Having made the 300-mile trek numerous times from Chicago to Iowa City, Iowa, where two daughters have attended U of Iowa, we have been stymied to find the perfect place to stay. Finding good hotels in university towns usually presents a challenge. But on football, graduation or even Parents Weekends, the stakes are raised and so are the lodging rates. But this year we found the hidden gem off the beaten path in Riverside, 14 miles south of Iowa City. Nestled among the "fragrant" farmlands is the Riverside Hotel, sporting an 18-hole championship golf course, several mighty fine restaurants, a casino and entertainment venue, and attractive hotel. Not gamblers, we did stroll through the casino (smoking permitted, yuk) but then retired to our comfortable, quiet, clean and up-scale room overlooking golf course and farmlands. Sports a nice spa with good massages! A great stay for a reasonable price.