Places to Stay

Pierce Crossing

Looking for a quiet, restorative getaway? This quaint 1950s, 2-bedroom farmhouse is a great place to relax, reminisce, and rejuvenate, for just $100 per couple and $30 per additional adult.  Embodying rural Iowa hospitality, Greg and Bonnie Pierce are gracious and attentive hosts, who welcome guests into Malvern. Enjoy this private guest house, just 1-mile outside of Malvern, close to the Wabash Trace.

Address: 31052 Little Ln, Malvern, IA 51551

Phone: (712) 527-0292

Website: http://piercecrossing.com

ZJ Art Church

What is today known as Art Church began as the town’s first Presbyterian Church, constructed between 1873-1969. In 2012, artist Zack Jones, a Malvern native, purchased the structure as a live-work space. The downstairs features a quaint studio apartment that also serves as an AirBnB for guests. The interior of the AirBnB is adorned with many works of art.

The upstairs sanctuary has been featured in several regional publications including the Omaha World Herald. The sanctuary ceilings depict a full sunset mural that continues to evolve as Zack continues to work on the church’s interior.

Architectural features of the sanctuary include Gothic windows, exposed beams, and an abundance of natural light. The Art Church is an official historical preservation project and is an ever-changing project meant to reflect the area’s rural challenges and cultural interests. Art Church hosts seasonal concerts, art shows, private events, and serves as the offices and studios of ZJ Paintings.

Address: 201 E 4th St. , Malvern, IA 51551

Website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8565698?source_impression_id=p3_1595366059_thiY7%2FBbaKBAZcJr&guests=1&adults=1

Malvern Depot

The Malvern Depot was built in 1963 but sat empty for 40 years until it was renovated by local volunteers and Southwest Iowa Nature Trails in 2016. In 2018 it was converted into an AirBnB and is now available for reservations every weekend during the summer months.

A small railroad depot renovated into a bunkhouse with two bedrooms, kitchenette and bathroom with shower. Air conditioning and heat, coffee maker, dorm style fridge, microwave and toaster. Linens and towels provided.

One bedroom features a queen bed, the other twin bunk beds. Futon in the living area folds out.

Conveniently located on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail at the Malvern Trailhead, just two blocks from downtown.

Address: 301 W. 5th St. , Malvern, IA 51551

Phone: (402) 651-9628

Website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20033395?location=malvern%2C%20ia&source_impression_id=p3_1595366530_wYh6TSTsqzE9xmIu&guests=1&adults=1