(13 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Learn about Pella’s Dutch heritage, Lake Red Rock, manufacturing in Pella, shopping, Central College, and experience ‘A touch of Holland!’  You are sure to find plenty of things to admire about Pella!


Bos Landen Golf Resort

The public 18-hole “Bos Landen” course at the Bos Landen Golf Club facility in Pella, Iowa features 6,932 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.5 and it has a slope rating of 131 on blue grass. Designed by Richard M. Phelps, ASGCA, the Bos Landen golf course opened in 1994. It has been ranked as Iowa’s #1 Public Golf Course from 1997 to 2001 and was also ranked in the Top 75 Most Affordable Golf Courses in the United States, all according to Golf Digest, 1999-2000. Golf Digest also awarded Bos Landen with its “Four Star Place to Play—2007.” Each hole features five sets of tees for players of all skill levels, ranging from 5,100 to 7,000 yards in length.

2411 Bos Landen Drive
Pella, IA 50219


Gladys Black Bald Eagle Refuge

Honoring the woman once known as “Iowa’s bird lady,” this 38-acre refuge is prime habitat for bald eagles as well as neo-tropical migrants and other wildlife. Bald eagles often roost on the refuge and can be observed from Horn’s Ferry Bridge, a popular viewing platform across the river from the land.

Located: Below Red Rock Dam (south side), off Jewell Drive in Pella

DNR Wildlife Manager

Gladys Black Environmental Education Project


Pella Golf & Country Club

Semi-Private – The 9-hole “Pella” course at the Pella Golf & Country Club facility in Pella, Iowa features 2,981 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 34.4 and it has a slope rating of 113 on Blue grass. Pella golf course opened in 1939. well-groomed watered fairways, manicured greens and managed rough. With its mature trees, changes in elevation and strategically placed bunkers, this course can be a challenge, even to the best of golfers.

600 Elm St.
Pella, IA 50219


Pella Historical Society (Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill, and Scholte House

Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill
The Vermeer Windmill, at 126 feet, anchors the Historical Village 23-building complex. The Vermeer Windmill is 100% wind-powered. Total height to the tip of the most upright blade is 124′, the tallest working windmill in the United States. Built in Hoogemade, Netherlands and assembled in Pella by two Dutch craftsmen, it is an authentic, working grain mill patterned after a similar 1850s grain mill in the province of Groningen, Netherlands. It is used to grind wheat into flour which is packaged and used by local bakeries and restaurants and sold in gift shop as well as an extensive display of imported Delft. Pella Historical Village tour includes a guided tour of the mill (including the grinding and observation level), the Wyatt Earp House, a log cabin, the Werkplaats, Van Spanckeren’s General Store, Beason–Blommers Grist Mill, Dutch bakery, and gift shop. There are many beautiful tulip gardens and craft demonstrations.

Scholte House
Founder of Pella, Dominie Scholte’s historic home sits quietly surrounded by award-winning flower gardens. Led here in 1847 for religious freedom, Scholte, along with 800 Hollanders, immigrated from the Netherlands. The Dutch pioneers chose Pella for their new name meaning “City of Refuge.” Dominie promised his wife a home like the one she left in Holland. He held true to his word and about one year later the house was ready. This remarkable old house with 22 rooms still stands today ready to welcome visitors. Many of the rooms are preserved as they were when the Scholtes lived here. Fine original antiques representing their past adorn the Scholte House Museum. The Scholte House is located at 728 Washington Street in Pella.

Pella Historical Society
507 Franklin Street
Pella, IA 50219


Pella Opera House

At Pella Opera House, opera is not the genre of entertainment most often performed. Opera House was a common name given to entertainment venues in the late 1800s and early 1900s because of the social attitude toward “theatre establishments.” Opera Houses commonly have the stage on the second-story of the building, as the Pella Opera House does. The original building was built in 1900 as the community’s social and cultural center and remained so until the “talkies” (movies). In 1986 a group of citizens in Pella set out to renovate the venue, and the doors were reopened in 1990 under the name, The Pella Opera House. The Pella Opera House is a non-profit corporation whose purpose includes the presentation of internationally acclaimed artists from the entire spectrum of the performing arts to Pella for public performances and educational activities that entertain, uplift, educate and inspire audiences, students and artists.

