Friday Getting Settled
Check out the lush and chic accommodations at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Located near one of Iowa’s largest community colleges, this AAA Four Diamond rated hotel is a great home base for the weekend. The decor is both stylish and comfortable. And the hotel bar and restaurant, The Class Act, is a great gathering spot as well. Fun fact: Kirkwood offers prestigious hospitality and culinary training and you’ll find students from the program serving you at both the hotel and restaurant.
Crafty Night Out
Crafty (even not so crafty) ladies will have a fun with The Ceramics Center’s Friday Nights Out - featureing wine, clay and glass activities for tons of fun.
Saturday in Marion & Czech Village
On Saturday you’ll find more than 60 boutiques, restaurant, galleries and entertainment options in Marion. Start with a pick me up at Wit’s End Coffeehouse, before shopping throughout Uptown Marion.
Shop 'Til You Drop
Don’t miss Lillian’s for the latest fashion and the Chocolate shop for a sweet treat with a great mix of shops in between. Make sure to take in the Uptown Artway, then take a break with lunch at Ramsey’s Metro Market!
Spend the afternoon in the NewBo and Czech Village neighborhoods of Cedar Rapids. Explore NewBo City Market, shop at an independent book store and browse for antiques and reclaimed finds throughout the District.
Dining and Nightlife
Dine in the evening on homemade taco creations from Caucho. Have an after dinner cocktail at the newly opened Pig & Porter. Looking for live music? Parlor City Pub is the place!
Sunday Starts with Brunch!
Sleep in on Sunday and begin the day with brunch at Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery served from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. If the ladies are wine lovers, consider another winery stop at Fireside Winery in Marengo for Sunday Unplugged, a weekly lineup of live music in a relaxing setting.
One More Shopping Stop
Head over to Mt. Vernon/Lisbon for more shopping adventures where you’ll find custom feather pillows at Czech Feather and Down, along with fabrics galore at Helios Stitches N Stuff. The discerning shopper will find an eclectic mix of vintage treasures, modern furnishings, and exceptional art.