It’s no secret that eastern Iowa’s beer seen is growing. With four breweries opening in 5 years (and a new one on its way!), this region is coming back to the beer capital it once boasted during the heyday of the Dubuque Brewing and Malting Company.
Travel from the riverside gem, River Ridge Brewing, to the crowdfunded start-up, Jubeck’s New World Brewing, to the newest and largest brewpub, 7 Hills Brewing, and finally to a brewery in a historic Masonic Lodge, Franklin Street Brewing. Each of these unique breweries serve their own handcrafted offerings. Don’t forget your growlers!
Explore the incredible climbing opportunities in the Grant Wood Mississippi River Region! Whether climbing the over 50 foot bluffs at Iowa’s oldest State Park (Backbone State Park), clipping one of the over 60 routes along the Maquoketa River (Pictured Rocks), exploring the rugged crag in the deep forest (Indian Bluffs), conquering some of the newest established sport routes in Iowa (Ozarks Wildlife Area), or bouldering along the Maquoketa River (Joinerville), the region has something for all climbers!
This is certainly not a day trip, but plan a climbing weekend ending your day at one of our many campsites, cabins, or hotels.
During spring through fall there are Climb Club events put on by Climb On (climbondbq.org).
Escape out to the beautiful Jackson County Iowa countryside and enjoy a taste of this rural bounty. Through this short wine trail, you have the opportunity to visit the State of Iowa’s longest operating estate winery on a century farm (Tabor Home), a picturesque winery adjacent to a wildlife preserve boasting turkey, pheasant, eagles, and other wildlife (Brush Creek), and a grape vine nursery turned winery (Iowa Grape Vines). After your tour of these Jackson County gems, enjoy historic downtown Maquoketa’s many shops and restaurants.
Sip on the tastes of the Grant Wood Loop region by visiting a number of unique wineries. From 100% organic vineyards, to breathtaking views, each winery offers a one of a kind experience.
The Port of Dubuque is an amazing focal point for excitement and energy in downtown Dubuque. Historical preservation meets modern convenience in a diverse array of entertainment venues. From award-winning museum attractions and impressive dining opportunities to a brand-new gaming venue and family-friendly waterpark resort, the Port of Dubuque, along with the host of destinations on nearby historic Main Street, provides a great variety fun activities to augment any event hosted at the Grand River Center.