Trip Ideas

Great trips and getaway ideas that you can experience only in Adair County!

Garden Enthusiasts

Come to Adair County for a trip to visit beautiful gardens in Iowa’s Garden County.  Your day will include visiting up to three private gardens around the community and visiting one of these garden destinations:  Wallace Centers of Iowa Country Life Center featuring beautiful landscaping as well as acres of vegetation; the Adair County Heritage Museum Complex for an array of themed flower beds and native grasses; or the Certified Organic Bridgewater Farm.  Enjoy lunch at one of our many local eateries that are unique to Adair County.  And when you call to set up this day trip don’t forget to ask for some extra time to browse through our wonderful shops.

Iowa Farm Country

Agriculture thrives in Adair County and is our main economic driver.  This trip includes visiting Bridgewater Farms, a certified organic farm, that produces vegetables and fruit as well as eggs, chicken and pork; Nichols Farms is a leader of innovation in beef cattle production and premium genetics - marketing bulls, semen and embryos throughout the world; The ISU Neely-Kinyon Research Farm researches and demonstrates alternative agricultural approaches that are environmentally sound and have a positive impact on the community. Two major project areas include plant, soil, pest, grain quality and economic performance of organic and conventional systems as well as an intensive sorghum breeding experimentation.  Wallace Centers of Iowa Country Life Center celebrates Henry A Wallace’s passion for quality farm production.  Take a walk through the gardens and sample some of the wonderful produce turned into amazing culinary creations on site at the Gathering Table restaurant.  Finish your day with a trip to Harmony Tree Farm transitioning from a Christmas tree farm to Aronia Berry production and then to Dale Valley Vineyard and Winery just north of Stuart/Adair County.      

Ladies Day Trip or Overnight Getaway

Lavish the luxury of the many salons offering pedicures, manicures, make-overs, massage and reflexology with small town charm and service on the Greenfield Public Square Historic District.  Enjoy a morning of pampering and relaxation followed by a lunch at one of our unique eateries, such as The Corner coffee shop, and then an afternoon of shopping.  If you want an overnight getaway, book a room at the award winning Historic Hotel Greenfield, where you can kick up your feet and have a glass of wine by the piano in the lounge.  Maybe take in some night entertainment at the Warren Cultural Center (Restored Opera House) or The Grand Theatre.  The next morning do some site seeing; whether its history, nature or art, we have something you’re sure to enjoy!

Fishing and Hunting Paradise

Book a night at Country Blooms Bed & Breakfast Barn, a unique stay in a restored barn, decorated rustically with antiques and primitives for groups of 4-8.  Enjoy fishing and hunting the area, all while submerged in the country life of Adair County.  The facility offers 1000 acres of hunting ground and hunting dog accommodations. It also offers a great central location to Adair County’s five lakes and many rivers for fishing.

American Patriotism

Adair County is home to the original Freedom Rock and Freedom Rock Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.  The Freedom Rock® is a large boulder painted in a new patriotic theme each year around Memorial Day as a Thank You to our Veterans in honor of their service to our country.  While you are here visiting this one of kind piece of art, take in the many murals Bubba has painted throughout the County.  Visit the Iowa Aviation Museum at the Greenfield Airport and see the history of military planes as well as servicemen uniforms and war memorabilia.  Swing by the Adair County Courthouse in the Greenfield Public Square Historic district to observe the Adair County Veteran’s Memorial.  Take a walk through the Adair County Heritage Museum for more patriotic and war history.    

Car Crazy Fun

Car enthusiasts will love visiting Adair County!  Cruise into Stuart for one of the Scoop the Loop events on selected Saturday nights through the summer.  Book a night or two at the newly renovated Motor Lodge in Stuart.  Enjoy a full breakfast at the Country Kitchen then head to Greenfield to tour Foster’s Head Quarters and the Schildberg Car Collection.  These are private collections and feature cars and car memorabilia from as early as 1908 to the American Hot Rod era.  Head back to Stuart for some dirt track racing at the Stuart International Speedway.  When the races are done, stop by Ruby’s Pub for a pizza and a drink.  

One of a kind dining

Adair County is home to many privately owned restaurants that offer an experience that you will only find in Adair County.  Head to Zipp’s Pizzaria in Adair where the sausage is made fresh in house and you can build your own pizza or choose from over 20 specialty pizzas like the Jesse James or Chuckwagon.  If you are not in the mood for pizza, they offer a full salad bar and variety of sandwiches.  Next on our list is the Bridgewater Café, in... well, Bridgewater.  This small town café is owned by local citizens.  To get the true experience, stop by, drop your money in the bowl on the counter, pour yourself a cup of coffee and pull up a chair with the locals to engage in whatever daily tales are running about the community.  You’d be remiss if you didn’t have some breakfast or one of their home cooked meals while you were there!  Fontanelle may be limited on dining options, but they have one of the best locally owned grocery stores in Iowa.  The Nodaway Valley Market has a wonderful variety of specialty items such as Gluten Free, Organic, Free Range and Grass Fed, not to mention one of the largest selections of specialty and craft beers and wines.  In Greenfield, The Olive Branch Family Restaurant has a huge menu that anyone is sure to find something they will enjoy, but we encourage you to try the Greek fare that the Galanakis family has perfected over the past 30 years.  The Kramer Café in Orient is a cute little stop in the center of Orient’s downtown. They offer a great menu, but we suggest you try the amazing cinnamon rolls or a slice of pie. If you are lucky, you might just be stopping by on Fried Chicken night; it’s mmm mm good!  Last, but definitely not least, is Los Altos in Stuart, a traditional Mexican canteen.   We strongly suggest their seafood menu, but they have lots of options to choose from including some American entrees.  Make sure you go at the right time of year to enjoy the outdoor patio!                 

Shopping... a local experience!

When we say shop local in Adair County, we mean shop local, and in so many ways!  Do you know that Adair County is home to Carver’s Ridge in Stuart, which only sells USA Made products along with their own custom made items?  Or Ed & Eva’s in Greenfield that features items made only by Iowa artisans?  Let’s get a little more local with Long’s Market: an indoor farmer/craft market, offering home spun products from close to thirty Adair County residents.  You’ll find these great shops and more only in Adair County!  

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