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Family Fun in the Iowa River Landing

Looking for some family-friendly ways to spend your weekend? Check out these fun attractions for all ages in the Iowa River Landing!

Johnson County Historical Society and Antique Car Museum of Iowa

Travel back in time with stop at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum. Visitors of all ages will love learning about the rich history of our community and county as it has evolved over the decades. The Museum is home to more than 10,000 historic artifacts that portray the diverse and vibrant heritage of the Johnson County.


After you’ve browsed the Historical Society Museum, the nostalgia of the open road awaits in the Antique Car Museum of Iowa. Auto enthusiasts and history buffs will enjoy the collection of over 90 vintage automobiles, ranging from 1899-1970’s.

Admission to both museums is $5, and the hours of operation are:

Tuesday – Saturday:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m


12 p.m. – 5 p.m

Iowa River Landing Wetland Park


The Iowa River Landing Wetland Park is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll with your family. Located between the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and the Iowa River, the Wetland Park consists of a two-acre pond surrounded by five acres of wetlands. A series of elevated walkways circle the pond and traverse the park, making the park an ideal location for nature walks, bird watching, and wildlife sightings.

Wetlands Park worksheets can be used in conjunction with park signage to provide visitors with a fun, educational nature experience. And if you’re wondering how many questions you answered correctly, answer sheets are available at the Coralville Recreation Center upon request.

Iowa River Landing Sculpture Walk


The Iowa River Landing is home to 11 permanent sculptures that create the Iowa River Landing Sculpture Walk. Each piece was crafted by an Iowa artist and is based on a text in the Iowa Writers Library (located in the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.) A map of the sculpture locations can be downloaded here. 

Dining, Treats and More


Taking the family on an outing can be hungry work, and luckily the Iowa River Landing is home to several great restaurants. And if you still have room for dessert, a cupcake from Scratch Cupcakery is the perfect treat!

As always, be sure to share your fun family weekend photos with us using #IowaRiverLanding. Your photo may be chosen for our next Fan Photo Friday.



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The Luxe Zone to Open Second Location in the Iowa River Landing



The Iowa River Landing is pleased to announce the latest addition to this exciting retail, dining, and hospitality district. The Luxe Zone will be expanding into a new location in the Iowa River Landing, occupying the space between Winestyles and 30hop. Owners anticipate an opening date of June 2015.

The Luxe Zone offers professional interior design services for commercial and residential design. Their studio showroom features unique accessories, lighting, and home furnishings. The Luxe Zone is well known for their specialty offerings. They are Eastern Iowa’s exclusive Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture dealer, and the new Iowa River Landing location will feature a large in-stock offering of their product line. This new space will provide The Luxe Zone with a larger location, allowing for an expanded variety of product lines and additional room setting examples.

In addition to expanded home furnishing offerings, the new Iowa River Landing location will feature an increased gift and accessory inventory as well as a new bridal registry.

This location will provide The Luxe Zone with expanded space to host larger events for various charities and organizations, as well as their monthly wine club which is a hallmark of their current store.

“The Luxe Zone is more than a furniture studio — it’s a lifestyle center,” said Jan Finlyason, President and Principal Designer. “Our goal is to provide our clients with exceptional service, while creating a path to a more inspired lifestyle through great design.”


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Easter Weekend in the Iowa River Landing

Easter weekend is just around the corner, and the Iowa River Landing has everything you need to celebrate.


Easter Egg-Stravaganza Drawing



On April 4th from 11 AM-2PM the businesses in the Iowa River Landing will host a special Easter Egg-Stravaganza Drawing. Participating establishments will have two special bowls of eggs on hand for their guests–one for the kids, and one for the adults. The kids eggs will be filled with candy, and the adults will have the chance to draw for delightful treats of their own including:

  • One free night’s stay at Homewood Suites
  • Cupcakes from Scratch Cupcakery
  • Coffee from Waterstreet Coffee
  • A men’s or a woman’s fragrance from Von Maur
  • Gift Certificates from Massage Heights
  • Wine and Beer tasting coupons from Winestyles
  • A $50.00 gift certificate from Brides By Jessa
  • Jewelry and clothing discounts from True Style 
  • Gift cards for 30 hop 

Be sure to stop by your favorite stores for a chance to win one of these wonderful prizes!

Easter Brunch in the Iowa River Landing

If you would rather relax than cook on Easter weekend, the Iowa River Landing is the place to be. 30hop, Edgewater Grille, and Vesta will all be serving delicious Easter brunch. Call ahead to schedule your reservations!

Sweets, Treats, and More

Hosting an Easter brunch of your own? The experts at WineStyles can recommend champagne for your mimosas, or the right wine to pair with your Easter meal. If you’re in charge of dessert at Easter dinner, Scratch Cupcakes are always a festive treat. And don’t forget to stop into Von Maur for the perfect Easter outfits for the entire family.

As always, be sure to share your Easter weekend photos with us using #IowaRiverLanding. Your photo may be chosen for our next Fan Photo Friday.




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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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