The community of Oelwein has worked very hard to preserve all the small town values which so many other communities have lost. Most of the classic, old homes are owned by many in the same family for multiple generations. The City of Oelwein has invested millions in its future and it shows in our beautiful downtown.
City Park/Lake Oelwein:
Just two feet behind us the 69 acres City Park which has the 55 acres Lake Oelwein. The park also offers picnic shelters with tables, open play areas, tennis courts, sand volleyball, horseshoe courts, and restroom facilities. Campground facilities include 30 modern RV sites, primitive campsites, private shower facilities, dump station, and public boat access to the lake. Perfect for relaxing, fishing or letting the kids play in the playground.
Fontana Park and Nature Center:
Fontana Park and Interpretive Nature Center, just 3 miles south of the motel, were developed around a 19th century mill site. A shelter house was built on the old mill foundation, and the mill stones are on display. Fontana Park offers fishing, hiking trails, camping, and a playground. It also has shelter houses that may be reserved by the public.
Backbone State Park:
Backbone State Park just 25 miles east of the motel was dedicated in 1920. It is Iowa's first state park and arguably remains Iowa's best state park. Backbone consists of 2,002 acres and is heavily wooded with a variety of tree species, predominantly oak and maple. This woodland serves as a valuable refuge for a variety of wildlife including deer, raccoon, fox, turkey, ruffed grouse and many species of songbirds.
Oelwein Family Aquatic Center offers swimming, a waterslide, playground, miniature golf, tennis, courts, ball diamonds and basketball court. Basketball courts also less than a block away.
There are 3 public courses within 3 miles.
Bowling, shopping, movie theater and the Williams Center for Performing Arts all within 3 miles.
Fourth of July:
Enjoy our classic small town ”Fourth of July” complete with local firework show. Visible from the motel is just a few feet in distance.
Independence Motor Speedway:
For all you race fans, just 15 miles south of the motel is Independence Motor Speedway located in Buchanan County Fairgrounds.
Just a few miles distance, experience the Amish way of life. Visit stores, farms and shops for bulk foods, quilts, clocks, furniture, and harness supplies. Baked goods on Fridays and Saturdays. One farm features round barn. Maps available at front office.
Gas Station/Convenience Store:
Cenex is just a mile and half miles north of the motel. Variety of items from candy's, soda's, chip's or just gas.
Restaurants and Lounges:
Bob-O-Links Pizza Nook, 116 S. Frederick, 283-4545
Clete & Connie's (Pizza & Bar), 12 First St. SW, 283-5455
Country Cottage Cafe, 2301 S. Frederick, 283-2323
The Dancing Lion, 110 S. Frederick, 283-1220
Dick's Cafe, 114 S. Frederick, 283-9834
Doc's Triple D (Lounge), 120 s. Frederick, 283-9595
Edgewater Country Club, 1432 Q Ave., 283-3258
First Garden (Chinese), 21 S. Frederick, 283-3700
Generations Lounge, (above Leo's), 29 S. Frederick, 283-1655
Ice Cream Junction, 715 6th St. NE, 283-1007 (summer season)
Jacqueline's Pastry Shop (& Lunches), 15 E. Charles, 283-9229
JoJo's Dairy Queen, 212 7th St. SE, 283-4515
Las Flores Mexican Restaurant, 102 S. Frederick, 283-2555
Leo's Italian Restaurant, 29 S. Frederick, 283-1655
Leo's Generations Lounge, 29 S. Frederick, 283-1655 (upstairs)
Luigi's Restaurant & Lounge, 1020 S. Frederick, 283-3837
McDonald's, 1 First Ave. SE, 283-3425
Panda House, 33 S. Frederick, 283-9283
Pizza Hut, 809 E. Charles, 283-9283
Pizza Ranch, 125 First Ave. SE, 283-5858
Sparky's, 115 S. Frederick
Subway, 101 E. Charles, 283-3320
Two Brothers Restaurant, 2 S. Frederick, 283-1922
Von Tuck's Beer & Brats, 120 S. Frederick, 283-3194
Yankee Scoreboard, 122 S. Frederick, 283-9847
And much more.