Plan Your Summer Getaway to Lake Okoboji, Iowa Now!

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

photo of a beautiful sunset cruise over Lake Okoboji

Lake Okoboji is one of Iowa’s most popular summer destinations. From the stunning deep blue waters and a long list of outdoor and boating recreation to the nearby historic attractions and lively eateries and bars along the shores of this glacier-carved landmark—there are so many things to do in Okoboji this summer!

Nestled in the northwest corner of Iowa, the Iowa Great Lakes region includes the state’s largest natural lake, Big Spirit Lake, and five interconnected lakes: West Lake Okoboji, East Lake Okoboji, Upper Gar, Lower Gar, and Minnewashta. These picturesque lakes resulted from significant geological changes during the last ice age. West Lake Okoboji is perhaps the most popular, as the spring-fed waters are an astounding 136 feet deep. 

While it might feel early to look forward to your summer vacation time, it’s never too soon to start planning your next getaway to the Lake Okoboji area. You don’t want to miss out on the best lodging options, as local hotels, Inns, and B&Bs tend to fill up early. For those ready to get their summer plans on the calendar, our hotel in Okoboji, IA, is one of the best places to stay. Especially for those looking to rekindle, relish, or spark romance. Our adults-only boutique hotel creates a serene and peaceful space for couples to relax without worrying about crowds or unwanted noise.

Many of the area hotels in Okoboji are overrun with tourists and families during the summer. While you’ll be in the ideal location to explore the local hotspots on the lake, you’ll retreat back to our haven of calm as a guest at The Oakwood Inn. Book your room today before we fill up for summer! 

photo of a couple on vacation at Lake Okoboji

The Best Summer Getaways Happen at Lake Okoboji

East and West Lake Okoboji in the Iowa Great Lakes region have an entirely different atmosphere in the bright and sunny summer months. The water comes alive with boats and cruises, and the area restaurants offer live music and drink specials. And our charming small town attracts tourists from all over the country.

Here are the best things to look forward to this summer at West Lake Okoboji and around town this year:

  1. Boating on the lake: Whether you’re into sailing, speed boating, or kayaking, spending time on the water is one of the most popular things to do in Okoboji during the summer. Rentals are available from Extreme WatersportsOkoboji Boat Works, or Boat Okoboji Rentals. A remarkable sunset cruise on West Lake Okoboji aboard the Queen II is one of the best additions to a romantic getaway in Iowa. 
  2. Summer Shows at Okoboji Summer Theatre: Each year, we anticipate the announcement of the summer lineup at the Okoboji Summer Theatre. The professional theater company puts on amazing plays and musicals from the end of June through mid-August. 
  3. Pearson Lakes Art Center for Galleries and Summer Concerts: This local art center is a gathering space for locals and visitors alike. During the summer, they host fantastic concerts and offer fun classes, and the outdoor sculpture trail is a must on a warm evening. 
  4. Hitting the Links: There are five golf within five miles of our hotel in Okoboji, IA, and it’s such a great way to spend a day together on a summer getaway. Our Inn has the perfect package for golf lovers, including tee times at two courses, pro shop gift certificates, and more. 
  5. Arnolds Park Amusement Park: Reconnect with your inner child at one of the longest-operating amusement parks in the world. Hit the thrill rides, indulge in classic sweet treats, and explore the Maritime Museum. 
  6. An Afternoon at Round Lake Vineyard: There’s no better addition to a romantic getaway than wine tastings, a tour of sweeping vineyards, and a lovely farm-fresh meal. 
  7. Dining out on the shores of Lake Okoboji: One spot not to miss in the summer is the legendary O’Farrell Sisters for diner fare and famous pie. But you’ll also find plenty of restaurants directly on West and East Lake Okoboji with stunning water views. You’ll find everything from fine dining (Prime Boji & Maxwell’s) to casual and lively establishments (Barefoot Bar & Snappers) for memorable meals and cocktails.
  8. Okoboji Classic Car Museum: Auto enthusiasts will love visiting this Classic Car Museum where the showroom is filled with classic cars and a restoration shop. There are even mint-condition classic cars for sale.
  9. Hiking and Disc Golf at Kenue Park: You’ll find lovely trails through the prairie and around the wetland at this local park, as well as an 18-hole professional-level disc golf course and a fantastic Nature Playscape. These paved trails are a part of the Dickinson County Trails system.
  10. Explore Gull Point State Park: This Iowa State Park on West Lake Okoboji provides numerous opportunities for water recreation, from a beautiful swimming beach and a boat ramp to fantastic fishing and nature trails.
Lake Okoboji, photo of a king suite at the Oakwood Inn

The Best Hotel in Okoboji, IA

The Oakwood Inn is a beautiful hotel in Okoboji, IA, offering extensive bed and breakfast amenities that other area hotels can’t compare. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway all year round, but summer is extraordinary for sunny days on the water. Plan ahead for those milestone birthdays and anniversaries, or just relax on a weekend getaway with friends! There’s no better place to unwind; we’ll ensure you have everything you need with a warm and welcoming smile during your stay. 

Our newly renovated, modern guest rooms are just the beginning—each room is unique in design and decor, but all include high-end amenities and comfortable appointments. You’ll wake to stunning morning views of the expansive gardens and oak savannah as the delicate scent of freshly brewed coffee wafts from the kitchen. Join us each morning of your stay for a savory, home-cooked gourmet breakfast best enjoyed in our bright and airy dining room. It’s the best way to start your day before exploring the summertime activities on West Lake Okoboji and beyond. 

After a day of enjoying all Okoboji has to offer, come back to The Oakwood Inn and relax in our lovely outdoor spaces, in The Den for games and movies, or stroll hand in hand around the various seasonal gardens. There are plenty of thoughtfully-designed spaces for you to spend some quality time on your romantic getaway in Iowa. We also offer an excellent selection of add-on packages for those special touches to your stay. Plan ahead for summer now and book your room at our hotel in Okoboji today! 

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