“The state line runs right through Bob, so
you can actually stand in two states at the
same time,” Keller explained. “It’s called
‘bobbing,’ and trust me, it’s a thing.”
Bayliss Park Hall, Council Bluffs
Located in downtown Council Bluffs is the
historic Victorian-style Bayliss Park Hall,
which has a ballroom on the second floor
that accommodates up to 200 people, as
well as several other rooms that may be
used for smaller breakout sessions.
The venue resides across the street
from Bayliss Park, which provides a scenic
backdrop with its picturesque fountain and
“It’s a perfect location for outdoor pictures or other gatherings,” said Arlo Burk,
Group pictures can also be taken inside
on the grand staircase, surrounded by
authentic antique decor.
Barley’s Bar and Grill,
Barley’s, a full-service restaurant and bar,
is situated in the 100 Block of downtown
Council Bluffs, a historic district that places
it within walking distance to the Union
Pacific Railroad Museum, the Historic
General Dodge House and the Lincoln
“Our town is rich with history and we
love being in the middle of it,” said Jill
Johnson, owner of Barley’s.
Planners can arrange for pre-planned
plated dinners or a buffet, or attendees
may order directly from the menu, which
includes pizzas, salads, burgers and more.
Barley’s private party rooms, both
facing the 100 Block, accommodate
“Decorated with vintage charm, the
taproom boasts personality with an
antique bar, exposed brick, over 180 beer
tap handles on display and posters of
beer advertisements from times gone by,”
The taproom accommodates up to 50
guests, and the upstairs party room, with
library-style shelving, exposed brick, a
private bar and repurposed doors turned
into large round oak tables, accommodates
up to 80 guests.
The Arts Center at Iowa Western
The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College is a modern performing arts
space located on a picturesque wooded
According to Tim Dickmeyer, the venue’s
executive director, the main stage theater
hosts corporate meetings and performances for up to 650 people, and the smaller
on-site Black Box Theater is used for tabled
events for up to 120 people.
The college also has its own food service,
which caters events at the community
college’s Arts Center.
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➜ The first phase of the newest addition to
Omaha’s downtown convention district
opened in August 2017. The new 333-
room Omaha Marriott Downtown Capitol
District ( www.downtownomahamarriott.
com), located directly across from the
convention center, features 17,500
square feet of meeting/event space. The
Marriott was the first phase of the new
$205 million entertainment district,
which will include retailers, restaurants
and an outdoor entertainment venue.
➜ Plans are underway for a new six-story
105-room Marriott Moxy Hotels (http://
moxy-hotels.marriott.com) property, located blocks away from the Convention
District in Omaha’s popular Old Market
Entertainment District. The lobby will
have billiards and ping-pong tables,
and the hotel will also have an on-site
restaurant and bar.
➜ A 120-room Aloft Hotels (https://
property is being built in West Omaha.
The property will also have billiards and
ping-pong tables in the lobby, and it will
feature tech amenities including digital
scrolling news ticker tapes, four-panel
video walls and keyless room entry,
among other features.
➜ Recent changes at Mid-America Center
include new lighting in the exhibit hall
and prefunction areas, upgraded Internet and refreshed paint and carpeting.
➜ At press time, a new 131-room Courtyard by Marriott ( www.marriott.com)
with 1,000 square feet of meeting
space, an on-site bistro and indoor pool
was on track to open in late spring.
➜ The 185-room Holiday Inn Hotel &
Suites Council Bluffs-I- 29 (www.
ihg.com) is scheduled to complete a
renovation of its guest rooms by later
this summer. The property will start
remodeling the lobby and public areas
BOB KERREY PEDESTRIAN
COUNCIL BLUFFS CVB
OMAHA DESIGN CENTER