Two good reasons for a weekend in Iowa City

Heads up: Downtown Iowa City hosts a golf tournament. Photo: Iowa City Downtown District.

Downtown Iowa City hosts a double feature May 19 and 20, so why not go for both?

Take your wallet May 19 for the Downtown Summer Shop Crawl, where you can peruse local shops while sipping a seltzer, sangria or spritz. Participating stores will also offer special sales, and ticket holders receive a free tote bag to carry home their new goodies.

On May 20, downtown bars and restaurants host the annual Puttin’ Around Downtown mini-golf tournament. Registered teams of up to four can play courses at their own pace while enjoying some food and drinks at each destination. The various paths are designed and built by each participating venue.

In between events, you can stay downtown at the Graduate Iowa City hotel to keep things walkable, or out at the funky Highlander Hotel just off Interstate 80. In its previous life, the inn and supper club hosted the likes of Joan Baez, Mickey Mantle and Arnold Palmer.

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