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Des Moines, Iowa
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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B)( Des llloincs iRccitstcr I Wednesday, april r 2010 STATE EDITION HJKrt Call (515)244-8911 for details WMmWWSMX DM-9000228BS DM-9000228B61JNC Breaking news on your cell phone Text "DMRNEWS" to 44636 (4INF0) to sign up for breaking news text alerts. Looking for a new eatery to try? Visit desmoines.metromix.comrestaurants DM-900023011S.INDD DEAR ABBY 8B HOROSCOPES SB COMICS 8B-9B CROSSWORD 9B TELEVISION 10B DesMoinesRegister.comlife 3 Iowa B&B getaways ' ... w A homey inn is a great way to experience a towns personality 1 JftrJL - If ' i I rT, " 'fife -rr w - at " "r v '' I I i . f. ... SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER ff o V .'L-rJ Jj 7;" ;; j SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER Stauer House Bed & Breakfast is a Queen Anne-style home that is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is near aowntown McGregor, la. n nas tour rooms ranging in price trom to By PATT JOHNSON uropean innkeepers have known for centuries what the U.S. hospitality industry has seriously embraced in recent decades: Leisure travelers like the homey and welcoming feel of a bed and breakfast inn. "A lot of people tell me that B&Bs are the only place they will stay," says Esther Kauffeld-Hoffa, president of the Iowa Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association and owner of the Garden and Galley Bed and Breakfast in Indianola. "Each bed and breakfast has its own personality, and people say they feel like they get to know the community better because the innkeeper knows the community." There are about 17,000 inns in the United States, according to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. Overall, the association estimates that the $3.4 billion industry is a thriving tourist industry in many communities, especially those with historical significance. The typical inn has six rooms, the majority of which have private bathrooms. Most provide free high-speed wireless Internet, breakfast, snacks, in-room televisions and other amenities. "I am always tickled when I get people who have never stayed at a B&B before," says Kauffeld-Hoffa. "It's a place where people can come and reconnect with their spouse or sweetie and relax and be pampered." Her personal services include putting together a day's worth of sightseeing for guests, information on local attractions, specially prepared picnic lunches and other offerings. "A lot of people come and hang out at the house," she says. There are B&Bs in rural locations and in busy metro areas. Some have the traditional Victorian feel, while others are housed in more modern digs. Kauffeld-Hoffa's inn is a 1950s Frank Lloyd Wright-style home. Here's a glimpse at five B&Bs in Iowa worth checking out: Find more Iowa bed and breakfast inns at DES MOINES J Garden & Galley Bed and Breakfast in Indianola has a more modern touch and themed rooms. I McNeill Stone Mansion 1282 C Ave. East, Oskaloosa (641)673-4348 Description: This large stone mansion was built in 1908 and has architectural details from Oskaiooia , the Colonial Revival and Mission Spanish Colonial Revival styles. Gary and Virginia Walker transformed the mansion into a bed and breakfast inn after the home sat empty for 17 years. It features Mexican Tabasco mahogany woodwork, ornate stained glass and chandeliers, and an 8-foot-tall fountain outside. Accommodations: The home has four large guest rooms with elaborate headboards and canopies. Three have fireplaces, and all have private bathrooms. Prices range from $85.50 to $220 a night. Eats: Full and continental breakfasts are served in the dining room or solarium or on the terrace. There also are complimentary beverages and dessert in the evening. Area attractions: Southeast Iowa attractions include the Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum in Oskaloosa, Pella Historical Village in nearby Pella, the Knoxville Raceway and the Amana Colonies. From th owner: "This mansion is too big and beautiful not to share with people. And we get to meet so many interesting people who come to stay with us," says Virginia Walker. ? r ir V -i V V', . ' .A v . . - . V rV - V V ' , ? uj , SPECIAL TO THl ftt&(Slt Chestnut Charm Bed & Breakfast in Atlantic is an 1898 Victorian inn. I Chestnut Charm Bed & Breakfast 1409 Chestnut St., Atlantic (712)243-5652 Description: An 1898 oes Maws Victorian country inn j full of natural hardwood "wk j floors. Chestnut Charm Bed and Breakfast has stained-glass windows, original hand-painted linen wall coverings and original woodwork. Accommodations: The inn has eight B&B, PAGE 10B J' f JLL MICHAEL MORAIN REGISTER PHOTO Steven Vail's East Village gallery, Steven Vail Fine Arts, has one of the largest collections of Sol LeWitt prints in the Midwest, including the two pictured here. 'Prints' offers peek into artists' minds By MICHAEL MORAIN mmorainidmreg.coni The art dealer Steven Vail has been selling prints by Jaume Plensa for about five years, but it wasn't until the Spanish artist's 27-foot-tall "Nomade" figure took a seat in the middle of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park that his artwork caught on with buyers here in Des Moines. "There's a definite credibility factor," Vail said. "Now people come in trying to educate me." Vail runs Steven Vail Fine Arts out of the second floor of the historic Teachout Building in the East Village and has busied himself this week with final preparations for "Sculptors' Prints," a new exhibition that showcases rare prints by 12 of the 19 artists whose work adorns the park on the other end of downtown. The show opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and remains through June. One of the images is a maze of shaky red lines by Louise Bourgeois, who created the park's giant spider. Another is a mechanical diagram, by Mark di Suvero, whose red-painted steel "T8" anchors the park's southwest corner. A printed pattern of colored bricks, by the late Sol LeWitt, looks like the swirling mural he designed for the Pappajohn Higher Education Center at 12th Street and Grand Avenue. Few of the prints relate directly to the artists' sculptures, but they offer insights into the artists' imaginations and creative processes. With the prints, Vail said, the artists "are working on a more personal scale. The prints are all about ideas, and they're more accessible." They're also less expensive. Vail's prices range from $950 for a geometric blue print by Joel Shapiro to $15,000 for a wide black fan-shaped design by Ells- PRINTS,PAGE10B I 'Sculptors' Prints' WHEN: Through June, with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Steven Vail Fine Arts, in the Teachout Building, 500 E. Locust St. INFO: (515) 309-2763, ONLINE: Visit DesMoinesRegister.compappajohn-sculpture-park to see more prints in the new show. Contest Do you look like your mom? Daughters, if you and your mom are the spittin' images of each other, we invite you to enter our motherdaughter look-alike contest. Go to www.dasmoinesrcgister.comlifa to upload a photo of the two of you together, or two separate photos, and tell us what you like best about your relationship with your mom. We'll choose three moms and daughters to feature in The Des Moines Register's lowaLife section on Mother's Day, complete with photographic portraits. Entries must be uploaded by April 23. Winners must be available the week of April 26 for a photo. ii Call us today! I BKorMiRs (515)244-8911 www tolttreawi.cMi tWer UK) until 63n0 Based an guaWvmg eoinoment and sr.g4iTsy homes. Subject to change or ca negation witnout ikc

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