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Iowa's Simple Pleasures  (#102)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#102)

posted on May 2, 2014

Full Program: Travel to Cedar Rapids to take in a Kernel's game; climb to the top of a giant treehouse in Marshalltown; visit a flower farm in Madison County; and take a relaxing canoe ride down the North Raccoon River near Sac City. Hosted by Dan... Read More »
Vintage Motorcycle Racing, Davenport, Iowa

Vintage Motorcycle Racing, Davenport, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

The golden age of motorcycle road racing spans 50-some years –starting back in the 1930s. Vintage cycles still race at the Antique Flat Track Motorcycle races in Davenport. Read More »
Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola, Iowa

Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Whether you’re a devoted fan, or just want to experience your first performance, head to south central Iowa to hear the sounds of opera music. For a few magical weeks each summer, Des Moines' Metro Opera comes to life right here at the Blank... Read More »
Grass Tennis Court, Charles City, Iowa

Grass Tennis Court, Charles City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Join Dan as he lobs a few balls on one of the few grass tennis courts in the U.S. This one is just outside Charles City. Read More »
Augusta Restaurant, Oxford, Iowa

Augusta Restaurant, Oxford, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

You don’t have to travel very far to get both a taste of New Orleans AND an award-winning Iowa staple: a pork tenderloin sandwich. Read More »
Saturday in the Park, Sioux City, Iowa

Saturday in the Park, Sioux City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Since 1991, this annual outdoor music festival in northwest Iowa has grown to attract 50,000-some visitors and many big name musicians. Read More »
Little Swan Lake Winery, Dickenson County, Iowa

Little Swan Lake Winery, Dickenson County, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Buffalo, wine and a bed and breakfast in a grain elevator may sound like an improbable combination. But you'll find they all fit together beautifully here at the Little Swan Lake Winery in Dickenson County. Read More »
Broadbent Distillery, Norwalk, Iowa

Broadbent Distillery, Norwalk, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Iowa’s spirits industry is going through a renaissance similar to what our state’s wine and beer industries have gone through, and Broadbent, Iowa’s smallest micro distillery just outside of Norwalk, fits the bill. Starting out as a vineyard, it... Read More »
Bily Brothers Clock Museum and Antonin Dvorak Exhibit, Spillville, Iowa

Bily Brothers Clock Museum and Antonin Dvorak Exhibit, Spillville, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Spillville is a small town with a rich Czech heritage. That also holds a special place in classical music history. With its bed and breakfasts, beautiful churches, and fascinating museums, Spillville and the surrounding area offer one-of-a-kind... Read More »
Lake City Tourism, Lake City, Iowa

Lake City Tourism, Lake City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Lake City calls itself the town with everything but a lake. It was drained decades ago for farmland. But it's not without its attractions for visitors. Join Dan as he takes in the sites of Lake City, Iowa. Read More »
Skydiving, Brooklyn, Iowa

Skydiving, Brooklyn, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Is parachuting from an airplane at 13000 feet on your bucket list? If it is, head to Brooklyn and SkyDive Iowa. Read More »
Clay County Fair, Iowa

Clay County Fair, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Every year there are more than one hundred county fairs held in Iowa. In fact, some counties even host more than one. One of the largest is northwest Iowa's Clay County. Read More »
Scenic City Empress Riverboat, Iowa Falls, Iowa

Scenic City Empress Riverboat, Iowa Falls, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

There’s nothing more relaxing than a float on the water, a little food, a guided tour, and the scenic limestone bluffs that makes this double-decker boat ride a real treasure. Read More »
Jester Park, Polk County Conservation, Iowa

Jester Park, Polk County Conservation, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Polk County Conservation oversees more than 11-thousand acres of prairies, wetlands, woodlands, trails and parks to explore. Read More »
Redwood Steakhouse, Anita, Iowa

Redwood Steakhouse, Anita, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Steak Houses sprinkled throughout state play just as important of a role in Iowa’s heritage as the cattle industry. And in Anita, Iowa, one small steak house embodies that rich tradition. The Redwood is one of Iowa’s grand old steakhouses,... Read More »
Harvester Golf Course, Rhodes, Iowa

Harvester Golf Course, Rhodes, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

The Harvester Golf Course offers a course where no two holes are the same. Read More »
Wright on the Park Hotel and Music Man Square, Mason City, Iowa

Wright on the Park Hotel and Music Man Square, Mason City, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Mason City is associated with several famous American icons. Among them: architect Frank Lloyd Wright and "Music Man" composer Meredith Willson. Read More »
Southeast Iowa Art Tour

Southeast Iowa Art Tour

posted on July 11, 2013

Most artists travel to nearby art shows to sell their work. But a couple times a year throughout the state, some artists invite visitors to their studios … which is a great excuse for a relaxing drive through the countryside. Read More »
All Ability Cycles, Jefferson, Iowa

