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Open for just one month every autumn, The Pumpkin Ranch seems more like a scene from a child’s dream than a family-run business. But that’s the way the Handsaker family planned it, hoping to create a family-friendly hub that celebrated their love of all things autumn. They began by cultivating their 9-acre cornfield into a complex maze, incorporating 12 checkpoints that make sure guests are on the right path and offer clues to the ranch’s Farm Scene Investigation mystery. Alongside the maze, the Handsakers have built up a 10-acre patch of pumpkins and gourds, where squashy specimens wait to be carved into jack-o’-lanterns or stomped into wine.

The hayrack ride transports guests to and fro on the ranch, speeding up walks so guests can spend more time reveling in the play zone’s bounce houses, climbable straw bales, and tire towers. For more exhilarating pastimes, the ranch offers tennis-ball launchers that send the bright orbs soaring at water-based targets, exhilarating zipline courses, and fire pits to warm up chilly fall afternoons. Inside the concession stand, staffers sell steamy cups of specialty ciders and hot chocolate alongside homemade baked goods, giving guests a taste of fall, and outside, vendors serve up larger bites such as grilled and smoked meat to fuel the outdoor fun.

2425 Hiatt Apple Trail
Winterset,
IA
US

Two decades ago, Jeff Holmes founded the original CanoeSport Outfitters in a space so tiny he could only display five or six boats. Today, CanoeSport Outfitters? Indianola location sprawls out across more than 20,000 square feet of retail space dedicated to stocking shimmering hulls and essential accessories.

Five miles south, on the sandy shores of Lake Ahquabi, lies CanoeSport Outfitters' satellite concessions outpost, which rents canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards to those who forgot to bring their pet dolphins. The outpost also teaches basic and advanced paddling classes?including water-based yoga?and sends groups on guided tours of the surrounding waters. No matter the task, the team members from CanoeSport Outfitters hold true to their philosophy of supporting sustainable recreation that minimizes environmental impact.

1651 118th Avenue
Indianola,
IA
US

12-unit motel and 2-suite Guest House with a "Make Yourself At Home" atmosphere. Covered outdoor seating, deck with grills, fish cleaning station, lake nearby. Friendly, relaxing ambiance just one hour south of Des Moines or 2 hours north of Kansas City off I-35.

708 W 1st St
Leon,
IA
US

Pleasantville Golf & Country Club's nine-hole course blankets the Marion County countryside with a circuit of tree-lined fairways. Originally opened in 1965, the course boasts the trademarks of a mature layout, with well-defined greens, tall timbers, and fairways that are starting to show flecks of gray. The semiprivate club also encompasses an outdoor swimming pool and Bogey's, a grill with a full-service bar and a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and other casual eats.:

957 N Highway 5
Pleasantville,
IA
US

Now in its 40th year, Medicap Pharmacy stocks its shelves with an array of healthcare products, specializing in a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere staffed by personable pharmacists. Guests are invited to peruse Medicap Pharmacy's thoroughfares lined with medicinal home goods, or stop by the pharmacy counter to fill a prescription or ask about seasonal flu shots. Customers can tenderly tend to wounded ankles with an ankle brace ($29.90), reward immune systems with reinforcing cold medicine ($1.59–$11.49), or keep the body stocked with the vital nutrients by picking up women’s vitamins ($8.90). Medicap Pharmacy also keeps customers in tip-top shape by offering preventative health screenings as well as at-home delivery.

404 E Euclid Ave
Indianola,
IA
US

A shimmering butterfly hovers suspended in a pink glass teardrop. Glass bands wind around each other like ribbons of pulled taffy to form a glass icicle. Intricate and distinct, the glass artwork at Indianola Glass Creations reflects the diverse specialties of the shops’ glassworkers. Shop partner and lampwork instructor Bobbi Oelmann says it’s this versatility that first drew her to the medium. On any given day, you can find her and her fellow artists slumping glass in the shop’s kiln, blowing glass in the torch room, or meticulously cutting panes of stained glass into adorable geometric shapes. Artists can easily customize these glass pieces to suit customers’ specifications—they create earrings to match a prized pendant, for instance, or fire custom-blown glass ornaments.

Artists not only sell their artwork and jewelry, but empower budding artists to create their own one-of-a-kind creations with weekly classes. Groups of 3–10 students may learn to turn glass rods into beads during a lampworking class, or piece together a stained-glass ornament. To ensure a positive experience, Ms. Oelmann says that instructors strive to get to know each student and his or her goals for the class: “We want them to enjoy it just as much as we do.”

119 N Buxton St.
Indianola,
Iowa
US