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All About Knoxville!

If you’re reading this, you might be considering a trip to see us in Knoxville. Great!

Knoxville, the birthplace of the Iowa flag, is a small town with a big list of activities for your weekend getaway.  Below we have just some of our favorite destinations for shopping, eating and relaxing.



The Brewery

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Naturally, your first stop coming to Knoxville should be Peace Tree Brewing Co.  A packaging craft brewery located right off the square, Peace Tree has an intimate tap room area, and always features a variety of  beers on tap – often including small batches you won’t find anywhere else.  Tours are available upon request.  For large groups we ask that you please call ahead.  Peace Tree doesn’t serve food, but we do encourage you to order your meal in from one of our local restaurants to enjoy with a great tasting craft beer. Pay attention to our calendar to see when we have live music and other special events going on and plan your visit!



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National Sprint Car Hall of Fame  – A great museum, open seven days a week for you to browse the history of sprint car racing in Knoxville and around the country.  The museum often hosts traveling exhibits and special events.

Knoxville Raceway – Stick around for Saturday night racing April through September.  Feel the breeze as the cars zoom around this world famous 1/2 mile dirt track.

Slideways Karting Center – Race fans can drive their own mini sprint cars around this unique go-kart track, located just north of town!  New in 2016–miniature golf and indoor lounge/bar area!

The Grand Theater – Knoxville’s historic cinema reopened as a non-profit in late 2015 after several years of fundraising and total remodeling.  Much of the original charm has been artistically restored.  Two screens with state-of-the-art projection make this a great place to catch the latest flick!  All seats are just $5 and concessions are priced as affordably as you’ll find anywhere.  Make it an evening with dinner and a brew at Peace Tree and a film at Knoxville’s Historic Grand Theater!



Lake Red Rock

Lake Red Rock

Lake Red Rock is Iowa’s largest lake and the location of our namesake, the Peace Tree. The reservoir has  beautiful Red Rock bluffs and plenty of access for watercraft. Hike rustic trails, play on the sand beaches, climb the Cordova tower or ride your bike on the Volksweg trail. Then, have a picnic lunch with a little Peace Tree brew!  North of Knoxville on Hwy 14, then right after the mile long bridge.



Marion County Courthouse – A beautiful limestone courthouse, built in 1896. Be sure to have a look inside! Located on the square in downtown Knoxville.

Pine Knolls Country Club – A wonderful, hilly 9 hole golf course with an outdoor pool on the east edge of Knoxville.  A great place to golf and relax. Call for a tee time!

Knoxville Recreation Center – Full fitness facilities and a 25 yard indoor pool.  A great place to get your weekend workout while away from home!

Pella, Iowa – A 15 minute drive will lead you to Pella, a charming community rich in Dutch heritage.  Enjoy shopping and delicious pastries while you take in the Dutch architecture. Visit during the spring for Pella’s famous Tulip Time Festival.





The Coffee Connection

Coffee Connection –  A  cozy little coffee shop on the north side of the square. A great place to get your day started with a coffee and breakfast.

Casa Grande – Big portions of tasty Mexican food, served fast and affordably! Wednesday is 1/2 price margarita night. Their tortilla soup is one of the best you’ll find! Dine in or carry out.

Rib Shack – A local BBQ  restaurant serving chicken, pork, brisket and  ribs. Pair some ribs with our Red Rambler! Located on Hwy 14 north of the raceway. Dine in or carry out.

Fast Freddy’s Pizza– Delicious pizza! A carryout-only pizza place right across the street from the brewery. One size and one price for any toppings.  A great spot to snag an affordable meal when you’re at the brewery. They’ll even walk it over to you.  If you like spicy, ask for the fireball sauce.

Downtown Diner This diner serves up hearty, homestyle breakfasts and lunches  – just next door to the brewery!

Deng’s Garden – Chinese restaurant with a large menu of meat and vegetarian options. Crisp veggies and quick service! One of our favorites. Dine in or carry out.

Kone Korner – If it’s summer and you’re craving ice cream, Kone Korner is the place to be!  Try the Indian Taco or tenderloin for a quick bite.

Red Rock Grill & Still – Opened in April 2016, this full service restaurant and bar is located on the Knoxville square, just a block and half from us.




Cobblestone Hotel– A newly built hotel that offers a number of amenities, including a breakfast bar, swimming pool and a variety of suites. this is a great place to stay while exploring everything Knoxville has to offer. They have a small bar in the lobby if you need a Peace Tree nightcap!

Super 8 – motel located on the north end of town, just a couple minutes from the raceway or a short drive to Peace Tree.

Camping– Check out any of the many campgrounds surrounding beautiful Lake Red Rock or Marion County Park.  From RV parking to rustic, most campgrounds are a quick trip from downtown Knoxville and will give you easy access to all the various activities available at beautiful Lake Red Rock!

 We look forward to seeing you soon and know you’ll enjoy your time in Marion County!


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