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TR: Museum, Salsa's, Fenelon Place & More!

I thought that I would write a trip report for the weekend getaway my husband and I just took because as I was searching for information about Dubuque I was wishing there was more recent discussion on this forum. Hopefully my review will help others in planning their trip.

My husband and I are in our early 30's and we live in Wisconsin. We took a 2 night getaway to Dubuque for our anniversary. I will post more as a reply.

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1. Re: TR: Museum, Salsa's, Fenelon Place & More!

We arrived in Dubuque shortly before noon on Friday, August 5th. We first went to 4th St. to ride the Fenelon Place Elevator. There are nice signs all around the city that help you get to attractions easily, so between those ad gps, I found it easily. We parked at the bottom and rode the elevator to the top. I thought it was neat and the views from the top were great. It's only $2 per person, round trip.

I was a little disappointed with the shops at the bottom. I guess I just thought there would be more of them. We walked a few blocks and browsed in some shops. The best shop I came upon was the All Things Sweet Shoppe. It's a small bakery that has the most amazing cupcakes. I bought a Rasberry Lemon one and it was great. Cupcakes are only $1.50!! (I'll visit this shop one more time before I leave Dubuque...)

We then drove over to Diamond Jo's Casino to check it out. We are VERY "low rollers" when it comes to gambling, but we enjoy it. We each played about $40 here and then decided to drive back downtown to find a place for a late lunch. Diamond Jo's was very nice, clean, and not too crowded with machines.

We found a restaurant called Salsa's on Main St. It is a mexican restaurant and it was very good. I had a beef chimichanga and my husband had steak fajitas. Chips and salsa a brought to the table. The salsa is warm, which is nice. The meals also came with refried beans & rice. It was a good meal and with tip was only $25.

Time to check into the hotel...

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Before I get to the hotel, I forgot that after lunch at Salsa's we went into Freddies Popcorn shop, which was across the street. I bought a small bag of caramel popcorn and it was REALLY good!

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, which is attached to the Mystique Casino and Greyhound Park. The hotel was very nice, very clean and the staff was friendly. We had a King non-smoking room and it was wonderful. The bed was so comfortable! There is free wifi in the rooms also.

We were tired (we have two little kids at home), so we took a nap for a couple of hours. We went to the casino around 6 and played a little, but had plans to go to the 7pm greyhound races. We headed there, bought our programs and found a table up front by the windows. Soda is free, as it is in the casino. There is a concession stand, that has pretty good food. During the races, my husband had a hotdog, which came with chips, fries or soup, for $3. He had the ham & bean soup. It wasn't amazing, but it was okay. Races were fun, I picked some good dogs, but my husband didn't!

After the races, we went into the casino and gambled for a bit. Close to 11:30 we decided to call it a night. But of course, then I was hungry since I had only snacked on my caramel popcorn since lunch, so we hit up the concession stand again for a hotdog and chips for each of us!

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We slept until about 10:30 Saturday morning! It was nice having no kids to wake us up! It was almost noon by the time we got ready and left the hotel room. We headed into the casion to the buffet (Bon Apetit) for lunch. They had a good selection, what was supposed to be hot was hot and it was clean. We enjoyed lunch, and it was cheap!

We then went to the Port of Dubuque to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. It cost $15 each, and it's actually a 2-day admission. There are more expensive admissions, if you want to see the movies, but since we didn't have kids with us, we passed on those. There are 2 buildings and some boats that are all part of the admission. We spent around 3 hours going through everything. It was really neat. I did expect more from the Aquarium part, it wasn't as big as I thought, but it was still neat. I really thought the "In the Dark" exhibit was lacking. It has nocturnal animals, but one could easily miss some parts of the exhibit.

Taste of Dubuque was going on today, so we ventured to the other side of the Port to go there. It's free admission, you just pay for whatever you would like to eat at each of the stands. We were really disppointed. There were only maybe 2 restaurants there and the food was kind of expensive. I did try crab rangoon from a chinese stand, and they were good. My husband tried some BBQ ribs from another stand and they were not good at all. Freddies popcorn had a stand, so I bought a large bag of caramel popcorn (since my small one was gone!). After that, we left. We were probably only there 30-45 minutes! I guess I just expected more.

Since we were right by Diamond Jo's we stopped in for a few minutes. We then headed back to our hotel.

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We originally planned on having a nice dinner at Champagne at Mystique but neither of us was very hungry. We rested and freshened up in the room, and then headed down to the casino around 7:30pm. I had fun playing the penny machines and turned $5 into $60 and $80 a couple of times. Then I got brave and played Blackjack Switch which was $10 a hand. Walked away after losing $45. But, it was fun! I don't really expect to make money while gambling! Around 10pm, I decided I was hungry. So, off to the concession stand by the dog track we went! I had a 3 cheese panini with fries, and my husband had a hotdog with fries. Dinner for less than $20! After that, we gambled a bit more and then headed off to bed!

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Sunday, August 7th-our last day!

My parents were watching our children, so we had to be home sometime in the afternoon. We checked out of the hotel at 11am and then headed into the casino for a last few minutes of gambling. By noon, we were hungry. We didn't want the buffet again, or hotdogs, so we left and headed downtown. I made a stop at the All Things Sweet Shoppe to get more cupcakes! I wanted to take some home. I got 4 cupcakes...another Raspberry Lemon, a Red Velvet, a Carrot Cake, and a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. They also have these things called "cake drops", which my husband loved! They are little balls of cake dipped in white chocolate! They have them in many different flavors. My husband had about a half-dozen of the funfetti ones! I also bought an oatmeal cookie sandwich. What has been eaten so far has been amazing! That shop is almost worth a trip to Dubuque itself!

We couldn't decide on where to eat lunch. Hubby really wanted a burger, so we went to Mojo's sportsbar at Diamond Jo's casino. The burgers were amazing! The service wasn't so good though. The waiter actually took our menu's away to give to another table before we ordered! So, when he came to order I had to say "I'll have that first cheeseburger on the menu". Also, I ordered iced tea. It was unsweetened and there were no sugar packets on the table. I asked him for sugar and he said, "regular, pink or blue"? (knowing what he meant) I said pink or blue. He brings me 3 packets of regular sugar (in white packets)! The sugar wouldn't dissolve in the tea and it wasn't good. I ended up hitting a McDonald's on the way home for a Sweet Tea!

After lunch, it was time to head home. We had about a 2 1/2 hour drive ahead of us.

Overall, it was a great trip. I really liked Dubuque. I felt safe just driving around and finding local restaurants and shops. We ate cheap this trip, but had great food.

I hope that anyone reading finds my trip report helpful when planning their trip. Thanks for reading!

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6. Re: TR: Museum, Salsa's, Fenelon Place & More!

Thanks for the report. I think that Dubuque is Iowa's most interesting town. I am glad you had a good time.

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7. Re: TR: Museum, Salsa's, Fenelon Place & More!

Thanks for the report and glad you enjoyed your stay in Dubuque.

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8. Re: TR: Museum, Salsa's, Fenelon Place & More!

In my third post, I meant to say that there were around 20 restaurants at Taste, not 2! Sorry!

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9. Re: TR: Museum, Salsa's, Fenelon Place & More!

Wow VegasGirl. We hope to be in Dubuque for a couple of nights in october and your TR is very helpful. Thx.

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10. Re: TR: Museum, Salsa's, Fenelon Place & More!

Thank you soooo much for the great review!!! I love putting smiles on peoples faces!!!!

Jennifer Noel

Owner of All Things Sweet Shoppe