Quiet Walker Lodge

18132 Paradise Valley Trail , Durango, IA 52039 USA (Show map)


A special place awaits you as you drive up to the beautiful grounds of Quiet Walker Lodge. Nestled in the woods of the Mississippi River Valley the lodge sits on a bluff where the peacefulness of the countryside will relax and unwind you. Our place is unique because it is a log lodge and the new Wakatanka building is done in Native American decor. Come Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate!




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

relax and rejuvinate

5 on October 27, 2013

Our 21st anniversary will be the best we ever had so far as we spent it at the Quiet Walker Lodge. Traveling out into the countryside, up into the woods to the most beautiful spot in Iowa I have ever seen. Secluded by trees you come around the corner to see the beautiful lodge. We were met in the parking lot by John, one of the innkeepers, who knew us by name and took us to our room then on a tour of the lodge. We stayed in the fluer-de-les room which was cozy with a fireplace, a heart shaped whirlpool bath, and a comfortable bed. The view from the room was breathtaking with a view of the woods. We were greeted in the morning both days with a wonderfully delicious meal and conversations with John and Deb. They really seemed to care about what we had done the day before and had many suggestions on where to eat and what sights to go see. We took their suggestions and had a great weekend. We will be going back in the spring to stay again and will tell everyone we know about the wonderful time we had and suggest they stay there too.

best kept secret we have to share

5 on July 09, 2013

We decided to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in the Sedona Suite. We loved everything about this bed and breakfast. The serenity of the lodge was very romantic. John and Deb made a delicious breakfast. Watching the fire burn and the birds in the trees was enjoyable. We also were delighted to visit the winery's in the area. We will definitely be back!

great retreat

4.8 on July 07, 2013

We recently spent 3 nights in the Dubuque area, with the Quiet Walker as our home base. Brought our tandem and enjoyed a day of biking the length of the Heritage bike trail ( entrance point 5 minute drive from the Inn), local hiking at Mines of Spain, a great afternoon at The Barrelhead vineyard on advice of John and Deb, our innkeepers. The Inn grounds are quiet and beautiful...the breakfasts were gourmet delicious and the friendly ambience of the innkeepers made the 3 days an intimate, relaxing getaway.

Came as Guests and left as Friends

5 on July 01, 2013

My wife and I planned to stay for seven nights and ended up extending our stay an extra night. We stayed in the room Moonlight and Roses for seven nights and one night in Fluer-de-Lis. John and Deb are the best Inn Keepers we have ever had and we have stayed at many Bed and Breakfast Inns over the years. The secluded location of the Quiet Walker Lodge is great. We were looking for a place we could spend a week at to relax and re-charge and get away from it all. Boy, did we find the perfect place to go! The Moonlight and Roses room is quite large and we moved right in and enjoyed all the room had to offer. The view is very relaxing with watching the birds, rabbits, deer, squirrels, and a racoon right from our room. There is plenty to do in Dubuque and John and Deb can give you ideas. We came as guests and left as friends. The before breakfast coffee and conversation was great. And each breakfast we had was delicious and they served a different one each morning. John and Deb made our vacation stay special and we will be forever thankful to them for this. You will never meet a nicer couple than John and Deb are. I would encourage you to look no further and book a stay with the Quiet Walker Lodge with John and Deb as your hosts. I know you will enjoy your stay.

Wonderful getaway!

4.8 on June 25, 2013

My wife and I stayed two nights to celebrate her birthday. Very nice rooms. We stayed in the Bella Vita and loved the waterfall. The only problem was that there were no chairs in that particular room. We want to return and stay in a couple of the other rooms. Deb and John were great hosts and we can not wait to return.

A Must destination

5 on May 30, 2013

The Quiet Walker Lodge is a Must destination. What a wonderful location in a quiet country setting. Very peacful and relaxing. The owner is very delightful and charming. The inn keepers are the best you will ever have. The inn is very clean, the food is amazing. Everything is home made and made from scratch. When visiting, take the time and drive to Galena, IL for a day of shopping, food and fun. So many things to do in the area and what a Beautiful area. Put Quiet Walker Lodge and Dubuque on your Bucket list.

The feel of Colorado

4.6 on May 07, 2013

Celebrating our anniversary Quiet Walker Lodge gave us talk without interruption and enjoy the beautiful bluff view from the Moonlight and Roses room. Quiet Walker Lodge has a Colorado feel but it's not far from home. John and Deb, the Inn Keepers are fun and they make you feel right at home! Thank you for making our anniversary memorable!

