If you are interested in a day trip, DeWitt, IA, is a good destination less than an hour away. My friend, Abby, and I decided to take a drive to DeWitt, Iowa, which is 30 minutes north of Davenport on Route 61. DeWitt has a population a little over 5,000 and offers interesting shopping, restaurant and museum options at a leisurely pace.
DeWitt is the home town of regionalist artist, John Bloom, who was married to artist, Isabel Bloom. Both John and Isabel were contemporaries of artist, Grant Wood.
When we arrived in DeWitt, Abby and I headed for the newer antique mall, Emma Rae’s Antiques & Uniques, located on the main street, 6th Avenue. We discovered that the mall has an array of items from local wines, local honey, antiques, vintage items as well as gift items. The staff were friendly and we enjoyed our treasure seeking stop.
From the antique mall we walked north on 6th Avenue to Meant To Be, an unusual gift shop where they offer you a wonderful chocolate mint and coffee when you arrive in the store. If you like primitive household decorative items, this shop is “meant to be” for you.
Inside Meant to Be in the back of the store is a small retro diner style restaurant and coffee shop called Blondies. Blondies features daily specials and baked goods as well as coffee drinks in a cozy atmosphere. We bought coffee and a baked good and continued north up the street.
The next place that we visited was the German Hausbarn Museum. The house museum is in a beautiful town park, Lincoln Park, and originated in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. “The house was built in 1727. In 2007, it was dismantled and brought to DeWitt where it was reassembled in 2008 with the help of community volunteers.” There is a self-guided video tour in the house that is both interesting and well produced.
From the German Hausbarn, we crossed the street and walked to the Garden Cafe at The Crossroads Inspired Living shop for a delicious lunch of sandwiches on homemade bread and homemade soup with homemade desserts. The cafe is located on the lower level of the gift shop which has a wonderful baby gift area and home and wearable accessories areas. This cafe is quiet and beautifully designed for lunch and conversation with shopping throughout.
On our way out of town, we noticed the Central Community Historical Museum which “offers numerous permanent and rotating displays of history of the area.” We plan to stop in on our next trip to DeWitt, Iowa.
Other places of interest include:
Central Performing Arts Center which is a state-of-the-art center with seating for 800. Plays, musicals, concerts, and other events can be hosted in this setting.
The Operahouse Theatre, an 1878 theatre which is open year-round for movies, live entertainment and travelogues.
TYCOGO Vineyard & Winery is a newer attraction which offers a wide selection of local wines and hosts events just north of DeWitt on Highway 61.
Emma Rae’s Antiques & Uniques
714 6th Ave, DeWitt, IA 52742
Blondies Coffee Out Back behind Meant To Be
810 6th Ave, Suite A, DeWitt, IA 52742
German Hausbarn Museum
1010 6th Ave, DeWitt, IA 52742
The Garden Cafe at The Crossroads Inspired Living
602 10th St, DeWitt, IA 52742
Central Community Historical Museum
628 6th Ave, DeWitt, IA 52742
Central Performing Arts Center
519 East 11th St, DeWitt, IA 52742
The Operahouse Theatre
716 6th Ave, DeWitt, IA 52742
TYCOGA Vineyard & Winery
2585 195 St, DeWitt, IA 52742