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Welcome to the Holiday Shores Riverfront Motel -
McGregor, Iowa web site!
If you're looking for an awesome location on the water to kick-back and unwind, look no further.  You could be enjoying the sights and sounds of the main channel of the Mississippi River flowing by as you relax on your balcony or our lawn seating areas.  Looking for something a bit more active?  Take a cruise on one of the River excursion boats that dock at the adjacent McGregor City marina during the weekends, take a hike at the nearby Pike's Peak State Park and check out the incredible River valley panoramic view or kayak the beautiful backwaters of the Mississippi.  If you want the most beautiful waterfront setting in the area, the Holiday Shores is the place to be.  Prefer to see a parking lot or road outside your room, sorry,  one of the other area motels can help you with that one.
There's lots to do at the Holiday Shores and much more waiting for you in the surrounding area.


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Where are you going to stay on your next Get-away? 
If it doesn't come with a view like this, you're missing out. 

The Holiday Shores motel is an all-season, family-friendly get-away; perfect for anyone looking for an affordable, comfortable, scenic vacation destination.  Located on the west bank of the main channel of the Mississippi River in the midst of the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, it offers incomparable views of the world famous river and its working roots with tugboats and barges passing directly in front of the motel.  With a bulkheaded waterfront, adjoining sand bar and private motel dock, the Holiday Shores also provides convenient river access.  You'll feel at home in its newly renovated rooms and enjoy the Mississippi River, the surrounding bluffs and many wooded islands.

Looking for a special location for your family reunion, wedding, friends gathering or business outing? Consider the Holiday Shores!! Our riverfront courtyard could be a truly memorable setting for your event and we can provide the use of our River Boat Guest lounge with it's unique collection of paddlewheel boat models, where you can serve your own food or arrange catering to make your party as care free and enjoyable as possible.

River Boat Lounge with one of the largest paddlewheel boat models in the USA

Nestled on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the quaint, historic river city of McGregor, Iowa, in Northeast Iowa, the Holiday Shores is conveniently located within a four hour drive of Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago and the Quad Cities.  The adjacent cities of Marquette and McGregor, Iowa, have a variety of restaurants and shops to enjoy and if you're looking for some "big city" shopping and entertainment, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (population approx 7000) is located just over three miles away.  The Holiday Shores is right next door to the McGregor City Marina offering overnight and extended stay boat slips for a very reasonable fee, free - public boat launch and ample parking lot.  Starting Summer 2013 the Holiday Shores will have a private boat dock where motel guests can dock their boat for free and enjoy our floating patio.  A mile down the road is the Lady Luck Casino - Marquette.  Also close by are the Indian Effigy Mounds National Monument, Yellow River State Forest, Pikes Peak State Park in Iowa and Wyalusing State Park in Wisconsin.

Want to get up close and personal with the water? Nothing beats the experience of getting in a kayak or canoe and paddling one of the area rivers; enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife of the surrounding Upper MIssissippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge that the area is famous for. The Holiday Shores offers easy access for kayakers/canoers with our our terraced sea wall, adjacent sand bar and private motel dock.  Dont have your own kayak or canoe, the Holiday Shores working with local outfitters can help you get started on this fun and easy way to get on the water through our kayaking/canoeing classes and guided excursions using the Holiday Shores as your base camp. We offer 1 or 2 day programs that explore the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Yellow Rivers, with evening riverside meals by our firepit. Classes are suited for beginner through experienced levels. Call the Holiday Shores for details.


We offer several incentive discounts and special ammenities for groups, including:
1. Room rental rate weekday discounts (Sunday - Thursday), reduced from our already low weekday rates. (weekday)
2. Mississippi River commercial excursion boat tours of the River and local environs that will pick up guests from the adjacent McGregor City marina. (weekend)
3. Catered Riverside Bar-B-Que available for groups with room rentals of 10 or more. Price on Request based on menu choice.  (weekend or weekday)
4. River Boat Guest Lounge available for private functions.

See our Discounts Pricing page for additional details on promotions. And, check out our Activities page for fun things to do while visiting the Holiday Shores. If there is something special you have in mind, let us know and we'll see what we can do to make it happen for you. Our goal is to make your stay special. Whether traveling by auto, bicycle, motorcyle or boat, the Holiday Shores Motel is a great place to spend some time. Give us a call and stop by to check out the reasons many of our guests return year after year. See what we have for you.

Wave Bye Bye to the Nice Tugboat Captain

So close you can almost reach out and touch the passing boats!

A warm Fall day's view of the bluff behind the Holiday Shores

View down Main St in historic McGregor

Side Street in Downtown McGregor

Come join us for a ride on the newest addition to the Holiday Shores
Our Neighbor - McGregor City Marina

Please call 563-873-3449 for further information or to make reservations.
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