Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Marion/Cedar Rapids sits about 30 minutes from both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Each morning, a complimentary continental breakfast of danish pastries, bagels, and cereal is served. Nearby attractions include a golf driving range and two shopping malls. You can also learn about the local history by visiting the National Czech & Slovak Museum or the Amana Colonies, a living history site close by.
At Serendipity's Salon, a certified aesthetician pampers her clients with traditional spa services, including European facials with added arm and leg massages, deep chemical exfoliation, and waxing. The staff also specializes in eastern-influenced treatments, such as henna tattooing and threading services for eyebrows, faces, or stuffed animals tired of wearing the same old expression.
The employees at Detail Plus are old hands when it comes to restoring cars to the glory of their showroom days. Staff members draw from years of experience as they gently detail the interiors, exteriors, and secret undercarriage glove compartments of roadsters. They hand wash outer frames and snatch any lingering environmental grime with Clay Magic products. Inside, conditioners care for vinyl and leather and steam removes contaminants from carpet. Protective extras include an undercoating that muffles noise and vibrations from the road as it shields wheel wells, gas tanks, and other fixtures from rust and corrosion.
Christopher Ryan has been hard at work in the kitchen since he was a teenager, eventually turning his passion for cooking into a career with the help of training from the French Pastry School in Chicago. Today, Christopher and his wife, Anna, serve up a smorgasbord of savory sandwiches and pastries at their CRC Bakery and Cafe. Guests dine on turkey reubens, tofu banh mi sandwiches, and fresh cobb salads, followed by handmade lemon bars, chocolate croissants, and cake by the slice.
The Scarlett Boutique fashions ladies with casual tops, denim, handbags, and jewelry. Promenade across the quaint shop's hardwood showroom while browsing tops from brands such as Alternative Apparel, Tulle, and Heavy Rotation ($12–$48). Racks sprout a bouquet of stylish jeans ($48–$74), and handbags, totes, and clutches provide vessels to transport home smaller handbags, totes, and clutches ($20–$48). Scarlet-painted walls support shelves stocked with essential add-ons, including jewelry that hangs from body branches in the form of bracelets and necklaces ($10–$30). The Scarlett Boutique refreshes its selection with new items weekly, protecting restless hangers from the dreaded seven-day itch.
Carolyn Schmitz at Destination Massage & Spa practices massage therapy to complement the staff’s aesthetic services. She can soothe sore flexors and impart a sense of calm during sessions that take as long as a leisurely crabwalk from one end of Rhode Island to the other—60 or 90 minutes. If her clients want services to complement a relaxing massage, Carolyn can direct them to hairstylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists.