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Iowa winter getaways

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City is hosting a winter dance party Feb. 11, re-creating the last concert of rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. submitted photo
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City is hosting a winter dance party Feb. 11, re-creating the last concert of rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. submitted photo

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, there are several options in Iowa that also boast extra perks for guests, including a nearby winery, skiing, shopping, art, a theater production and breweries.

Jessica O’Riley with the state’s tourism office identified notable places in Dubuque, Mason City and Sioux City for wonderful weekend stay-overs, starting with either the Mandolin Inn or Hotel Julien in Dubuque.

The Mandolin Inn is an Edwardian mansion that’s been transformed into a charming bed and breakfast with romantic suites. The Hotel Julien offers its guests massages at the renowned Potosa Spa and special perks like an order ...




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