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!

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....

8 Des Moines December Events You Should Make an Annual Tradition

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 3:00 PM

8 Des Moines December Events You Should Make an Annual Tradition Tradition: The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. There’s no time like the present to start a new holiday tradition! Whether you are wanting to get away with the family or spend a weekend with friends,...

How to Spend a Winter Weekend in Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 1:00 PM

How to Spend a Winter Weekend in Des Moines Day 1 Start the day with brunch at Guru BBQ – that’s right, we said brunch. Enjoy everything from a Breakfast Taco with house smoked chorizo and salsa to Crème Brulee French Toast.  This new downtown restaurant has been satisfying locals and visitors alike with their eclectic mix...

16 Can't-Miss November Events in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:00 PM by Addison Bratvold

16 Can't-Miss November Events in Des Moines It’s hard to believe it’s already November! The beautiful weather we’ve had makes it feel as though it should still be early fall. But holiday gatherings will soon be knocking at your door and Santa will be spotted across the metro in just a few weeks. We have four weekends to...

Sneak Peek: Goldfinch

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:00 PM by Jen Cross

Sneak Peek: Goldfinch Locals and visitors have been missing the tableside guacamole and homemade chips of the former Dos Rios this past year, but after a peek inside of Goldfinch , the new restaurant concept at 316 Court Avenue, the wait will be worth it. RELATED: Greater Des Moines Restaurants Walking up to Goldfinch, set to open November 10 th ,...