Little River Inn Motel & Guest House

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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.

01/19/2017

Activities of the week in the area: ice fishing & quail hunting!

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01/19/2017

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Pretty sure this was originally a motor lodge (motel), with the small building in corner comprising of two bathrooms sha...
01/19/2017

Pretty sure this was originally a motor lodge (motel), with the small building in corner comprising of two bathrooms shared by all the cabins/cottages.

12/03/2016

Shotgun Season (deer) is in full swing!

Come enjoy the fishing! We have boat hookups, fish cleaning station, and a freezer to freeze your catch.
09/19/2016

Come enjoy the fishing! We have boat hookups, fish cleaning station, and a freezer to freeze your catch.

Little River Recreation Area was named the #1 fall fishing spot in the Mt. Ayr District for 2016! Check out this article from our district Fisheries Biologist updating fishing in Southern Iowa.

Wow, fascinating - when we think of how much work that will be, we're just happy to have a small town place. It could an...
08/05/2016
The World's Largest Hotel Is Coming — & It Has 10,000 Rooms

Wow, fascinating - when we think of how much work that will be, we're just happy to have a small town place. It could an interesting facility to visit, though, just to see how they operate. Meanwhile, come visit us and make yourself at home...
http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/the-worlds-largest-hotel-is-coming-%E2%80%94-and-it-has-10000-rooms/ar-BBvg0D3?li=BBnbfcL

Each year, more than 15 million Muslims from all around the world make a spiritual pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. With that many visitors, the area needs plenty of hotel space. And, as Travel + Leisure reports, it will soon...

08/01/2016

Today is our 10-year anniversary with the Little River Inn Motel! The motel has been in operation since 1951, but we signed papers making us the new owners 10 years ago today.

Tuesday, July 26 - RAGBRAI overnight stay! Click on these helpful links:* http://ragbraileon.com/ Browse through all tho...
07/15/2016
RAGBRAI in Leon, Iowa – Enjoy RAGBRAI in Leon, Iowa in 2016!

Tuesday, July 26 - RAGBRAI overnight stay! Click on these helpful links:
* http://ragbraileon.com/ Browse through all those tabs for great information on camping, vendors, maps and more.
* https://jcgland.app.box.com/s/h8cegjjmha6mbdqv18a3f3ji6wh3khia Direct link to maps

Welcome! Thank you to our sponsors! We couldn’t pull off this event without your help. Click the graphic below to learn more about our sponsors! In the heart of southern Iowa lies the small town of Leon, just minutes from Interstate 35 and at the intersection of Highways 2 and 69. With a population…

06/27/2016

RODEO WEEKEND! July 1-4 - Fairgrounds in Leon. July 4 parade, fireworks, & more.

06/07/2016

If any RAGBRAI riders are still looking for lodging, try this site our community set up for matching riders with hosts: www.ragbraileon.com

01/26/2016
Little River Inn Motel & Guest House

RAGBRAI is coming to Leon, Tuesday, July 26!

Our motel and guest house are completely booked, but our community is working on organizing other lodging. When that’s ready, we’ll post it here. Enjoy your stay in our community!

Meanwhile, see our website at http://littleriverinnmotel.com/news/ for ideas for alternative lodging.

RAGBRAI – 2016 Posted on January 26, 2016 by mjllbeemer RAGBRAI is coming to Leon, Tuesday, July 26! Our motel and guest house are completely booked, but our community is working on organizing other lodging. When that’s ready, we’ll post it here. Enjoy your stay! Meanwhile, here are some ideas for a…

01/18/2016

A Fascinating Challenge for Small Towns

Is YOUR Downtown Open AFTER 6 p.m.?
Tuesday, January 12, 6 p.m., at the DCDC office (Use north door), Decatur County Courthouse, 1st floor

Professional Marketing Presentation - Roger Brooks
Roger teaches five different strategies you can use to help "Ma and Pa" businesses stay open longer, increase their sales, and make your community a much stronger visitor destination.

Seventy percent of all consumer retail spending now takes place after 6:00 pm. Are you open? One of the primary reasons downtowns are dying is because most downtown retailers close between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, sending local residents - and visitors - to other destinations. This creates tremendous "leakage" of locally earned dollars being spent elsewhere. How do you change this?

This video will teach you five different strategies you can use to help "Ma and Pa" businesses stay open longer, increase their sales, and make your community a much stronger visitor destination. After all, visitors spend the night where there are things to do after 6:00 pm.

Presentation length: 46 minutes

Whether it's the Waldorf, or a little mom & pop motel, excellent service is a must! I'm sure this man could write a fasc...
12/08/2015
50 Years and 9 U.S. Presidents Later, a Waldorf Bellman Tells All

Whether it's the Waldorf, or a little mom & pop motel, excellent service is a must! I'm sure this man could write a fascinating book from his experiences. :)

Jalali "Jim E." Eldrissi recounts the best stories from his 50 years as a bellman at New York City's iconic hotel.

Tuesday, November 17, 6 p.m., at the DCDC office - Downtown Critical MassThis is one presentation you DON'T want to miss...
11/17/2015
Expert in Tourism, Branding, Downtowns & Marketing | Roger Brooks International

Tuesday, November 17, 6 p.m., at the DCDC office - Downtown Critical Mass
This is one presentation you DON'T want to miss and it's the most important ingredient to making your downtown an amazing destination for both local residents and visitors. To win you must institute "The Mall Mentality" - orchestrating your business mix. Think antique malls, auto malls, food courts, and intersections where there are fast food restaurants on all four corners. This is the rule of clustering.
In this exciting and absolutely critical video, Roger Brooks will teach you the five steps to creating critical mass, showcasing several case histories, so that your downtown becomes THE place to spend time - and money and becomes the heart and soul of your community.
Presentation length: 43 minutes
www.rogerbrooksinternational.com

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708 W 1st St
Leon, IA
50144

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