breezes and take in the sun rays. It is beautifully maintained and very clean. Also there are many establishments across the boulevard where you can have food and drinks,” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.

6. Fort Lauderdale Beach – Fort Lauderdale, 7. Saint Pete Beach – St. Pete Beach, Florida Florida With miles of sun kissed beachfront and an easy walk from many hotels, restaurants and activities, Fort Lauderdale Beach is a favorite among travelers. Families often rave about the beach’s cleanliness, warm water, on duty lifeguards, and beautiful

Saint Pete Beach is famous for its golden-white sand and aquatic activities, such as parasailing, stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing. This gorgeous, laid-back beach is also known for glorious sunsets. “The sand is soft and easy to

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walk on. The water was gentle boardwalk,” added a TripAdvi- a TripAdvisor reviewer. and clean. The place is well- sor user. groomed and offers a huge ex10. Lanikai Beach – panse of play area,” commented 9. Santa Monica Beach – Kailua, Hawaii a TripAdvisor reviewer. Santa Monica, California Located on the Windward 8. Hollywood Beach – This popular beach is a favor- Coast of Oahu, the name Lanite among television and movie ikai means “heavenly sea,” and Hollywood, Florida producers and has a great sur- travelers rave about this small Hollywood Beach is well rounding area with its world-fa- half-mile strip of beach. Beachknown as a family-friendly place mous Pacific Park seaside goers often take advantage of the due to the calm water, available amusement park. Travelers can many water activities, such as bathroom facilities, live enter- soak up the sun on the three- canoe tours, kayak rentals and tainment and the nearby restau- mile coastline with mountain snorkeling. “Another beautiful rants across the large Boardwalk. views and walking and bik- Hawaiian beach with golden “Hollywood Beach is clean and ing paths. “It’s a lovely beach: sand, gentle breeze and surf, beautiful. The boardwalk is great large and spacious with great and amazing coral reefs just for biking, walking, enjoying a views up and down the coast. offshore,” wrote a TripAdvisor meal or drink at a restaurant. The breeze from the Santa Ana reviewer. Source: PR Newswire Many places to stay right on the Winds always feels good,” wrote

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y good friends Ariela and Elliot are longtime New Yorkers who fled the Big Apple for Austin two years ago, got priced out and ended up in San Antonio. It’s a common story these days. When I meet up with them in San Antonio, along the hipster-y St. Mary’s Strip, I begin to understand why they chose this city 80 miles to the southwest. Those hoping to “keep San Antonio lame” — a play on Austin’s “keep Austin weird” moniker — seem to be losing the battle, as quirky new bars and restaurants give Texas’ capital city a run for its money. The three of us sip small batch mezcal and dine on jackfruit tacos at Chisme, then sit under the pink glow of neon lights at nearby Cullum’s Attagirl drinking Texan craft beer and eating gourmet fast food. There’s a fried bologna and pimento cheese sandwich, and also tender fried chicken topped with Parmesan cheese, preserved egg and chives. We cap off the evening with late-night tacos (al pastor for me) from El Regio’s mustard-yellow taco truck. This certainly isn’t the San Antonio of River Walk revelry and theme park ballyhooing you see in brochures. Instead, it’s the city an increasing number of non-Texans have discovered in recent years, as San Antonio sheds its families-only veneer and opens its arms to both millennials and cultural travelers. Texas, as we know it, began in San Antonio, which is home to the (surprisingly modest) Alamo and four other Spanish missions that, collectively, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Though it was historically the Lone Star State’s largest city and top tourist draw, it long ago passed those crowns over to

Houston and Austin, respectively. But San Antonio is revving up for a second coming, and there are plenty of reasons to visit in 2018. For starters, San Antonio is celebrating its 300th birthday this year with a packed calendar of activities, including a weeklong tricentennial event the first week in May. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the 1968 World’s Fair at Hemisfair Park. Preparation for the city’s mo-

ment in the spotlight began last year when the botanical garden completed an 8-acre expansion, the Witte Museum poured $100 million into renovations, and the city launched a new fleet of colorful electric river barges. Two new riverside parks will open to the public in 2018, as will the muchhyped Maverick Whiskey disMARK JOHANSON PHOTOS, CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS‌ tillery in the restored Lockwood National Bank downtown. San Antonio’s River Walk is one of its top tourist draws, and the famed I’ve come for yet another path is where you’ll find lots of options to eat and drink.

