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!

14 Reasons to Attend the 14th Annual Des Moines' Oktoberfest

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:00 AM

14 Reasons to Attend the 14th Annual Des Moines' Oktoberfest Des Moines Oktoberfest returns in the heart of downtown Des Moines on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 from 3 p.m. - 1 a.m. both evenings. If you’ve never been before, or are an Oktoberfest regular, see what the festival has in store for 2017.  1. The...

It's Pumpkin Patch Time! Catch Fall Fun at Geisler Farms

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 PM by Jannae Lane

It's Pumpkin Patch Time!! Catch Fall Fun at Geisler Farms Fall is here which means my family is planning our annual trip to a local pumpkin patch. I’m not sure who looks forward to this day more…the kids or me! You can’t beat a day wandering the pumpkin patch with a scarf wrapped around your neck and camera in hand to...

Fall Bucket List | Things to Do this Fall in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 PM

Fall Bucket List | Things to Do this Fall in 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...

Why People Flock to Fong’s Pizza

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 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....

11 New Reasons to Catch the Iowa State Fair

Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:00 PM

11 New Reasons to Catch the Iowa State Fair Content courtesy of the Iowa State Fair.  1. Nothing Compares To State Fair Thrills Iowa State Thrill Parks: THRILL VILLE, THRILL TOWN and THRILL ZONE officially open in 2017. From state-of-the-art reloadable digital wristbands to super spectacular rides, join the fun in 2017 with the new THRILL...

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...