SW WI Beer and Cheese Tour - Day 4

On the 4th day of our vacation we packed up our tent and headed toward Decorah, Iowa. Along the way we stopped at Spook Cave. We've toured a lot of caves but this was the first one that we saw from a boat!



Some parts of the cave were so low that we practically had to lay down in the boat.



In Decorah we visited Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm where you can walk through the test gardens, explore the many miles of hiking trails (if they aren't under water) and, of course, buy seeds.



Seed Savers Exchange is dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. Their mission statement:

Our mission is to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

Without Seed Savers, certain varieties of fruits and vegetables may have gone extinct. Each year I grow different heirloom veggies in my garden. I love the variety and the unique-ness that comes with growing heirlooms.

Looking at all those veggie plants made us hungry so we stopped at Old Armory BBQ in downtown Decorah for lunch. 



I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with a side of garlicky green beans. The sandwich was loaded with so much meat that you almost had to eat it with a fork. And the beans - there must have been half a pound of beans in my basket and they were delicious! Each table had a collection of different BBQ sauces so you could add whatever you wanted to your sandwich.



Stuffed from lunch we found a few little hikes to do around Decorah and then we stopped at a fish hatchery. For $.25 I bought a handful of fish food and we fed the trout.



It was pretty disgusting how many fish were in the water!



Bald Eagles were nesting right next to the hatchery. Smart birds!

We stayed at an amazing bed and breakfast near Postville, IA which was just 20 min. southeast of Decorah. Donna and Dave have built two little guest houses on their farm down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Total tranquility. We stayed in the Guest Barn.



The Guest Barn used to be a full-sized barn that was going to be tore down so Donna and Dave took it apart and rebuilt this cabin using all of the old materials. 



Inside the silo is a spiral staircase that goes up to the sleeping loft.



I want to pick this little cabin up and plop it down on our farm and live in it! By far, the Guest Barn is the coolest place we have every stayed. 

SW WI Beer and Cheese Tour: Day 1 Day 2 | Day 3

Comments

fjord girl said…
Beautiful cottage you stayed in. That lunch looks amazing- garlicky green beans sound delish...I don't know about that cave/ boat ride- looks pretty spooky to me.
coffeeaddict said…
Wow, what amazing places you've been to. I really like the boat cave trip and the Seed Farm. The photos of all those poor fism made me start considering veganism :-(
Enjoy your vacation!

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