Iowa River Landing News

RAGBRAI Coralville News and Updates

Coralville and the Iowa River Landing are excited to host RAGBRAI July 24th 2015, the final night of the event. Planning is underway, and our wonderful community is working hard to ensure our visitors will be treated to an awesome stay!

Details are still emerging, but here’s a breakdown of the information we have so far:


Cue the paparrazi! The glitz and glamour of Hollywood will be front and center with this year’s theme “Ride the Red Carpet.” Members of the RAGBRAI Hospitality committee will be hard at work transforming Coralville’s celebration into an ode to Tinseltown.




Cheap Trick presented by Two Rivers Bank and Trust is scheduled to perform in the Iowa River Landing on July 24th. Tickets for the concert will be $10 for the general public, and anyone wearing the official RAGBRAI wristband can enter for free. More ticket information will be available early April.


Volunteer Information

Over 500 volunteers will be needed to make this year’s RAGBRAI a success. More detailed volunteer opportunities and information will be available when the website becomes live in April. There are several committees to choose from, including:

  • Beverage Garden
  • Campgrounds
  • Communications (day of)
  • Electrical
  • Entertainment & Special Events
  • Food & non-food vendors
  • Hospitality
  • Housing
  • Information Center
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medical
  • Publicity
  • Public Safety
  • Ride Right
  • Shower, sanitation & recycling
  • Sponsorship
  • Transportation
  • Volunteers
  • Website & Social Media

More Information

The official RAGBRAI Coralville website will be live in April. Until then, be sure to follow RABRAI Coralville on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest news and information.


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Drury Inn Coming Soon to the Iowa River Landing

The Iowa River Landing is pleased to announce the latest addition to this exciting retail, dining, and hospitality district. Drury Inn, a Missouri-based hotel chain, is planning to open a new location in the Iowa River Landing. The Drury Inn in the Iowa River Landing will feature 180 guest rooms as well as ample meeting space. Drury Inns are well known for their value-based service. Guests of the hotel will enjoy several complimentary amenities including breakfast, wi-fi, and hot food and cold beverages at the 5:30 Kickback®.

“The Iowa River Landing was a natural fit for us due to its convenient location and many amenities including the proximity of the UIHC clinic and surrounding businesses,” said John Dirnberger, Director of Development at Drury Development Corporation. “We are excited to serve the residents and visitors of this growing part of Coralville.”

Be sure to check our website for more information as this project takes shape.



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Celebrate Your Valentine in the Iowa River Landing

Love is in the air, and the Iowa River Landing has everything you need to sweep your loved one off their feet this Valentine’s Day! You and your sweetheart will enjoy all of the amenities the Iowa River Landing has to offer. From champagne and strawberries in your hotel room, to wine, chocolate, couples spa treatments, fine dining and shopping, the River Landing is the perfect choice for a romantic weekend getaway.

Romantic Lodging


Couples who book a room with the Marriott Hotel’s Experiences Love promotion will enjoy a complimentary breakfast for two at Edgewater Grille as well as champagne and strawberries in their room the first night of their stay. With its beautiful artwork, easy access to walking trails, and fine dining, the Marriott is the perfect “home base” for a romantic weekend getaway.

Wine and Treats for Two


Nothing says Valentine’s Day like wine and chocolate. The experts at WineStyles Iowa River Landing can help you select perfect pairings that will tantalize your taste buds. Spend the evening sampling different varietals and sharing small-plate treats with your sweetie. And if you and your partner can’t decide which bottles to take home, don’t worry—you can take advantage of WineStyles 6 bottles for $60 special or 5 bottles for $75.

Relax and Rejuvenate Together


Are you or your loved one in need of some pampering? The relaxation specialists at Massage Heights Iowa River Landing have just what you need. When you purchase a $75.00 gift card you’ll receive a complimentary hot stone therapy session, cold stone – hot towel face massage or reviving foot scrub. Or, choose a couples massage as a way to relax and rejuvenate together.

His and Her Shopping

Von Maur Iowa River Landing | Coralville, IowaTreat yourselves to some retail therapy at Von Maur, your one-stop shop for beautiful his and her gifts. After you’ve selected the perfect item, be sure to stop by customer service and add the finishing touch with complimentary giftwrap.

Fine Dining


The Iowa River Landing features both casual and fine dining establishments for couples to enjoy. The trendy and comfortable vibe at 30 Hop makes it a go-to dining destination for visitors of the Landing. Sushi lovers won’t want to miss Konomi Grill, and if you’re in the mood for beer and pizza Backpocket Brewing has just what you’re looking for.

All of this and more awaits you and your special someone in the Iowa River Landing. And when you do visit for your romantic getaway, be sure to share your photos on Instagram and Twitter using #IowaRiverLanding.

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Coralville Welcomes RAGBRAI to the Iowa River Landing


The Coralville RAGBRAI organizing committee welcomes RAGBRAI for an overnight stop on Friday, July 25, 2015.  The 2015 stop will be the fifth time the community has hosted this event. In 2011 the Coralville stop generated $23,895 in proceeds benefitting the Coralville Center for Performing Arts, the Coralville Community Fund, and the participating schools; Central, Kirkwood, and Northwest Junior High.

