Things to Do in Newton, Iowa- Birthplace of Maytag Blue Cheese

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Located in central Iowa is the quintessential, agricultural, small town of Newton. Travelers, who long to inhale air heavy with the scent of wildflowers, soak up serene pastoral landscape and partake of renowned gourmet wines and cheeses will enjoy a visit to Newton.

Maytag Dairy Farms

“Maytag Dairy Farms” is known throughout the world for their award-winning blue cheese. Visitors to the farm can partake of an informative plant tour and sample gourmet cheeses.

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Maytag Dairy Farms – image by maytagdairyfarms.com

First created in November of 1941, Maytag’s Blue Cheese is a much sought after product of the Maytag Family’s prize winning Holstein cows. It is coveted by the world’s best culinary artists and gourmet food aficionados alike.

Things to Do in Newton, Iowa- Birthplace of Maytag Blue Cheese
Maytag’s Blue Cheese – image by foodpoisoningnews.com

As of now “Maytag Dairy Farms” is open year round Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Maytag Dairy Farms

2282 East 8th Street N.

Newton, IA 50208

800-247-2458

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Maytag Dairy Farms is open year round Monday through Friday – image by traveliowa.com

Sugar Grove Vineyards & Gathering Place

“Sugar Grove Vineyard and Gathering Place” is situated on 120 acres of fertile farmland amongst rolling hills. Though they no longer produce their own private label wines, they do offer a variety of premier Iowa wines and beer.

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Sugar Grove Vineyards & Gathering Place

The acreage that encompasses the vineyards is replete with wildflowers, a pond and an 1870 grange hall.

In addition to wine tastings held in the historic grange building located on premise, the vineyard owner’s hosts unique special events year round. One of the vineyard’s special events is a favorable combination of wine tasting, history tour and gourmet dinner. Due to the size of the historic grange hall where the events are generally held, they tend to have an exclusive feel and sell out quickly.

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The vineyard owner’s hosts unique special events year round

Wine tasting are held by appointment only and hours of operation vary by season so it is best to call well in advance of one’s trip

Sugar Grove Vineyards & Gathering Place

6602 Ginger Avenue

Newton, IA 50208

641-831-3843

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A night inside Sugar Grove Vineyards & Gathering Place

Jasper County Historical Museum

The “Jasper County Historical Museum” features exhibits dedicated to exploring the history of the county and the Maytag Family legacy. The Maytag Family is credited with creating both Maytag appliances and the much desired “Maytag Blue Cheese.”

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Jasper County Historical Museum

One of the most popular and visually striking museum displays is a 40 foot bass relief sculpture by Jasper County artisan, Herman Deaton. The sculpture provides a timeline of Jasper County history in stunning detail. Additional displays include an 1875 barn, 1930’2 Victorian home, blacksmith shop and over 8,000 artifacts in all.

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Herman L. Deaton and “The Landmark” exhibit, Jasper County Museum. Photo by Bob Hawkins, May 6, 1983

As of now the “Jasper County Historical Museum” is open daily from 1:00 pm to 4:40 pm May through September and admission is free.

Jasper County Historical Museum

1700 S. 15th Avenue West

Newton, IA 50208

641-792-9118

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An exhibit in the museum

Additional Information

Those would-be visitors to Newton, Iowa may also want to consider a catching a double feature under the stars at the “Valle Drive-In Theater” or a relaxing overnight stay in one of the expertly appointed guest rooms at the “LaCorsette Maison Inn.”

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Valle Drive-In Theater

Additional information on the subsequently mentioned establishments as well as other attractions in Newton can be garnered from the city’s tourism website.

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