Ever since we left Mount Rushmore, we have been cruising around the Midwest states. Our first state to venture through was Iowa. Unfortunately, we were on our way to Omaha, Nebraska so we didn’t have much time for this little state. So, what do you do when you only have a few hours to spend in an unknown state? Look for a sweet treat.

LeMars, Iowa- the Ice Cream Capital of the World

We took a picturesque country backroads drive on I-75 to get there and were pleasantly surprised at the cute little town of LeMars! The sad part about the drive was passing through Minnesota for a short amount of time and knowing that our old Woodbury home and friends were just a few hours north of us and we weren’t able to go see any of them.


LeMars is the home of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, so we visited their flagship store and we weren’t disappointed!



We shopped a bit along the cute main street before heading into one of the coziest, inspiring coffee shops I’ve ever been in- Habitué! Everyone in this coffee shop was so friendly. I felt right at home. It made me wish I had more time to just sit and relax before we had to hit the road.

Who knew that when I struck up a conversation with a cute lady sitting in a booth there, that she was the owner of Habitue, Cheryl Wells. Who knew that her husband is part of the Wells Family that owns Blue Bunny as well! I loved the simple, small-town feel and energy in LeMars and I would love to come back one day and enjoy a latte with Cheryl and her friends!


You know you’re in Iowa when……



You can buy freshly picked corn on the cheap out of a truck alongside the road!


Outside the bathrooms at Blue Bunny are reminders that things aren’t always so calm in Iowa!



2 replies
  1. Melissa schimmel
    Melissa schimmel says:

    Just came across this on FB…. Took me by surprise because it’s a photo I have taken many times of my boys in front of blue bunny. My grandparents lived near le mars growing up and it was always a special treat growing up to go into town and go to all the stores. My grandmother always made sure the first stop when I came to visit with my boys was the blue bunny shop. She passed away this past June. The boys and I returned to Iowa in July for out annual trip to lake okoboji (a nice break from the AZ heat), and the boys insisted we stop at blue bunny first thing. Not quite the same without grandma there, but nonetheless a place that will hold a special place in our hearts. You chose a good place to visit in Iowa 🙂

    • admin
      admin says:

      What a special place this is. I’m so glad that you wrote about your Grandma and your time there! Thanks for reaching out! Amy


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