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Pella Trip Guide

Founded in 1847, this pretty town (population: 9,900) has a strong Dutch heritage.

What to do

Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill More than 20 historical buildings surround a courtyard. A tour of the windmill includes a step onto a ledge just below the mill’s turning blades. (641) 628-2409; pellahistorical.org

Vermeer Windmill in Pella is the tallest working windmill in the nation.

Vermeer Windmill in Pella is the tallest working windmill in the nation.

Tulip Time Put on your clogs. Pella marks its annual Tulip Time festival in early May with a variety of Dutch-inspired events and food and thousands of pretty blooms. (641) 628-4311; pellahistorical.org

Tulip Time festival celebrates the city’s Dutch heritage with beautiful blooms.

Tulip Time festival celebrates the city’s Dutch heritage with beautiful blooms.

Where to eat

Jaarsma Bakery Try an almost-filled Dutch letters at this iconic pastry shop. (641) 628-2940; jaarsmabakery.com  

The Jaarsma Bakery is famous their delectable Dutch letters.

The Jaarsma Bakery is famous their delectable Dutch letters. 

Smokey Row Coffee House The coffee is strong, the quiche is homemade and the cheeseburger chowder is a favorite. (641) 621-0008; smokeyrow.com

Where to stay

Royal Amsterdam Hotel This European-style lodging in downtown overlooks a plaza, canal and windmill. From $99. (877) 954-8400; royalamsterdam.com

For information: Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau (888) 746-3882; pella.org

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