A Tennessee couple on a unique mission spent a couple of days and nights in Nevada last week.

Earl and Virginia Rainwater of Knoxville, Tenn. — Tennessee Volunteers, they proudly stated — were guests of the Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast in Nevada, while they satisfied their goal of spending at least one night in Iowa, the only state that they’d never spent a whole day and night in.

Earl said he has always had a hobby of traveling and seeing places, and a few years ago when the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, they did so by going to the one state they’d never been in — Hawaii. Virginia said it was a celebration of fifties — their 50th wedding anniversary, the 50th state that became part of the great United States and the end of their “visiting all 50 states” journey.

Iowa, however, was a state the couple had previously only travelled through. So, they wanted to come and spend a little time here this fall. In search of a nice bed and breakfast establishment, they came across Nevada’s Queen Anne. “We’ve been to a lot of B & B’s through the years,” Virginia said, “and this home, this has been one of the most special things for us (during the Iowa visit).”

Earl agreed, “This neighborhood is gorgeous.” The two said last Wednesday evening (Oct. 18, the last night before they were leaving) that they were enjoying seeing children riding by on bicycles and scooters, and they just loved the small-town feeling of Nevada.

During their stay, the couple travelled the state during the daytime hours to see some of the sights they were most interested in. They were able to visit the Buddy Holly Memorial, the Little Brown Church and the Amana Colonies. They enjoyed seeing Iowa’s wide open plains, as the Smoky Mountain area where they live is quite hilly. “It’s been interesting to see the plains and the cornfields,” Virginia said, noting that the fall colors made their travelling time lovely.

As they returned to Nevada at night, they enjoyed their accomodations and the incredible cooking of Barbara Howard of the Queen Anne B & B. “We’re thinking about taking her home with us,” Virginia said. “Barb has made us feel so welcome.”