All Ability Cycles, Jefferson, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Find a bicycle to fit your needs no matter what your challenges might be --- then head off on some of Iowa’s more than 12-hundred miles of trails. Read More »
Hotel Julien Dubuque and Art on the River, Dubuque

Hotel Julien Dubuque and Art on the River, Dubuque

posted on July 11, 2013

The Hotel Julien Dubuque offers a rich blend of style, services, and history. And the Art on the River program offers a walkers a unique cultural experience. Read More »
Kalona Tourism, Iowa

Kalona Tourism, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Just about 30 minutes from the bustle of the University of Iowa campus and downtown Iowa City, is an enchanting small town where you can catch glimpses of a unique way of life - and sample some of its treasures. Read More »
Agritourism, Missouri Valley, Iowa

Agritourism, Missouri Valley, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2013

Think of Iowa cropland, and you might envision fairly flat fertile fields of corn and soybeans. But in the western part of the state, in the Loess Hills, some unique crops are drawing visitors from near and far. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#506)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#506)

posted on July 5, 2013

Full Program: Come along with host Dan Kaercher as he visits some western Iowa farms for lavender cookies and aronia berry wine, takes in the sights in one of Iowa’s oldest River communities, finds a bike to fit the needs of most anyone, no matter what their... Read More »
Drake Restaurant, Burlington, Iowa

Drake Restaurant, Burlington, Iowa

posted on July 3, 2013

From Elk burgers to Lobster Risotto, this restaurant on the Mississippi river in southeast Iowa, has something for everybody’s taste buds. Read More »
Geocaching, Bedford, Iowa

Geocaching, Bedford, Iowa

posted on July 2, 2013

Back in 2000 some of the first consumer Global Positioning System or GPS devices became available, and along with those devices a fun, new outdoor activity was born: Geocaching. Read More »
Danish Immigrant Museum, Elkhorn and Kimbalton, Iowa

Danish Immigrant Museum, Elkhorn and Kimbalton, Iowa

posted on July 2, 2013

Dan goes to Elkhorn and Kimbalton to take in the history and tastes of Denmark and visits the Danish Immigrant Museum and Danish Windmill. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#503)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#503)

posted on June 12, 2013

Full Program: Get a birds-eye of Iowa with some skydivers, visit the artisan community of Lake City where many aging buildings have been renovated into captivating visitor stops, take your time viewing a northeast Iowa collection of masterfully made clocks,... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#505)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#505)

posted on June 10, 2013

Full Program: Host Dan Kaercher discovers how Iowa’s landscape and rich history compliment a championship golf course in Rhodes, samples the dishes at one of Iowa’s grand old steakhouses in Anita, drives the country roads of southeast Iowa to visit several... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#504)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#504)

posted on June 10, 2013

Full Program: Host Dan Kaercher explores Iowa activities and soaks up the limestone bluff views on a river cruise in Iowa Falls, enjoys the tasty food at Mississippi River restaurant The Drake in Burlington, takes in the sights at Iowa’s largest county fair... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#502)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#502)

posted on June 6, 2013

Full Program: Host Dan Kaercher hits the trail to find outdoor treasure using GPS in southwest Iowa, sips some Iowa wine and spends the night in a repurposed grain elevator in northwest Iowa, feels the music at a summer festival in Sioux City, and tastes some... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#501)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#501)

posted on May 31, 2013

Full Program: Join host Dan Kaercher as he stops in Charles City to visit one of the few grass tennis courts in the U.S., learns about the Danish history of Elk Horn and Kimballton, enjoys a performance by a talented Iowa professional opera company in... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#406)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#406)

posted on July 11, 2012

Full Program: Get lost in an amazing autumn maze; explore the all-you-can-eat menu at a scenic spot in Jackson county; learn the history and hardships of life as a hobo; and save room for a Green River or Banana Split at the ol' time soda fountain in Wilton. Read More »
Solsma's Punkin Patch, Sanborn, Iowa

Solsma's Punkin Patch, Sanborn, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2012

In northwest Iowa, Dan Kaercher finds an amazing place -- a corn maze and all things pumpkin. Read More »
Bluff Lake Catfish Farm Restaurant, Maquoketa, Iowa

Bluff Lake Catfish Farm Restaurant, Maquoketa, Iowa

posted on July 11, 2012

Dan Kaercher finds a family-run restaurant in Jackson County that offers a homey atmosphere in the country and all-you-can-eat entrees. Read More »
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, Waterloo, Iowa

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, Waterloo, Iowa

posted on June 28, 2012

In Waterloo, Dan Kaercher tours a spot devoted to the history of wrestling, and learns this favorite Iowa sport actually dates back to ancient times. Read More »
The Inn at Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Iowa

