West Bend

"A Rock Solid Community" is home to the world famous Grotto of the Redemption. The Grotto is the largest collection of rock and semi-precious stones in existence. Father Paul Dobberstein collected ornamental rocks and gems, setting them in concrete to represent scenes in the life of Christ. The Grotto is open to visitors year round, offering hourly tours. Visit www.westbendgrotto.com or call (515) 887-2371.

The West Bend Historical Society has created a replica of a Sod House, which represents the temporary dwellings that many early pioneers built when first settling on the prairie. A restored Country Schoolhouse and Post Office along with two Historical Museums featuring displays that provide a look back at people, places and progress through the history of West Bend and the surrounding area are all available for tours. While there, view the video about how Country Maid (manufacturer of Butter Braid Pastries) started in the basement of a farmhouse and has grown to serve customers in over 45 states. Contact the Historical Society at (515) 200-9234.

Stop at the Old Fashioned Soda Fountain located in the Villager Flowers & Gifts on Broadway Avenue and experience one of their tasty milk shakes or flavored cokes. Stay at the Park View Inn & Suites, a 36-unit facility with an indoor pool. Ask about their theme rooms and make a reservation by calling (515) 887-3611.

West Bend has several gift shops and eating establishments as well. For a complete business listing and additional information about West Bend visit www.westbendiowa.com or call (515) 887-2181.