Hotel Review: Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE


Work had me on the run recently for a client meeting in Lincoln, NE.  When I go to Lincoln my preferred route is to take Hwy 2 out of Iowa and through Waubonsie State Park in Hamburg, IA.  Waubonsie is beautiful year round and is a perfect spot for families to enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, […]

Venue Review – Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, IA


Recently I attended the American Society of Landscape Architects Iowa Chapter Awards Gala and Fall Conference hosted at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veterans Memorial. So here is how it all came together……. THE FACTS Versatile and vibrant is what you will find at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. As […]

Hotel Review: Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, IA


I recently hosted a client event at Stoney Creek in Johnston, Iowa.  I go to Stoney Creek a lot since it is in Des Moines and so convenient for bringing clients in from across the Midwest. So here is how this last event went and how it has always gone for me at Stoney Creek……. […]

Restaurant Review: M’s Pub Old Market Omaha, NE


Ok so I’ve told you before that in my line of work it is essential for me to know of great places to take clients.  Recently I traveled over to Omaha to do some site tours of hotels and casinos for some clients who want to host a conference over there.  Growing up, if my […]

Hotel Review: hotelVetro and Sheraton Iowa City, IA


Ok so work had me on the road again recently.  This trip had me hosting a client event in Iowa City at the hotelVetro and Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.  So here is how it all came together……. THE FACTS Elegant.  Sophisticated. Contemporary.  Those are the words that describe the hotelVetro.  If your mind is already […]

Resort Review: Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN


This week I was out of town hosting a conference.  While waiting around for things to start I struck up a conversation with one of my favorite clients.  We chatted about it being the end of summer.  I had come to learn a long time ago that he and his wife have a vacation home […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Julien Dubuque in Dubuque, IA


A while back I hosted a client at the Hotel Julien Dubuque in Dubuque, IA.  True for me I will not take a client somewhere unless I have stayed there, eaten there or at least been there myself first.  This event had been in the works for some time prior to arrival date so I had […]

Restaurant Review: Trostel’s Greenbriar in Des Moines, IA


In the work I do it is essential for me to know about great restaurants as I am frequently hosting one-on-one and group meetings for a business lunch.  I have a list of places I like to take clients who are coming in from across Iowa and meeting in Des Moines.  These are places I […]

Restaurant Review: La Chiesa in Spencer, IA

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So on our roundabout trip through Okoboji, Spencer and Wall Lake, Iowa my mother wielded her iPhone and took on the challenge of finding us a great place to eat.  (Click here to read the details of our trip which features a stop at the Grotto of the Redemption). THE FACTS La Chiesa (Italian for […]

Restaurant Review: The AMERICANA in Des Moines, IA


My boys are all about getting their protein.  So oftentimes when we go out casually for fun as a family it involves burgers.  Jake actually recommended this restaurant to us. He had been there with friends and had a sandwich with chicken livers on it (my kids have unique taste buds!).  He thought the sandwich […]