The Perfect Combination of Work & Play!


With the incredible success of the Meet in Iowa program last year, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Tourism Office have decided to extend the program into 2023.  And what better place to host your organization’s event than at the Midwest’s premier tourist destination?

Clear Lake is the perfect combination of work and play.

The goal of Meet in Iowa is geared toward bringing people into Iowa to hold their event.  That could be an annual meeting or a team-building exercise.  Anything, really!  The key is to come to Iowa for your gathering with a potential mid-week overnight.

This program was created to attract and retain groups to experience our incredible tourism attractions.  For more information about Meet in Iowa go to or give Libby a call (357-2159) at the Chamber!

Cabin Coffee knows all about this concept.  They hold their Annual Franchisee Meetings at the Surf Ballroom.  It is a great welcome for the many folks who have taken a chance and opened a branch of Cabin Coffee.  Coming from the Midwest and beyond, they gather together for all the fun at the Surf!

In fact, they’ve enjoyed themselves so much over the years, they’re coming back again this year.

Of course, the Surf Ballroom is not your only choice to host your event.  Clear Lake is riddled with event venues to fit every need.  In fact, simply click here to find which venue is best for your organization.

Then… it’s time to plan!

Where will you stay? What will you do? Of course, you simply MUST try our favorite restaurants.  Actually, it might just be a good idea for you to extend your visit through a weekend.  That way you can get the full experience of everything this beautiful lake town has to offer!

Thankfully, all important information you need to know is at your fingertips on Here, you’ll find comprehensive lists of lodging options, restaurants, bars, and attractions.  There is no time for lollygagging during your visit because you’ll need to pack in ALL THE FUN while you’re here.

Here are a few of my favorites!

Depending on the season, you must stop and smell the flowers at Central Gardens.  Then bop on down to the seawall for a selfie by the lake.  While you’re there, hop on board the Lady of the Lake for a cruise. Our state parks are second to none, and even offer the option of “roughing it” in a yurt.  Or, if you’re so inclined, you can bring your own camper or tent.

For a bit of culture, stop into the Clear Lake Arts Center to view their most current exhibit.  Or catch the latest blockbuster release on North Iowa’s largest movie screen at Lake Theatre.

See what I mean?  The possibilities are endless!

And don’t even get me started on the food.  My goodness, there are just SO many incredible options for grub in Clear Lake!  When we say “there’s something for everyone” we mean it.  Literally! Clear Lake is a food-lovers dream come true.  Or, for those you enjoy a drink now and then, the 173 Craft Distillery and Lake Time Brewery produce their own beverages right here in town!

It’s impossible to list them all here, or you’d be reading this blog for months.  So instead, you can find a detailed list of all our establishments HERE.

There’s never a shortage of bustling activities and fun here at the Lake.  As you consider where to hold your office gatherings or organizational get-togethers, we hope Clear Lake is at the top of your list.  Begin your preparation and planning at

Clear Lake – the perfect combination of work and play!