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 hunter's paradise. After a morning hunt, our group goes trout fishing. This combination of Turkey/Trout has been our favorite for 30 years."
Don Arendt, former Decorah Mayor
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 for Decorah by serving on the city council. His wife, Marnie, explained some of her favorite aspects of the town.
“I love all the outdoor recreation that Decorah offers year-round, from biking or cross country skiing on the Trout Run Trail to hiking through the trails at Van Peenan Park, ice skating at the basketball courts, and canoeing or kayaking by breathtaking bluffs on the Upper Iowa River.”
“One of my favorite parts of living in Decorah is the fact that for a small town far from a big city, there is no shortage of art and culture. I especially love the fall Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour and the late winter Oneota Film Festival at Luther College, as well as Nordic Fest in the summer and exhibits offered at the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum.”
~ Marnie Carlson
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 Annual Nordic Fest celebration, held the last full weekend of July every year.
July 25 -27, 2019 July 23 - 265, 2020 July 29-31, 2021 July 28 - 30, 2022
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 ceiling, a marble fireplace and a crystal chandelier.
Downtown Decorah flavor
"One of the reasons I love Arthaus is that this dynamic little shop is energizing downtown Decorah." Carolyn Corbin
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 a challenging round of golf with lots of hills. It’s a fun 9-hole course that will test your skills. This course is also well kept by a welcoming staff.”
~ South Winneshiek Varsity Golf Assistant Coach and avid golfer, Doug Schweinefus
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.
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 audience members. Lots of fun!" Nancy Sojka
Kayaking the Upper Iowa
"Kayaking the Upper Iowa River is one of the things I love about Winneshiek County." Meg Storkamp
A Decorah tradition
Along with capturing the hearts of locals, Mabe’s has become a familiar stop for travelers from all over the world.
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 New York Times.
“Mention Decorah, a village in northeastern Iowa near the Minnesota border, to any political type and you’ll hear an enthusiastic “Mabe’s!” Some people will drive miles out of their way to visit the pizza parlor if they happen to be in the northeastern corner of the state.”
This is a must-stop in Decorah!
“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
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 swooping down to catch a live trout for dinner. Yours truly, D1 and D2