I Could Have Lived Anywhere but I Chose DSM USA
Having grown up in Greater Des Moines (DSM), I pictured myself moving away from Iowa when reaching adulthood. Yes, the region has great outdoor recreation, restaurants and festivals, but I thought moving to another part of the country would offer more. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. After I graduated from college, I had the opportunity to pick my place. I had nothing firmly committing me to any specific city. However, as I looked at options, many of them offering the same amenities but at a much higher premium, I realized my place is DSM. I really enjoyed being here. So, I decided to stay and I couldn’t be happier with my choice!
So many things to do
Downtown DSM is constantly evolving and offering new and exciting things to do and experience. On Saturday mornings I enjoy getting up a little bit early and heading down to the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. I really enjoy seeing the fresh flowers, the peppers, tomatoes and asparagus, and the music entertainment in the Historic Court District. It’s fun being Downtown at The Market with the energy and buzz. Before I know it, I’ve scoped out my favorite vendors, eaten my breakfast burrito and my iced coffee is almost gone.
Compared to other cities, I love the affordable living DSM offers. However, I’m rarely at home. Instead, you’ll find me hanging out for the day exploring. Whether it be bopping over to Gray’s Lake to go canoeing, heading over to Hessen Haus to enjoy a beer on the patio or walking through the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, there’s always something fun and exciting to do!
During the week, my boyfriend and I join friends and bike to Confluence Brewing Company. With our dog in tow, we make the most of their pup-friendly patio. It’s a great place to relax, take in the surrounding scenery, enjoy a great local beer and grab a bite to eat at one of the rotating taco trucks.
Oh, and I can’t forget about all the amazing restaurants Downtown has! Django is where my boyfriend and I had our first date, so I’m super excited for it to re-open in its new location. RoCA has held many family dinners, the Iowa Taproom is a frequent go-to and 300 Craft and Rooftop has a great trivia night on Tuesdays.
With so many great things to do and so many wonderful places to eat, I can’t imagine why I’d ever wanted to leave. I’m proud to call DSM home.
Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a big city. It’s also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options.