The quaint town of Edgewood is much more than first meets the eye. In fact, your family can spend an entire day here learning about the town and its history and appreciate its beautiful scenery. Escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life with a relaxing trip to northeast Iowa for an amazing off the grid experience that the whole family will enjoy.
Where to Go
Get an inside look at Kendrick, Inc., a family-owned business whose success lead to the opening of five companies. Take a guided tour of the company's two Edgewood locations, starting at Kendrick Forest Products, Iowa's largest sawmill. Then head over to their custom cabinet shop and experience firsthand the creation of their products in an eco-friendly fashion. All tours include safety glasses and noise cancelling headphones to allow perfect hearing of your tour guide and require close-toed shoes.
Prepare for a five-course meal for the whole family with a visit to the Edgewood Locker, which is stocked with an impressive array of products. Award-winning hams, beef jerky, a variety of bratwursts, steaks, cheese spreads, cheese curds, meat rubs, sauces and seasonings are only the beginning. Parents can also indulge in a variety of Iowa wines for a relaxing night filled with great flavors.
Known as one of northeast Iowa's best hidden gems, Bixby State Preserve has a chilling secret. After a quick hike past the main picnic area and crossing Bear Creek, you will find stone steps that lead down to the mist billowing Ice Cave and a series of beautiful waterfalls. Pack everyone's swimsuits for a cooling dip in the creek. For more outdoor adventure, Backbone State Park is just down the road.
Where to Eat
1. Woods Edge
With an all Iowa menu including the Farm Burger, hand-breaded pork tenderloins and a pulled pork cheeseburger, Woods Edge is sure to make your taste buds sizzle. Add a bit of sweetness with hand-dipped chocolate shoppe ice cream and enjoy the scenery on their outdoor patio or take it to go for a picnic in the nearby city park.
Located in Edgewood's historic downtown, Franny's is an all American restaurant with something to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Whether you go for the daily lunch specials or signature items such as the Franny Burger, a hearty portioned breaded tenderloin, you'll leave with a satisfyingly full stomach.
Where to Stay
Discover a casual and friendly lodging atmosphere and the convenience of a cafe and winery all within the same historic building. Located on the main floor and the upper level of a turn-of-the-century bank in downtown Edgewood, Cafe Rose's guest suites are the perfect location for a weekend escape and relaxing overnight stay.