611 Franklin St.
Pella, IA 50219
641.628.8625 or 800.720.6327


Red Rock Marina

Red Rock Marina in Pella offers water rental pontoons (pets and smoking allowed), leasing, docks, slips, gasoline, accessories, dock equipment, lifts, bait and tackle on Iowa’s largest lake.

1768 Highway G28
Pella, IA 50219
7 days a week


Vermeer Corporation Museum

The museum chronicles the history of Vermeer Corporation, the development of its industrial and agricultural equipment, as well as the family and community it’s a part of.

Self-guided museum tours Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday by appointment.  No charge.

2110 Vermeer Road East
Pella, IA 50219


Volksweg Trail

The Volksweg Trail extends west from the city of Pella down to the Des Moines River and west to the Cordova Park Trailhead, located just west of the Roberts Creek Lake causeway on Lake Red Rock. Scenic views of mature forests, restored prairies, pine plantations and Lake Red Rock can be enjoyed by users of all ages. Parking is available at Howell Station Landing, South Tailwater Recreation Area, North Overlook Picnic Area, Wallashuck Campground, and Fifield Recreation Area.

Trail Managers
Marion County Conservation Board

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
641.828.7522 or 641.628.8690

City of Pella Volksweg Trailhead Parks


Places to Stay

Baymont Inn

Conveniently located off Highway 163 at Exit 40; close to downtown Pella attractions such as the Historical Village, Lake Red Rock, the Vermeer Windmill, Vermeer Museum, Bos Landen Golf Resort and the Molengracht Plaza with its many businesses. The Des Moines International Airport is about one hour away. Affordable accommodations with a heated indoor pool, hot tub set in a wood paneled atrium, next to a fitness center. Additional amenities include 24-hour coffee, complimentary hot breakfasts, meeting facilities, business center with printer, fax and photocopy services. Complimentary wireless high speed internet is available throughout the hotel. In-room hair dryer, iron and ironing board, satellite television, pillow top mattresses and fiber soft white comforters.

2104 Washington Street
Pella, IA 50219


Country Inn and Suites

Located just north of Iowa State Highway 163, off exit 42, 25 miles from the Des Moines Airport, close to Pella’s historic buildings and museums, many golf courses, shopping destinations and other attractions. Numerous services, including high-speed, wireless Internet access, a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and state-of-the-art Fitness Center. Also include complimentary weekday morning newspaper, guest laundry facilities and fax/copier service. and a delicious complimentary breakfast.

315 Roosevelt Rd.
Pella, IA 50219
888.201.1746 or 641.620.1111


The Cheesemaker’s Inn at Frisian Farms

Our 1918 craftsmen style homestead offers welcoming, personalized hospitality. Four charming, comfortable guest rooms offer modern amenities—private baths, cable TV, individual room temperature controls, and WiFi—to ensure a memorable and relaxing stay. Generous home-cooked breakfast with farm fresh Frisian Farms Gouda cheese samples. Located near Lake Red Rock, directly on the Volksweg Bike Trail. Come and experience our hometown hospitality.

Rob & Kim
420 Idaho Drive
Pella, IA 50219


Holiday Inn Express

Located on the Bos Landen Golf Course, which is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, just south of Highway 163, off exit 40. Enjoy a unique breakfast experience at the new Express Start Breakfast Bar served every morning. On-site indoor heated pool and workout facilities, free high-speed Internet. Suites and whirlpool suites offering all the same amenities as our standard rooms, plus a separate parlor area. Minutes away from many local attractions, including Red Rock Lake, Historic Downtown Pella, Vermeer Mill/Pella Historical Village, Central College, Scholte House Museum and Gardens, Pella Opera House and Tassel Ridge Winery. Enjoy Marion and Jasper County’s rich race heritage at Knoxville Raceway, Sprint Car Museum, Iowa Speedway, and Slideways Go-Kart Track. Several corporate offices are located nearby such as Pella Corporation, Vermeer Manufacturing, 3M, and Hormel.

2508 Bos Landen Drive
Pella, IA 50219

Royal Amsterdam Hotel

Located one block from downtown Pella, the Royal Amsterdam Hotel is a true European experience. 38 Guest Rooms have a gorgeous view of the Molengracht plaza and canal or the replica 1850’s Windmill. Complimentary continental breakfast, wireless internet and a 24 hour fitness center. For those special getaways, 2-room suites with a 2 person Jacuzzi, separate Shower, microwave and refrigerator available.

705 East First St.
Pella, IA 50219
641.620.8400 or 877.954.8400