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Our Town - Fairfield, Iowa

We also want to introduce you to the unique relaxed creativity for which the environment of Fairfield, Iowa is now known. This rural farming community of about 10,000 residents offers an unlimited variety and depth of culture, business, entertainment and educational resources.

The Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has visitor information about Fairfield, Jefferson County and surrounding areas. See an on-line version of their brochure (click here) - scroll down to see CVB press releases. With over 40 places to eat in Fairfield, there is an unusually good selection of regional and international cuisines available in Fairfield (click here).

Fairfield also has a vibrant and diverse art and artisan community with many galleries, specialty and antique shops; and its performing arts calendar of musical and theater events is impressive.

The picturesque downtown square with central gazebo hosting musical events through the summer, its award-winning year-round Fairfield's 1st Fridays Art Walk, rich cultural past and present, and Fairfield Arts & Convention Center have made it an appropriate choice for recipient in 2006 of the Iowa Great Place award. It also has been recognized by Smithsonian On-line magazine as one of the top 10 small towns in the US, and among the top 25 best locations for young entrepreneur start-up businesses.

Fairfield's trail system unites city parks and Jefferson County Park with lovely lakes, evergreen pathways, farmland vistas and wetlands that are sanctuaries for the flora and fauna of the Midwest heartland. An entrance to the 16-mile Fairfield Loop Trail is across the street from Seven Roses Inn.

There also are numerous recreational opportunities in the area. Two attractive 9-hole golf courses, the Walton club with its challenging greens and water holes that crisscross Walton Lake, and the Fairfield Country Club, known as the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi River, are close by. And not far are several professional 18-hole courses.

Interested in history? Fairfield has several historical sites to enjoy, including one of the finest museums in the area. Also, a ½- hour drive west is the world-famous American Gothic House in Eldon, IA. A ½-hour drive south is the historic Villages of Van Buren County along the Des Moines River, Keosauqua State Park, and the historic Dutchman’s general store in Cantril. A 1/2-hour drive east is to Mt. Pleasant where the annual Old Thresher’s Reunion is held, and 1-hour drive east takes you to the Mississippi River at Burlington, IA. A ¾-hour drive north is the historic town of Kalona with antique shops and an Amish community, and a little further is Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Fairfield's award-winning business environment has established it as the small-town entrepreneurial capital of Iowa, and it has been dubbed "Silicorn Valley" for its leadership in information technology. It is the home of Maharishi University of Management, world-renowned for "Education for Enlightenment".

A few miles northwest is Iowa's newest city, Maharishi Vedic City, with its unique approach to inner knowledge, health, societal evolution, and world peace, as well as its unique approach to architecture, Vastu design, that promotes health and prosperity. A visit to the Raj, a world-renown health spa based in the natural medicine approach of Ayurveda, and to the special Vedic Observatory, are recommended sites to visit in Maharishi Vedic City.

Just north of Fairfield, is Eco-Village, a developing community that is an example of sustainable living completely "off the grid".

On the forefront of advances in entrepreneurship, higher education, and sustainable living, Fairfield also honors its rural way of life and agricultural roots. One example is Maasdam Barns on Highway 1 south about 1 mile from the Fairfield downtown square, with a tourist center and unusual artifacts and memorabilia from the local agriculture industry.

See our web links for a sampling of the fascinating experiences this community offers, which we hope you will explore when you come. Fairfield is a unique place to visit, conduct business or vacation; and Seven Roses Inn is a comfortable, gracious home base to enjoy your stay.

The Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau makes available the Fairfield Visitor Guide to visitors, Iowa Welcome Centers, tour organizations, convention groups and local residents and businesses. It is also available at as a downloadable brochure. It is a major information resource for local events and attractions, and plays a significant role in enhancing the image and public knowledge of Fairfield and Jefferson County as a visitor destination. Residents and visitors are welcome to stop in and pick up a copy. The Visitor Guide may also be requested online at or by calling the office at 641-472-2828.

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