Good travel story on Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes in the NYTimes (which unforunately I didn’t write – but could have if I wasn’t so busy riding my bike through northwest Iowa on RAGBRAI last June!)
IF YOU GO
Where to Stay
Fillenwarth Beach (87 Lakeshore Drive, Arnolds Park, Iowa; fillenwarthbeach.com; from $160 in summer).
Crescent Beach Lodge (1619 Lakeshore Drive, Milford, Iowa; crescentbeachlodge.com; from $370 in summer).
Where to Eat and Drink
West O Beer (503 Terrace Park Boulevard, West Okoboji, Iowa; westobeer.com). Microbrewery and taproom.
Restaurant 1856 (Central Emporium, 144 Lakeshore Drive, Arnolds Park, Iowa;restaurant1856.com). Modern American cuisine, sunset views.
The O’Farrell Sisters Restaurant (1109 Lake Shore Drive, Okoboji; parksmarina.com) has been turning out breakfasts and lunches for nearly 70 years.
What to Do
Arnolds Park Amusement Park (37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park; arnoldspark.com). The Legend roller coaster is $8 a ride. Some attractions, like the Tipsy House, are free.
University of Okoboji merchandise is available at the Three Sons (902 10th Street, Milford; thethreesons.com).
A version of this article appears in print on August 31, 2014, on page TR9 of the New Yor