Monthly Archives: December 2009

Bald Eagle Watching Special at Quiet Walker Lodge B & B

Bird Watching | Quiet Walker LodgeQuiet Walker Lodge a Nature ParadiseIt is that time of year for bald eagle watching in Dubuque! At one time, bald eagles nested all over the United states until lead posioning diminished their numbers. Federal and state agencies have been working to protect the bald eagle from extinction. Now there are more than 10,000 nesting pairs and you can see some of them right here in Dubuque.

The American Bald Eagle visits the Upper Mississippi River each year from mid-December through February. Dubuque is a popular wintering area for these birds because of the abundant food and open water. Our Lock and Dam #11 keeps the river from freezing thus allowing the eagles to hunt for fish.

Dubuque Audubon Society is celebrating the American Bald Eagle with the Dubuque Eagle Watch on Saturday, January 23rd at the Grand River Center. Free Trolley Rides from the Grand River Center to the Lock and Dam #11 will be given from 9AM to 3PM. Exhibitors and vendors will be at the center providing educational information and nature items for sale.

In recognition of the American Bald Eagle, Quiet Walker Lodge will be offering a 10% discount on the weekend of  January 23rd (Friday thru Sunday night). Just mention the Bald Eagle Watch Special. So grab your binoculars and come on out to Dubuque to enjoy the majesty of our American Bald Eagles.

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Quiet Walker Lodge Receives 2009 Best of Durango Award

Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast for Your Iowa Vacation Travle Enjoyment
WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 — Quiet Walker Lodge has been selected for the 2009 Best of Durango Award in the Bed & Breakfasts category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@us-ca.org
URL: http://www.us-ca.org

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Reflections in the Park

Dubuque IA | Quiet Walker Lodge | Reflections in the Park

Quiet Walker Lodge, a Dubuque area bed & breakfast and Reflections in the Park

Last night I decided to treat myself. I drove over to Murphy Park in Dubuque to enjoy the Reflections in the Park. This lovely display of lights is a part of Dubuque tradition every year. The $8.00 per car donation helps Hillcrest Family Services provide opportunities for our struggling families in Dubuque.

Reflections in the Park does get a lot of people coming through to see the fantastic light displays. Each year, approximately 10,000 cars pass through the park, with somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 people viewing the lights. Since the program first began in 1995, more than 650,000 visitors have viewed the brilliant display, raising over one-million dollars for the programs and facilities of Hillcrest Family Services.

Reflections in the Park opened Thanksgiving night at Louis Murphy Park and continues daily from 5 to 10 p.m. through January 1, 2010.

One of my favorite displays was the John Deere holiday tractors and construction equipment. These animated vehicles even moved with the Christmas music provided by radio 95.5. The snow on the ground and the clear evening made it even more dazzling as we drove through the park. If you have a chance to see this display, it is worth the time and it helps our community!

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Iowa Blizzard

Winter Blizzard at Quiet Walker Lodge

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Being from California I never have experienced a true blizzard. Oh I had been to the snow in Tahoe and enjoyed a few days at Yosemite, but nothing had prepared me for minus 27 in Iowa!

Our school let us out two hours early on Tuesday and I raced home before the storm hit. I had already put cat litter in the trunk, placed a scrapper and brush on the floor in the back seat, included a blanket, flashlight and granola bar and added a lightweight shovel. So I figured I was prepared.

When the wind and snow started I just watched in amazement! Here in Iowa one really gets to see mother nature up and personal. The trees were bending and the snow was piling up. We ended up with about a foot on the ground.

Thursday morning looked like a Burl and Ives Christmas Card. The trees were outlined in snow and the ground sparkled as the sun bounced off the surface. I learned that I needed to be careful outside with a minus 27 wind chill. After ten minutes outside I raced back into the warmth of our home. I was sure glad school was canceled so I would not be required to drive in to town.

Mike plowed the driveway and Friday I drove back to school. I survived my first Iowa blizzard and was able to enjoy some of the prettiest snow I have ever seen.

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