2006 Visitors Guide
The Amana Colonies Visitors Center offers information about the Amana Colonies and
the surrounding areas. Lodging information and direct dial phones, public restrooms, bike,
stroller and wheelchair rentals, vending and picnic areas. Located in a fully restored 1940’s
corn crib. View the Amana Colonies and the beautiful Iowa River Valley from the cupola.
Gift certificates good at over 80 Amana Colonies businesses are available for purchase.
[ AMANA COLONIES CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
622 46th Avenue P.O. Box 310 Amana, IA 52203 319.622.7622 1.800.579.2294 ]
Amana Colonies Visitors Center
and Convention & Visitors Bureau
622 46th Avenue, P Box 310
Amana, Iowa 52203
1-800-579-2294 / 319-622-7622
Emergency Services .................................911
Iowa County Sheriff Dept. .....319-642-7307
Medical / Dental Services
Amana Family Practice Clinic ...319-622-3231
Amana Pharmacy ......................319-622-3341
Engel Chiropractic ....................319-622-3322
Dr. Mark Marz, Dentist .............319-622-3150
Thank you for exploring the Endless Possibilities the seven
villages of the Amana Colonies have to offer!
United States Post Offices
Amana.......................................319-622-3019 Many of you are old friends, visiting us annually, recalling
Homestead ................................319-622-3901 childhood memories of traveling to the Amana Colonies
Middle Amana...........................319-622-3861 with parents and grandparents. Some of you are new friends,
South Amana.............................319-622-3425 just discovering the treasures of the Amana Colonies.
Banking Services Either way, the door is open – come on over!
Farmers Savings Bank ...............319-622-6200
4304 - 220th Trail, Amana, Iowa 52203 We have something for everyone: the heritage of one of
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.walfordbank.com America’s longest lived communal societies located in the
Proudly serving the Amana Colonies since lush landscape of the Iowa River valley, working artisans,
1902. Amana branch office. 24 hour ATM. live professional theatre, legendary restaurants, and some
US Bank ....................................319-622-3445 of the best antiquing and shopping in Iowa. If you are
504 39th Avenue, Amana, IA 52203 looking for a slower pace, a place to stroll hand-in-hand, a
place to get away from the hustle of everyday life – we are
Photo, Design and Copy Credits:
the spot for you! The pace may be slower, but that doesn’t
Allyn Neubauer, Jennifer Tjaden, Amana
Heritage Society, Dan Adix, Deanna Roberts, mean we don’t have fun! We know how to throw a great
Emilie Hoppe, Ox Yoke Inn, Amana Society party here in the Colonies – join us for one of our many
Inc. and Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort. festivals.
Old and new friends are always welcome here –
can’t wait to see you!
Iowa Tourism Office
Kristie Wetjen, Executive Director
Amana Colonies Convention & Visitors Bureau
festivals for all seasons
food for body & soul
wine & beer: honored traditions
tempting you to stay
form follows function
hunting for treasures
the colonies at their best
how to find us
I The history t begins in turbulent 18th century Germany
with a religious movement called Pietism.
the community, now numbering some 1,200
people, was able, in a just a few years, to carve
of the Amana In Germany in 1714 two men, Eberhard L.
Gruber and Johann F Rock, spoke and wrote of
a relatively comfortable living from the wilds of
western New York calling their community the
Colonies, a faith renewal through reflection, prayer and Bible
study. Their belief, one shared by many other
Ebenezer Society. They adopted a constitution
that formalized their communal way of life and
National Historic Pietists, was that God, through the Holy Spirit,
may inspire individuals to speak. This gift of
established a governing council of brethren
elected by the membership.
Landmark and inspiration or prophecy was the basis for a When more land was needed for the growing
religious group that became known as the
one of America’s Community of True Inspiration. Though the
community, the Inspirationists looked to Iowa
where attractively priced land was available.
Inspirationists sought to avoid conflict and con-
longest-lived frontation, they were persecuted for their beliefs.
