Thistle's Summit is a historic home that is full of stylish charm. Our front yard, the beautiful campus of Cornell College; behind us, only woods. .6 mile walk from the charming main street, packed with cafes, antiques and art galleries galore, but the peace and serenity of the property will have you feeling miles away from anywhere. Wake up to calls of birds and the smells of a farm-fresh breakfast made with produce from our chemical-free garden. Enjoy rest and retreat in our gorgeous setting.
Our historic home has been lovingly restored and is chocked full of stylish details, while still maintaining the historic charm. You can expect bohemian details, colorful art, rooms named after queer writers and all of the modern amenities you would expect from staying at a hotel, but in a far more comfortable setting. We like to think of ourselves as the Anti- B&B.
The home has a spacious living room, large front porch, yoga/ meditation studio as well as a library, that guests have access to. Breakfast is prepared from produce grown in our small chemical-free homestead farm in our back yard. We believe in making everything we can by hand, so you will find fresh-baked sourdough alongside just canned jams and jellies and highly seasonal dishes from whatever is growing.
Our doggo, Thistle, a Black Lab- Pyrenees mix, can't wait to give you a tour and be your pet by proxy while you are away from your own fur babies.
Whether you are seeking respite or a fun weekend of shopping for unique finds, Thistle's Summit is the perfect place for you to stay.
Mount Vernon is a charming little town, while small in size it packs a huge cultural punch. We have an amazing story to tell for a city of 4,500 people. We have recently been designated a Cultural and Entertainment District of Iowa, (one of 5 in Iowa) for our 11 performance spaces, 22 arts and arts-related businesses, 17 food/drink/lodging establishments, and more than 20 specialty shops. Not to mention that Cornell College is the heart of Mount Vernon, located 14 steps from our front door (why yes, we did count).
We can't say enough why we love this community, but here are a few of our favorite places, all within a mile:
Fuel (Make sure you save room for a cookie, the owner's mom bakes them every morning)
Iron Leaf Press
Mount Vernon Creates
Food and Drink:
The FAMOUS Lincoln Wine Bar (Killer Pizza and live music most nights)
Big's BBQ and Brew Pub
The Local (Sample tons of local beers, kombucha and wine, all while shopping for antiques)
Mount Vernon Confection
Get up and Get Active:
Palisades- Kepler State Park- 5 miles
Lake McBride- 15 miles
Sqaw Creek County Park- 11 miles
Indian Creek Nature Center- 11 miles
Mount Vernon Nature and Dog Park- 1 mile
Brick House Yoga- 1.4 miles
First Street Community Center (This space is an old high school that has been transformed into an incubator for local business. Find everything from a plant shop to thrift store finds.)
Museum of Geology on Cornell's Campus
Bonus: Most Instagramable
Grant Wood Barn- 5 Miles
Astronomy Walk- 1 Mile
Murals on Main Street- 1 Mile
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Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA