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>>>UPDATE: La Bota Mexican Restaurant responded that they will be opening TOMORROW (Friday, April 3) at 11 AM.La Bota Me...
04/02/2020

>>>UPDATE: La Bota Mexican Restaurant responded that they will be opening TOMORROW (Friday, April 3) at 11 AM.

La Bota Mexican Restaurant is opening for take-out today (Thursday, April 2) at 4 PM. Spread the word to support one of our local businesses!

‼️UPDATE‼️

Sneak Peek before we HOPEFULLY 🤞 get to open for carry out this week!!!!!

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For now, it’s BUSINESS AS USUAL here at the Little River Inn Motel! Well, not quite, because we’ve stepped up our game t...
03/19/2020
Little River Inn Motel & Guest House

For now, it’s BUSINESS AS USUAL here at the Little River Inn Motel! Well, not quite, because we’ve stepped up our game to help keep everyone safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

DISINFECTION

We have always used a hospital-grade disinfectant to clean commonly used items in the rooms (phones, remotes, flat surfaces, bathrooms).

We’re giving extra attention to:
• Doorknobs, drawer pulls, lamp switches, light switches, room keys, etc.
• For checkouts, we air the rooms thoroughly. Studies show fresh air ventilation to be quite effective in cleaning the air.
• After airing and cleaning the rooms, we are also using ozone air purification. Past studies show ozone air treatment to almost instantaneously kill bacteria and viruses, and current studies show promise in killing COVID-19.
• Wearing gloves and washing our hands more than ever! 😊

CHECK-INS & LOBBY

• The lobby area is disinfected regularly as guests come and go. Again, we target commonly uses items for disinfection (coffee pots, condiment containers, sink, doorknobs, etc.)
• Front desk staff disinfect office equipment, pens, counter, etc. with each break between guests.
• We are keeping a “safe distance” of about 6 feet between people as much as possible. We do this out of respect for everyone, and we hope you will still feel that the environment is friendly and comfortable here.

STAFF
• We wash our hands a lot!
• We disinfect our phones and personal items while at work.
• We disinfect our own cleaning supplies and work areas.
• We maintain a safe distance while communicating with each other.
• We keep smiling!

CONTACTLESS PAY
• We are required to keep your credit card number on file until after you check out, but we handle your card as little as possible.
• For true contactless pay, visit our website at www.littleriverinnmotel.com, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY, and reserve there. We can have your receipt ready for you when you check in.
• If reserving online is not an option for you, please call! We can process your room payment over the phone, and we’ll have your receipt ready for you.
• If you have a card that allows you to tap the terminal, that is an option, as long as your card is already on file.

CANCELLATIONS

Just call us! We understand that current circumstances are constantly changing how we all are able to do things. We look forward to seeing you when it works out for you!

For those of you dreaming of spring... here are the dates when you can come out of hibernation for Turkey Season!😴😴😴😴😴😴😴...
01/29/2020

For those of you dreaming of spring... here are the dates when you can come out of hibernation for Turkey Season!

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2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons
Combination Gun/Bow Licenses
Youth Season (Residents Only) - April 10-12, 2020
Season 1 April 13-16, 2020
Season 2 April 17-21, 2020
Season 3 April 22-28, 2020
Season 4 April 29-May 17, 2020
Resident Archery-only Licenses: April 13-May 17, 2020

For details, visit https://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Hunting-Season-Dates

Winter night at the Little River Inn Motel
01/27/2020

Winter night at the Little River Inn Motel

Meet Frosty Picard in the making! Visitors from Louisiana took advantage of the perfect conditions for building their fi...
01/23/2020

Meet Frosty Picard in the making! Visitors from Louisiana took advantage of the perfect conditions for building their first snowman ever.

A note like this makes it all worth it!
01/15/2020

A note like this makes it all worth it!

We've added a new cottage! Introducing the House at 503:~ Full kitchen~ Large living room~ Internet & ROKU TV~ 3 Sleepin...
12/20/2019

We've added a new cottage!

Introducing the House at 503:
~ Full kitchen
~ Large living room
~ Internet & ROKU TV
~ 3 Sleeping areas on the second floor: 2 Queen beds, 1 Twin bed
~ Sleeps 5 guests

Nightly rate starts at $100 for the first two guests + $25 per additional guest.