The Inn at Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Iowa

posted on June 28, 2012

In Ida County, Dan Kaercher travels back in time and discover some interesting sites on my way to the elegant Battle Creek Bed & Breakfast. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#404)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#404)

posted on June 21, 2012

Full Program: Tour the Quad Cities on 2-wheels; follow the same trail as many pioneers who crossed the prairie in the mid 1800s; seek out an angler's paradise in northeast Iowa; and get ready for "BIG" portions and big flavor at a Story County eatery. Read More »
Iowa Mormon Trails (Prairie Trails Museum), Corydon, Iowa

Iowa Mormon Trails (Prairie Trails Museum), Corydon, Iowa

posted on June 21, 2012

Some of the first travelers to Iowa arrived by oxen or horse-drawn wagons. Some stayed ... others were just passing through. Dan Kaercher sees part of the trail the Mormons took through southern Iowa. Read More »
Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, Iowa

Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, Iowa

posted on June 13, 2012

In the fall of 2011, the New York Times named this hotel one of its 150 "weekend destinations". It's the restored Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport. Read More »
Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

posted on June 13, 2012

If you like eerie experiences, you don't have to wait for October and Halloween. Just join Dan Kaercher for a visit a certain house in the southwest Iowa town of Villisca. Read More »
 Rusty Duck Restaurant, Dexter, Iowa

Rusty Duck Restaurant, Dexter, Iowa

posted on June 13, 2012

There area lots of places to get a good burger. But for a great burger, Dan Kaercher found an eatery that's earned a "Best of" title. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#403)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#403)

posted on June 13, 2012

Full Program: Dig for Iowa's state rock and mine for a little civil war history in southeast Iowa; take a bite of an award-winning burger in Dexter; test your nerves at an authentic haunted house; and relax at a historic Quad Cities hotel that received national... Read More »
Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton, Iowa

Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton, Iowa

posted on June 12, 2012

Some days Dan Kaercher just longs for an old-fashioned treat from an old-fashioned soda fountain. And he knew right where to go --to Wilton, in eastern Iowa. Read More »
The National Hobo Convention & Museum, Britt, Iowa

The National Hobo Convention & Museum, Britt, Iowa

posted on June 8, 2012

A Hobo's life is transient – but the life and history of the hobo is forever honored in just one place – the north central Iowa town of Britt. Read More »
Devonian Fossil Gorge, Iowa City, Iowa

Devonian Fossil Gorge, Iowa City, Iowa

posted on June 8, 2012

Did you know that Iowa was once part of a large continent south of the equator, covered by warm, shallow seas? The sea beds are still here and Dan Kaercher explores the ancient fossil gorge in Johnson County. Read More »
Trout Fishing, St. Ansgar, Iowa

Trout Fishing, St. Ansgar, Iowa

posted on June 8, 2012

Dan Kaercher looks for an angler's paradise among some of northeast Iowa's hundreds of miles of trout streams. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#401)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#401)

posted on June 7, 2012

Full Program: Rent a bike or go river boating in downtown Des Moines; check out the Midwest's fastest sport on ice in the northwest part of the state; and in northeast Iowa, dine under artwork reminiscent of the Sistine chapel. Read More »
Sutliff Cider, Lisbon, Iowa

Sutliff Cider, Lisbon, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

In Linn County, an orchard and cider company made the cut as one of the 30 best hard ciders in the world. Let's have a taste with Dan Kaercher! Read More »
Terrace Hill, Des Moines, Iowa

Terrace Hill, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Join Dan Kaercher as he takes a tour of Terrace Hill. Its home to the governor ... and its open for tours. Read More »
Archie's Waeside Restaurant, Le Mars, Iowa

Archie's Waeside Restaurant, Le Mars, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Dan Kaercher found a northwest Iowa steakhouse established by a Russian immigrant who fled his homeland during the Bolshevik Revolution. Read More »
Odessa Water Trail & Wildlife Complex, Wapello, Iowa

Odessa Water Trail & Wildlife Complex, Wapello, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Dan Kaercher learns that nothing puts our busy 21st century life into perspective more than floating a river, observing nature and learning a little about those who inhabited Iowa before us. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#402)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#402)

posted on June 7, 2012

Full Program: Paddle with Dan Kaercher through a southeast Iowa wildlife complex; dine at a third-generation steakhouse in northwest Iowa; step into a historic landmark all Iowans should be proud of; and sample a variety of handcrafted ciders produced in Lisbon. Read More »
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on June 7, 2012

Dan Kaercher sight-sees downtown Des Moines both with a bike-sharing program and on a sternwheeler riverboat that offers food, beverage and fun on the Des Moines River. Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#405)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#405)

posted on June 7, 2012

Full Program: Dan Kaercher learns how to draw a bow, aim and let the arrows fly in west central Iowa; gets a hold on all things wrestling in Waterloo; walks on Iowa's ancient seabed uncovered by floods; and relaxes at a Victorian Inn in northwest Iowa. Read More »
Hickory Park Restaurant Co., Ames, Iowa

Hickory Park Restaurant Co., Ames, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

If there's one type of food people get passionate about, it's barbecue! Dan Kaercher headed into Hickory Park in Ames for big flavor and big portions. Read More »
Two-Wheel Touring, Davenport, Iowa

