Happy Sunday, everyone! I just finished walking the dogs, and now I’m sitting here with my coffee listening to the birds. I love that I can finally open the windows and feel the fresh air flowing in. Since I have some peace and quiet time, I thought it would be a great time to finishing writing part two of my trip home to Iowa. It means so much to me that you guys enjoyed getting a glimpse into my hometown and time with family. I hope you enjoy part two just as much because this time I’m taking you back to where I grew up and taking you with me during our gettogether at Grandma’s! If you haven’t watched the part two video, it’s now live on my channel 😊
Before leaving Des Moines and heading to my hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa, I had to stop and grab a cappuccino for the road. I had asked a lot of you where I should stop for coffee while in Des Moines, and almost everyone said “Horizon Line Coffee!” I can see why. I love seeing these types of coffee shops pop up in the Iowa area. It’s the perfect spot to warm up during the cold Iowa winters, and I know I’ll have to stop in again when I’m back.
I think one of the things I loved most about this place (other than the coffee) was the kindness. I’m so used to walking into a coffee shop, ordering, and just walking out. It wasn’t like that there. After ordering my drink, I was asked about my day and the plans that I had. He continued to ask where I was from and made more small talk with me. The effort of human interaction is something you don’t get often, but I was quickly reminded of how important it is during that moment. If you are ever in the Des Moines area, make sure to stop into this coffee shop. It’s a Des Moines gem 💎
I ordered an almond milk cappuccino for the drive home. It was rainy and adding a coffee drink to the drive home just set the fall mood. I am one of those crazy traditional people that gets giddy with the small things in life.
I was especially excited to break in my new sherpa! I knew I wouldn’t be able to wear this in the south, so I smashed it into my suitcase. I bought this sweater at a small boutique when I was in Savannah. I found a similar one on an online boutique if you’re looking for one!
After stopping for our cappuccinos, we took off! I had to crack into the snacks on the way, and these Whole Food’s pineapples were perfection.
We had some time to kill before checking into the hotel, so stopped at Courtside Bar and Grill for side salads and my brother’s favorite, corn nuggets. I remember eating these all the time back in the day. Those and the mini tacos are on point! I think some of you can relate with me on this. I use to always judge a restaurant on their ranch, and the Courtside has the BEST ranch!
After getting checked into the hotel, my mom and I headed downtown. We stopped at the high school and took some photos!
We HAD to stop at Graham’s for the famous crunch cones and caramel apples.
Grahams is one of the most famous spots in Ottumwa. In the summer, the line can stretch all the way around the building. They always have a flavor of the week that you have to order crunch-cone style. I used to love going in the fall because of the caramel apples. My mom and I always split one after a day of shopping.
Another famous spot is the Canteen. We were bummed they were closed, but we’ll stop back on our next trip. This location of the canteen has been in business for 82 years! They are famous for their loose meat burgers, and in 1929, they only cost ten cents! A piece of pie was only five cents.
We headed to my grandma’s house for dinner around five. Grandma’s house hasn’t changed one bit, and that’s what makes it feel like home.
We used to LOVE coming to grandmas house as kids.
My grandpa built this swing. THIS was my favorite part about coming to grandmas! It went around and around like a carnival ride. I wish I had a video to show you how fun it was!
T.C. had to bring over the famous Casey’s pizza! The best pizza in Iowa comes from a gas station 😂
I brought my leftover food from Whole Foods to eat up. After dinner, we headed over to my aunt’s new church she bought. She’s been wanting to start a shelter in our hometown for so long, and she’s finally making it happen. It was so neat to tour the church and hear all about the plans!
My brother and I had so much fun with all the pianos. You’ll definitely want to watch the videos 😂
I loved listening to Kyle play my grandpas piano 💜
We were in bed super early on Sunday night and so exhausted. You can see it in my face. 😂We all went downstairs to have breakfast and spend some time together before we headed back to Charlotte.
Of course, I HAD to stop at a coffee shop before making the trip back to Des Moines to catch our flight. I was so impressed with Hub coffee, and it’s amazing to see this place in Ottumwa. In fact, I’m drinking the roast I bought from them right now! I wish this place were around when I lived in Iowa!
I ordered an almond milk latte with two extra shots of espresso. IT WAS PERFECTION!
We headed to the airport around eleven. My brother had to catch a flight before us. We had another rainy drive, but it was still very pretty.
I loved the rainy weekend because it set the fall mood. After dropping y brother off at the airport, we stopped at Whole Foods so Kyle could pick up some meals at the hot bar and I had a cup of vegetable chili for lunch.
I spent my flight time reading my book, sipping on diet coke (treat yo self), and snacking on peanut butter cups! I had such an amazing weekend, and my heart was so full. Although, I was SO EXCITED to see my pups. 💜
Questions for you!
- How do you like to spend your time on flights?
- What is a staple food in your hometown?
- What was the last thing you ordered at a coffee shop?