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7 Places to Explore for a Romantic Weekend Getaway

From a historic hotel to an axe throwing range, here are a few places that will shake up your date night routine.

Start planning your romantic getaway #WhereIowaStarted.

Hotel Julien

Stay at Hotel Julien Dubuque

This historic building has been home to a hotel or inn since 1839. (That’s just six years after Iowa became a state!) Today, Hotel Julien Dubuque is a historic gem on Main Street. You can find an on-site eatery, Caroline’s Restaurant, as well as their full service Potosa Spa and Riverboat Lounge with live entertainment. (P.S. Check out the 360 map below with all sorts of things to do near and around the hotel!)

Reserve Your Room

Want to stay at this historic hotel? Booking can be done online or by calling 800.798.7098.


Dine on Historic Main Street

Speaking of Caroline’s Restaurant, this dining experience offers unique dishes for any foodie lover. Named after one of Iowa’s first business women and the great-great grandmother of the hotel owners, Caroline Fischer ran her family’s ice business after her husband passed. Today, from the restaurant’s East windows, you can see the Ice Harbor where that very endeavor started more than 150 years ago.

It's a Date!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, reservations at Caroline’s Restaurant are encouraged for February 14-16, 2020. The Valentine’s Day Weekend feature is $40 per person and includes Minestrone Soup, Chilean Sea Bass, and S’Mores Graham Cracker cake. (The full dinner menu is also be available to order from.)

Midwest Illusions Drag

Catch a Show

Whether it’s at the newest Comedy Bar in town, a show at an innovative theater, or drag performances at a one-of-a-kind venue, Dubuque has an abundance of live entertainment. Check out our event calendar to find out what’s happening when you are in town.

Bustin Axe

Unconventional Fun

Romantic getaways don’t often bring axe throwing to mind but this can be the perfect date night activity for two. Rent a lane for an hour (or more) and see who can hit the bullseye. On-site coaches will help you perfect your throw if you are a novice axe thrower.


Cheers to Local Brews

​Dubuque is full of top notch breweries and coffee shops. Whether you check out Dimensional Brewing Company (located a block from Hotel Julien Dubuque) or local hot spot, Monk’s, you’ll be sure to enjoy brews only found #WhereIowaStarted.

Kate and Sara

Take a Hike

Explore the great outdoors with your partner by your side. From the 26 mile Heritage Trail that connects Dubuque to Dyersville, to the trails and paths found at Mines of Spain, Swiss Valley, and winding down the Mississippi River, the vistas found along the way are best shared with someone you love.


Relax & Unwind

At the end of a long day of exploring - be sure to stop at Potosa Spa before retiring to your room. With monthly packages and specials - there is truly something for everyone.

Treat yourselves!

Book a relaxing appointment at Potosa Spa. This February they have a Champagne & Rose Massage (60 Minute | $79 & 90 Minute | $115), a Couple’s Massage (60 Minute | $178 & 90 Minute | $250) or a Getaway Package for $295 (this includes (2) Potosa Massages & (2) Beyond Bliss Facials.)