There’s just something about wineries that make them the perfect romantic escape, isn’t there? Maybe it’s the atmosphere – cozy and comfortable, with intimate tasting rooms perfect for lounging. Maybe it’s the scenery – lush vineyards bursting with beautiful vine-ripened grapes. Maybe it’s the beverages – wines that bring a soft blush to your face.
Spending the night at one of Iowa’s wineries might just be the quintessential romantic escape. After all, many are located in charming towns across the state where you can find boutique shops and quaint restaurants that will welcome you with open arms.
So sip. Savor. And spend the night where romance is uncorked.
After enjoying a tasting in Little Swan Lake Winery’s beautifully renovated 1920s barn in Estherville, you can head to the old grain elevator bed and breakfast. There you’ll find three rooms with their own unique themes. When you check in, you’ll enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine for your evening. In the morning, you’ll delight in a three-course breakfast – a perfect way to begin your day.
Wide River Winery's location in downtown Le Claire features a one bedroom apartment above the tasting room. It makes an ideal home base for a romantic weekend since you are steps away from shopping, antiques, and fine dining. If that isn't enough, the winery rounds out Le Claire's "libations lane" - Mississippi River Distilling Co. and Green Tree Brewery are both just down the road.
Innspiration Vines & Wines is adjacent to a charming bed and breakfast that overlooks a huge pond and miles of wooded timber for perfect privacy. The winery itself also includes a loft apartment that can be rented nightly. Enjoy wine flights and samples steps away from your romantic retreat.
The Inn at Summerset Winery in Indianola is ideal for large groups of friends. The Inn can sleep up to 26 people and is available as a "whole house" rental. So grab all of your friends or family to enjoy the outdoor hot tub, Tuscan gardens and gazebo, front porch and - of course - wine tastings at nearby Summerset Winery.
Enjoy a romantic getaway to The Retreat at Fireside Winery, located minutes from the Amana Colonies, Tanger Outlet Center and Iowa City. In addition to a beautiful tasting room and patio, Fireside Winery hosts live music events and parties all year long.