Leisure and Travel Blog

Catch a Des Moines insider perspective. Find tips on where to eat, drink and spend your time. Looking for best kept secrets and hidden gems? Let us point you in the right direction. From the top five Des Moines burgers to family friendly activities, hear what locals rave about. Whether you want to shop, dine or just have fun, this Greater Des Moines blog will help you experience the city like a local and catch all Des Moines has to offer!

8 Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:00 PM

8 Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Greater Des Moines 4 th of July is a great time to get out and experience what the metro can offer. Here’s a quick list of eight things to do this 4 th of July in Greater Des Moines. 26th Good Guys Heartland Nationals Browse hundreds of hot rods and muscle cars at the Iowa State Fairgrounds . Good Guys...

Des Moines BBQ

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:00 AM

Des Moines BBQ Wake up and smell the BBQ. In Greater Des Moines we smoke our meat for hours, make our own rubs and sauces and as a result deliver award-winning BBQ to hungry locals and visitors. Whether you like it piled high on a plate or squeezed between a bun, it’s easy to get your BBQ fix in Greater Des Moines. Jethro’s With six...

Where to get a Milkshake in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:00 AM

Where to get a Milkshake in Des Moines Who doesn’t love a good milkshake? In Greater Des Moines you can satisfy your sweet tooth at local ice cream shops, burger joints, and diners. Whether you like your shake simple or loaded with extras, our city serves up milkshakes that are difficult to pass by. Big City Burgers and Greens Located in the...

7 Tasty April Food Events in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:00 PM

7 Tasty April Food Events in Greater Des Moines April showers bring May flowers. April events in Greater Des Moines bring donuts, bagels, cheese and more! Whether you are looking to expand your culinary skills or just enjoy delicious food, check out this short list of April events and festivals where it will be impossible to go home hungry:...
12 Events Happening in Greater Des Moines St. Patrick’s Day Weekend St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Des Moines is almost here! Whether you are looking to enjoy the traditional St. Patrick’s Day activities or just want to enjoy a long weekend, Greater Des Moines has a long list of events happening March 16-19. Put on your green (or...

A Date Night at Le Jardin

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 1:00 PM by Addison Bratvold

A Date Night at Le Jardin Nestled in the Beaverdale neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Des Moines is a French bistro that delivers delicious food and a cozy, casual ambiance. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Le Jardin is the perfect spot for a date night or brunch with a few friends. Open Thursday – Sunday, Le Jardin...

7 Reasons to Visit Des Moines in 2017

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 5:00 PM

7 Reasons to Visit Des Moines in 2017 We could talk all day about the reasons you should visit Greater Des Moines. It’s what we do! We could tell you that restaurants such as Table 128 , Proof, Alba , Django , Eatery A , and Aposto will knock your socks off. Not just for the fabulous food prepared by their James Beard nominated chefs , but...

7 Can't Miss Family-Friendly January Events

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 3:00 PM

7 Can’t Miss Family-Friendly January Events January in Des Moines might be cold but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy everything the city has to offer! Winter is a great time to bring the entire family for a weekend getaway enjoying indoor attractions, outdoor ice skating, and delicious food. Here’s a quick list of 7...

5 Reasons You NEED to Attend the 2017 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:00 PM

5 reasons you NEED to attend the 2017 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival On February 18, 2017 bacon lovers from across the world will travel to Des Moines for the 10 th anniversary of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Voted the Top Food Festival in Iowa by National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine, this annual event celebrates all things bacon. Picture...

Why People Flock to Fong’s Pizza

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:00 AM

Why People Flock to Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines Fong’s Pizza in Greater Des Moines. Locals love it and visitors flock to it. They serve up delicious food, fun drinks and a unique atmosphere that has people from all over posting their love for it online. Fong’s Pizza is an Asian influenced pizza joint with a dive bar feel....