One valley on the Iowa River seemed particularly
promising. Here was fertile soil, stone, wood
Eventually the Inspirationists sought refuge in
communal central Germany settling in several estates,
and water enough to build the community of
their dreams – the Amana Colonies.
societies, can including the 13th century Ronneburg castle.
be traced to the Seeking Freedom
Renewed persecution and an economic depres-
In 1855 they arrived in Iowa. After an inspired
villages and the sion forced the community to begin searching testimony instructed the people to call their
for a new home. Led by Christian Metz the com- village, “Bleib treu” or “remain faithful” the leaders
walled cities of munity left Germany in 1843-44 and by pooling chose the name Amana from the Song of Solomon
their resources were able to purchase land near 4:8. Amana means to remain true. Six villages
Germany. Buffalo, New York. By working cooperatively, were established, a mile or two apart, across a
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river valley tract of some 25,000 acres - making to brewing, were vital. Over 50 nal way of life. A ruinous farm market and
Amana, East Amana, West Amana, South communal kitchens provided three meals changes in the rural economy contributed,
Amana, High Amana and Middle Amana. daily to Colonists. These kitchens were but what finally propelled the change
In 1861 when the community learned operated by the women of the Colonies was a strong desire on the part of Amana
that a railway was to be built and a station and well supplied by the village smoke- Colonists to maintain their community.
opened in the former stagecoach stop house, bakery, icehouse and dairy and By 1932 the communal way of life was
known as Homestead, the community by huge gardens, orchards and vineyards seen as a barrier to achieving individual
bought the land and the Amana village maintained by the villagers. goals. So rather than leave or watch their
of Homestead came to be. children leave one by one, they changed.
Children attended school, six days a week,
The community adopted a communal They established the Amana Society, Inc.,
year-round until the age of 14. Boys were
way of life based upon Christian teachings a joint stock, profit-sharing corporation
assigned jobs on the farm or in the craft
which they articulated in a constitution to manage the farmland, the mills and the
shops, while girls were assigned to a com-
adopted by the members. Called the Amana larger enterprises. Private enterprise was
munal kitchen. A few boys were sent to
Society, the group shared the property and encouraged and many businesses located
college for training as teachers, doctors
businesses of the seven Amana villages. in the Amana Colonies today are inde-
pendently owned and operated. The
The Amana Colonies would become one Up before dawn, called to work by the Amana Church was maintained and
of America’s longest-lived and largest religious gentle tolling of the bell in the village thrives yet today.
communal societies. tower, the unhurried routine of life in
Today the Amana Colonies represent an
In the seven villages, residents could the old Amana Colonies was paced very
American dream come true. Seven villages
count on receiving a home, medical differently than today. Churches, located
founded by religious faith and community
care, meals, all household necessities and in the center of each village, built of brick
spirit, the Amana Colonies are a thriving
schooling for their children. Property and or stone, have no stained glass windows,
community with a population of over
resources were shared. Men and women no steeple or spire, and reflect the Inspir-
1,700 people. Declared a National
were assigned jobs by their village council ationist ethos of simplicity and humility.
Historic Landmark in 1965, the Amana
of brethren. No one received a wage. Colonists attended worship services 11
Colonies attract hundreds of thousands
No one needed one. times during the course of a week, their
of visitors annually all of whom come to
quiet worship punctuating the days.
Farming and the production of wool see and enjoy a place where the past is
and calico supported the community, but In 1932 amidst America’s Great Depression, cherished and where hospitality is a
village enterprises, everything from clock the Amana Colonies set aside its commu- way of life.
Amana Heritage Sites across the street is like stepping back in
time. Guides explain kitchen routines and
The Amana Community
Church Museum, Homestead
The Amana Heritage Society maintains share insights on communal Amana life. Whether you want to learn more about
seven historical sites. Single admission Popular with all ages, the Communal Amana or simply wish to experience
or multi-site admissions are available. Kitchen and Cooper Shop is an historical a setting uniquely suited to reflection,
For more information on Amana treasure. Open May 1 through October 31, visit the 1865 Saal (church or meeting-
Heritage Sites and to check their calen- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.- house) in Homestead. Guides discuss
dar of special events and programs 5 p.m. Saturday. religious beliefs and practices of the
phone 319-622-3567 or visit Amana Church, while explaining the
www.amanaheritage.org. High Amana General Store, unique history and architecture of this
High Amana 140-year-old church. Open May 1 through
Amana Heritage Museum, Amana This 1858 sandstone general store looks October 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -
One of your first stops in the Amana very much as it did 100 years ago when Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Colonies should be the Amana Heritage it served village residents and traded
Museum. With an award-winning, 20- with farmers living near High Amana. Homestead Blacksmith Shop, Homestead
minute video, exhibits in three communal The Amana Heritage Society still operates The original village blacksmith shop.
era buildings and grounds recalling turn this dry goods store offering merchandise Learn about the role of the blacksmith
of the century Amana life, the museum reminiscent of bygone days. Open daily in the economic life of the community.