Two-Wheel Touring, Davenport, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

See the Quad Cities on two wheels – on a bicycle or on an electric vehicle called a Segway. Read More »
Raccoon Ridge Archery, Stuart, Iowa

Raccoon Ridge Archery, Stuart, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

Join host Dan Kaercher as he hits the great Iowa outdoors and some 3D targets on an archery range in Stuart. Read More »
Galleria de Paco, Waterloo, Iowa

Galleria de Paco, Waterloo, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

You don't have to travel to Rome to be inspired by the Sistine Chapel. Join Dan Kaercher in Waterloo, as he dines under an artist's interpretation of the Sistine chapel ceiling. Read More »
Musketeers Hockey, Sioux City, Iowa

Musketeers Hockey, Sioux City, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

Host Dan Kaercher enjoys some high speed hockey action with fans at a Sioux City Musketeers game. Read More »
Stan's Pastry Shop, Geode Fest & Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa

Stan's Pastry Shop, Geode Fest & Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa

posted on April 3, 2012

If you're a rock hound or a civil war buff Southeast Iowa is the place for adventure. Plus Dan Kaercher found there's a great stop for a sweet treat. Read More »
Jaarsma Bakery, Pella, Iowa

Jaarsma Bakery, Pella, Iowa

posted on August 10, 2011

Dan Kaercher learns to make a Dutch letter at the Jaarsma Bakery in Pella, Iowa. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events, parks, recreation and more. Produced by Iowa Public... Read More »
Maytag Blue Cheese, Newton, Iowa

Maytag Blue Cheese, Newton, Iowa

posted on August 10, 2011

Dan Kaercher visits the Maytag Blue Cheese Farm in Newton, Iowa. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events, parks, recreation and more. Produced by Iowa Public Television, the series... Read More »
Lincoln Café, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Lincoln Café, Mount Vernon, Iowa

posted on August 10, 2011

Dan Kaercher samples presidential cuisine at the Lincoln Café in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events, parks, recreation and more. Produced by Iowa Public... Read More »
Villages of Van Buren County

Villages of Van Buren County

posted on August 10, 2011

Van Buren County in southeast Iowa has no stop lights and no large retail chain stores. The Villages of Van Buren County are 12 historic communities known for their charm and character. From Main Street diners to bed and breakfasts to historic... Read More »
Iowa Great Lakes

Iowa Great Lakes

posted on August 10, 2011

What do you get when you combine miles of beaches, great fishing, swimming and boating all on 15,000 acres of water? It’s the Iowa Great Lakes. And it’s one of the state’s top water playgrounds. Dan Kaercher, host of Best of Iowa, has... Read More »
Iowa Barnstormers, Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Barnstormers, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on May 26, 2011

Dan has the perfect prescription for your spring and summer football fever. Iowa Barnstormers games in Des Moines are a great family destination. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants,... Read More »
The Raj, Fairfield, Iowa

The Raj, Fairfield, Iowa

posted on May 5, 2011

With the hectic lifestyle most of us live many don't take time to relax, let alone pamper ourselves. Dan Kaercher checks out the possibilities at a spa in Fairfield. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#206)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#206)

posted on May 5, 2011

Full Program: Enjoy live music, good food and a view of the Missouri river on the terrace of a Sioux City restaurant; dance the night away at one of Iowa's classic ballrooms; board a boat on the Mississippi River for a guided bird tour; rejuvenate at a spa in... Read More »
Antiquing in Walnut, Walnut, Iowa

Antiquing in Walnut, Walnut, Iowa

posted on April 28, 2011

Join Dan Kaercher as he stroll's through an antique shopper's delight. Iowa's designated Antique City of Walnut boasts more than 15 separate antique shops in this town of 900 people. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#205)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#205)

posted on April 26, 2011

Full Program: Roller-skate at a historic open-air rink in Jefferson; go antiquing in Walnut; dine Italian style in the Mississippi town of Clinton; check-out a museum of teddy bears designed by an Iowa artist. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures... Read More »
Birding on the Mississippi, Allamakee County, Iowa

Birding on the Mississippi, Allamakee County, Iowa

posted on April 25, 2011

The Mississippi Explorer riverboat took Dan Kaercher and many others on a cruise to see the migration of tundra swans resting on the Upper Mississippi river on their way south for the winter. A naturalist was on board to help spot some of the other... Read More »
Ballroom Dancing, Woodward, Iowa

Ballroom Dancing, Woodward, Iowa

posted on April 25, 2011

Open since 1931, the Lake Robbins Ballroom in Woodward has had its share of famous artists, including the Dorsey Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Pat Boone and Bobby Vee. Dan Kaercher was able to learn a few dance steps reminiscent of those used at this... Read More »
Bev's on the River, Sioux City, Iowa

