Take a break from routine and enjoy a relaxing “staycation” in Greater Des Moines. Explore the city like never before with beautiful hotels, culinary experiences, and fun activities to keep you entertained. Download the Brew Moines app to enjoy great deals at craft breweries, pack your bag and get ready to rediscover the city you know and love.

Friday Evening 

Head downtown for a craft brew and dinner at Exile Brewing Company. Grab a pint of their Beatnick Sour, indulge with a plate of Exile Truffle Fries, and chow down on the Dante’s Inferno burger. Remember to check into this brewery on your Brew Moines app to take advantage of special deals and discounts!

Treat yourself and check into the Des Lux Hotel. Here you’ll experience luxury amenities where many rooms offer whirlpools and a cozy fireplace. Toast the day by sipping on a nightcap in the Des Lux bar, one Des Moines’ best kept secrets, with a chill vibe and an eclectic motif.

Saturday Morning 

Wake up with an Australian-style breakfast at St. Kilda – a new Des Moines hot spot. Here you’ll enjoy classics like yogurt and granola, or you can tap into your inner millennial and much on an excellent avocado toast. Take a peek at their selection of breakfast sandwiches, all made with an Australian twist you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere this side of the equator.  

Saturday Afternoon 

Shop until you drop in the Historic East Village. Walk around this beautiful neighborhood and find the perfect gift from Domestica or Raygun. Or, if fancy snacks are more your version of shopping, check out Purveyor for fine meats and cheeses or DreiBerge for a rich latte.

After a few hours of shopping, take a break with a fruity cocktail that is sure to send you to a tropical paradise. Bellhop Tiki Bar offers a tiki-twist on poolside classics with their Mai Tai, PainKiller, and Jungle Bird cocktails.

Saturday Evening 

Just a few blocks away, make dinner plans at The Iowa Taproom. This industrial brewery is known for over 100 locally-sourced craft brews on tap all dispensed from a grain bin – the centerpiece of the restaurant. Enjoy a flight of Iowa craft brews and share a plate of the famous Taproom Poppers and Bulgogi Tacos, and don’t forget to check in on the Brew Moines app! 

For the best way to end your day, rest your head at Hotel Fort Des Moines. This local treasure was recently renovated for a modern update for the historic building, full of old glitz and glam and with plenty of contemporary amenities. 

Sunday Morning 

Reserve your spot at Americana’s Bombshell Brunch Buffet. With over 40 items on a delectable spread, the buffet features breakfast classics alongside comfort food favorites, including a grilled cheese station and bottomless mimosa and bloody mary bar. We guarantee you won’t be leaving hungry! 

Sunday Afternoon 

Try your hand at cornhole, foosball, arcade games, and so much more. Billed as “Iowa’s Largest patio,” Smash Park brings summer fun all year round with outdoor yard games, several pickleball courts, cocktails and social bowls, and plenty of contests to keep you entertained.