tells Amana’s story from 18th century April 1 - October 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Demonstrations. Open Saturdays May 27
Germany to the present. The Amana Monday - Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. through September 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Heritage Museum is among Iowa’s top Sunday. Open Saturdays and Sundays
historical attractions. Special programs only in March, November and December. Homestead Store Museum, Homestead
and exhibits. Museum store. Open daily Commerce sustained communal Amana
April 1 through October 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Communal Agriculture Museum, and its importance is explored at this his-
Monday - Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. South Amana toric site recently renovated and opened
Sunday. Open Saturdays only in March, Built in 1858 the South Amana barn hous- by the Amana Heritage Society. Craft and
November and December. ing the Communal Agriculture Museum industry, plus an examination of the com-
is one of the oldest in the seven colonies. munity’s relationship with the “outside
Communal Kitchen and Tools, implements and photographs from world,” are depicted. Open storage of
Cooper Shop, Middle Amana Amana’s communal era depict operations museum artifacts and display of colony
Preserved just as it was on the day in on the nation’s largest communal farm. buildings in miniature make the Home-
1932 when the last communal meal Open May 27 - September 2, 11 a.m.- stead Store well worth discovering. Open
was served in Amana, visiting the 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1 through October 31, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Communal Kitchen and the Cooper Shop Saturday. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
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A FESTIVAL FOR
“There is nothing like festival time
in the Amana Colonies!”
A crowd has gathered to watch the
Winterfest log-sawing competition.
Bundled in warm clothing they cheer
for their favorite teams. Once the com-
petition is over, folks head out to watch
the ice-harvesting demonstrations on
the Mill Race canal or stop by one of
the restaurants for a hearty lunch. This
is Winterfest, January 28, one of
many celebrations held each year in
the Amana Colonies.
From the homespun appeal of
God’s Grand Garden Walk
Winterfest to the rollicking kick of
Oktoberfest to the holiday magic creat-
ed at Prelude to Christmas, there are candy shops, bakeries and beverage There is nothing quite like Beckster
dozens of events and festivals in the establishments offering delicious food Fest, June 2-4, at the Amana Colonies
Amana Colonies. Be sure to check the and drink. Also enjoy the colorful rib- Outdoor Convention Facility. Up-tempo
calendar of events in this issue of the bon dances of the Maipole dancers; polka music gets everyone on the two
Amana Colonies Visitors Guide for this rite of spring has been a German wooden dance floors with music pro-
more information. tradition since before the Middle Ages. vided by nine of the best polka bands
Maifest, May 6 – 7, this spring cele- The dancers, dressed in traditional in the United States. Barefoot Becky
bration combines old world traditions German costumes with flowers in their and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen host this
and new world entertainment featuring hair, perform the intricate Maipole 4th annual polka fest.
the Taste of the Amana Colonies food dances as the Amana Colonies recog-
This year the Amana Arts Guild cele-
fair at the Festhalle Barn (Amana) with nizes its German heritage.
brates regionalist art and the folk craft
local nonprofit groups, restaurants, The Iowa Renaissance Festival and traditions of the Colonies at its annual
Gathering O’ Celts, May 5 – 7, is Festival of the Arts, August 12, at the
held at the Middle Amana Park during Middle Amana Park. Beneath the shade
Maifest. This popular event features of huge oak trees, local artists and
entertainment on multiple stages, 16th craftspeople exhibit, demonstrate and
century costumed characters, living sell their work. The festival features
history encampments, food, drink and craft activities for kids and hot apple
activities for children; the Renaissance fritters made on the spot plus other
Festival combines an enchanting mix foods.
of fantasy, folklore and fun.
America’s largest agriculture trade show
Take a trip down south, never leaving and exhibition, the Farm Progress
the Amana Colonies, during Taste Show, August 29 – 31, will be at the
Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Fest, Amana Colonies Outdoor Convention
May 27 – 29 at the Amana Colonies Facility. You’ll discover the Farm
Outdoor Convention Facility. The Progress Show to be a multifaceted
Midwest’s largest Cajun and Zydeco event with field demonstrations, speak-
festival offers a zesty blend of toe-tap- ers, workshops and the very latest in
ping music and Cajun food. Cooking agriculture and agribusiness. Drawing
demonstrations and cultural events pay people from across the globe, the Farm
tribute to Louisiana’s enduring heritage Progress Show is a world-class celebra-
while the Mardi Gras themed party tion of American farm innovation.
Winterfest prompts you to celebrate good times.
