Girlfriend's Weekend in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is the perfect place to connect and cut loose with your girlfriends. You pick the friends, you choose the dates. Cedar Rapids will provide your agenda: Shop 'til you drop, wine and dine, primp and pamper.

Begin your weekend by uncorking the laughs and memories at Cedar Ridge Vineyards. Just a short drive from Cedar Rapids in the beautiful rolling hills of the Iowa countryside, you will enjoy wine and spirit tastings, tours, musical entertainment and culinary experiences that will have your tastebuds singing.

You are now ready for a night on the town… Continue the fun by taking in a Broadway-quality community theater experience at Theatre Cedar Rapids or a national touring production at the Paramount Theatre. Finish your evening's entertainment with a nightcap at one of our many fine nightlife establishments.

Retire for the night in downtown Cedar Rapids at the DoubleTree by Hilton.


Kick off the fuzzy slippers and head out for a day of endless possibilities.
Begin with breakfast at Brewed Cafe or Parlor City Pub (known for its great breakfast - which is only served on weekends!). Head across the street to the NewBo City Market or the Historic Cherry Building for unique, artistic treasures.
Next, take a short drive to downtown Marion and shop the quaint shops including The Chocolate Shop and Campbell Steele Gallery. Ready for a break? Wit's End Coffeehouse will beckon you when it is time for a mid-morning refuel. Homemade scones and pastries are baked fresh daily and cozy rooms allow your group to sit back and take a load off.

Next, head out to experience the historic charm and beauty of Mount Vernon just 15 minutes to the East on Highway 30. Truly unique shops like Czech Feather & Down and the endless antique stores that offer one-of-a-kind finds make this historic town a shopper’s heaven.
Make your way back to Cedar Rapids in time to dine your way through the city, progressive dinner style. We suggest a craft beer at Parlor City Pub, dinner at Bata’s and dessert at White Star Ale House.  

As you wrap up the weekend, wrap up the memories. Brunch at Zin's restaurant will bookend your weekend of fun and frivolity. With the shopping complete, it's time to rejuvenate. Verbena Spa and Teabar awaits!
Top off your visit with one final, purely Cedar Rapids experience with a visit to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and a tour of the Grant Wood Studio where the second most recognizable painting in the world, American Gothic, was painted.

Itinerary compiled by the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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