Dubuque Activities Offer Cure For the Winter Blues

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Although February is coming to an end, the winter season still hovers over the Midwest. But don’t let the cold and snow get you down, turn your frosty frown upside down with a trip to Dubuque… even underneath all these layers, we have a lot going on!

Take your pick from an array of colorful activities that are sure to chase away the winter blues.

Paint the town red.

Whether you prefer a little red in your glass or on the ice, Dubuque will meet your needs! Stone Cliff Winery in the Port of Dubuque is family owned and operated. Stone Cliff offers a tasting room, winery tours, a lunch menu, and fun evening events including karaoke and mystery dinner theater. If you’re creative side is speaking to you, then check out Pinot’s Palette, an upscale “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” destination where anyone can be a Picasso. Or if you’re feeling a bit indecisive, check out Stan’s Coffeehouse, a quaint downtown bistro specializing in wine, coffee, chocolates, and gelato… they also serve breakfast and lunch.

And don’t forget about the fighting red and white, that is the USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints. The five-time Clark Cup champions play hard, especially with crowds of cowbell-carrying fans cheering them on to victory. You’ll walk away demanding “more cowbell” after experiencing the perseverance the Dubuque Fighting Saints bring to the ice.

Graze green.

In addition to being named a Climate Action Champion by the White House last year, the City of Dubuque offers several sustainable dining establishments for its residents and visitors. Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar is the newest addition to the Caradco Lofts/Schmid Innovation Center in Downtown Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District, Brazen grows their own micro-greens and features a menu that is “thoughtful, local, and from scratch.”

L. May Eatery is also committed to using local, seasonal ingredients in its “gourmet comfort food” whenever possible. Owned by a brother-and-sister duo, the restaurant is named in honor of their grandmother Lil’ May. So stop in and pull up to the bar or call ahead for a table reservation, either way you won’t be disappointed.

Get an amber glow.

Ah, bask in the amber glow of premium ales and craft brews that await you in Dubuque. Jubeck New World Brewing is the first and only (nano) brewery located in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. They usually have eight beers on tap, and there’s at least one new brew to try each week. The warmth of spring will come over you after a flight sampling of Jubeck brews.

Eronel is an art and music venue located on Main Street with more than 30 beer selections from the finest craft breweries across America (tap and bottles), ciders (including the one-and-only alcoholic ginger beer, Crabbie’s), and wine. This unique establishment is encapsulated in an expanse of limestone walls with winding tunnels that lead to secluded areas for private seating and a space setup with the NES Nintendo system.


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