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Oktoberfest, September 29 – October 1, of the Tannenbaum Forest help the a delightful vignette featuring German
held in the village of Amana, is a Iowa Chapter of the Make-a-Wish carols, folklore and traditions from
Bavarian bash with a prairie harvest Foundation fulfill the dreams of criti- the communal era. At the church in
connection. From the moment the first cally ill, eastern Iowa children. As you Amana handmade craft items and liter-
keg is tapped by the Amana Colonies might expect, the Tannenbaum Forest ally thousands of cookies are for sale
own Burgermeister, Carl Oehl, to the is a huge hit with children, especially at the Amana Church Holiday Bazaar
last dance on Sunday afternoon, the since Santa Claus is a resident. Santa and Cookie Walk benefit event.
fun and entertainment are nonstop. (in his own beautifully decorated
A special treat for this holiday week-
German-style bands, dancing, German sleigh) is on hand to hear all holiday
end is the Christmas Haus Tour,
foods, plus the Saturday morning wishes. The Tannenbaum Forest also
December 2. Travel through the vil-
parade and the special autumn-themed features St. Nick’s Café, with hot
lages to tour historic homes decked
events make Oktoberfest Iowa’s favorite cocoa and holiday treats to warm
out in their finest holiday trimmings.
fall festival. and delight.
Sponsored by the Amana Arts Guild,
The Tannenbaum Forest, November During Prelude to Christmas, the tour takes you through private
24 – December 10, in the Festhalle December 1 – 3, the Tannenbaum homes, as well as artists homes and
Barn, Amana, is proof positive that Forest is open extended hours with galleries. This is an event that is sure to
dreams do come true. The Tannenbaum additional holiday activities. Prelude to please, plus give you great decorating
Forest with over 40 live, decorated Christmas offers special events, craft ideas for the holidays.
theme trees, a giant 17-foot-tall, demonstrations and evening hours to
The Amana Colonies offers a festival
German Christmas “pyramid,” and accommodate shoppers in the candlelit
for all seasons, whether you plan to
a breathtaking Nativity, is one of the village of Amana. While at the Amana
visit the Colonies in the spring, summer,
top holiday attractions in the Midwest. Heritage Museum, you can see “A
fall or winter; there is a festival for you.
Voluntary donations taken at the door Glimpse of Amana Christmas Past,”
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From the relaxed appeal
calendar of events
Iowa Renaissance Festival
and Gathering O’Celts
Abend Galerie Tour
of a folk arts fair to the May 5 – 7 Over a dozen Amana Colonies artisans
high-energy ethnic Magical gathering of costumed open their galleries, workshops and
celebrations that have characters, live action stuntmen and studios for this self-guided, free,
entertainers at this fantasy Renaissance evening (Abend) tour. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
become an Amana fair. Activities for all ages. Entertainment www.timeandtides.com/gallerytour
Colonies tradition, festivals on six stages. Concessions. Event held
29th Annual Marble Show
and special events crowd at Middle Amana Park. Admission.
www.iowarenfest.com June 2 – 3
our calendar. For more Collectors nationwide look forward to
America’s longest-running antique marble
information check out 31st Annual Doll
meet at the Amana Colonies Holiday Inn.
our website at and Toy Sale
Friday workshops and banquet registra-
www.amanacolonies.com At the Amana Colonies Outdoor
tion requested. Saturday show 9 a.m. –
2 p.m. open to the public. Admission.
or call 1-800-579-2294. Convention Facility. Dolls and toys www.amanamarble.com
of all types, plus related items at this
Winterfest show sponsored by the Iowa Kate Shelley Beckster Fest
January 28 Doll Club. Vintage antiques, collectibles June 2 – 4
and reproductions. Admission. Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe
Beat cabin fever with our 2nd annual
Dutchmen host some of the top names
Winterfest. 5K Amana Freezer Fun Maifest in polka at this 4th annual polka fest
Run/Walk, ice harvesting demonstra- May 6 – 7 at the Amana Colonies Outdoor
tions, ice skating, storytelling by the
With costumed folk dancers, a food Convention Facility. Located in the large,
woodstove, cross-cut log sawing compe-
tasting fair and more, the village of Amana air-conditioned, indoor hall, the festival
tition open to all. Winter fun Amana features nine bands from across the
blooms for this annual spring celebra-
style. www.festivalsinamana.com Midwest, two wooden dance floors and
tion. “Taste of Amana Colonies” food fair
at the Festhalle Barn, Maipole dancers, nonstop entertainment, food and fun.
Willow Weaving Weekend German music, parade activities for Admission. www.barefootbecky.com
February 18 - 19 kids, crafts, entertainment and more.
