The SCBWI-Iowa conference was often held at The Lodge, in Bettendorf, Iowa. Enthusiastic children's book illustrators and writers from the midwest, as well as authors, illustrators, editors, and art directors flown in (usually from New York) to Iowa for the Regional SCBWI conference would find themselves in a theme hotel surrounded by incredible medieval furnishings.
(SCBWI= The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
It certainly was different to attend book sales in a Bavarian street, share some night time beverages beside a life-sized black bear, and meander through gaslit halls.
I took just a few pictures yesterday at the conference as it will be the last time I get to see those umpteen taxidermy deer heads on the walls.
Make way for a new hotel. The theme will most likely be modern, not Bavarian. And although I found the portrait in my room that one year just a little creepy (hung a towel over it), I think I might actually miss the humor and quirkiness---
just a bit?