(41 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Budget 100 ‘Coolest Small Towns in America’ designation. Jewel of the Prairie. Grinnell was founded in 1854 and is named after Josiah B. Grinnell, to whom Horace Greeley gave the famous advice: “Go West, young man, go West.” Walk through Historic District neighborhoods, homes ranging in style from Greek Revival, Folk Victorian and Gothic Revival, to Queen Anne, Colonial Georgian and Prairie School. Home of Grinnell College, consistently ranked as one of the best four-year colleges in the United States.


Dragonshire Stained Glass Studio

Dragonshire Stained Glass offers custom stained glass creations as well as other stained glass gifts. A variety of individualized classes are offered as well as supplies. Dragonshire Stained Glass carries over 100 different colors of stained glass and various supplies for the stained glass artist. Dragonshire Stained Glass is easy to find at the corner of Main Street and Hwy 6.

1032 Main St.
Grinnell, IA
Winter Store Hours: Tue–Fri: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sat: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tue–Fri closed for lunch between 1–2 p.m.


Faulconer Gallery

The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College opened in September 1999. Located at the heart of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, the Gallery is part of a fine arts complex designed by internationally famous architect Cesar Pelli. With 7,420 square feet of exhibition space, the gallery presents major changing exhibitions of significant historical and contemporary art on a rotating basis and brings outstanding national and international art to campus. A full schedule of academic and community outreach occurs year-round which includes prominent artists, curators, and critics with workshops and classes. The Gallery collaborates with on campus departments and community organizations in developing their events. The Print and Drawing Study Room, located on the lower level of Burling Library provides another exhibition space in addition to class work with the College’s permanent collection.

The Faulconer Gallery and other exhibition spaces on campus are free and open to the public. The Gallery is open daily from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays and during installation of new exhibitions. Please call ahead to confirm hours or visit their website.

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
1108 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112


Grinnell Historical Museum

The house of the museum is itself the exhibit. Built in 1895 at cost of $8,000 for J. H. McMuray, a local merchant, the house had central heating, electricity, and running water, all luxuries at the time. Unique artifacts include carpets brought from Persia by Mr. McMurray, a Duncan Phyfe sofa, J.B. Grinnell’s Wooten desk from 1877, the desk from the Monroe Hotel, and one of the first 50 electric refrigerators made by the Grinnell Washing Machine Company in 1932. Also included are horse drawn carriages built in Grinnell by the Spaulding and Laros Carriage Factories which are kept in the Carriage House. A military exhibit includes uniforms from the Spanish American War to the Korean War. Exhibits portray aspects of local history. Volunteers are available to assist with historical and genealogical research.

1125 Broad Street
Grinnell, IA 50112


Loralei’s Gift Shoppe

Located in a historic building filled to the brim with a unique blend of vintage and contemporary items to accent your home or to give as a gift. Garden and seasonal items, home décor, local crafted items, rugs, gift items for engagements, weddings, addition to the family, co-workers, or just because. Loralei’s offers layaway and free gift wrapping and also a bridal registry.

816 Commercial Street
Grinnell, IA 50112


Louis Sullivan’s Jewel Box Bank – Merchants National Bank

Designed by legendary architect Louis Sullivan, it is the second of eight in the series of famous “jewel box” banks. Constructed in 1914 and a National Historic Landmark since 1976. Terra-cotta portal – the most recognizable feature of the building, spectacular rose window with its maze of geometric and organic shapes, monumental stained glass east windows 15 feet high by 40 feet wide, glass mosaic around clock designed by renowned artist Louis Millet; organic terra-cotta interior ornament, hand-carved wooden check desk, pink Tennessee marble floors. The unique structure, one of the more important designs in the series, has been restored and currently houses the Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Poweshiek Foundation, and the Imagine Grinnell foundation.

