Favorite Decorah Places

We spent almost 2 weeks in Decorah before graduation. Over the last 4 years we have been here often and have come to know and appreciate this little town. I thought I would share some of our favorite places here. If you visit Iowa, make time for this beautiful little town as it has much to offer.
I previously talked about Pulpit Rock Campground so I won't say too much here other than it is definitely a favorite campground. If you are a trout fisherman this little trout stream runs right through the campground.

This is a trail that you can use to walk downtown, it is beautiful along the river and cliffs. We rarely drive when we are here choosing instead to walk most places.
If you get an ice cream craving, you can't beat the Whippy Dip, it is always busy on a nice day. 
If you want to know the history of this area then a visit to the Vesterhiem Museum is a must. This is the premier Norwegian American Museum, the King of Norway has made several visits here. My maternal side of the family is very Norwegian and my grandfather, Olaf, would be proud his great grandson attended Luther. Actually several of his grandchildren also attended here.
Need a good cup of Joe, then Java John's is a great place. Good brewed coffee as well as lattes, etc.
The Oneota Co-op Grocery is right downtown and has a wonderful selection of organic foods and vegetables. We frequent it whenever in town. We actually walk down to shop and haul it back in our backpack.

This is our favorite place to eat, T-Bocks. They have a great breakfast as well as burgers, sandwiches. We always eat here multiple times when we are in town.
This shot is from a newer microbrewery in town. Stopping by Toppling Goliath and trying their latest craft beer is a must. They do usually have a couple of their brews on tap at T-Bocks too.

The only eatery I didn't get a photo of is McCaffery's Dolce Vita. It is about a mile outside of town but has great gourmet pizzas. 
If you like to canoe or kayak then the Upper Iowa river is a place for you. This is the River Outfitter than can rent you whatever you need and shuttle you upstream for a great float. The river has beautiful cliffs, a nesting Bald Eagle pair and beautiful scenery. 

So there is a little tour of Decorah, I hope you all get a chance someday to visit this little piece of heaven in Iowa.

Happy Trails..........................


  1. Sounds like a really wonderful place to visit. I love these beautiful little towns that offer so much as well as peace and quiet. My kind of place.

  2. Somehow I missed this post..now I know why I like you so much..I have a Norwegian background as well. My great-grandmother was a Moe, and had deep roots in Norway.

  3. What a pretty little town. We will keep it in mind if we are passing through that area.

    Kevin and Ruth


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