Explore Decorah in the winter for a fun-filled weekend of museums, craft beer and outdoor adventure.
Things To Do
This 11-mile loop around Decorah runs right next to the hatchery and features sculptures along the trail and an LED-lit bridge. Cross-country skiing is allowed on the trail in the winter.
Learn about the centuries-long history of Norwegian-Americans in northeast Iowa and across the country. This museum offers a look at the history of immigration as well as Norwegian-American folk and fine art. Check the museum calendar for a list of classes in decorative painting, woodcarving and textiles.
Visit this state-of-the-art trout rearing station where you can see and feed fish of all sizes. A quarter buys a handful of food - make sure to stand back when you throw it in or you'll get splashed in the feeding frenzy! While you're at the hatchery, view Decorah's famous bald eagle's nest, located across the street.
View and create your own art in this studio and creative space in downtown Decorah. Themed classes can be booked for both kids and adults - or if you just want free reign, rent a spot in the studio for a small hourly fee and get full use of all the materials (only available on Saturdays). Local artists also display their works in the gallery.
Try some of the best beer in the world at Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Their beers consistently make it to the top of "best beer" lists and have won several awards. The family friendly brewery is large and has lots of space for relaxing by the fire, playing board games and sampling their flagship brew, Pseudo Sue. A full menu of food is served for lunch and dinner.
Craft beer aficionados should head to Pulpit Rock Brewing to try their small-batch adventurous styles - and keep coming back. The menu constantly rotates and features new styles. The head brewers believe they should "respect the classics, recognize the trends and demand innovation."
Where to Eat
Refuel at this northeast Iowa favorite located in downtown Decorah. Gobble up pizza, chicken, pasta, sandwiches and salads. This family-owned restaurant offers hospitality just as excellent as the food.
If you have a hankering for BBQ, head to Old Armory. Located downtown, this counter-service restaurant offers affordable slow-smoked meats and homemade sauces.