The Most Romantic Iowa Bed and Breakfast

The Oakwood Inn is a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast Inn located in Okoboji near Spirit Lake.

Photo of our Romantic Iowa Bed and Breakfast in the Iowa Great Lakes Region

Before the busy summer season sets in, make sure you set some time aside with your special someone! The best way to do that is to join us at our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast in Okoboji, part of the Iowa Great Lakes Region. The Oakwood Inn is a beautiful hotel offering couples luxury bed and breakfast amenities with welcoming innkeepers, delicious meals, and plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to relax and unwind. 

Our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast was originally part of an 80-acre homestead in rural Dickinson County—the land was eventually broken up into parcels for sale. The structure, home to the Oakwood Inn, was built in 1999 with Victorian influences. It’s continuously operated as an inn and hotel—the property is ideally located in the Iowa Great Lakes region, just one mile from both West Lake and East Lake Okoboji. In 2016, seasoned hospitality professionals Bill and Bridget Johnson purchased the property. They implemented an extensive renovation and redesigned it into one of the area’s most romantic Iowa Bed and Breakfasts! 

As you arrive, our pristine white Inn, surrounded by oak tree savannah and seasonal gardens, stands out as an oasis of peace and respite. You’ll be welcomed with open arms as you step foot into our spacious entryway—take your time to explore our shared spaces or head directly to your private guest room to freshen up. Throughout your getaway to our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast, you can spend your days relaxing here or head out to explore all the best of the Iowa Great Lakes Region nearby. Read on to find out more, and reserve your lodging today! 

Photo of our Romantic Iowa Bed and Breakfast in the Iowa Great Lakes Region

Discover our Romantic Iowa Bed and Breakfast

A couples getaway can be whatever you want it to be. If your love language is adventures in the great outdoors together or staying in by the fire with chocolate-covered strawberries and red wine—either style is attainable at our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast. Here’s what to expect on a stay at The Oakwood Inn: 

  1. Newly Renovated Guest Rooms: An important element of a couples getaway is having a beautiful space to reconnect, and our eleven spacious guest rooms provide the perfect peaceful locale. Our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast includes high-end amenities like gas fireplaces, private verandas and patios, sumptuous Comphy linens, and Aveda toiletries. Choice rooms are equipped with double whirlpool tubs. However, every room has a private bathroom. 
  2. Modern Amenities: While sometimes you want to disconnect to reconnect best with your partner, we do offer modern touches like business-class Wi-Fi throughout the Inn, large flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning and heating controls, and refrigerators in your room.
  3. The Den: For those who like to mingle with other guests, the lower level of our Inn is a gathering space. The great room is the perfect place to relax any time of day. Play a round of cards or pool, sit back on one of the comfy couches, watch a movie on the 60-inch flat-screen television, or curl up with a good book. For those who enjoy adult beverages—wine and beer are available for purchase at the front desk.
  4. Scratch-Made Breakfast: Each morning, join us in the sun-lit dining room under airy ceilings for a freshly brewed mug of our coffee blend or selection of teas. We’ll prepare a three-course gourmet breakfast with sweet and savory options that change daily. Enjoy the beautiful garden views from the ample windows. 
  5. Add-on Packages: We offer our guests a handful of thoughtful enhancement packages to their getaway at our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast. There’s an option for extra romance, golf lovers, entertainment buffs, and more. 
  6. Our Surrounding Grounds: Our beautiful garden grounds offer a welcome respite any time of year—especially in the spring and summer. The bulbs are bursting from the ground, the lawns and trees are lush green, and you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the Iowa Great Lakes Region. 
  7. Our Location in Iowa: Our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast is near the best recreation areas, with West Lake Okoboji and East Lake Okoboji just minutes away. You’ll also find fantastic things to do in our charming downtown area and plenty of excellent local restaurants and waterfront bars.
  8. Welcoming and Warm Hospitality: Your Innkeepers, Bill and Bridget, have always wanted to have their own B&B, and The Oakwood Inn has fulfilled that desire. You’ll see that hospitality is something they love and enjoy doing. Personalized and discreet service will be essential to your stay at our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast. 
A beautiful sunset in Okoboji near our Romantic Iowa Bed and Breakfast

Couples Getaway in the Iowa Great Lakes Region

Let’s say you’ve planned a quick weekend trip to our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast. Here’s a three-day itinerary to best enjoy the beauty of the Iowa Great Lakes Region and get the most out of your next couple’s getaway. 

Day 1: Friday Check-in
  • Settle into your romantic guest room! If you’ve ordered the Romance Package ahead of time, you’ll have flowers, a bottle of wine, a charcuterie and cheese platter, and lovely-smelling bath salts awaiting your arrival. 
  • Head to dinner at The Waterfront on East Lake Okoboji for an elegant fine-dining menu, a great wine list, and stunning lake views.
  • Grab the beautiful sunset on the lake and a nightcap with live music at Barefoot Bar at the Parks Marina. Retreat to our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast for a quiet night in. 
Day 2: Saturday in Okoboji
  • Wake refreshed and join us for a spectacular three-course breakfast in our dining room. Take your time and sip your coffee; feel free to head out on the garden grounds to relax and start the day off on the right foot. 
  • If you feel like a beautiful walk to a local arts center from the Inn, take the Kenue Park Trail to the Pearson Lakes Art Center. View the art galleries and outdoor sculpture garden before heading into town. Explore the Okoboji Classic Car Museum, perfect for history buffs. Here you can also peruse the antique shops and local boutiques and head to the iconic Farrell Sisters for a late lunch—save room for pie! 
  • There’s no better place for a romantic date in the Iowa Great Lakes Region than the historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park. You’ll love the nostalgia factor with fair food, games, and rides. Be sure to hit the lake on the Queen II on the sunset sailing. 
Day 3: Last Day in the Iowa Great Lakes Region
  • We’ll treat you to breakfast each day of your stay, so head to the dining room before you check out on your final day. Check-out is at 11 am, so if you’re an early riser, you could have time to head down to the water for kayaking or canoeing.
  • On your way out of town, you could hit the links at one of the local Okoboji golf courses or swing out to Round Lake Vineyards for lunch and a wine tasting. 
  • Safe travels, and start planning your next visit to our romantic Iowa bed and breakfast! 

We hope you’ll join us soon! The Iowa Great Lakes Region is a popular summer destination, and lodging properties fill up early; don’t delay. Book your getaway today! 

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