(8 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Lake Keomah

Six miles east of Oskaloosa, Lake Keomah State Park is 366 acres of woods and water. Hiking and multi-use trail along the lake shore is available year-round. Ice fishing is popular in winter, spring and summer fishing for crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish is excellent. A fishing jetty is available on the west shoreline and is accessible to persons of varying abilities.

2720 Keomah Ln.
Oskaloosa IA 52577

The Book Vault

Located in a beautifully renovated historic downtown building, The Book Vault is a premier, full-service, independent bookstore serving southeastern Iowa. First-rate customer service, quality book selection, unique gift items, engaging events, cooking demonstrations, welcoming ambiance, and there are lots of books and other fun things to browse.

105 S Market St.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: noon – 4:00 p.m.

Frisian Farms

Producing fresh and smoked farmstead gouda, Frisian Farms is a small dairy farm located in the prairie heartland of southeastern Iowa.  Frisian Farms is owned and operated by two brothers who come from a long line of dairy farmers originating from the Friesland province in Holland.  At Frisian Farms, the brothers understand that great cheese begins with the best quality milk possible. Milking a small number of Holstein cows that are grass fed throughout the spring and summer, maintained in a clean and comfortable freestall barn during the winter months, the fresh milk is immediately piped from the parlor to an adjacent cheesehouse where traditional Dutch cheese-making techniques are used to produce Frisian Farmstead Gouda.

2321 Highland Ave.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. by appointment

Nelson Pioneer Farm & Crafts Museum

The Nelson home, built in 1853, and the Nelson barn, built in 1856, are designated National Historic Sites by the U.S. Department of Interior. Nelson Pioneer Farm and Craft Museum is recreation of a 19th century farm. Stroll through the grounds which include 19 buildings, a 3-floor museum, a summer kitchen, a meat house, a lumber yard office, a scale house, the 1900 era Wright Post Office, a voting house, a log cabin at the site of an original 1844 cabin, a black smith shop, the Daniel Nelson Barn, a county store, the Coal Creek Meeting House, the Hopewell store Post Office, the Prine School and the only mule cemetery in Iowa. Mahaska County Historical Society maintains a genealogy library in the museum. Annual festival held the third Saturday of September.

2294 Oxford Ave.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
641.672.2989 or 641.673.7005
Tues – Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. no touring starts after 3 p.m..; Sun: noon – 5 p.m.; May – Oct 14;
Closed on Mondays & major holidays.

Southern Iowa Speedway

Modified, stock and hobby car racing at its best on a 1/2 mile dirt track. Weekly races in addition to special racing including sprint cars, horse harness racing and Enduro.

701 N I St.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Race dependent

The Antique Peddler

Featuring items for all ages including antiques, furniture, primitives, Tiffany lamps, purses, wallets, scarves, jewelry, ceramic tiles, unique gifts, outdoor sports gifts, and more. Assorted food items such as unique dips, hot sauces, jams, candy and pretzels.

213 High Ave E
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Thurs: 10: a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Shady Lodge Mercantile & Trading

Antiques, Crabtree and Evelyn products and services, art, candles, decorating ideas and more.

1002 S 11th
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Places to Stay

McNeill Stone Mansion

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and meticulously restored to the splendor of days gone by, the McNeill Stone Mansion’s limestone-faced edifice is one of Oskaloosa’s largest and most elaborate residential properties. Constructed in 1908-09 with Mexican Tabasco mahogany woodwork, beautiful quarter-sawn oak floors, and stained glass brightened by a third floor skylight, the Mansion is a combination of architectural details drawn from Colonial Revival and Mission Spanish Colonial Revival modes. Significant as much for how it was constructed as for its usage of materials and stylistic influences because of its innovative use of steel and concrete in its construction. By utilizing these materials, Hallett & Rawson architectural firm believed they could provide a virtually fireproof, energy efficient residence that would be soundproof as well. 2 rooms and 2 suites catering to “adult” guests, all rooms have central air and heat, private baths, free wireless Internet, complimentary evening dessert, off street parking, and much more.

1282 C Ave. E
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Tours: $7.00 per person plus tax
Call for reservations