4th Ave & Broad St.
Grinnell, IA
Open to the public Mon – Fri: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun: 1–4 p.m.
No charge


Mariposa Herb Farm

In store classes and demonstrations to educate and familiarize customers with fresh herbs, learn how to handle, prepare and cook with fresh herbs, and how to add a “Taste of Iowa” to enhance home cooked meals. Mariposa Farms fresh herbs are locally grown with tender loving care in a clean, healthy, greenhouse environment. Hand picked daily to ensure the freshest, highest quality products.

4351 32nd St
Grinnell, IA 50112



Places to Stay

Best Western Pioneer Inn

Check-In: 3p.m.; Check-Out: 11a.m.; Complimentary full breakfast in spacious dining room; free highspeed internet, indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub and work out room. Hotel Ratings: AAA-3 Diamond; Pet Policy: Pets allowed with Restrictions pet fee. Cable or satellite television; In-room movies; DVD player available; AM/FM alarm clock; AM/FM radio stereo.

2210 West St. S
Grinnell, IA


Carriage House Bed & Breakfast

Six rooms in a beautiful Victorian home built in 1895 by the Carneys. Large wrap-around porch to relax on the cushioned swing among flowers on the front porch or read by one of three cozy fireplaces on the main floor. Stained and beveled glass windows, natural oak, beech, maple and walnut woodwork and beautiful parquet floors. Scrumptious breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, Irish soda bread made fresh on the griddle, and spread with homemade jams included. Just minutes from Grinnell College, close to Newton, and just north of Interstate 80 off exit 182. Number of rooms: 6; private bathrooms: 6.

1133 Broad Street
Grinnell, IA 50112


Comfort Inn & Suites

66 guest rooms, check in time 3:00 pm, check out time 11:00 am, heated indoor pool and hot tub, exercise room and game room. Free deluxe continental breakfast, wireless high-speed internet access in all rooms, local calls, and coffee. All guest rooms have coffee makers, curved shower rods, desks, irons, ironing boards, voice mail and cable television. In addition, some rooms come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves and flat-screen televisions. For that special occasion, ask about rooms with whirlpool bathtubs. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms are available. Laundry facilities are located on the property for added guest convenience. Pet-friendly (additional fees apply).

1630 West St. S
Grinnell, IA


Country Inn & Suites

We are located 1/2 mile north of I-80 at exit 182, 59 rooms, hot tub, indoor pool, on-site fitness room, internet access, meeting room available, complimentary hot breakfast, laundry facilities, free local phone calls, cable TV, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, ironing board and much more. Easy access, near Grinnell College and the Iowa Speedway.

1710 West Street South (Highway 146)
Grinnell, IA 50112


The Guest House Bed & Breakfast

4 rooms, 1 suite. This early 1900 country home bed and breakfast will take you back to the good old days at your grandparents’ house. Enjoy the quiet surroundings of rural living with original maple flooring and panel doors. The original bath has a #4 claw foot tub to relax in and enjoy! The Guest House Bed and Breakfast is ideal for family gatherings, wedding parties, and lodging for wedding guests. Close to Grinnell College. Hunters are welcome; kennels are available. Pets can be accommodated in the kennel (not the house). Children are welcome. No smoking. Internet accessible. Breakfast is included in rate. Reservations accepted until 9:00 p.m.

3970 50th Street
Grinnell, IA  50112


Marsh House Bed & Breakfast

3 bedrooms, full breakfast included with china, silver, crystal, linen. Fine walnut and mahogany throughout house, down comforters, ticks and pillows, robes, central air, cable & VCR in bedrooms and sitting rooms; free beverages; use of 300 original top rated movies; limited use of kitchen; no smoking, your children or pets. National Register of Historic Places, flexible scheduling of breakfast and check in.

833 East St.
Grinnell, IA

Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast

Located one block from Historic Downtown Grinnell and two blocks from Grinnell College Campus, the Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast has six rooms available. It offers a four-season porch to relax in, sunset tours, wireless internet, bikes for use, and a backyard to relax or have fun in. There is a full breakfast with locally sourced and organic food.

1103 Main Street
Grinnell, IA  50112