In the '80s cult classic "Funny Farm", a big-city sportswriter played by Chevy Chase moves out of the big city and into the country with his wife, played by Madolyn Smith. At first, he's excited about the adventure, and the seclusion he hopes for in his quest to write the great American novel. Between the movers getting lost and being three days late with all their belongings to finding out all about the friendly but weird townsfolk, it doesn't quite work out the way they planned. Iowa Nice will cover the latter here and if nothing else, you'll get your next Christmas card photo.

A cozy stay awaits you in Des Moines, especially if you're looking for that inspirational spot to hole up and write your book but not be too far out from civilization. Honestly, just looking at the first exterior thumbnail, this place looks like it's made out of books, so it will most certainly fit the bill while being much closer to modern amenities and conveniences than Andy and Elizabeth Farmer ever experienced.

The Storybook Cottage in Des Moines has room for up to 5 guests with 2 bedrooms, 2 beds and 1 bathroom. The fully-fenced backyard has a hammock and gas fire pit. The host says:

We invite you to enjoy the back deck under the string lights! Living room is stocked with books and board games. This home is dog-friendly, including great neighborhood sidewalks for walking and a dog park close by. Only 2 minutes to the grocery store, 4 minutes to Starbucks, and 8 minutes to downtown Des Moines.

Complete with free street and driveway parking, and it's also dog-friendly. So book a stay here for $132 a night and see why 100 percent of host Laura's guests gave this a 5-star rating.

Storybook Cottage in Des Moines

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