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Overnight Getaway to Cedar Rapids

Discover the Czech Village, Grant Wood’s art and studio, and impressive museums in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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    Brucemore historic home.
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    Folk costumes at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.
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    African American Museum of Iowa.
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    Czech specialties at The Blue Toad.
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    Hotel at Kirkwood Center.
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    Grant Wood: In Focus, installation shot, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Photo: Mark Tade.
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    Dinner at the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club.

Day 1

Start the day with a sumptuous slice of quiche and a café au lait at Croissant Du Jour French Patisserie and Cafe.

Then see how wealthy families lived in the late 1800s and 1900s at the historic Brucemore house museum and meander through the beautiful gardens.

Enjoy a small-plate gourmet lunch, including strawberry salad and sausage kale chowder, at Zins Restaurant.

In the historic Czech Village, see the colorful folk costumes and imported glass at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.

Stand behind President Obama’s podium and sit at a segregated drug store lunch counter at the African American Museum of Iowa.

For dinner, do the Czech Village dine-around: Start with a drink at the Red Baron Bar and Dance Club, head to The Blue Toad for Czech specialties, including cabbage rolls and mushroom tarts, and end with a kolache at Sykora Bakery.

At day’s end, savor all the little extra touches at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, a trendy, urban boutique hotel.

Day 2

The stuffed French toast—cinnamon and brown sugar French toast stuffed with cream cheese and your choice of fresh strawberries or blueberries and topped with whipped cream—at the Breakfast House Cafe is the perfect start to your day.

Eclectic shops surround the nearby Marion Uptown District town square. Enjoy Midwestern art at the Campbell Steele Gallery. Then buy some hand-rolled truffles and dark chocolate sea salt caramel as gifts at The Chocolate Shop.

For lunch, try the Let’s Meat in the Middle salad (romaine, iceberg and spinach with ham, turkey, roast beef and salami tossed in Parmesan and pepper dressing) at Ramsey’s Metro Market.

Don’t miss seeing the renowned Grant Wood collection at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art or visiting the Grant Wood Studio, where he painted some of his most famous works.

Savor a delicious rack of the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club’s famous barbeque ribs.

For Information: Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 735-5557; cedar-rapids.com

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