Free, Family-Friendly Fun @ Prairie Meadows!

Looking for some outdoor entertainment that’s free and family-friendly? Prairie Meadows has just what you’re looking for: Live horseracing! (Cue the William Tell Overture). Every Friday through Monday, Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel features FREE live racing.

5 of a Kind: Our ‘Café at the Meadows’ Faves

For those who don’t know, the Café is a casual dining spot located on Level 1 of Prairie Meadows, near the hotel entrance. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, it’s a go-to spot for breakfast, lunch or a quick snack. To celebrate the reopening of the Café at the Meadows, we’re counting down five of our absolute favorite entrees!

Doing the Dew? Stay in Altoona!

On May 20th-23rd, the world’s best skateboarders will roll, flip, grind, switch, slide and ollie their way into Des Moines, along with thousands of spectators, for Dew Tour 2021. If you plan on heading to Des Moines, you’ll need to find a place to stay—and you’ll want to hurry. Hotel rooms are going faster than Tony Hawk on a halfpipe. Fortunately for you, we already found the best place to stay in the Des Moines area: Altoona!

Café at the Meadows is BACK!

After being closed for more than a year, Prairie Meadows’ casual-dining restaurant, Café at the Meadows, has reopened. This local favorite is serving up breakfast classics, along with a variety of first-rate burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Altoona’s New Hyatt is Perfect for Your Next Event or Getaway

Located at the heart of Altoona’s entertainment district, the brand-new Hyatt Place Altoona/Des Moines has everything going for it: a gorgeous lakeside view; restaurants, shopping and entertainment right outside the door; a quick drive to downtown Des Moines; a hotel bar and Starbucks coffee; and beautiful, fully equipped event/meeting spaces. Book today!

Have you made your Valentine’s Day plans?

Planning a special Valentine’s celebration can be daunting. Where to eat, what gifts to give, what to do for entertainment – it all gets overwhelming. Well, Altoona has an amazing place that checks all of those boxes for you on Valentine’s Day. Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel has some great offers to make your sweetheart swoon.

Valentine’s Day at Home? These 5 Local Businesses Have You Covered.

While some have always preferred to stay home for Valentine’s Day, many more of us will be joining their ranks this year. The good news? Celebrating at home can be just as much fun as going out—or even more. There’s less stress, it’s more intimate, and planning the evening yourself is part of the fun!

Jethro’s in Altoona offers a fresh take on steak

In this week’s Off the Menu, Steve and CJ from Elder Corporation visit the famous Jethro’s ‘n Jakes Smokehouse Steaks in Altoona, Iowa, where they sample some of the restaurant’s award-winning dishes. The pair even gets to try Jethro’s cold-smoked NY Strip. Check it out!