Bridges of Madison County Tour Guide
It’s been a crazy few months around these parts. Hectic schedules, going here, rushing there. As much as I love traveling, sometimes all I want to do when I have some quiet time is just hunker down at home and do nothing. That being said, I also realize keeping such a busy schedule, takes away time from some of your closest relationships. When my best friend, Bree, and I determined a few weeks ago we needed a day trip away, I suggested we make it a bit of a staycation, girl’s trip, complete with our moms, where we didn’t even have to leave the state of Iowa to have an enjoyable time. Also, I don’t believe I can take a vacation, without sharing the details with all of you on the blog, so here is My Farmhouse Table’s Bridges of Madison County Tour Guide.
Bridges of Madison County Tour Guide- The Bridges
The first bridge on our tour was the Roseman Bridge.
It was easily our group’s favorite bridge that we saw.
We loved walking through the bridges and seeing all the little works of art and words written along their walls and support beams.
After a quick lunch at The Cellar and a little shopping around the Winterset town square, we made our way to see the second bridge on our tour, the Cutler-Donahue.
The Cutler-Donahue is conveniently located in the Winterset City Park and is the only bridge that you don’t have to drive on gravel roads to see.
Just to the east of Winterset is the Holliwell Covered Bridge.
It is the longest of the bridges in Madison County and sits across the beautiful Middle River.
Imes Bridge sits on the eastern edge of the small town of St. Charles.
It is the oldest of the remaining covered bridges of Madison county and conveniently located just off Interstate 35.
Cedar Bridge is another one of those important locations from the movie The Bridges of Madison County.
It is also the only covered bridge you can drive across.
One thing that I loved about the various bridges, they were always marked with a beautiful plaque. Giving wonderful information and details about the bridge’s construction and other fun facts.
The final bridge we visited was the Hogback Bridge.
Since it was getting to be late afternoon, we had most of this location to ourselves.
So there is my “pro” tips.
Come early or come late if you want some gorgeous photos without all the other “tourists”.
If the Roseman was my favorite bridge. I would have to say the Hogback was my favorite location.
It was simply stunning on a late fall afternoon.
Bridges of Madison County Tour Guide- The Fun
On top of road tripping in beautiful Madison County, we spent time at a couple of the wineries and cideries that are splattered around Winterset.
One of our stops was the Madison County Winery on our way from Holliwell Bridge to Imes Bridge in St. Charles.
So much fun doing a tasting with these lovely ladies.
The last stop of our “day away” was the Winterset Cidery just off Highway 169.
Another sampler platter of fun fall inspired hard ciders, had us wrapping up an enjoyable day together.
Thanks to some of my favorite ladies for always being willing to ‘ride along’ with my crazy ideas.