We’re not Napa Valley, but that doesn’t mean Eastern Iowa isn’t home to a number of amazing wineries. I’ve had the pleasure of sampling a few and The Gazette recently unveiled a special section “A Toast to Eastern Iowa’s Wineries” which has helped me update my ever-growing list of new wineries I’d like to try.
Daly Creek Winery and Bistro – 106 N. Ford St. Anamosa, IA
I was originally enamored by this winery when I heard stories of their fabled “Penitentiary Red” – their best selling wine which is named after the prison that also makes Anamosa its home. After a taste test and a wonderful New Years Eve meal, I’ve decided my favorite is the Winemaker’s Reserve – (Cabernet Sauvignon) and I recommend buying a bottle to take home with you.
Hear ye, hear ye, All ye Lads and Lasses, Lords and Ladies! If ye need something to entertain thyself this end of week, gather thyself and go to the Iowa Renaissance Festival.
17th Annual Iowa Renaissance Festival and Gathering o’ Celts
May 3-4, 2008
Middle Amana Park (Medici Grove) – Amana Colonies, IA
There will be jousting, musicians, magicians, and fun for the whole family. At the festivals that I have attended, you are more than welcome to come in Renaissance garb and such if that suits your fancy.
This festival is just one of the many wonderful events happening in the Eastern Iowa Corridor this weekend.
So many choices… so little time.
posted by: Anne Ohrt
Chalk the Walk event in Mt. Vernon reminds us all that the smaller towns contribute to the Corridor’s quality of life.
I know the purpose of this blog is talk about the Corridor – and even as a local I’m not exactly sure what we mean by the Corridor. I think at one time a study was completed that said Cedar Rapids and Iowa City technically act as one metro area, based on whatever factors studies like that consider important. The economies are shared. The citizens zoom back and forth on I-380 like Chicagoans drive across town for a great restaurant. There are so few miles between the two and the people are so intertwined in both cities they could statistically be counted as one.
I know the Corridor technically refers to the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area. But I don’t think the Corridor can be so easily defined. It’s not bounded by highways or city limits. It’s more than just Cedar Rapids and Iowa City; it’s also the small towns in the area that consider this their home. Places like Mt. Vernon, West Branch, and Central City may not technically be the Corridor, but the people that live there and the shops, restaurants and activities from these towns undoubtedly contribute to why the Corridor is so inviting.