We visited Clinton in October of 2011. We started our day trip with lunch at Rastrelli's in the old Lyons shopping district. Rastrelli's was established in 1939. We enjoyed the buffet with all kinds of dishes including desert. Rastrelli's
Don't miss some snacks for later or to take home from the Sweetheart Bakery across the street from Rastrelli's. Lots of great breads, cookies, and other pastries. We like a great bakery that has history. Sweetheart Bakery
A great way to burn off a big Italian lunch is to take a walk around the BickelHaupt Arboretum in Clinton. A compact botanical park with lots of trees and a cat escort. Bickelhaupt Arb
Lastly, as you head out of town you don't want to miss a walk through the Clinton Hardware General Store. Its been around forever. There are warped wooden floors and stuff hanging everywhere. Lots of old school toys for the kids. We remember taking our kids here nearly 20 years ago.
Happy trails and good eats on your own day trip to Clinton in Iowa,
...Mike & Melody