As winter blankets Pottawattamie County with a glistening layer of snow, it's the perfect time to indulge in seasonal activities that showcase the beauty and charm of this region. From thrilling outdoor adventures to cozy indoor experiences, here are five must-try activities to make the most of your winter in Pottawattamie County.

1. Hit the Slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Children skiing at Mt Crescent
Photo courtesy of Pottawattamie Conservation

For adrenaline junkies and winter sports enthusiasts, Mt. Crescent Ski Area is a paradise nestled in the heart of Pottawattamie County. With its well-groomed slopes and state-of-the-art facilities, this ski area offers an exhilarating experience for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-timer, Mt. Crescent provides the perfect backdrop for a day filled with snowy excitement.

Visit Mt. Crescent’s website for information on the opening date!

2. Shop Local at Boutiques like The Occasional Collective and Amy’s Attic

Interior photo of the inside of The Occasional Collective boutique
Photo courtesy of The Occasional Collective

Embrace the holiday spirit and support local businesses by exploring the unique boutiques in Pottawattamie County. The Occasional Collective in Treynor and Amy's Attic in Carson are two charming spots that offer a curated selection of gifts, home décor, and one-of-a-kind finds. Take a leisurely stroll through these boutiques, and you might discover the perfect holiday gift or a little something special to remind you of your winter getaway.

3. Indulge in Sweet Delights at Frosting, Inc

Photos of chocolate covered cherries
Photo courtesy of WIDA

Winter is the season of indulgence, and Frosting, Inc in Walnut is the go-to destination for satisfying your sweet tooth. Treat yourself to a delectable assortment of cupcakes, cookies, and other sugary delights. The cozy atmosphere of Frosting, Inc makes it an ideal spot to warm up and enjoy some delightful treats after a day of outdoor adventures.

4. Escape to Modern Comfort at Arrowhead Park

Interior photo of the Skyview cabin
Photo of Arrowhead Skyview Cabin courtesy of Pottawattamie Conservation

For those seeking a cozy retreat amid the winter wonderland, Arrowhead Park offers modern cabins that blend comfort with nature. Nestled by the lake, these cabins provide a serene escape while keeping you close to the action. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway or a family retreat, Arrowhead Park's cabins offer a warm and inviting atmosphere to unwind after a day of winter activities.

5. Strike up Fun at Minden Bowl

When the temperatures drop, and you're looking for indoor entertainment, head to Minden Bowl for a classic bowling experience. Gather your friends or family for a night of strikes, spares, and friendly competition.

Pottawattamie County transforms into a winter paradise with activities that cater to every taste. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a shopping enthusiast, or someone who simply enjoys a cozy cabin retreat, Pottawattamie County has something special to offer this winter. Embrace the season and create lasting memories with these five unforgettable activities that showcase the best of winter in this charming Midwestern county.

About the cover image:

The cover photo was taken by Jeff Anderson. This photo was the winner of the 2021 UnleashCB Winter Photo Contest. Check out more of Jeff's stunning photos by visiting his Instagram profile! 

This post was originally published on December 5, 2023 on the Watta Way blog.