We're partnering with OLLI at the University of Nebraska to offer a great trip to Pella and Madison County this year!
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This overnight adventure takes you to two of Iowa’s prized destinations. The first is Pella for the Tulip Time festival celebrating Dutch heritage, treasured recipes, heirloom costumes, and hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips. Then you’re off to Winterset to visit the covered bridges that stole the show from Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County!
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We will board our motorcoach this morning and head east to Pella, IA, to join in Tulip Time, an annual celebration of Dutch heritage and the city’s more than 300,000 vibrantly blooming tulips! With activities everywhere you turn, the day is yours to discover. A must is a walk through the beautiful Scholte Gardens complete with art sculptures and a gazebo from which to admire the gorgeous colors and many varieties of tulips planted on the grounds. Another great Tulip Time experience is the Grandstand show featuring Dutch dancing and singing, the Parade of Provinces, the presentation of the Tulip Queen and her Court, the famous street scrubbing, and more! A literal can’t-miss is the Vermeer Windmill, which is one of the tallest working windmills in North America. This 1850s-style grain mill was designed and built in the Netherlands, disassembled, shipped to Iowa, and re-built in 2002. Almost every small town in the Netherlands has a mill at its center, and the Vermeer windmill is meant as a nod to Pella’s agricultural past. If you choose to visit the windmill, you'll tour five floors, from the base of the mill where grain would have been brought in to the top floor where grain is milled. Plus, take in the giant blades and the superb view of Pella from the deck! For those interested in the Old West, Pella was once home to Wyatt Earp and is certainly the place to celebrate the life and times of this American lawman and gambler. His boyhood home still stands, and there’s a great self-guided audio tour exploring Earp’s childhood, relationships, and legacy. Crafters will definitely want to consider a stop at the quilt show to admire the more than one hundred handmade quilts on display. After you’ve worked up an appetite, find a new favorite with lunch on your own at one of the countless food booths and street vendors overflowing with Dutch festival treats. Local favorites include funnel cakes, pofferjes, and decadent stroopwafels. No matter your interests, there’s plenty to keep you entertained at the Pella Tulip Time festival! We’ll cap off our time in Pella with traditional Dutch dishes at the Dutch Dinner Show (subject to availability) and then make our way to Winterset to check in to the Cobblestone Inn (or similar) for the evening.