The historic downtown district in Spencer, Iowa is known for featuring one of the largest and most diverse collection of 1930s Art Deco architecture in the midwest, and it truly is something to behold. In 2017, this charming town was featured on the “America’s Best Small Towns” list published on Smithsonian.com annually. It was touted for being the location of exceptional history, local culture and plenty of natural beauty.
So what makes Spencer remarkable? Besides its artistic downtown district architecture, there’s a thriving local art scene. There are plenty of boutiques and galleries showcasing local artists and their impressive work. All you have to do is head downtown and spend some time exploring.
There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants worth visiting. The atmosphere in all these locally-owned and operated shops is warm, inviting and super friendly. Whether you’re stopping by for a full meal or just a glass of wine or a coffee, you’ll be treated like a friend.
Spencer is also the home to Iowa’s largest county fair with more 300,000 visitors each year. Since 1917, the Clay County Fair has been providing residents and fairgoers with a truly authentic, downhome experience. Book a plane and fly into the jet charter airport in Spencer this September and experience “The World’s Greatest County Fair.”