tance of many meetings-friendly hotels, is a
must-visit for groups seeking an intriguing
Attendees can explore the museum,
which showcases over 2,200 artworks
including pieces by Grant Wood, Salvador
Dali and many more.
“Its two floors of flowing exhibits make
it a unique location for evening receptions
for up to 200 people,” said Julie Kronlage,
vice president of sales for the Dubuque
Groups with attendees who prefer to do
their own painting can check out Pinot’s
Palette, a paint-and-sip studio that hosts
teambuilding events and private parties.
“Groups of up to 50 will enjoy their
historic building in downtown Dubuque
while working together to create beautiful
paintings,” Kronlage said.
An excellent idea for groups that would
like to get outside for an inspiring stroll is
a visit to Art on the River, a collection of
works created by artists from across the
country that is on display along the Mississippi River.
“See, touch and feel these works of art
as you walk down the beautiful Mississippi
Riverwalk,” Kronlage said. “End your time
with a reception in the beautiful Alliant
Energy Amphitheater at the Star Brewery
with live music, food and networking.”
Iowa City/Coralville Area
Since 1972, the Hancher Auditorium has
been a favorite arts facility at the Iowa City-based University of Iowa. A revitalized
Hancher, which opened in September
2016 after eight years of flood recovery, features a lineup of performances
ranging from orchestra and dance to
“The beautiful new space offers flex-
ible meeting space and fantastic views
of the Iowa River,” said Lyndsey Kent,
director of sales for the Iowa City/
Coralville Area CVB. “Both small and
large groups can meet in this bright
Iowa City is also a literary hot spot, and
the Iowa Avenue and Northside Market-
place Literary walks celebrate writers with
ties to Iowa.
According to Kent, both walks feature a
series of bronze relief panels that highlight
the words of more than 85 authors, including several Pulitzer Prize winners.
“Located in the hub of downtown Iowa
City, a UNESCO City of Literature, this is a
terrific option for an off-site activity while
groups are visiting town,” Kent said. “A
guide can also be coordinated.”
And at FilmScene, a 67-seat nonprofit
cinema that accommodates private events,
groups will find comfortable seating and
a cafe that serves beer, wine, coffee and
screens traditional movie favorites.
“Located in Iowa City’s pedestrian
mall, it also hosts movie showings on the
building’s rooftop in the warmer months,”
Kent explained. “FilmScene provides a
unique and memorable experience
that groups will sincerely enjoy as a
complement to their stay.”
At Figge Art Museum in Davenport,
groups can get lost in artworks from
around the world within the museum’s
various permanent and traveling art
“The docents are great at the Figge
Art Museum,” said Jessica Waytenick,
public relations and marketing manag-
FIGGE ART MUSEUM, DAVENPORT
Latest + Greatest
➜ Residence Inn Cedar Rapids South
( www.marriott.com) opened in August
2016 with 95 suites and a small meeting room.
➜ The 83-room Holiday Inn Express Collins Road ( www.ihg.com) in May 2016
completed a renovation that included an
updated lobby and new private business
➜ In March 2016, the 103-room Hampton
Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids North (www.
hilton.com) revealed refreshed rooms
and a modernized lobby.
➜ The 193-room Holiday Inn Dubuque/
Galena ( www.holidayinn.com) recently
renovated guest rooms and public spaces, including meeting rooms.
➜ The 116-room Hilton Garden Inn
Dubuque Downtown ( www.hilton.com),
connected to the Dubuque Mystique
Casino, recently completed lobby
upgrades, and hotel room updates are
IOWA CITY/CORALVILLE AREA
➜ Hilton Garden Inn ( www.hilton.com) is
expected to open this summer with 143
guest rooms and 3,000 square feet of
➜ SpringHill Suites (www.springhillsuites.
marriott.com) is on track to open in
May with 102 guest rooms and a small
➜ Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (www.
marriott.com) is scheduled to open this
spring with 100 guest accommodations
and a meeting/boardroom, among other
➜ The 106-room Rhythm City Casino
Resort ( www.rhythmcitycasino.com),
which has meeting/event space for over
600 people, in June 2016 moved from
downtown Davenport to a brand-new
facility at the corner of interstates 80
➜ The Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf (www.
theislebettendorf.com), which has
over 500 guest rooms and more than
40,000 square feet of convention
space, last year completed a new land-based casino, plus a hotel renovation in
the South Tower.
➜ A Courtyard by Marriott ( www.marriott.
com) is in the works and will feature
160-plus guest rooms as well as meeting and event space, with a scheduled
completion date of July.
PINOT’S PALETTE, DUBUQUE