Elkader is an amazing little town with lots to offer. We have a traditional mid-western supper club, a sports bar, pizza parlor, Irish Pub, Algerian-American restaurant. If you like beer you can find specialty imported beers at Schera's and Fennely's. If you are looking for some award-winning local brew wander a block down from the house to Deb's Brewtopia for a flight. When you're done you'll be happy you only have a two block walk home...
To bring that twinkle back to your eye in the morning head on down to Treats Cafe for a cafe latte or Pedretti's bakery on the corner for a fresh doughnut or pastry. If that doesn't satisfy your sweet tooth wander over to the General store and hunt for your favorite candy in their collection of classics.
To fill the rest of your day you can meander through the multiple floors at the Antiques Mall in the old corner hotel. You'll find great, truly curated gift shopping at Archive where you will find a mix of vintage and new items. The Bridge Street Boutique, Copper Frog and Once Was all offer distinct retail shopping experiences.
Make an appointment at the Beauty Bar or Jem Salon for a spa day and just forget it all and relax.
If you're here at the right time you can catch a play or musical performance at the Opera House. Otherwise you can sit back in the reclining chairs at the Elkader Cinema and take in a flick on the big screen.
If you want to take advantage of your kitchen and just stay in for the evening you can grab some groceries at Wlikes at the end of Main Street. Wilkes is the oldest continuously family-run grocery store in Iowa.
Even if you aren't a bookworm, the view from the library which overlooks the Turkey River is worth the visit.
If you are interested in art there are several art galleries to visit on Main Street and you can take a peek at what artist Art Geisert is working on in his Main Street studio.
If you quilt or cross-stitch don't miss the BackStitch on Main where you will find everything you need for your next project.
Head past Wilkes down to Founder's Park at the south end of town where you will find a launching point for canoe/kayak trips down to the Historic Motor Mill site.
Founder's park has children's play area as well as a dog park, soccer fields and a bandstand. It is the location of several festival events during the warmer months including Sweet Corn Days, Music and Monarchs, and Art in the Park as well as a saturday farmer's market.
If you are a white-water play boat kayaker there is an engineered wave for surfing and tricks right next to the park. It's almost as fun to watch as it is to do.
During the warm season an outfitter in town can set you up for a float down the river. For a stretch of the legs there is the Pony Hollow walking/biking/riding trail which follows the Turkey River for several miles south of town.
The town recently completed the first season of public art murals. This project is going to continue and expand annually. Elkader is the home of several nationally-known authors and artists including Art Geisert, Don Harstad, Jillian Webb and your host, Adam Jackson Pollock.
I'm sure I have forgotten something here, but I will leave that for you to discover.