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!

Where to Get a Bloody Mary in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:00 PM

Where to Get a Bloody Mary in Des Moines If you are wondering where to get a Bloody Mary in Des Moines, you are in luck! Greater Des Moines has plenty of delicious bloody options! Whether you like them bottomless or hearty, there are 7 spots you should check out: Americana   •Some days you've got to #treatyoself after 9 miles +...

7 Reasons to Visit the Fourth & Court Hy-Vee

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:00 PM

7 Reasons to Visit the Fourth & Court Hy-Vee Donuts. Local beer. Sushi. These are just a few reasons visitors and locals are falling in love with the Hy-Vee on Fourth & Court in downtown Des Moines. Yes, the “grocerant” is a place to purchase the toothpaste you forgot, but once inside you will realize it’s so much more!...

Where to Get a Steak in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:00 PM

Where to Get a Steak in Greater Des Moines Sink your teeth into a juicy steak in Greater Des Moines. A city where top sirloins, filets and prime rib are found in cozy steakhouses and fine dining establishments. Taste why so many restaurants take their steak seasoning just as serious as their meat. Experience why Iowa beef is the main attraction on...

Des Moines Brewery IPAs

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:00 PM

Des Moines Brewery IPAs Kick your mass produced beer to the curb and savor a local IPA. A flagship brew of the craft beer industry, the India Pale Ale is known for its hops and bold flavor. No matter which  local brewery  you find, expect at least one IPA on the menu. With three main styles: American-Style IPA, English-Style IPA and...

Greater Des Moines Red Wine

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:00 PM

Greater Des Moines Red Wine Sip on something Iowa grown and Iowa made. With several local wineries spread throughout the metro, sample dozens of red wines on patios or in tasting rooms and vineyards. Whether you like it sweet or dry, a Greater Des Moines red wine is ready to be poured. RELATED:   Greater Des Moines Wineries Jasper Winery...

Where to Get a Burger in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:00 AM

Where to Get a Burger in Des Moines There’s a reason 71 percent of beef served in American restaurants is in the form of hamburgers. Nothing hits the spot quite like an Iowa beef patty, two buns and your favorite toppings. In Greater Des Moines, we know how to do burgers classic or daring. No matter how you like it, here are four spots to...

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...

Where to get BBQ in Greater Des Moines

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

Where to get BBQ in Greater Des Moines 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....

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:...