A hands-on workshop at the Amana Arts www.festivalsinamana.com God’s Grand Garden Walk
Guild Center in High Amana. Two days June 10
intensive study of various basketmaking Amana Trail Ride Tour ten or more gardens in the Amana
techniques with nationally-known May 13 – 14 Colonies including traditional, contem-
weavers. Registration required. Horse lovers converge at the Amana porary water and floral gardens, sunken
www.broomandbasket.com Colonies Outdoor Convention Facility and other imaginative gardens. Sponsored
for horseback riding on aged logging by the Amana Church Society. 10 a.m. –
Festival of American Basketry 4 p.m. Admission.
trails, camping and special events.
April 28 – 30 Dance Saturday evening open to all.
Seven workshops by nationally-known Register to bring your horse. WMT Great Eastern Iowa
basketmakers at the Amana Arts Guild www.amanatrailride.com Tractor Ride
Center in High Amana. Early American June 12
and contemporary techniques and styles Taste Louisiana Cajun 450 tractors take a ride around our neck
explored. Registration required. and Zydeco Fest of the woods. www.wmtradio.com
www.broomandbasket.com. May 27 – 29
The Midwest’s largest Cajun and Zydeco
Abend Galerie Tour June 16 – 17
festival with great bands, Mardi Gras
Collectors of John Deere tractors and
May 5 madness parties, cultural events and
implements will gather for this nostalgic
Over a dozen Amana Colonies artisans authentic Cajun dishes prepared by
celebration of the American ag legend.
open their galleries, workshops and Louisiana chefs, plus dancing and cook-
Displays and demonstrations for the
studios for this self-guided, free, ing lessons and a carnival. At the Amana public. At the Amana Colonies Outdoor
evening (Abend) tour. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Colonies Outdoor Convention Facility. Convention Facility. Admission.
www.timeandtides.com/gallerytour Admission. www.cajunfest.net www.two-cylinder.com
Events, times and dates are subject to change. Please call 800-579-2294 for up-to-date information.
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Homestead Implement Reunion studios for this self-guided, free, Convention Facility. Saturday 9 a.m. –
June 17 – 18 evening (Abend) tour. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Whether you’re a devoted collector or www.timeandtides.com/gallerytour Concessions. www.candr-productions.com
simply sentimental for the good ol’ days
on the farm, the annual Minneapolis- Iowa County Fair Abend Galerie Tour
Moline Implement Reunion in Homestead July 13 – 16 August 4
is your event. Parade of antique tractors Iowa County Fairgrounds, Marengo Over a dozen Amana Colonies artisans
and farm machinery, kiddy tractor pull, open their galleries, workshops and
swap meet and demonstrations. Tour de Brew studios for this self-guided, free,
Concessions. July 15 evening (Abend) tour. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
This 30-mile bike ride from Iowa City to www.timeandtides.com/gallerytour
Lily Lake in Bloom Millstream Brewing Co., Amana, combines
July – August fitness, fellowship and fun while provid- Festival of the Arts
The Lily Lake is crowned with buttery- ing the perfect route to experience rural August 12
yellow, lotus lilies from mid-July through Iowa. Open to all ages. For registration, Celebration of traditional and contempo-
August; an event that occurs annually. www.millstreambrewing.com. rary Amana Colonies arts and crafts with
Pull in at the lakeshore park to enjoy artists displaying, selling and demonstrating
the view and to access the Kolonieweg Christmas in July Arts their work. Fine art and folk art featured,
Recreational Trail that circles the lake. and Crafts Show including the latest work by some of the
July 15 – 16 region’s best. Hands-on art activities for
Abend Galerie Tour Over 150 exhibitors share their talent for kids. Entertainment. Concessions. 10 a.m.
July 7 handmade arts and crafts in two large, air- – 5 p.m. in the Middle Amana Park.
Over a dozen Amana Colonies artisans conditioned buildings plus tented exhibits Sponsored by the Amana Arts Guild.
open their galleries, workshops and in the RV park. Amana Colonies Outdoor www.amanaartsguild.com
The Old Creamery
319-622-6194 or 800-352-6262
PRICE CREEK STAGE SHOWTIMES
8 p.m. on Wednesdays,
Fridays & Saturdays
3 p.m. on Thursdays,
Saturdays & Sundays
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
May 5-June 11
June 16 – July 16
RIDERS IN THE SKY
Join us in
July 19, 20, 21
Performance Times: Wed. 3 & 8pm;
2006 in celebrating
Thurs. 3pm.; Friday 3 & 8pm our 35th year as Iowa’s premiere
July 28-Aug. 20 and Sept. 6-Sept. 24 professional theatre company.
CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES www.oldcreamery.com
Sept. 29-Nov. 11
Nov. 17-Dec. 17
DEPOT THEATRE SHOWTIMES
8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays Up to 6 performances a week
& Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Group and student
Thursdays & Sundays rates available
DATES WITH A NUT
June 23-July 23
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Farm Progress Show Amana Trail Ride celebration of homebrewed beer, mead
August 29 – 31 September 23 – 24 or cider. Stop by Millstream Brewing Co.
Known as the “Superbowl of Agriculture” Horse lovers converge at the Amana in Amana November 4 to check out the
the Farm Progress Show is America’s Colonies Outdoor Convention Facility for judging. Register to enter your home-
largest agriculture and agribusiness trade horseback riding on aged logging trails, brew at www.millstreambrewing.com.
show with the latest in technological camping and special events. Dance Saturday
advances and ag practices. Exhibits. Field evening open to all. Register to bring your Fall Fibre and Clay Show & Sale
demonstrations. Speakers. Concessions. horse. www.amanatrailride.com. November 4 – 5
At the Amana Colonies Outdoor Show and sale of weaving, textile arts,
Convention Facility. Admission. Volksmarch baskets, pottery and crafts by area artists
www.farmprogress.com September 23 – 24 at the Amana Arts Guild Center in High
Tour Amana and East Amana on foot Amana. Shop for holiday gifts, boutique
Abend Galerie Tour at this traditional German “folk walk” wear and original fine art at this juried
September 1 starting at the Millstream Brewing Co. event. Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and
in Amana. A family-oriented event, open Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Over a dozen Amana Colonies artisans
to all. www.millstreambrewing.com www.amanaartsguild.com
open their galleries, workshops and
studios for this self-guided, free, Oktoberfest
evening (Abend) tour. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tannenbaum Forest
September 29 – October 1 November 24 – December 10
We bring Bavaria to you during Experience a holiday wish come true at
Oktoberfest – Iowa’s favorite fall festival. this enchanted forest of live, decorated
Festival of Iowa Beers The century-old Festhalle Barn in Amana
September 2 Christmas trees at the Festhalle Barn,
provides the perfect setting for nonstop Amana. Visit with Santa (scheduled times)
Sample beer from breweries across Iowa entertainment, dance and German-style and see the country’s tallest Christmas
and talk with brewers about the creation foods and beverages. Parade. Live enter- pyramid. This benefit event for the Iowa
of their brews at this beer-tasting event tainment at local restaurants and Millstream Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation
at the Millstream Brewing Co. in Amana. Brewing Co., craft demonstrations at local
has become one of the premier holiday
1 – 5 p.m. Admission. shops. www.festivalsinamana.com
attractions in the Midwest. Free will
donation is your admission.
Yard Market Day Competition
September 2 September 30
Prelude to Christmas
This all day yard market hosted by area Homebrewers compete in this 3rd annual
event during Amana’s Oktoberfest spon-
December 1 – 3
antique shops boasts many treasures at
sored by Millstream Brewing Co. To regis- Amana’s Christmas gift to you is this
various locations throughout the Amana
ter www.millstreambrewing.com. Winners nostalgic advent celebration featuring the
will be announced September 30 at the magical Tannenbaum Forest, special events
Festhalle Barn. throughout Amana, a Christmas Cookie
Amana Colonies Walk, Holiday Bazaar and presentations
Renaissance Festival Autumn Days Craft Fair featuring Colony Christmas traditions at
September 2 – 4 October 7 – 8 the Amana Heritage Museum. Come
Fun, excitement, music and comedy all Everything from handsewing to wood- sundown Amana is transformed with
in a Renaissance setting. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. crafts is featured at this 5th annual harvest candle luminaries and countless holiday
daily. Admission. craft show at the Amana Colonies lights. www.festivalsinamana.com
Outdoor Convention Facility. Over 100
Amana Artisans Studio Tour exhibitors. Concessions. Saturday 9 a.m. – Christmas Haus Tour
September 15 – 17 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. December 2
Visit the workshops and studios of Amana www.candr-productions.com Tour selected Amana Colonies homes
Colonies folk artists and craftspeople as beautifully decorated for the holidays.
they are working. A self-guided, free tour THIRSTY Homebrew Classic Proceeds benefit the Amana Arts
of workshops in six villages. Friday 10 a.m. November 4 Guild’s “On to the Future” campaign.
– 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Homebrewers and homebrewing clubs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission.
Sunday noon to 5 p.m. from across the country compete at this www.amanaartsguild.com
Events, times and dates are subject to change. Please call 800-579-2294 for up-to-date information.
