Packed with charm, history, unique shops, locally owned restaurants and breweries, spas and 125+ miles of trails, Cedar Falls offers the perfect destination for your girlfriend getaway. It's a great time to catch up, dine out and enjoy the outdoors together.
Shop 'Til You Drop
Start your girls' trip with a stop at Barn Happy for a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a homemade pastry. There's plenty to find in their century-old barn that was remodeled as a restaurant and an Iowa gift shop. After breakfast, shop for an antique or vintage décor in the barn's loft.
Next, visit historic Downtown Cedar Falls and explore its one-of-a-kind boutiques. Shop clothes and accessories at Stone Feather or gifts and home décor at Vintage Iron Co. Find more inspiration for your home at Lotus & Lou, Sage, Driftless Style or Basket of Daisies.
If your group enjoys shopping for antiques or collectibles, be sure to check out Main Street Exchange and Miss Wonderful. Or head down the street a few blocks to finds Gilgen's on 16th Street.
If you plan your girls' trip in May or October, Cedar Falls' annual Girls' Night Out event offers a fun evening of shopping and dining with exclusive discounts, free samples, prize drawings and more.
If being active better suits your girlfriends, hit the Cedar Valley Trails for year-round fun. From biking, hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing, the trail system offers a relaxing way to explore the Cedar Valley during any season.
For summer fun, pack your swimsuits and try kayaking or paddle boarding at Big Woods Lake or explore the Paddler's Trail Loop at George Wyth State Park.
Rest and Relaxation
For a group searching for an opportunity to relax with old friends, spend a couple hours being pampered at a local spa. Or get creative participating in "make and take" classes at Hatchlings & Hens, the Speckled Owl, and the Crazy to Quilt Shop. For artisan workshops, head to Three Pines Farm for classes in traditional soap making and artisan rock wrapping, or Cedar Valley Art & Wine for a painting class where you can bring your own wine to sip on.
Then enjoy a peaceful evening of fine dining and drinks at local favorites like Montage, Bar Winslow, the Stuffed Olive or The Ragged Edge. For a more thrilling night out, challenge your group to target practice at Hurling Hatchet.
Find More Fun
For more ideas for a weekend in Cedar Falls, contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 319.268.4266 or peruse their website and test out the Trip Planner.