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Legoland’s latest hotel is a castle Y LORI WEISBERG

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ou might call it Lego on steroids. From the moment young kids are greeted in the hotel lobby by a towering Lego wizard who stages a surprise light show to when they crawl into their bunk beds and gaze up to see a shooting star, they are transported to a medieval castle inhabited by more than 2,000 Lego-crafted characters. And that’s even before a visit to Legoland next door. The Carlsbad theme park debuted the 250-room Castle Hotel, its second onsite hotel in five years, this spring. Conceived four years ago, the latest lodging project capitalizes on the broad appeal of all things Lego — from licensed films and video games to the brand’s toy sets and its familiar swivel-armed brick characters. Globally, Legoland has eight branded hotels, most of which opened over the last six years. By comparison, Disney boasts 37 that it owns and operates at its theme parks, with nearly half of those at Walt Disney World in Florida. In Anaheim, work is expected to start this year on a new 700-room luxury hotel, which will be the Disneyland Resort’s fourth theme park hotel. Universal, which for years did little to expand its hotel portfolio, has been ramping up development in recent years, while the SeaWorld-branded parks have no hotels of their own. Nightly rates at the Castle Hotel, which can be up to $50 more a night than those at Legoland’s original 250-room hotel, are expected to range from a low of $205 to the $400’s during the peak season. The design of the Castle Hotel is a creative blend of Lego-building artistry, whimsy and a generous dash of humor. Take, for example, a royal throne

The front entrance to Legoland’s newest addition, the Castle Hotel. TNS PHOTOS ‌

The main lobby entrance to Legoland’s newest addition, the Castle Hotel. Along the hallways of the Castle Hotel are numerous large mural themes. that doubles as a whoopee cushion and emits fart noises and a jester door that tells bad knockknock jokes. Everything about the hotel, from the Dragon’s Den restaurant to the knight-, princessand wizard-themed rooms, is designed around a simple story line created to captivate Legoland’s key demographic — children. The narrative is that the bad knights, many of whom are hiding in plain sight throughout the hotel, weren’t invited to the

upcoming grand tournament, and they’re doing everything in their power to sneak in. “In the knights and dragons rooms, the headboard looks like stained glass when you turn on the lights, almost like a glass mosaic piece,” explained Keith Carr, Merlin Entertainment’s project director for the Americas. “In the wizard rooms, you feel like you’re in a wizard’s office, potion bottles lit within the inside and (Lego) owls in the corner overseeing what’s going

on. It’s like painting the story and making you feel like you’re living inside a medieval castle.” Like Disney, Legoland is trading on a lucrative licensed brand, namely the Lego toys. In the case of the castle, designers not only took inspiration from the actual toy sets, but they were fastidious in scaling the toys to real-life proportions. For example, the brick motif on the castle exterior and on the interior wallpaper is exactly 25 times the size of a toy Lego piece.

What distinguishes the newest hotel from the first is much more robust, premium theming — more Lego models, more storytelling imagery on the walls, more interactive elements. The guestrooms are slightly larger, and the hotel’s outdoor courtyard area, which covers two-thirds of an acre, is an attraction in itself — from a resort-style pool and cabanas to a playground with slides, a live entertainment stage and a giant LCD screen for movie viewing.


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The Blue Star Arts Complex in the Southtown area of San Antonio is a big draw thanks to its bars, restaurants, shops and art galleries.

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enous inhabitants, early Spanish colonizers and more recent German settlers. If there’s one place that’s been instrumental in changing the city’s culinary landscape, it’s the Pearl. This German brewery complex, built in 1883 on the northern edge of downtown, has completely transformed over the last decade into a 22-acre, 18-restaurant-strong dining district helmed by the third outpost of the Culinary Institute of America. There’s also a sprawling weekend farmers market and, in MARK JOHANSON/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS PHOTOS‌ the old bottling department, San Antonio’s first upscale food hall San Antonio’s new food hall lies in the old bottling department of the (think miso ramen, elderflower Pearl Brewery. doughnuts and gluten-free mac and cheese). At the heart of the Pearl — occupying the former brewery’s brick shell — is Hotel Emma. It’s easily the most soulful upmarket hotel in town and a treat for foodies, offering culinary classes in its test kitchen and literary readings (with dinner and wine pairings) in its two-floor library. Chef John Brand is Emma’s culinary director, and his American bistro, Supper, is a master class in restraint. It’s also refreshingly approachable. “Unlike Austin, in San Antonio you can’t write your menu for your ego,” Brand tells me of his no-nonsense approach to cooking. “People appreciate it here when you’re honest and straightforward.” Brand’s simple, honest flavors shine in minimalist dishes such as the (four-ingredient) salt and vinegar Brussels sprouts, which are crisp and tangy, and the smoked Texas quail, whose crunchy morsels are served atop pickled corn relish. Just around the corner from Supper, in Pearl Brewery’s old administrative offices, is the restaurant Cured, where I meet up with three-time James Beard Award nominee Steve McHugh. 111 0 1 6 t h A v e n u e C t S E The name of his restaurant feels appropriate as I walk past cured Dyersville, Iowa meats hanging from hooks in the

