guide to the best places not only to eat and
drink in the area but also the best places
to shop, be entertained and experience
local culture,” McGurk said. “Attendees
will be able to take in the Ale Trail on their
free time or GO Cedar Rapids may create
group-building experiences like local beer
Olympics or urban scavenger hunts.”
For attendees staying at the Double-
Tree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention
Complex, several of the Ale Trail stops are
within a few minutes walking distance.
Between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City is
Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery, which
offers tastings and tours, and within Iowa
City are more adventures, according to
Laurie Haman, vice president for communications and marketing for the Iowa City/
Coralville Area CVB.
Planners can arrange a cooking class
at Harvest Oil & Vinegar, a visit to Kroul
Farms or Wilson’s Orchard, a progressive
dinner downtown or a mixology class,
In Waterloo, planners can customize the
“Dig Farm to Table” itinerary, with local
agri-tours at Hawkeye Farm, Lanehaven
Farms or Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy, then
lunch at Factory City Gastropub. Tours of
the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
can also be added.
Several wineries and an orchard visit
make a perfect fall culinary combination in Council Bluffs, and planners can
arrange events at Prairie Hawk Vineyards
or Loess Hills Vineyard & Winery, then
top it off with apples from Pioneer Trail
The area also features the only sheep
and goat dairy farm at Doe’s & Diva’s
Dairy, a small artisan farm which also
sells cheese. The Santa Maria Vineyard
& Winery in downtown Carroll offers
wood-fired pizza, more than 30 beers
and wines, plus a full menu. The pairings
are so good, Midwest Living magazine
named it one of the “Top 10 Places to Eat
in the Midwest.”
DISTILLERY HATCH AT MISSISSIPPI RIVER
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DISTILLING COMPANY, LECLAIRE
FIGGE ART MUSEUM, DAVENPORT
➜ The 330-room Hilton Des Moines Downtown ( www.hilton.com) is slated to open
April 2018. It will be connected to the
Iowa Events Center and offer event space
for 400 guests.
➜ The Renaissance Des Moines Savery
Hotel ( www.marriott.com) is undergoing a
complete renovation and is scheduled to
reopen in mid-summer of this year. The
property features 182 rooms, 30 suites
and seven meeting rooms.
➜ THE CURRENT Iowa ( www.thecurrent
iowa.com) will open this August as part
of the Marriott Autograph Collection. The
hotel is housed in the renovated, historic
Putnam Building and will feature more
than 70 rooms.
➜ A 90-room Element by Starwood (www.
starwoodhotels.com) will open this August. The property is part of the new rail
station construction in Moline, and will be
in the refurbished 1917 Sears building.
➜ A new 84-room Marriott TownPlace Suites
( www.marriott.com) property will break
ground this year in the Millwork district.
It is slated to open during the second
quarter of 2018.
➜ A 143-room Hilton Garden Inn (www.hil
ton.com) will open late this summer. The
12-story property will feature a rooftop
restaurant and bar as well as 3,000
square feet of banquet space for up to
➜ The 102-room SpringHill Suites Coralville
( http://springhillsuites.marriott.com) will
open in September with a full-service bar,
shuttle service and a meeting room that
can accommodate up to 15 people.
➜ The 100-room Fairfield Inn & Suites
Coralville ( www.marriott.com) will open
this August with a pool, fitness center and
a 300-square-foot meeting room.
➜ The 102-room Home2Suites Coralville
( www.hilton.com) is slated to open this
summer and will feature fully equipped,
in-suite kitchens. This will be the first
Home2Suites property built in the state.
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