Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa

The last few days I’ve been writing about my mini vacation to Pella, Iowa.  This weekend is the big celebration of Pella Tulip Time.  We chose to visit the weekend before the crowds arrive, and we missed out on the parade, everyone dressed in historic costume and wooden shoes, but it was nice just to have the tulips to ourselves too, without so many people around!  Remember those posts I made in February, longing for spring and tulips?  Well, my longings are well satisfied now!

Spring…fresh, not yet too hot, the strong have pushed through the darkness, upward, breaking through, settling for nothing less than sun, air, and life.  We see the outer loveliness that encloses the hidden inner beauty and strength!

Inner beauty

Pella Historic Village

The tulips were gorgeous and we enjoyed touring the Pella historic area.

Wouldn’t you like to snuggle up with a good book in a  “bed in a closet” on a cold winter night?! I’m not so sure about that Dutch head gear though!


Visiting a Dutch kitchen for tea and pastries?   I’d be up for that!


Women’s work was definitely harder back then, but I do love the craftsmanship of things like this treadle sewing machine and weaving loom.  And the corn husk dolls at the quilting frame….adorable!

The mother framed by this Dutch lace on the window reminded me of my own mother and how she would have loved to be out and about at Pella Tulip Days!

Pella, Iowa windmill

If you travel through the upper Midwest, you might see these signs of 21st century wind power.

Iowa wind turbine
This is a photo taken by my sister.

But wind energy isn’t something new, as we were reminded when visiting the historic town of Pella, Iowa.  In the early part of the 21st century, this town founded by Dutch settlers had their own windmill built to remind us of days gone by.    According to the Pella Tulip Time website, the authentic working Dutch Mill was  built partly in Holland and assembled in Pella by skilled Dutch craftsmen. The mill grinds wheat into flour using only wind power and is the tallest working windmill in the United States.  It costs $8 to tour the working mill and the historic village, but I thought it was well worth the money!

working Dutch wind mill in USA
Working Dutch wind mill in Pella, Iowa

working Dutch wind mill in Pella, Iowa


All of the wood work inside the three story mill is amazing!  This shows the chute where the wheat is poured down into the millstones to be ground.The mill stones are quite large!

I was totally enchanted and felt like I was on a sailboat of the prairie.