If you've stayed with us, you probably know the story behind "Mozart's Piano". Here it is with a little pizzazz.
12/14/2019

If you've stayed with us, you probably know the story behind "Mozart's Piano". Here it is with a little pizzazz.

A frosty mornin' here at the Little River Inn Motel!
12/13/2019

A frosty mornin' here at the Little River Inn Motel!

10/29/2019

It might be an early winter, but the good old plow truck is ready!

The seasons come and go so quickly! These three photos were taken within less than six weeks.
10/29/2019

The seasons come and go so quickly! These three photos were taken within less than six weeks.

Little River Inn Motel  in Autumn
10/20/2019

Little River Inn Motel in Autumn

A part of Leon's hospitality history on the Jefferson Highway, before Little River Recreation Area became a part of our ...
10/17/2019

A part of Leon's hospitality history on the Jefferson Highway, before Little River Recreation Area became a part of our community.

You can see more of Hanoco's story here: http://iagenweb.org/decatur/historyDocs/Leon/Hanoco.html

This historic panoramic image comes to us from Rodger Gatton and is of the former Hanoco Station and Tourist Courts that once were located in Leon, Iowa along the JH route

Can anyone identify the year this was taken (more or less)?How many things are different now?
09/06/2019

Can anyone identify the year this was taken (more or less)?

How many things are different now?

06/03/2019

Bluegill season! Everyone is bringing in their limits, and they've brought in a few walleye, too!

05/10/2019

Check out these events at our county parks this summer!

03/26/2019
Little River Recreation Area

Good news, folks! Ice fishing season is over, but it's about time to get those boats out on the water!

The lake is now ICE FREE!! We plan to get the docks in ASAP and will post an update when that is done. Thank you!

03/25/2019

Friendly hospitality is important to us! We want you to feel comfortably at home when you visit us. 😃

These quotes were taken from the article, "Survey: Unfriendly Hotel Staff Frustrating" in the Asian Hospitality journal:

> Most hotels tell their staff to be friendly with guests, but a new survey commissioned by hotel communications software producer ALICE found that unfriendly employees really are a big problem for travelers.

> 62% of respondents complained that unfriendly staff are the most frustrating part of their hotel stay.

> Friendly hotel staff is a priority for 49% of those travelers.

> Hospitality is a feeling guests get, and personalization is how it is delivered.

Little River Lake is open water! There might be few bits of ice in the shallows by the trees, but the main boat ramp is ...
03/23/2019

Little River Lake is open water! There might be few bits of ice in the shallows by the trees, but the main boat ramp is open.

02/26/2019
Laura

Today's report for ice on Little River Lake - it's still GOOD!

What's the status of the ice for fishing?

Little River Inn Motel
01/30/2019

Little River Inn Motel

And here's a list of the amenities offered in an early motel chain:
01/14/2019

And here's a list of the amenities offered in an early motel chain:

Green Gables Tourist Camp --- located two miles South of McAlester, Oklahoma. Postcard.
CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE

We love true "mom & pop" motels! Here's the story of an early motel chain.
01/14/2019
Society for Commercial Archeology

We love true "mom & pop" motels! Here's the story of an early motel chain.

From the SCA Article Archives – Lyell Henry, professor emeritus of political science at Mount Mercy University, asks, were Green Gable Cabin Camps the first modern motel franchise?

Good info for the Anterless Season starting tomorrow (Jan 11-27)!
01/10/2019
Trophy Bucks of Iowa

Good info for the Anterless Season starting tomorrow (Jan 11-27)!

Lots of this going on this year

There aren't as many mom & pop motels as there used to be! What are some favorites that you've discovered on your travel...
12/03/2018
Jefferson Highway

There aren't as many mom & pop motels as there used to be! What are some favorites that you've discovered on your travels?

In the first three decades of the 20th century, America cemented its love affair with the automobile. For the first time, most people – no matter their struggle or station in life – could hop in their cars, hit the road and escape from the places and circumstances that bound them.

Smoke the Town BBQ Competition Oct 12-13, 2018. Grand Champion: $1,000Reserve Grand Champion: $5001st Place in Each Cate...
08/07/2018
Smoke the Town | Leon, Iowa

Smoke the Town BBQ Competition Oct 12-13, 2018.