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Lively culinary scene brewing in Bend, Oregon DINA MISHEV

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‌Locals have dubbed Bend “Beer Town USA” and “Beervana.” There are more than 20 craft breweries in this central Oregon high desert town of 91,000. But man cannot subsist on beer alone, even if it’s some of the best beer in the country. Whether the city’s brewers have set a high bar for quality or because Bend producers and growers benefit from the highest average number of sunny days in the state — 158, with an additional 105 days that are “mostly sunny” — restaurants here innovate and execute far above what you’d expect for a former mill town. Work up your appetite by walking along the Deschutes River, which flows through downtown, hiking a nearby volcano or mountain biking; there are hundreds of

miles of trails in the area. Try not to stuff yourself with the samples of baked goods that are often out near the pastry case just inside the entrance of McKay Cottage (themckaycottage.com; 541-383-2697; 62910 O.B. Riley Rd.) — even if you’re here at 9 a.m. on the weekend and there’s a 45-minute wait for a table. You’ll want the room to eat every last bite of Carlton’s Benny ($13.50), which tweaks the traditional dish by using a rosemary English muffin and Dijon hollandaise. If you prefer your breakfast sweet, go ahead and get a pecan sticky bun, or go big with the French toast ($10.95), which doesn’t bother with standard bread: McKay Cottage uses croissants. The inside of this historic Craftsman bungalow is grandmotherly cute, but there’s no beating an alfresco breakfast here.

Yes, it’s worth the drive south distilleries as Crater Lake Spirits. cated vibe, before moving on to of downtown to the land of such So arrive before your reserva- dinner. When it’s time to eat, dive chains as Subway and KFC and tion and enjoy a drink at the bar, right into Zydeco’s Creole- and the Bend Factory Stores for lunch which has a casually sophisti- Cajun-inspired menu. at Wild Oregon Foods (wildoregonfoods.com; 541-668-6344; 61334 S. Highway 97, Suite 360). One bite of the Rachel (roasted turkey) and Reuben (braised corned beef) sliders (mix and match three for $12), served with house-made smoked aioli, pickled cabbage and Havarti on marble rye buns, and you won’t care that the tables, chairs and carpet are left over from the previous restaurant in the space. Zydeco Kitchen and Cocktails an event of Main Street Elkader (zydecokitchen.com; 541-3122899; 919 NW Bond St.) has an expansive wine list highlighting Northwest wineries, bottles of FOUNDERs’ Park — sat 10 - 5 | sun 10 - 4 beer from some of Bend’s most 3rd weekend every August interesting craft breweries, such MAIN EVENt SPONSOR Julie Doeppke, Agent Art intheParkElkader.com as Ale Apothecary, and its cocktails sometimes feature such local

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entryway. But there’s a hidden meaning. “I’m a cancer survivor,” McHugh divulges over a lunch of charcuterie, noting how the disease informs the way he sources his products. “If I know where each animal comes from and I know that they’re being raised the right way, then I’m ingesting a healthy, happy animal instead of one that was grown in a barn, raised on concrete and injected full of hormones.” As we slather pickled cactus and spreadable salami onto a PBR-infused flatbread (McHugh is also a Wisconsinite), he explains that every culture has its own form of curing, storing, fermenting or pickling. “What we’re doing is taking those techniques and putting them back in the forefront of a restaurant.” MARK JOHANSON/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS PHOTOS‌ I’d planned to avoid the famed River Walk, which my friends, the The Pearl is an example of urban renewal, with a new neighborhood New York transplants, had called birthed from an old industrial complex.

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San Antonio’s Times Square. (“Locals don’t go there!” they insisted.) But on my final night in town, the lure of chef Michael Sohocki’s Restaurant Gwendolyn proved too difficult for the three of us to resist. Sohocki cooks highly seasonal multicourse meals using only

items available before the Industrial Revolution. That means no mixers, deep fryers or anything with an electrical plug. We slurp a sweet and savory strawberry gazpacho, graze a plate of beet carpaccio in grapefruit vinaigrette and attack a charred tomahawk pork chop.

