Hilltop Motel

10 Allens Alley, Clear Lake, Iowa, 50428, United States | Motel
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Travel Blogs from Clear Lake

Two towns, two musicians to make them famous

A travel blog entry by tinabacasgibson


... and it's easy to see how much fun a concert or dance would be there. The ballroom started have big band events there in the 1930s and continues to host rock shows there today. The building is open every day for self-guided tours and the gift shop sells t-shirts, knick knacks and repro posters of the famed Winter Dance Party of Feb. 2, 1959.

Then we headed out on dusty white dirt roads to find the crash ...

And what brings you to Mason City?

A travel blog entry by tinabacasgibson


... the hotel dining room, we wandered around town and stopped for a drink at the Candy Bar Nite Club, a little divey bar in the location of the original Pleazol pool hall. A great way to end a travel day. We went back to our wonderful room and crashed, exhausted from seeing so much corn and soybeans.

Next up... the Buddy Holly and Meredith Willson Industrial Complexes, or what makes Northern Iowa famous.

Wow, What a Party!!!!!!!!!!!

A travel blog entry by pyoots


Hello Traveling Companions,

Leaving Kellogg, Iowa, we sadly lost our dash a/c and had to sweat it out 100 miles from Forest City. But arrive we did and stopped off at the local Ford dealership to get the parts ordered. Marcus, the service manager couldn't believe our luck as the compressor had seized up but the pulley kept turning which avoided being stranded on the side of the road with nothing in sight but corn stalks. ...

Bus to RV

A travel blog entry by lbroeder


Our only mission of the day is to travel from Chicago area to the Winnebago factory in Iowa for RV pickup. Journey begins with flight to Minneapolis. Travel bags weigh in just under 50 lbs. TSA physically inspects the bags. (Could the hatchet, shovel, and saw be the cause?) In Minneapolis we find our way to the transportation center. There we meet a group of people that have already assembled. 2 city sizes buses will deliver us to Forest City. There are ...

And so began the repairs.....

A travel blog entry by jpandpa

... replace refrigerator part that broke, fix auto-leveler that did not work properly, and a few other items. Oh, and replace the windshield that had not one, but two, rock chips in it. Got one entering North Dakota and one leaving North Dakota. Hint: stay out of North Dakota.

We were there 19 days and said that was enough. We needed to be in Ohio by the 14th to attend an OSU football game. And we had had enough of Iowa by then.


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This motel, located on 10 Allens Alley, Clear Lake, is near Surf Ballroom, Fort Custer Maze, and Clear Lake Fire Museum.
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