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The City of Five Seasons

By Linda Tancs

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the folks believe that taking time to smell the roses extends life, almost like adding a fifth season to the calendar.  That’s the basis behind the city’s tagline, The City of Five Seasons.  For all the history, arts and culture that flourish in Iowa’s second largest city, you may very well need a fifth season to experience it all.  Start with a focal point like Brucemore, a classic 19th century Queen Anne-style house on a 26-acre estate in the heart of the city.  Caroline Soutter Sinclair built the mansion between 1884 and 1886 as a home for her six children; it’s only been owned by two families since that time.  Now operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this historic site is also an important community cultural center, offering concerts, theatre, special tours and exhibits.  Guided mansion tours start this month.

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