Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dubuque Heritage Winery....

A few weeks ago we made a trip to Iowa to see my family.
There a tons of historic places around Dubuque and we stopped at a couple on this trip.

I convinced my sister to go with us down to the Farmer's market.
It was opening day and I had heard there would be someone special there.

This is my long time friend Kathy and I.
I hadn't seen her in 15 years!
Her husband started making wine as a hobby some time ago
and they were launching there new business at the farmer's market that day.

I was lucky enough to score some of his wine.
The cool thing for me is that each type of wine has a different historic name and label.
Really brought back memories for me.
The wine above is named from the Ham House,
one of the oldest homes in Dubuque.

The next stop we made was Eagle Point Park.
It sits along the bluff of the Mississippi River
overlooking Wisconsin and Illinois's borders.
This park was originally built during the Great Depression to give jobless men...
well jobs.
Can you imagine what would happen today if we started a project like that?
mind boggling.

Up on the bluff of the park you can see Lock and Dam no. 11.
When I was a kid we would ride our bikes down to the locks to watch the barges go through.
I would never let me kids do that now!
It's a HUGE river for goodness sake.

And the last place we stop was downtown by the Shot Tower.
Wow has that changed.
They have really done a fabulous job rejuvenating the downtown.
Unfortunately, I didn't make it to the local quilt shop on this trip.
I went to market so I was saving my pennies for that.
Have you ever been to Dubuque?


Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I have been to Dubuque many, many times. =) I live a little over an hour away. It's a beautiful area with all the bluffs and scenic views. Sounds like you had a great time. =D

Needled Mom said...

I grew up not too far from Dubuque and had an aunt and uncle that lived there. We used to visit them all of the time. I was back there a couple of years ago for my aunt's funeral. It is such a pretty town on the river.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Looks like you had a good time.

Karen said...

Nice photos, Vickie! How nice that you got to see your old friend!

And, no, I've not been to Dubuque.

Have a great day!


Teresa said...

What fun to go to your blog today and see photos of my hometown. I now live just outside DBQ in a smaller town.