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Pella Trip Guide

Founded in 1847, this pretty town (population: 9,900) has a strong Dutch heritage.
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    Tulip Time festival celebrates the city’s Dutch heritage with beautiful blooms.
    Tulip Time festival
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    A craftsman carves wooden shoes that are worn by dancers during the Tulip Time Parade.
    A craftsman carves wooden shoes.
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    The Jaarsma Bakery is famous their delectable Dutch letters.
    The Jaarsma Bakery
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    Vermeer Windmill in Pella is the tallest working windmill in the nation.
    Vermeer Windmill

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. See reviews and ratings. (641) 628-2409; pellatuliptime.com

Tulip Time Put on your clogs. Pella marks the 78th anniversary of its Tulip Time festival with a variety of Dutch-inspired events and food and thousands of pretty blooms May 2–4, 2013. Free. (641) 628-4311; pellatuliptime.com

Where to eat

Jaarsma Bakery Don’t miss the almond-paste-filled Dutch letters at this iconic pastry shop. See reviews and ratings. (641) 628-2940; jaarsmabakery.com  

Where to stay

Royal Amsterdam Hotel This European-style lodging in downtown overlooks a small plaza and canal. From $79. See reviews and ratings. (877) 954-8400; royalamsterdam.com

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