Bev's on the River, Sioux City, Iowa

posted on April 25, 2011

Dan Kaercher finds a great place along the Missouri river to dine on everything from country fried steak to lamb wellington to pork osso bucco. It's Bev's on the River in Sioux City. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa... Read More »
Heartland Museum, Clarion, Iowa

Heartland Museum, Clarion, Iowa

posted on April 25, 2011

Join Dan Kaercher as he learns there is more to a stuffed teddy bear than a "hug". Creation of some teddy bears has reached a fine art, explains an Iowa teddy bear artist. And there is even a museum dedicated to that art in Clarion. Hosted by... Read More »
Rastrelli's Restaurant, Clinton, Iowa

Rastrelli's Restaurant, Clinton, Iowa

posted on April 25, 2011

The name Rastrelli has been synonymous with food since 1939 in the Mississippi river town of Clinton. Join Dan Kaercher in the kitchen as he learns what goes into some of the restaurant's signature dishes. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple... Read More »
Spring Lake Roller Rink, Jefferson, Iowa

Spring Lake Roller Rink, Jefferson, Iowa

posted on April 25, 2011

Strap on a pair of skates and limbo on the historic open-air roller rink in Greene County as Dan Kaercher learns it's not always easy to be mobile on wheels. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations,... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#204)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#204)

posted on April 21, 2011

Full Program: Professional cowboys entertain crowds of all ages at southwest Iowa's Sidney Championship Rodeo; experience what was once a great whiskey secret in Templeton; learn to make a hole-in-one in the game of disc golf; it's a carnivore's delight at a... Read More »
Sidney Championship Rodeo, Sidney, Iowa

Sidney Championship Rodeo, Sidney, Iowa

posted on April 21, 2011

The Sidney Championship Rodeo boasts "The Greatest Show on Dirt" as cowboys rope calves, wrestle steers and ride bareback broncs. In existence since 1923, the rodeo entertains more than 38,000 visitors a year in the tiny southwestern Iowa town of... Read More »
Disc Golf, Forest City, Iowa

Disc Golf, Forest City, Iowa

posted on April 21, 2011

Dan Kaercher learns there are two kinds of golf games: the traditional "ball" golf and the golf game played with "discs." Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events, parks,... Read More »
Bogie's Steak House, Albia, Iowa

Bogie's Steak House, Albia, Iowa

posted on April 21, 2011

If you say "supersize" me, you better mean it, as Dan Kaercher learned when he ordered a grilled entrée at Bogie's Steak House in Albia. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events,... Read More »
Templeton Rye, Templeton, Iowa

Templeton Rye, Templeton, Iowa

posted on April 20, 2011

Prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s lead to a boom in bootlegging. Dan Kaercher shares his findings of one of Iowa's most famous whiskey bootlegging activities in Templeton. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#202)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#202)

posted on April 14, 2011

Full Program: Paddle an urban oasis in Blackhawk county; see wine grow on the vine and have a taste at a vineyard in southwest Iowa; explore the state capitol grounds and learn about Iowa history through statues and monuments; get hands on lessons at the... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#203)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#203)

posted on April 14, 2011

Full Program: Taste an award-winning pork tenderloin sandwich at a Prairie City ice cream shop; bike a trail adorned with art and traverse more challenging off-road trails; flutter with the butterflies at one of Iowa's largest public gardens in Ames; hunt,... Read More »
Hole N' The Wall Lodge, Akron, Iowa

Hole N' The Wall Lodge, Akron, Iowa

posted on April 14, 2011

If you're planning a group event, such as a family reunion, hunting party, or even a scrapbooking party, why not rent a large private lodge? Get a tour, along with Dan Kaercher, of the Hole 'N the Wall Lodge in Akron. Hosted by Dan Kaercher,... Read More »
Decorah Bike Trails, Decorah, Iowa

Decorah Bike Trails, Decorah, Iowa

posted on April 13, 2011

Dan Kaercher finds a diverse bicycle-friendly community, go to Decorah for paved and off-road trails for bicyclists of all skill levels. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events,... Read More »
Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa

Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa

posted on April 13, 2011

Soak up much of nature's beauty with Dan Kaercher as he visits one of the state's larges public gardens, including a stop in the butterfly wing at Reiman Gardens in Ames. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel... Read More »
Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe, Prairie City, Iowa

Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe, Prairie City, Iowa

posted on April 1, 2011

Dan Kaercher learns there's more than ice cream to taste at this small town diner with BIG food. Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe has an award-winning pork tenderloin sandwich. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel... Read More »
Sugar Clay Winery, Thurman, Iowa

Sugar Clay Winery, Thurman, Iowa

posted on March 31, 2011

Tucked into the rural Loess Hills of western Iowa is one of the more than 70 licensed wineries in the state. Dan Kaercher checks out the vineyard, learns how the grapes turn into wine, and gets a taste to boot! Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's... Read More »
Villages Folk School, Bonaparte, Iowa