Committees and committee volunteers will be organized and gathered together in the next few weeks and anyone interested in learning more about the 2015 Coralville RAGBRAI efforts may come to the meeting at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 5 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street. This meeting will be the time and place where anyone interested can learn the entertainment, housing, food, planning, and other aspects of the event, or an opportunity to volunteer.

Plans are to develop a website to house everything about RAGBRAI in Coralville but until then, please follow Coralville RAGBRAI on Twitter and Facebook.

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Share Your #AfterBrrrFest Photos and Win!

BrrrFest Iowa River Landing Glasses  | Coralville, IowaLooking for something fun to do after BrrrFest? Several Iowa River Landing businesses are offering featured items for post-BrrrFest patrons.

And be sure to share your #AfterBrrrFest photos from around Iowa River Landing on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using our hashtag. The person with the most creative photo will win a prize pack which includes a one-night stay at Homewood Suites, a gift bag from Von Maur, and pizza and sample trays for two from Backpocket Brewing.

The #AfterBrrrFest featured items list includes:

Massage Heights

BrrrFest attendees who visit Massage Heights and show their ticket stub can book an appointment for a $39.99 60 minute massage or a $49.99 60 minute facial.


Get a free pint with your purchase of a 30hop T-Shirt ($15). Supplies limited. (Saturday only)


2 day BrrrFest Blowout Sale, Friday and Saturday: 10% all Beer Sales (15% off for Beer Club members) and $2 off all Beer Draws

Backpocket Brewing

Come and enjoy Pork and Beef Sliders and a Beer Release – BrrrFest “The Beer,” a Backpocket/Big Grove collaboration.

Waterstreet Coffee Bar

Featured Item: V-60 Pour-Over. You select the roast, they freshly grind the beans and attentively make a fresh cup of coffee.  Customers can choose from a number of organic coffees from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters and Counter Culture.

Scratch Cupcakery

$22/dozen deal (buy 11 cupcakes, get the 12th free) 

True Style Boutique

Store-wide discount will be whatever the predicted high temperature is for that day according to Sale ends Sunday January 25.

Coralville Marriott

A few rooms remain at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center for BrrrFest both Friday and Saturday nights. Take advantage of the $99 BrrrFest “Take the Elevator Home” rate (based upon availability) when you show your ticket! Stop by the front desk or call the hotel for reservations 319.688.4000.

Edgewater Grille

Edgewater Grille at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center will be offering “The Iowan” this Saturday at the event and in the restaurant. This $6 sandwich is a must-try with pulled BBQ pork, bacon, and Maytag Blue Cheese all served on brioche.

You won’t want to miss these featured items, so be sure to visit as many of these establishments and use hashtag #AfterBrrrFest with your photos for a chance to win!

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Winter Fun in the Iowa River Landing

Winter weather has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors until spring. The Iowa River Landing is here to help you beat the winter blahs with a fun-filled weekend in January featuring BrrrFest January 24th and WinterFest on January 25th.

Coralville BrrrFest

BrrrFest in Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

Coralville BrrrFest | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, IowaBrrrFest will be held in the Coralville Marriott exhibit hall on Saturday, January 24th from 1-4 PM. (Brewmaster events begin at noon.) BrrrFest celebrates the beers of winter, specializing in brews from Iowa and around the Midwest. Beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample and purchase new beers including limited release brews that aren’t readily available. Proceeds from BrrrFest go toward Coralville’s 4thFest celebration as well as the Iowa Brewer’s Guild.

UPDATE:  As of 1-20-15, tickets for Coralville BrrrFest 2015 are SOLD OUT at all locations and online. BUT – You can still enjoy these great offers from Iowa River Landing businesses the day of:

Coralville WinterFest

WinterFest in Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

The fun will continue with WinterFest on January 25th. Also held in the Marriott exhibit hall, these free, family-friendly activities run from 1-4 PM. The line-up of activities for this year include:

thumbnail-1-Horse drawn carriage and trolley rides

-An indoor “snowball” fight

-Hands-on crafts and activities

-Professional ice sculpting

-Cupcake decorating station featuring Scratch cupcakes

-Police and fire equipment

-Balloon creations

-Face Painting

-Silent Auction

-Model Railroad

-Root beer tasting

-Live entertainment

-Door prizes

-A caricature artist

And much more!

Tickets for BrrrFest are available to purchase on the City of Coralville’s website. You can stay up-to-date on all of the WinterFest activities by following the event’s Facebook page.

And as always, be sure to share your photos using #iowariverlanding.

Here’s to a weekend of frosty fun in the Iowa River Landing!


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Happy New Year from The Iowa River Landing!

Happy New Year from the Iowa River Landing! We’re excited about the changes and growth the Landing experienced in 2014, and are looking forward to what’s in store for 2015.

Here are some highlights from our big year in the Iowa River Landing:

Massage Heights Grand Opening

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After a soft opening in December 2013, Massage Heights celebrated the grand opening of the franchise’s 100th retreat in the Iowa River Landing in January 2014. Since then, Massage Heights has become a go-to destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. As the first anniversary of their grand opening approaches, Massage Heights will be expanding their service menu to include facial peels and 90-minute facials.

