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In Stuart Alexander's perfect world, every garden is a wonderland. Blades of grass form an undisturbed carpet of green, flowers burst with intense color and fragrant smells, and trees provide shady havens for weary travelers. Now, after spending years as an event planner and designer, Stuart works his artistry outside as part of 5th Room Landscapes. Working with seasoned landscapers and garden experts, Stuart's team oversees all facets of domestic plant life, from designing and installing gardens to maintaining creations throughout all seasons yet to come. Their spaces are as usable as they are beautiful, encouraging homeowners to spend more time barbecuing in the summer, leaf-peeping in the autumn, and protecting the yard from territorial hockey players in the winter.

323 E Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.

1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

The year was 1902, and young Edwin Thomas Meredith was about to get married. His grandfather had a special nuptial gift to give: a handful of $20 coins to buy a controlling interest in the family newspaper, the Farmer's Tribune. Attached to the paper's debt-filled finance sheet was a note that said "Sink or swim," so E.T. Meredith strapped on his proverbial scuba flippers. Just over a decade later, subscriptions for Meredith's debut magazine Successful Farming were up from 500 to more than 500,000. In 1922, the company launched Fruit, Garden and Home—renamed Better Homes and Gardens in 1924—and a publishing powerhouse made its national debut.

More than a century after its founding, Meredith Corporation remains rooted in the old-fashioned ideals that E.T. held to on his wedding day. Their line-up, however, has evolved to suit the times. Alongside Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith publishes the wellness-oriented cooking magazine Eating Well, regionally focused magazines such as Midwest Living and Country Life, and the Spanish-language monthlies Siempre Mujer and Ser Padres. Of course, they stick with the stuff that works, too. Successful Farming is still going strong, and Talkin' Bout Talkies only folded last year when silent pictures made a comeback. Rooted in the past, but always reaching toward the future, Meredith's magazines keep old traditions alive and vibrant.

1716 Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

Property Location
A stay at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel places you in the heart of Des Moines, walking distance from Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and Des Moines Civic Center. This hotel is within close proximity of Polk County Convention Complex and Ruan Center.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 212 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include complimentary weekday newspapers and coffee/tea makers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.

Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a computer station, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request). Parking (subject to charges) is also conveniently located nearby.

401 Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

Property Location
Located in Des Moines (Urbandale - Northwest Des Moines), Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines - Northwest is convenient to Merle Hay Mall and Pioneer Hi-Bred Headquarters. This hotel is within the vicinity of Drake University and Living History Farms.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 198 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have deep soaking bathtubs and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and shopping on site. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 2 mi.

Dining
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms and a meeting/conference room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.

4800 Merle Hay Rd
Urbandale,
IA
US

Property Location
Located in Des Moines, Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conf Center is close to Blank Park Zoo and Southridge Mall. This hotel is within the vicinity of Willow Creek Golf Club and Salisbury House.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 216 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and secretarial services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.

6111 Fleur Dr
Des Moines,
IA
US