Villages Folk School, Bonaparte, Iowa

posted on March 31, 2011

If Dan Kaercher can learn to draw at the Villages Folk School, then most of the rest of us can, too. The class offerings range from traditional arts to blacksmithing to knitting and are taught in each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van... Read More »
Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on March 31, 2011

There are more than 40 monuments on the state capitol grounds, including soldiers on horseback, a miniature Liberty Bell to ring and a gravesite. Learn where these statues are and what they mean to Iowa's history with Dan Kaercher, as he takes a... Read More »
Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, Blackhawk County, Iowa

Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, Blackhawk County, Iowa

posted on March 29, 2011

Paddle with Dan Kaercher as he and his canoe partner follow a string of lakes, portage trails and part of the Cedar River that brings them full circle. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations,... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#201)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#201)

posted on March 23, 2011

Full Program: Float down the Nishnabotna; dine in a bank; shop in historic LeClaire; enjoy a pint of beer at an Iowa brew pub. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events, parks, recreation and more.... Read More »
Worth Brewery, Northwood, Iowa

Worth Brewery, Northwood, Iowa

posted on March 22, 2011

Join Dan Kaercher for a pint of beer at Iowa's smallest brew pub in the north central part of the state. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events, parks, recreation and more.... Read More »
Ladora Bank Bistro, Ladora, Iowa

Ladora Bank Bistro, Ladora, Iowa

posted on March 22, 2011

Dan Kaercher enjoys a side dish of local history with the food and wine served at a 1920's era bank, now restored as a bistro in Ladora. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel destinations, restaurants, events,... Read More »
Rubber Duck Outfitters, Hancock, Iowa

Rubber Duck Outfitters, Hancock, Iowa

posted on March 22, 2011

How about a relaxing float down river in a livestock tank? Go with Dan Kaercher as he learns to "steer" the tank on the picturesque Nishnabotna River in southwest Iowa. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa travel... Read More »
Road Trip Diary: River Town Experience, LeClaire, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: River Town Experience, LeClaire, Iowa

posted on March 22, 2011

The birthplace of Buffalo Bill and an eclectic mix of shops and eateries are just a few of the things Dan Kaercher discovered as he wandered through historic LeClaire in eastern Iowa. Read More »
2011 Season of Simple Pleasures to Premiere in March

2011 Season of Simple Pleasures to Premiere in March

posted on March 7, 2011

The 2011 season of Iowa's Simple Pleasures begins March 24, with a special preview program airing March 10. Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Bev's on the River, Sioux City, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Bev's on the River, Sioux City, Iowa

posted on March 4, 2011

Dan Kaercher finds a great place along the Missouri river to dine on everything from country fried steak to lamb wellington to pork osso bucco. It's Bev's on the River in Sioux City. Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Spring Lake Roller Rink, Jefferson, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Spring Lake Roller Rink, Jefferson, Iowa

posted on March 4, 2011

Strap on a pair of skates and limbo on the historic open-air roller rink in Greene County as Dan Kaercher learns it's not always easy to be mobile on wheels. Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Bogie's Steak House, Albia, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Bogie's Steak House, Albia, Iowa

posted on March 4, 2011

If you say "supersize" me, you better mean it, as Dan Kaercher learned when he ordered a grilled entrée at Bogie's Steak House in Albia. Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Decorah Bike Trails, Decorah, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Decorah Bike Trails, Decorah, Iowa

posted on March 4, 2011

Dan Kaercher finds a diverse bicycle-friendly community, go to Decorah for paved and off-road trails for bicyclists of all skill levels. Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Sugar Clay Winery, Thurman, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Sugar Clay Winery, Thurman, Iowa

posted on March 4, 2011

Tucked into the rural Loess Hills of western Iowa is one of the more than 70 licensed wineries in the state. Dan Kaercher checks out the vineyard, learns how the grapes turn into wine, and gets a taste to boot! Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Disc Golf, Forest City, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Disc Golf, Forest City, Iowa

posted on March 4, 2011

Dan Kaercher learns there are two kinds of golf games: the traditional "ball" golf and the golf game played with "discs". Read More »
River Town Experience, LeClaire, Iowa

River Town Experience, LeClaire, Iowa

posted on March 2, 2011

The birthplace of Buffalo Bill and an eclectic mix of shops and eateries are just a few of the things Dan Kaercher discovered as he wandered through historic LeClaire in eastern Iowa. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures features Iowa... Read More »
Kaleidoscope Factory, Pomeroy, Iowa

Kaleidoscope Factory, Pomeroy, Iowa

posted on June 2, 2010

Ever wonder how things are made? Dan traveled to Calhoun County to witness the making of a kaleidoscope! Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans... Read More »
Honey Creek Resort State Park, Moravia, Iowa

Honey Creek Resort State Park, Moravia, Iowa

posted on June 2, 2010

This next stop is an example of the private and public sectors combine their strengths in southern Iowa to create a great destination for all Iowans to enjoy. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa... Read More »
Matchstick Marvels, Gladbrook, Iowa