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GOOD FOOD FOR By the turn of the century the Colonies’
BODY AND SOUL reputation for serving excellent food was secure
There is a story in Amana of a young man
who left the communal Colonies to try his with visitors arriving by buggy and train, and later
luck in the ‘outside world.’ The young man
stayed away for nearly a year. Then one
by automobile, to dine in the kitchen houses.
day in early spring he returned. When cooked for 40 had to learn how to communal cook, and her family opened
asked why he had come back to Amana, prepare meals for four. Recipes meant the Ronneburg Restaurant in the village
the prodigal said, ‘Because there is nothing to serve a small army had to be refor- of Amana. In South Amana the village
fit to eat in the world.’ smokehouse was restored and reopened
mulated, a job accomplished over time
Emilie Hoppe, “Seasons of Plenty: with cooks enthusiastically sharing their as a restaurant in 1968 by Carl and Fern
Amana Communal Cooking” tried and true recipes for favorite dishes. Oehl. All employed former communal
Today many Amana cooks still prepare cooks who prepared the foods they
Hickory-smoked sausage, Westphalia loved best while they incorporated
the good food of the Amana Colonies’
ham, savory dumpling soup, tender American favorites into their menus.
pickled beets and sour pickled ham,
hot horseradish sauce and fried pota- Building upon a reputation for hearty Today the variety of dining options in
toes, cabbage slaw and lettuce with sour meals and friendly hospitality, several the Amana Colonies restaurants includes
cream dressing, oven-fresh bread and Amana Colonies families opened restau- gourmet and local fare, seafood, light
brown sugar Streusel, tart rhubarb pie rants at the close of the communal era. luncheon and dinner choices, deli sand-
and irresistible cream puffs … They ate Jacob Roemig opened the Colony Inn wiches, malt shop burgers and more.
well in the communal days, a tradition in the former Amana Hotel in 1935. But the original family style dining made
that continues in the Amana Colonies The Ox Yoke Inn was established in a famous by communal kitchens continues
to this very day. restored kitchen house by Bill and Lina to be a popular choice just as it has for
Leichsenring in 1940. In Homestead for- six generations.
From 1855 until 1932 there were over
mer New York Yankee pitcher Bill Zuber Should our communal era prodigal
50 communal kitchens in the seven
and his wife, Connie, opened Zuber’s return today, he would feel right at home
villages serving breakfast, dinner and
Restaurant in 1948. While in 1950 finding his favorite dishes and a few new
supper daily, plus a mid-morning and
Helen Zimmerman Graichen, a former delights to savor.
a mid-afternoon “lunch,” that truly
deserved its name consisting of coffee,
hot tea or wine and thick slices of fresh
bread topped with molasses or cheese.
Breakfast was taken seriously with hot,
fried potatoes, fried eggs, oatmeal or
farina. Noon dinner was just as fortify-
ing consisting of soup, vegetables, pota-
toes, a meat dish and often, though not
always, dessert. Supper was a somewhat
lighter meal, but egg dishes, cheese,
vegetables, potatoes and a meat course
were the norm.
In the communal Amana Colonies
good food in satisfying quantity, well
prepared and cheerfully served in the
kitchen houses, was a comfort and a
blessing to be shared and enjoyed.
By the turn of the century the Colonies’
reputation for serving excellent food was
secure with visitors arriving by buggy
and train, and later by automobile, to
dine in the kitchen houses. And few
visitors left the Colonies without first
buying Amana ham, bacon and sausage
for their families, just as they do today.
The end of the communal era and the
closing of the kitchens required that all
homes be equipped with a kitchen, a
first in the villages. Women who had
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SPECIALTY FOODS IN smoking insuring the highest quality and
eral of the village bakeries were consolidated
and moved to upper South Amana. The
THE AMANA COLONIES Today you can shop for Amana Meats
Amana Society Bakery produces a variety of
breads for local and regional markets and
“You need a good, slow smoky fire. . . online, via the Amana Meat Shop website
operates the Stone Hearth Bakery in the vil-
Hickory wood is best.” at www.amanameatshop.com or visit the
lage of Amana. At Stone Hearth Bakery they
Carl Schuerer, “Seasons of Plenty: Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse in
make their own fresh preserves and corn jelly
Amana Communal Cooking” the village of Amana.
as well as noodles, pastries, cookies and cakes.
