Keith Jones

May 19 2014

Save Money and Live Local with a Get-away to an Iowa Destination

Live Local with these Iowa Destinations!

Hills Bank is proud to help sustain our local economy by living locally. We encourage you to support Live Local. Even small changes will make a big difference in our communities. It is as simple as shopping locally instead of online, attending local events, donating money to a local organization, or taking a weekend getaway in one of our communities.

You don’t have to go to an exotic, far away location to have a great vacation or weekend get-away. Eastern Iowa has several great destinations right in our own back yard. Live Local and visit one!

Brucemore Mansion
A visit to Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids will take you to a National Trust Historic Estate showcasing striking gardens and grounds, rich history, and a magnificent 21-room mansion. As a community cultural center, Brucemore’s 26-acres are alive with concerts, festivals, performances, and activities, so every time you visit you will experience something new.

Herbert Hoover Historical Site
Whether you have half an hour or half a day, there are many things to see and do at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. View Herbert Hoover’s birthplace cottage along with other historic buildings associated with his early childhood.

Iowa Valley Scenic Byway
The 77-mile Iowa Valley Scenic Byway travels through the Iowa River Corridor and is anchored by two distinct cultures. The north end tours through the Meskwaki settlement of the Sac and Fox Nation, and the south end loops the seven villages of the historic Amana Colonies that were settled by German Pietists and are known for their restaurants and craft shops.

Kewash Nature Trail
Bike, hike, or cross country ski this 14-mile crushed limestone trail connecting Washington and Keota. Enjoy the rich woodlands, wide prairies, and rolling countryside. Along this former railroad corridor, the Kewash Nature Trail abounds with wildflowers and wildlife.

Mount Vernon
Budget Travel Magazine recently listed Mount Vernon as one of America’s coolest small towns equipped with great coffee, food with character, and shop owners with purpose. Mount Vernon is also home to Cornell College, one of the first colleges to be listed entirely on the National Register of Historic Places due to its historic buildings that are deemed worthy of preservation.

Quilt Capitol of Iowa in Kalona
Visit Kalona, home to the largest Amish Mennonite settlement west of the Mississippi River, for an afternoon or entire weekend. While there, visit the Quilt and Textile Museum, Kalona’s Historical Village, countryside businesses, delicious restaurants, and several antique stores and boutiques.

University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame
The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame is a sports history museum located at the Roy G. Karro Athletic Hall of Fame in Iowa City. The museum pays tribute to the most legendary and influential Iowa Hawkeye sports heroes and is a must see for any Hawkeye fan.

Hills Bank Live Local hopes to remind businesses and individuals that together we have the power to make decisions that will keep our neighbors employed, locally owned businesses open, community non-profits serving, and many of our local events happening. Visit for ideas to shop locally, give back, and experience local life.

Do you have more ideas for local living or want to share your favorite Iowa destination? Please share them in the comment box below, because we’d love to hear them!

Keith Jones

About Keith Jones

Keith Jones is Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader at Hills Bank’s Coralville location. He has been at Hills Bank since 1984 working with both personal and business customers to help them achieve their financial goals. Keith is proud to have spent his 40+ year banking career in the Coralville community and continues to enjoy many community involvement experiences. Keith can be reached at

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