Matchstick Marvels, Gladbrook, Iowa

posted on June 2, 2010

Patience is a virtue as this Tama County artist will tell you – and his magnificent creations will marvel both young and old alike! Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that... Read More »
Clarinda A's Baseball, Clarinda, Iowa

Clarinda A's Baseball, Clarinda, Iowa

posted on June 2, 2010

Baseball is one of Dan’s favorite past-times. He took some time out on a pleasant summer evening while in Page County and went to the ballpark. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public... Read More »
Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa

Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa

posted on June 2, 2010

Feel the need for speed? Dan found it in Adams County where the dirt oval is the place to be on Saturday night. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for... Read More »
Sanford Museum and Planetarium, Cherokee, Iowa

Sanford Museum and Planetarium, Cherokee, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

If you like artifacts and star gazing, Dan’s stop in Cherokee will be of interest to you. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans to do, see, and... Read More »
Iowa Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame, Greenfield, Iowa

Iowa Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame, Greenfield, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Aviation and Iowa have very strong ties. Dan’s trip to Adair County helped him make the connection. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans to... Read More »
Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch, Fredericksburg, Iowa

Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch, Fredericksburg, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Buffalo have inhabited the United States for over 100,000 years and are considered an American icon as Dan learned during this historical and spiritual visit to Chickasaw County. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series... Read More »
Fireside Winery, Marengo, Iowa

Fireside Winery, Marengo, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Iowa's wine industry is booming. Dan stopped at a few notable vineyards to take a look, and a taste, for himself. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for... Read More »
Westercamp's Rent-A-Horse, Farmington, Iowa

Westercamp's Rent-A-Horse, Farmington, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Dan enjoyed a tour of Shimek State Forest in Van Buren County on horseback thanks to Westercamp’s Rent-A-Horse. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for... Read More »
Rock Climbing at Pictured Rocks, Monticello, Iowa

Rock Climbing at Pictured Rocks, Monticello, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Some of Dan’s adventures have required a real “you can do it” type attitude. This one in Jones County is no exception. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun... Read More »
Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, Orange City, Iowa

Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, Orange City, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

You’ll get much more than a gourmet meal at this Orange City restaurant. It’s like a visit to another world. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for... Read More »
Madison County Tourism, Winterset, Iowa

Madison County Tourism, Winterset, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Picturesque, charming and romantic are words used to describe Madison County where there is so much to see and learn! Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun... Read More »
Canoeing on the Raccoon River, Sac City, Iowa

Canoeing on the Raccoon River, Sac City, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Fall is a great time of year to visit the farm. Dan found one in Madison County that celebrates fall in a “hands-on” sort of way. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that... Read More »
Howell's Dried Florals, Cumming, Iowa

Howell's Dried Florals, Cumming, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Fall is a great time of year to visit the farm. Dan found one in Madison County that celebrates fall in a “hands-on” sort of way. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that... Read More »
The Big Treehouse, Marshalltown, Iowa

The Big Treehouse, Marshalltown, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Think big, no, REALLY BIG! Dan’s stop in Marshall County will have you green with envy of a treehouse like no other! Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things... Read More »
Cedar Rapids Kernels, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids Kernels, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Iowa provides many opportunities to enjoy what we call “America’s favorite past-time”. Check out the ballparks in eastern Iowa for yourself. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that... Read More »
The Ivy Bake Shoppe & Cafe and Kingsley Inn, Fort Madison, Iowa

The Ivy Bake Shoppe & Cafe and Kingsley Inn, Fort Madison, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Join Dan for a visit to a charming hotel on the banks of the Mississippi. Then follow the smell of fresh baked pastries to the Ivy Bake Shoppe for a real treat. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa... Read More »
Whiterock Conservancy and Whiterock Resort, Coon Rapids, Iowa

Whiterock Conservancy and Whiterock Resort, Coon Rapids, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

If your goal is to feel close to nature, and get an education at the same time, this spot in Guthrie County is great for a relaxing weekend get-a-way. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public... Read More »
Heartland Acres and Agribition Center, Independence, Iowa

Heartland Acres and Agribition Center, Independence, Iowa

posted on June 1, 2010

Iowa is the nation’s leader in agriculture so it’s only fitting that Iowa boasts a museum dedicated to teaching youngsters about our great state’s number one industry. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced... Read More »
Lady of the Lake Cruise, Clear Lake, Iowa

Lady of the Lake Cruise, Clear Lake, Iowa

posted on May 28, 2010

If you don’t own a boat there are still ways to get out on the water and enjoy a summer evening. Dan took a cruise in Cerro Gordo County that was a boatload of fun! Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by... Read More »
Pilot Knob State Park, Forest City, Iowa

Pilot Knob State Park, Forest City, Iowa

posted on February 1, 2010

Dan traveled to Pilot Knob near Forest City to experience the park’s natural setting and historical importance. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for... Read More »
Rock-n-Row Adventures, Eldora, Iowa

