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!

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 Visitors Flock to Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines

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

Why Visitors 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 ,...

Catch a Haunted House in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016 12:30 PM by Allen Huffman

Catch a Haunted House in Des Moines The Des Moines haunted house market has shrunk a bit over the past few years. Gone is the long-running White Water University Ultimate Haunted House. The Ankeny Haunted Barn is taking a break this season after seven years of screams. While there are rumors of the return of The Slaughterhouse in 2017, it...

11 Can't Miss Halloween Events in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:29 PM by Addison Bratvold

11 Can’t Miss Halloween Events in Des Moines Ahhh October. A month filled with football, fall weather and Halloween events. Let’s not forget Des Moines trick or treating. This year, October brings new events, annual celebrations, and plenty of ways to get your dose of ghosts, pumpkins and candy. Catch these 11 ways to celebrate...

Top 5 Greater Des Moines Golf Courses

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:16 PM by Lauren Steenhoek

Top 5 Greater Des Moines Golf Courses Calling all golfers - the challenge seekers that keep showing up on the course whether it’s 99 degrees or a cool, breezy afternoon. There are plenty of local spots to satisfy your golf itch. I have my top 5 favorite public courses for you to catch: 5. Waveland Golf Course Anyone who says Iowa is flat has...

Fall Bucket List | Greater Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:25 PM by Jen Cross

Fall Bucket List | Greater Des Moines Finally , it’s here. The season every one enjoys. Gone are the bikinis, swim trunks and diets of summer and back are the scarves, flannels, boots and jeans. Pumpkin EVERYTHING hits the shelves and stores, leaves start falling and, let’s be honest, you’ve probably already ordered your first...