Labor Day weekend + we decided to venture out to find some of Iowa's oldest places. Along the way, we found a few other finds as well.
First up, Iowa's oldest soda fountain, Wilton's Candy Kitchen, in Wilton, IA. Delicious and everything you'd expect. The inside was like stepping back in time. The counter was magnificent and only made you wonder what stories it could tell. It was well taken care of which made me hope that it will survive for another 150 years.
Our next stop was Balltown, Iowa and the state's oldest restauant, Breitbachs Country Dining. The owner, Mike Breitbach, greeted us warmly and asked if this was our first time here. We said it was. He then asked where we were from and what brought us this way. We told him his restaurant. He then gave us a ton of information on the place and said he was likely the oldest restaurant owner in Iowa as well and laughed. The currently building is sadly not the original that had been in operation since 1852. The original had burnt down in 2007 and then reopened again in 2009.Although rebuilt, it still retains its history and charm. And definitely it's heart, which I believe is exactly why it has been around for so long. The food was just as amazing. We will be back!
Up the road from Balltown, we found a very unusual cementary. Started in 1938, it had some of the most unique and well preserved religious sculptures I've seen. It was quite the sight.
A little further up the road, we see a sign for a car ferry. Well that sou ded like fun! We pull up to a sandy shore and press a button to fail a ride to Wisconsin across the Mississippi. Onto the ferry with a full load of people and their cars and motorcycles. For only $15 a car, this was definitely one of the coolest things we have done.
We drove till we could come back on the river road on the Iowa side. And it's a good thing we did. I re-found the best honey in the whole world! And right here in Iowa. Call them up and order some today! You will love yourself for doing so!