Come to Adair County to experience Iowa’s Garden County, where every site you visit boasts the beauty and bounty of rural Iowa. Begin your visit with the Wallace Centers of Iowa Country Life Center, where Henry A. Wallace’s birthplace showcases his passion for quality and innovative farm production, with beautiful landscaping amid acres of edible vegetation and restored prairie ¬with original outdoor sculptures.
Fishing and Hunting Paradise
Fish Lake Greenfield or Mormon Trail Lake, camp at Lake Orient, or hike the trails of the Sidey Nature Area. Adair County is known for pheasant hunting, and the deer population is prolific. And don’t forget to bring your golf clubs. Greenfield Golf & Country Club and 5×80 Golf & Country Club are both known for their beautiful, challenging courses.
Good Eats Abound
If it’s good food you’re after, stop by the Bridgewater Café. It’s owned by a group of local citizens, and the food is full-on home cooked goodness.
There’s Mexican food at Los Altos, Greek food at The Olive Branch, and the Kramer’s Café in Orient and Tiger Drive-In in Greenfield vie for the best fried chicken around.
The Best Burger in Iowa can be found at Chuckwagon Restaurant in Adair, according to the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association annual contest.
Winner of Travel Iowa’s Best Pizza Slice in Iowa award is Zipp’s Pizzaria in Adair, where the sausage is made fresh in-house and you can build your own pizza or choose from more than 20 specialty pies.
Wreckers or Checkers Bar in Fontanelle boasts the coldest beer in Southwest Iowa.
Fill Your Shopping Bag
More edible goodies can be found at Long’s Market. It’s only one of the unique shop-ping experiences you will find in the Greenfield Public Square Historic District. Antiques, gifts, jewelry, flowers – it’s all there in fun places to browse and buy.
Ed & Eva’s features the original creations of more than 100 Iowa artists. The store occupies ground-level space in the Warren Cultural Center, next door to the Lobby Gallery with rotating exhibits of local inter-est and original art. Upstairs in the historic opera house, is a performance venue and event center that showcases an active schedule of national, regional and local entertainment.
While in town, relax in the luxury of the many salons, see a movie at the Grand Theatre or take in the alleys at Greenfield Bowl. Have a latte or an ice cream at The Corner Coffee Shop, and pause for remembrance at the Adair County Veteran’s Memorial in the Adair County Courthouse Courtyard.
Settle In for the Night
Book a room at the award-winning Historic Hotel Greenfield, where you can put your feet up and have a glass of wine on the patio or by the piano in the lounge. This boutique hotel offers modern amenities in historical ambiance, including a full-service bar and personal touches that will make you feel at home.
Adair County also provides more traditional motorist lodging in Stuart and Adair, and a range of Bed & Breakfasts throughout the area. For a truly unique experience, book the Guest Suite in the Warren Cultural Center with its bedroom turret window over-looking the Greenfield Square.
Love Those Machines
The Schildberg Car Collection is on display just off the Greenfield Square, or hit Greenfield or Stuart on a summer Saturday night for a Scoop the Loop event.
For racing action, head to the Stuart International Speedway. While there, take time to visit the Saints Center for Culture and the Arts that showcases the Byzantine architecture of the former church.
The Iowa Aviation Museum and Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame are located at the Greenfield Airport, offering a window to the glory days of aviation history. Visitors to Adair County can fly in anytime if they prefer that to driving.
Don’t Forget the Roadside Attractions
Adair County is home to the original Freedom Rock® painted each year by artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II as homage to vet-erans in honor of their service to our country, and the Jesse James Historical Site marks the location of the famous outlaw’s first train robbery near Adair.
All this and more is nestled in the peace and tranquility of the beautiful Iowa countryside. It’s a place to explore and renew. Come to Adair County. You’ll Grow Here.
Places to Stay
America’s Best Value Inn
I-80 Exit 93, Stuart | 515-523-2888 | www.abvi.com
American Lodge & Suites
I-80 Exit 93, Stuart | 1-800-634-3444 | www.americinn.com
I-80 Exit 76, Adair | 641-742-5552
110 East Iowa Street | 641-343-7323 | hotelgreenfield.wixsite.com/mysite
Stuart Motor Lodge
I- 80 Exit 93, Stuart | 515- 523-1935
Super 8 Motel
I-80 Exit 76, Adair | 641-742-5251 | www.super8.com