30 Hop 

30 Hop

Opening in the summer of 2014, 30 Hop is an exciting addition to the restaurant scene in the Iowa River Landing. Featuring a rooftop patio, contemporary ambiance, a delicious menu and expansive beer selection, 30 Hop continues to be a popular attraction in the Iowa River Landing.



WineStyles Opens


WineStyles Tasting Station opened in the fall 2014. In addition to hundreds of hand-selected wines and craft beer, WineStyles features a large selection of unique merchandise you won’t find at an ordinary retail store. Shoppers can choose from a variety of gift baskets, delicious chocolates, gourmet food, and specialty items. Looking ahead to 2015, WineStyles is excited to continue to offer public tastings and special events for wine and beer enthusiasts in the area.

True Style and Brides By Jessa Open

It was a big year for fashion in the Iowa River Landing with the opening of True Style boutique and Brides By Jessa.

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True Style specializes in affordable, on-trend casual clothing and accessories for women. You’ll find  brands such as Free People, Big Star, and Lucky on the shelves at True Style as well as beautiful accessories created right here in Iowa.

Brides by Jessa | Iowa River Landing | Coralville, Iowa

Brides By Jessa has everything a bride needs to feel beautiful on her big day. The shop opened in late December 2014 and offers a wide selection of bridal and special occasion gowns, shoes, jewelry and accessories.



The Iowa River Landing was also the host of many events in 2014. Thousands of people visited the Landing for AnimeIowa, FRYFest, Border Hop, Oktoberfest, the Aisle of Lights Holiday Open House and more. 2015 will be just as busy for the Landing beginning in January. The Marriott will host the upcoming Iowa Wedding Expo as well as BrrrFest and WinterFest.

As we move into 2015, be sure to check back for the latest news and events happening in the Iowa River Landing. You can also stay updated by following the Iowa River Landing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And be sure to share your Iowa River Landing experiences using #iowariverlanding.

Here’s to a wonderful 2014, and we look forward to more growth and excitement in 2015!









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Merry and Bright: Holiday Open House 2014


Join the businesses in the Iowa River Landing in celebrating the magic of the season! On December 14 from 3-5 PM, several establishments in the Landing will be offering holiday-themed activities and specials in conjunction with Coralville’s annual Aisle of Lights celebration. Visitors will enjoy all of the trappings of the holidays, including cookies, cocoa, carols, and a visit from Santa. The events in the Landing will conclude with the tree lighting at Backpocket Brewing.

Be sure to visit these establishments for special holiday events:

Von Maur: Complimentary 5×7 photos with Santa

Scratch Cupcakery: Holiday-themed cupcakes

Waterstreet Coffee: Coffee and cocoa specials

Homewood Suites: Stories with Mrs. Santa Claus, hot cocoa

Massage Heights: Visitors between the hours of 3-5 are eligible for a drawing for a free massage and facial

Marriott Hotel and Conference Center: Cookie decorating, make your own hot cocoa, complimentary treat bags

30 Hop: From now until Christmas, guests will receive 1/2 off their first Lagunitas Brewing Company purchase when they donate a winter wear item.

True Style: Store-wide holiday sale

WineStyles: 6 for $60 on select bottles of wine

Backpocket Brewing: Donate an item to Toys for Tots and receive a FREE beer, brewery tours

After the tree lighting, the fun and festivities will continue throughout Coralville as the streets are transformed by the glow of thousands of twinkling luminaries. The Aisle of Lights a magical holiday tradition you won’t want to miss!

To learn more about Coralville’s Aisle of Lights celebration and events, visit the city of Coralville’s website.

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You’re Invited: Watts Development IRL Groundbreaking

Watts Group IRL Color Rendering Bldg II  - 11.24.14

On Friday, December 5th at 11:00 AM Watts Development Group, Inc. will hold an event to commemorate the groundbreaking for the newest real estate development in the Iowa River Landing. Community members are invited to join the Watts Group, Coralville Mayor John Lundell and members of the Coralville City Council in the kick-off of this project. Watts Development Group is collaborating with San Diego based developer Oliver McMillan and OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids on this $15 million venture.

The first multi-story building will feature 13 luxury townhouses with underground parking and first floor retail space. The townhouses will be available for purchase in 2016.

Watts Group IRL Color Rendering Bldg I  - 11.24.14

The second building will include 64 stylish, contemporary condominiums over two floors and 4,000 square feet of retail space. A mix of efficiency, one and two bedroom units will be available for lease as of June 1st, 2015.

For more information, contact Watts Development Group. 


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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

HIRL Social Media Post Santa Hourse’s back! The big man in the red suit (A.K.A. Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Jolly St. Nick, etc.) will be visiting Von Maur in the Iowa River Landing Saturdays and Sundays in November beginning November 29th. All families who visit Santa will receive a complimentary 5×7 photo.

Get your Christmas lists ready! And if you’re still in need of items for your wish list, the friendly staff at Von Maur can help while Santa is busy.

To learn more, call Von Maur customer service at (319) 351-7720 or visit their website.

Let the holiday fun begin!


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