Grand Champion: $1,000
Reserve Grand Champion: $500
1st Place in Each Category: $250
2nd Place in Each Category: $100
3rd Place in Each Category: $75
4th Place in Each Category: $50
5th Place in Each Category: Trophy

Visit this website to register: http://smokethetown.com/event-information

The second annual Smoke the Town BBQ Competition in Leon, Iowa will be held October 12-13, 2018. The event will include a street dance on Friday night, and the BBQ cookoff and other community activities, including the Fall Festival, will take place on Saturday.  Check back soon for a list of events...

Wow! Little River Lake is on the list!
06/07/2018
Little River Recreation Area

Wow! Little River Lake is on the list!

We are excited to report that Field and Stream Magazine voted Little River Lake to it's list of the " 50 Best Fishing Spots in America"!

03/27/2018
Little River Recreation Area

FISHING Season!

The shower houses and campgrounds at Slip Bluff and Little River will open for the season this Friday (March 30th). Little River Bait Shop will also open for the season this Friday, but will be closed Easter Sunday.

Bait shop Spring hours are as follows:
Mon.-Tues. Closed
Wed.-Sun. 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:30

See you soon!!

Wow - take a look at this! Congratulations to one of our guests here!
11/03/2017

Wow - take a look at this! Congratulations to one of our guests here!

Hmmm-mmmm - BBQ Cook-Off coming up soon! Come check it out or enter the contest!
08/24/2017
Smoke the Town

Hmmm-mmmm - BBQ Cook-Off coming up soon! Come check it out or enter the contest!

Smoke the Town is an annual KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Competition in Leon, Iowa.

Great info on unusual occurrences you might observe during the eclipse!
08/12/2017
Weird Things Happen with a Total Solar Eclipse

Great info on unusual occurrences you might observe during the eclipse!

Everyone talks about how visually stunning it is when the darkened Moon fully covers the face of the Sun in a total solar eclipse.   And i...

06/23/2017

Grab a chair or blanket, then enjoy a great summer evening outdoors with the UNDER THE STARS movie event! They'll have popcorn, but make it even better by having a picnic. Don't forget the bug repellent. :)

Summer's almost here! ... and so are the ticks and mosquitoes. For all who love the great outdoors, here are some great ...
05/14/2017
7 Effective Natural Tick Repellents You Can Make at Home | The Self-Sufficient Living

Summer's almost here! ... and so are the ticks and mosquitoes. For all who love the great outdoors, here are some great ideas & recipes for natural repellents for you and your faithful dog.

If you need to keep it really simple, just dab a couple of drops of peppermint, lavender, or eucalyptus (or a mix of these) on your clothes. Or dilute the oils with lotion or a simple oil like olive, jojoba, or almond, and slap some on your skin.

Peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oils are even available in the Walmart pharmacy section. You can also spritz your camping area or lawn chairs to keep the biting things at bay.

Go - enjoy the outdoors!

http://theselfsufficientliving.com/7-effective-natural-tick-repellents-you-can-make-at-home/

05/11/2017

Blue gill are biting! They're in the shallows at Little River Lake, and everyone seems to be catching their limit.

Crappies, on the other hand, are slow to start this year. But that could change any minute...

Come see us the 1st weekend of June!
05/04/2017

Come see us the 1st weekend of June!

Five towns in two states have joined together for Junkin' on the Jefferson. It will provide a week-end of shopping and other fun events. Bethany & Eagleville, Missouri, along with Osceola, Lamoni and Leon, Iowa are hosting this program. For more info, contact the Lamoni Area Chamber of Commerce, or other members of the Jefferson Highway Association in that area.

03/20/2017

SPRING! It's greening up around here - time to go fishing. :)

Any of you fishermen seen one of these?
03/08/2017
Do you know Iowa's largest fish?

Any of you fishermen seen one of these?

While Iowa anglers have reeled in a 93-pound bighead carp and a 101-pound blue catfish, neither of those can dethrone Iowa’s largest official state record fish.

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708 W 1st St
Leon, IA
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For those of you that know the motel, when was this taken (more or less)?