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Silo on the Ridge – Decorah, Iowa

Silo on the Ridge, a Unique stay in Decorah, Iowa

My mom and I recently took an amazing adventure to Decorah, Iowa. Decorah is a cute city in northeast Iowa, that is surrounded by gorgeous nature. We had no idea this area existed prior to this trip. We had been wanting to do a canoe trip, and I was specifically searching south of Minneapolis. I came across a blog that was about the Upper Iowa River, in Decorah. It boasted about how this was the most beautiful place to paddle in Midwest AND that the city has great biking, so it immediately had my attention. I also remembered I had seen a neat property on Airbnb that was in Decorah. The property was a barn silo that has been renovated into a small home! Super cool! Also, super weird for two girls from the city! Ha-ha! I called my mom and we had a good laugh about how we were going to the farm, and then I booked the property! We were SO HAPPY with our stay.

Paddling the Upper Iowa River

Biking on the Trout Run Trail

We arrived late on a Friday and had no problem finding the property via our GPS. Most of the trip from Minneapolis was freeway and highway until we were just outside Decorah. We then took a couple small, dark, dirt roads surrounded by high cornfields! In the day light and once we knew where we were they were much easier to navigate! We arrived at the Barn and easily knew we were in the right place because of the train caboose that the property owner also rents out. The entrance to the silo was from the deck of the barn, and was easy to find and access. We could park right at the bottom of the stairs.

The beautiful barn!

Some of the beautiful barn details

Barn Silo

The exterior and entrance

We opened the door to the silo and were so pleased and blown away by the work that had gone into this property. Everything was perfect down to the small details.

The silo has two levels of living space. The bottom floor had a small kitchenette, fridge, microwave, TV, and table with chairs and a pull-out couch.

Main Level Silo

Main Level Sitting area and kitchenette

The upper level had bunkbeds, another TV, and a small bathroom complete with a shower.

Silo Bedroom

Upper Level Bedroom and Bathroom

We loved all the details of the decorating, we called it cowboy styled! The walls were beautiful and the way the designers fit everything in the small space was cool.

Outside the silo there were chairs on the large wrap around deck to sit on where you could watch the sunset and the horses. We had a great time out here in the morning enjoying coffee and in the evenings enjoying wine.

Sitting area on the deck

Morning coffee with a beautiful view

Beautiful sunset from the deck


Overlooking the horses on the deck

The property feels very private even though you are technically in the owner’s backyard. There were also people staying in the caboose and we did meet them, but we had plenty of privacy away from them as well. We loved meeting the owner, he was an amazing guy who was a lot of fun to talk to! He took time to show us what he does with his horses and shared some stories about life in Decorah and on the farm.

Iowa Barn

A perfect way to stay in Iowa

If you are looking for a unique place to stay in an amazing area check on Silo on the Ridge in Decorah, Iowa. You will not regret it (unless you are really tall – the bunk beds are very average sized)! Click HERE for more on what to do during your visit!

Much Love & Happy Travels,


A perfect active weekend for my mom and me!

AMAZING Kayaking

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  • Reply Jain

    What an interesting setting! I would feel a little claustrophobic in that bedroom i think!but the sunset view from the deck is stunning!!

    November 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      I didn’t get claustrophobic but I could see how that would happen! I think the windows and high ceilings in the bedroom helped! =)

      November 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Renata Bresciani

    What an interesting place! So cute! We love places like these. Thanks for sharing!

    November 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Sherrie

    I have some friends that converted a windmill into a rental unit, but I’ve never heard of a silo being used as living space. Such a cool idea! Looks like a great place to stay.

    November 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      That’s sooooo cool! I would love to stay in a windmill! The Silo was pretty rad! We loved it!

      November 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Razena |

    I stayed in the self catering accommodation of a working farm on my last vacation and really loved waking up to the sound of birds chirping and cocks crowing. The silo looks so well fit out and comfortable. I’ve never stayed in one but now I won’t think twice of including it as an option for future trips.

    November 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      That sounds super cool! I bet you would love staying in a silo!

      November 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Una

    The silo looks so interesting from the inside. I’d have never imagined that there are several levels of rooms for living inside. Very creative!

    November 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      We were very impressed by how it was made! I didn’t expect multiple levels either! It was very cool!

      November 9, 2017 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply UnaVeronicaVagante

    A silo! It had no windows, hadn’t it?
    How did you feel about that?
    Very curious post! 😉

    November 8, 2017 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      There we windows on the ceiling in the upper room and one on the door in the lower level. To be honest I Didn’t even really notice there were not many windows!

      November 9, 2017 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply umiko

    That is one of the unique Airbnb that I want to try. I will pin this post for feature reference. Thank you!

    November 8, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      Awesome! YEs! We loved it, super unique but super nice!

      November 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Dia

    Would love to stay there! It looks so quiet. Ah, and the name – Decorah, is wow!

    November 9, 2017 at 8:14 am
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      It was a very peaceful and beautiful place to stay! =)

      November 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Erin

    A silo converted into a house…so awesome!!! The details you photographed are really neat. Also, the barn itself is beautiful! I would love to stay at that Airbnb! It must have been so fun staying there. The pastoral views plus canoeing and biking make it even better! Northeastern Iowa is so beautiful and peaceful. (By the way, I’m from Minnesota, too!)

    November 10, 2017 at 2:55 am
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