Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall Trip to Mason City, IA

Hey there! It's been quite a while since I've posted, mainly because we are still in the midst of relocation. I haven't shared much about the process because it would just be lots of whining about the stress, and I don't think anyone wants to hear that! On the bright side, I'm loving my new job; the people are great and I'm excited about the projects I'll be working on and I feel super lucky to have this gig! 
Stockman House Museum Mason City, IA
Randomly, I dug up these photos from our trip to Mason City, Iowa last October. I was going to share them, but then I blinked and it was Christmas! Have you heard of Mason City, Iowa? No? I hadn't either. Jesse and I like to do a weekend getaway every fall, somewhere with scenery and a nice hotel that's within driving distance. We've stayed at The Elms several times but I wanted to mix it up and try a new place. While searching for ideas, I came across Mason City, which is about five hours from Omaha and happens to be home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House Museum and the Park Inn Hotel, the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in existence. Who knew?!

We arrived in Mason City on Saturday afternoon and had just enough (perfect!) afternoon sunlight to explore East Park,  The ridiculously charming park was established in 1924 and boasts a beautifully restored band-shell, two playgrounds, a steam locomotive on display, and a meandering creek with ducks. can you believe those gorgeous trees? Our trip to the East Park alone was worth the drive!
East Park Mason City, IA

East Park Mason City, IA
East Park Mason City, IA
East Park Mason City, IA

East Park Mason City, IAAfter our visit to the park, we headed over to the Park Inn Hotel for dinner at the 1912 Grille. It's a fancy schmancy restaurant, but they didn't seem to mind that we had our three year old with us. Thankfully, he was on his best behavior and thoroughly enjoyed a flatbread pizza while Jesse and I treated ourselves to New York Strips and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Frank Lloyd Wright Park Inn Hotel Mason City, IA
We were fortunate to also spend the night in the hotel, which is absolutely amazing. It recently underwent a twenty million dollar renovation and it's absolutely beautiful. In true Frank Lloyd wright style, the Park Inn doesn't have a grand entrance. See the little door to the bottom left? It leads to the main lobby. with a simple front desk and low ceiling. The rest of the hotel is full of cozy rooms and lots of passages; it feels a bit maze-like, completely different from your standard modern hotel. Frank Lloyd Wright Park Inn Hotel Mason City, IA

Frank Lloyd Wright Park Inn Hotel Mason City, IA

Frank Lloyd Wright Park Inn Hotel Mason City, IA
On Sunday morning, we drove around admiring the The Prairie Style homes in the Rock Glen neighborhood. This gem was on the market when we visited, although I'm sure it's been scooped up by now! After drooling over the picturesque neighborhood, we stopped by the Stockman House Museum. Since it was a Sunday morning, the museum wasn't open and I was only able to snap photos of the outside. The house was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's "fireproof" designs and was commissioned by Dr. and Mrs. Stockman in 1908. The house was moved from its original location in 1989, then restored and turned into a museum.
Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House

Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House

Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House
I really wish we had stayed for a tour, but we were in a rush start back to Omaha. A five hour drive with a three year old requires lots of stops, snacks and patience. We had a wonderful time visiting Mason City and if you live within a few hours, I highly recommend visiting. The town was so quiet and charming and I'm sure we only saw a sliver of what it has to offer!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great trip! You just inspired me to look up Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the southeast. Slim pickings, but there is one that's open to the public in Alabama....we'll have to get over there one day!

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