The bluff country of Northeast Iowa is remarkable in so many different ways. Heralded for undeniable scenic beauty, Winneshiek County and Decorah also offer a plethora of things to do, see and experience. Whatever the season, whatever the reason; your stay is sure to be unforgettable.

Nordi Gras
Norwegian for the day!
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Seed Savers Exchange
Find your green thumb at Seed Savers.
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Women's Weekend Out
Shop 'til you drop!
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The Great Outdoors
This is a wonderful option for the nature lovers of the world. Recently, the brand new Trout Run Trail 11-mile loop was completed, adding extra miles filled with nature. The trails are open to bikers, hikers, cross country …
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Golfers, It's Tee Time
Whether it's spring, summer or fall, play on some enjoyable golf in Winneshiek County. This area is known for its love of golf and we have many courses to prove it.
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Rooted in Agriculture
Explore Iowa's rich agricultural history, innovation modern farming techniques, and local sustainable food systems, all in Winneshiek County!
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A Weekend for the Heart
Spend a wonderful weekend with someone special.
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A Winter Weekend
Take some time away from home and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring your snowmobiles and explore a new environment! This is a great trip for your entire family!
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Wild Turkey Hunting

“My favorite outdoor activity in Winneshiek county is Spring wild turkey hunting.  The April/May season is an ideal time to watch spring foliage rise to life while watching or calling  Toms.  There are plenty of public hunting areas  and private land owners will often give permission when asked. A high gobbler population makes the county a hunters paradise.  After a morning hunt, our group goes trout fishing.  This combination of Turkey/Trout has been our favorite for 30 years.”

Don Arendt, Decorah Mayor


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Five Generations

Andy and Marnie Carlson, residents of Decorah, hold the town near and dear to their hearts. Andy is a 5th generation on his dad’s side and dates back all the way to the first Norwegian immigrant, Ole Valle, who settled in Decorah on his mom’s side. Andy illustrates his pride…

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50th Annual Nordic Fest Celebration

Norwegian heritage alive in Iowa.  Join the residents of Decorah and Winneshiek County in celebrating the Norwegian culture at the 50th Annual Nordic Fest celebration, July 28-30, 2016 in Downtown Decorah.

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Hotel Winneshiek

Constructed in 1905, this historic boutique hotel provides a unique experience. The hotel includes a fine-dining restaurant and a wonderful cocktail bar. Guests are surrounded by an atrium-style lobby with a stained-glass ceili…

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Downtown Decorah flavor

"One of the reasons I love Arthaus is that this dynamic little shop is energizing downtown Decorah." Carolyn Corbin

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Golfing in Decorah

“Oneota is northeast Iowa’s best kept secret. It is a beautiful, 18-hole course that is well groomed, challenging and fun to play. It has a driving range and a friendly staff.”

“Silvercrest, with its rolling terrain, offers …

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In Search of Iowa's Hilliest Ride

The myth that Iowa is flat is dispelled in "In Search of Iowa's Hilliest Ride" by The Path Less Pedaled.

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Bringing the best to life.

"How can a documentary film festival be fun? The Oneota Film Festival is a load of fun: visiting new places, meeting new people with different ideas and experiences, and discussing a broad variety of ideas with filmmakers and fellow a…

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Kayaking the Upper Iowa

"Kayaking the Upper Iowa River is one of the things I love about Winneshiek County." Meg Storkamp

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A Decorah tradition

Along with capturing the hearts of locals, Mabe’s has become a familiar stop for travelers.

 The delicious pizza was voted one of the "Top 100 Places to Eat in Iowa Before you Die" by the Des Moines Register. Try the “Regular”, it's a hometown favorite. This particular pizza tied for first place in the "Best of the Bluffs" competition among the pizza category.

 Along with these recognitions, Mabe’s Pizza was recently mentioned in the

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Local Gym

“I really enjoy working out at B. Fit Studios. They have a wide variety of different exercise equipment including Kettlebell, TRX, ropes and more!”

~ Kyrie Jorgenson

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Decorah eagles

Spend the day in Winneshiek County at the Decorah Fish Hatchery while watching our family of five glide overhead. Watch out as we are known for swoping down to catch a live trout for dinner.  Yours truly, D1 and D2

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Taste of Winneshiek

Stroll the streets of downtown Decorah with friends and family during the annual Taste of Winneshiek, a must attend event. The Taste is held each year on the first Friday night in February from 5-8 p.m. Shop Decorah's charming …

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