Can't wait to go back for our anniversary!!!

5 on April 23, 2013

Our first stay at QWL was absolutely wonderful. The owner, Linda, was warm and welcoming. The new innkeepers, John and Deb are friendly, helpful and they serve up a great breakfast! We stayed in the Sleeping Bear and added the brand new Hibernation Package. We enjoyed a private breakfast served in the loft adjoining our room. It was quiet and romantic. The views and the rooms are beautiful. We can't wait to stay again!!

Surprise 2-year anniversary

5 on July 14, 2009

We celebrated our 2-year anniversary and he decided to do it all by himself. He would not tell me where we were going or what kind of place we were staying. As we drove up the gravel driveway to the photo you see here we were immediately greeted by Carol. She knew our names and was a ray of sunshine as we toured the lodge and our room. The smallest details were caught, the sheets were fantastic, the food amazing, the inkeepers were caring and wonderful conversationalists. We plan to go back every 6 months or so to relax. This is, by far, the BEST place I have ever stayed!

Romantic get away

4.0 on November 27, 2008

If you would like a quiet place to sare with that someone special, this is the place. Mike and Carol make you feel like family. The veiw is wonderfull. The rooms are so romantic. The special detail, the tray of cheese and the homemade pumpkin bread. The homemade breakfast with muffins and coffee cake with your meal is great. The morning and evening talks with Mike and Carol at the fireplace was very special. If you are in Iowa you must stay and enjoy the rooms, view, and the comfort of the lodge. Jester Nov.08

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Rooms & Rates


Our beautiful Southwestern suite, "Sedona" is located on the upper floor of the Wakatanka House. The spacious room has a huge whirlpool area to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the beautiful forest reserve. Check on our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com for more photos, rates and online booking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Our French Country Suite is located in the main lodge and has an outside entrance. The huge suite includes a beautiful whirlpool, a shower and easy access to the cozy electric fireplace.For more pictures, rates and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Bella Vita

Our Tuscan Room features a wall waterfall that guests can turn on or off. Beautiful heart shaped bubble up tub and a shower room is also found in this suite. For more photos, rates, and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Sleeping Bear

Tucked away ion the loft. This cozy cabin-like suite has a bear theme. The suite includes a loft sitting room for reading, playing games or just hanging out. For more phots, rates and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Moonlight and Roses

One of our popular main lodge suites, Moonlight and Roses has wrap around windows for awesome views of the forest. Guests have enjoyed waking up to deer grazing on the grass or the beautiful birds singing their morning songs. The suite offers a heart shaped bubble up tub nestled in a secluded room on the left of the little kitchenette room. Spacious and private. For more photos, rates and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Handicap accessible this room is spacious. Roll in shower, handle bars in the whirlpool tub and room to rotate a wheelchair are some of the extra features of this suite. Private small patio area outside the sliding doors. For more photos, rates and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Decorated in Native Northwestern decor, this suite has a totem pole leading to the private whirlpool bathroom. A patio for relaxing is located outside the sliding doors. For more photos, rates and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Secret Garden

This suite has a king size bed and a spacious whirlpool tub. Guests have an outside entrance. For more photos, rates and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Santa Fe

Our southwestern suite, Santa Fe has a spacious bathroom with a whirlpool over looking the forest. The suite is located in the Wakatanka House and has a loft area outside the suite for relaxing, playing games or just enjoying the outside through the huge cathedral windows. For more photos, rates and online booking, visit our website at www.quietwalkerlodge.com

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Secluded


Dubuque, IA (DBQ)

Directions to property:

From Dubuque take Hwy 52 North to Durango: 18132 Paradise Valley Trail, Durango, IA 52039-9621 From Durango continue 1/4 mile North on Hwy 52. Turn left on Paradise Valley Rd (first road to the left past Durango). Go one mile on Paradise Valley Rd until you see "Quiet Walker Lodge" sign on the left behind mailboxes. By the sign turn left up the hill. There is off-street parking on your right at the top of the hill. Entrance to the inn is under the deck. Go up the stairs to the kitchen and call Carol at 563-552-2480. Phone is by the dining room table. Carol lives next door and will come to the inn to welcome you.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Paddleboats, Bird Watching, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Parking , Sale of Iowa wines

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Kitchenette, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wheelchair access

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Heritage Trail, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit
  • Cancellations: See website for details.
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Rita and Charlie DeLoach

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About the innkeepers

Besides loving to take care of our guests, we love to cook, fish, and hunt.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten Free;Lactose Intolerant


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