Autumn color paints the valleys and family farms between the Villages of Van Buren County, seven historic burgs punctuating this quiet 110-mile drive along the Des Moines River in southeast Iowa. During the Scenic Drive Festival in October, craft vendors and friendly pancake feeds add to the small-town appeal.
Creative class In Bentonsport, the husband-wife team of Bill and Betty Printy (aka Iron and Lace) draw scores of art-lovers with her Queen Anne’s lace pottery and his hand-forged metal pieces. Watch them work during the fest.
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