Rock-n-Row Adventures, Eldora, Iowa

posted on February 1, 2010

Dan takes a leisurely float down the Iowa River with Rock-n-Row Adventures. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans to do, see, and taste, right... Read More »
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, Iowa

Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on February 1, 2010

The zoo remains a perennial family favorite with more than 100 species to fascinate visitors of all ages. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans... Read More »
The Irish Shanti, Gunder, Iowa

The Irish Shanti, Gunder, Iowa

posted on February 1, 2010

The Irish Shanti Tavern in Gunder, Iowa, is the place to go if you are craving a pound of hamburger heaven! Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for... Read More »
King's Pointe Lakeside Resort Waterpark, Storm Lake, Iowa

King's Pointe Lakeside Resort Waterpark, Storm Lake, Iowa

posted on February 1, 2010

Dan starts his visit to Storm Lake at Buena Vista University and ends at the King's Pointe Lakeside Resort waterpark. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun... Read More »
Wabash Trace Nature Trail: Page County and Mills County, Iowa

Wabash Trace Nature Trail: Page County and Mills County, Iowa

posted on February 1, 2010

If biking is one of your favorite activities, then the Wabash Trace Nature Trail should be on your to-ride list! Dan got the inside track on what Outside Magazine hails as one of the nation’s “prettiest trails,” and he found a unique stop along... Read More »
Café Dodici, Washington, Iowa

Café Dodici, Washington, Iowa

posted on February 1, 2010

Great international cuisine can be found at local eateries across Iowa - in this case it’s in the town of Washington. Dan enjoyed a fresh, elegant meal and got to know the owners, whose dreams of helping restore the downtown area have come to... Read More »
Road Trip Diary: King's Pointe Lakeside Resort Waterpark, Storm Lake, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: King's Pointe Lakeside Resort Waterpark, Storm Lake, Iowa

posted on January 21, 2010

Storm Lake is probably one of Iowa’s best-kept secrets. Dan got a glimpse of all this great town has to offer including the new King’s Pointe Resort for a wild, waterpark adventure! Read More »
Road Trip Diary: The Irish Shanti, Gunder, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: The Irish Shanti, Gunder, Iowa

posted on January 21, 2010

If a giant hamburger is what you’re craving, look no further! Dan took his appetite to The Irish Shanti in Gunder for the biggest burger this side of the Mississippi! Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, Iowa

posted on January 21, 2010

The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is the perfect size for an afternoon family outing. Dan got a personal tour and a chance to feed some of the animals! Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Rock-n-Row Adventures, Eldora, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Rock-n-Row Adventures, Eldora, Iowa

posted on January 21, 2010

Rock-N-Row Adventures in Eldora offers a fabulous tubing experience. Dan visited this stretch of the Iowa River for a simple, relaxing afternoon float. Read More »
Road Trip Diary: Pilot Knob State Park, Forest City, Iowa

Road Trip Diary: Pilot Knob State Park, Forest City, Iowa

posted on January 21, 2010

Dan Kaercher explores Pilot Knob State Park and then takes an evening sail on Clear Lake in the paddlewheeler, "Lady of the Lake." Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#101)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#101)

posted on January 1, 2010

Full Program: Take a relaxing cruise on Clear Lake; try the hands-on agricultural activities in Independence; get close to nature at the Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids; and fancy some fantastic pastries at the Ivy Bake Shoppe in Fort Madison. Hosted... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#103)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#103)

posted on January 1, 2010

Full Program: See the abundant beauty of magnificent Madison County; enjoy outstanding prairie-style cuisine in Orange City; learn to rock climb at Pictured Rocks County Park in Monticello; and mosey through the Shimek State Forest in Farmington on horseback.... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#104)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#104)

posted on January 1, 2010

Full Program: Experience the beautiful bike trails of Southwest Iowa; be a kid again at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines; learn about Iowa’s growing wine industry; and search for a buffalo herd near Fredericksburg in Northeast Iowa. Hosted by Dan... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#105)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#105)

posted on January 1, 2010

Full Program: Enjoy a tubing adventure down the Iowa River; taste the fresh and innovative cuisine found in Washington; learn about Iowa’s aviation history in Greenfield; and visit a museum in Northwest Iowa that is home to the state’s oldest planetarium.... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#106)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#106)

posted on January 1, 2010

Full Program: Satisfy the need for speed at a dirt oval in Southwest Iowa; indulge in the famous 20-ounce Gunderburger; experience great water fun in Storm Lake; and visit one of our great state parks near Forest City. Hosted by Dan Kaercher. Adams County... Read More »
Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#107)

Iowa's Simple Pleasures (#107)

posted on January 1, 2010

Full Program: Travel to Southwest Iowa for a baseball game played by volunteers; see amazing sculptures made from matchsticks in Gladbrook; relax in luxury while being one with nature at Honey Creek Resort State Park; visit a factory that makes kaleidoscopes in... Read More »