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ooking for some fresh ideas for road trips this summer? Pack up the car and head out to Iowa’s historic sites for a range of summertime activities that will have you blacksmithing, stepping inside the famous American Gothic House, playing Victorian lawn games and hiking the country’s westward trails. It’s all part of the State Historical Society of Iowa’s 2018 Summer Passport Program that takes travelers and tourists to Iowa’s historic sites for family-friendly events. “The State Historical Society is exited to provide Iowans with opportunities to connect with our rich history throughout the summer at our historic sites,” State Historical Society of Iowa Administrator Susan Kloewer said. “Programs at the historic sites will allow visitors to engage with history where it happened, and I invite all Iowans to join us this summer.” During their trips, Iowans can experience special programs, visit the State Historical Museum’s traveling “Iowa History 101” exhibit and tour the historic sites. The State Historical Society’s summer program schedule follows:

Gothic Days

„„ June 9, 1-3 p.m. „„ The American Gothic House, 301 American Gothic Street in Eldon Join southeast Iowa’s annual festival and stop by to make some artwork of your own in the little white house that Grant Wood made famous. While you’re there, be sure to visit the “Iowa History 101” mobile museum.

Leisure with the Larrabees „„ June 16, noon-4 p.m. „„ The Montauk Historic Site, 26223 Harding Road near Clermont Head to this mansion in the northeast Iowa’s rolling hills to see how former Gov. William Larrabee and his family spent

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Montauk Historic Site their summers in the late 1800s. Play Victorian lawn games, make a craft or two, and visit the “Iowa History 101” mobile museum.

Goldie on the Trail

„„ July 7, 1-3 p.m. „„ The Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. in Council Bluffs Hit the trails to explore wildlife during guided hikes, where you might even spot Goldie the Goldfinch herself. Back at the center, make some crafts and check out the pioneer heirloom garden. Travelers can get a free Historic Sites Passport at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines or any of Iowa’s eight historic sites — or download it at iowaculture.gov — to learn about Iowa history. Collect stamps from at least five of the sites to claim a small prize. Meanwhile, in Des Moines, families can enjoy exploring museum exhibitions, including the “Hands-on History” learning gallery designed specifically for children ages 10 and under. With adult supervision, young visitors can enjoy Iowa history through interactive activities and artifacts.

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American Gothic House In addition, the museum invites Iowa’s youngest historians and their family members to a series of Goldie’s Kids Club programs, named for Goldie the Goldfinch, the state bird. Programs include Storytime (for ages 3-7), History Makers (ages

8-12) and History Mystery (ages 8-12). More information about times and dates for these exciting programs is available at iowaculture.gov. The State Historical Museum of Iowa and Iowa’s eight historic sites are overseen by the State

Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Admission is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.


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READLYN GRUMP DAYS 2018 “FREEDOM ROCKS!” saTurday, June 16

Thursday, June 14

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Friday, June 15

8:00am - “Grumpsters” Readlyn Annual Golf Tourney 4:00pm-1:00am - Beer Tent: No charge for required wristband 4:30pm-7:00pm - Ice Cream Sundaes (at Gazebo) 5:00pm-8:00pm - Balloon Man Darrel Anderson 5:00pm - Vendors’ Food Stands Open 5:00pm - 9th Annual Grump Cup Firemen Softball Tourney (at ball diamond) 5:00pm - Pedal Pull (between park & school) 6:00pm - Crowning of: Little “Grumpsters”, 2018 Miss Readlyn, 2018 Readlyn, Grump and Volunteer of the Year Award 7:00pm-8:30pm - Pepper Tourney (Gazebo) 7:00pm-8:30pm - Kids Street Dance (Diagonal street west of park) Free entry! 8:30pm-12:30am - Mitchell Boevers-Music Entertainment in the Tent 10:00pm - Fireworks 1:00am - Beer Tent Closes

8:00am - Cow Chip Bingo 10:00am - PARADE, Afterwards -Food Stands & Beer Tent Open 11:00-2:00pm - Face Painting in the park 11:00am - Sign up for Beanbag Tournament 11:30am-2:00pm - Kids in the Park. 12:00pm - Beanbag Tournament-Bags start flying at noon! 12:00pm-3:00pm - Balloon Man Darrel Anderson 1:00pm - Schafskopf Card Tourney (in the tent) 2:00pm - Sign up for Turtle Races (North end of City Park) 2:30pm - Adventure Run—at the Ballpark 2:30pm - Turtles Races begin! 2:30-4:00pm - BINGO for all ages! (Gazebo) No charge 5:00pm-7:00pm - Talent Show/Karaoke for All Ages! (in the tent) 8:30pm-12:30am - Too Beaucoup—Musical entertainment in the Tent 1:00am - Beer Tent Closes

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