On those mornings in the village of Amana In operation since 1866, the Hahn Bakery in
But don’t stop there, for Amana Colonies’
when the delicious scent of hickory smoke Middle Amana is the Colonies’ only original
shops offer dozens of treats to satisfy your
from the Amana Meat Shop and Smoke- hearth oven bakery to still use traditional
sweet tooth including hand-dipped choco-
house recalls the past, it’s easy to imagine baking methods. Carl Hahn was one of the
lates, fudge, caramels, caramel-coated
the communal era when each of the Amana last communal bakers in the Colonies; his
apples and old-fashioned hard candy. Using
villages had its own smokehouse. family continues the tradition of providing
century-old fudge and candy recipes, The
the village with fresh baked breads, cin-
Using recipes that had been passed down Chocolate Haus in Amana is a sensory
namon rolls and streusels. Open early, a
to them by their fathers and grandfathers, delight. Watch caramel apples being dipped,
fresh baked, warm coffee cake is the perfect
the village butcher made sausage and salt- sample their made-from-scratch fudge and
start for your tour of the Amana Colonies.
cured hams and bacon. They hung the smell the decadent aroma of chocolate. Slow
cured meats in the smokehouse and kept The Amana Society Bakery was established churned in a copper kettle, the chocolate is
a close watch on the wood fire, curing and at the close of the communal era when sev- always flowing at the Chocolate Haus!
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RESTAURANTS Schatzi’s Ice Cream
& Sandwich Shop, Amana
Colony Inn Restaurant, Amana 319-622-3183
The restaurant where family-style The Smokehaus Restaurant,
dining began in 1935. House made South Amana great neighborhood
desserts included with dinners, 319-622-3750 restaurant located in
breakfast, children's menu, sand- an original historical
wiches, daily specials, and locally communal kitchen house.
made beer and wine. SPECIALTY FOODS Truly a nice variety of German and
Amana Meat Shop American entrees are presented on our menu.
Nordy’s Subs and Salads, Family style meals as well as popular smaller
Amana and Smokehouse, Amana and lighter meals, sandwiches and homemade
319-622-3028 319-622-7586 or 800-373-6328 soups and salads are served. Please come
www.handimart.com www.AmanaMeatShop.com and experience our hospitality.
Since 1858! Home of famous Amana® Amana Colonies’ first restaurant to serve
Ox Yoke Inn, Amana ham, bacon, steaks, sausage and Sauerbraten and Weiner Schnitzel.
319-622-3441 or 800-233-3441 cheese. Sampling. Also Amana jams Today we are still using the same secret
email@example.com and jellies and specialty foods from recipe for our wonderful Sauerbraten.
www.oxyokeinn.com Europe. Free mail order catalog. MAIN STREET AMANA
319-622-3641 • 888-348-4686 • www.theronneburg.com
An Amana Colonies tradition since
1940. Serving German and American Amana Stone Also home of The Clothes Encounter
food family-style. Child’s menu, sand- Hearth Bakery, Amana
wiches, daily specials, house baked 319-622-7640
desserts. Local, American & imported www.AmanaBakeries.com
wine, beers and cocktails. Gifts. Fresh baked breads, pastries and
cookies. Homemade jams, jellies,
Ox Yoke Innterstate, noodles, pies, sandwiches. Beverages
I-80, Amana Colonies Exit 225 available. Ice cream in summer.
319-668-1443 or 877-668-1443 Hot soups in winter. Seating in our
firstname.lastname@example.org quaint German loft. Open daily.
Serving breakfast, lunch and Amana Coffee & Tea, Amana
dinner family-style. Child’s menu, 319-622-6598
sandwiches, house baked desserts. www.AmanaCoffeeandTea.com
Local, American and imported Offering Amana’s largest selection
wines, beers and cocktails. Gifts. of whole bean coffee and loose tea.
Banquet and meeting facilities. Samples available. Stroll through
Serving daily all day.
our fine selection of classic cottage
and American country décor. Lower
The Ronneburg Restaurant, level, Amana General Store.
319-622-3641 or 888-348-4686 The Chocolate Haus, Amana
319-622-3025 or 877-622-3025
A great neighborhood restaurant www.chocolatehaus.com
with two charming shops located
in an original communal kitchen. The only place in Amana that makes
Serving German and American fudge, caramel and chocolates from
entrées for breakfast, lunch and scratch! Ice cream, smoothies, iced
dinner. Great family atmosphere. coffees, sugar-free chocolates, novelty
Groups are welcomed. candy, fun gifts. Come watch and
“smell” the candy being made!
Zuber’s Restaurant and
Dugout Lounge, Homestead Hahn’s Hearth Oven Bakery,
319-622-3911 or 800-522-8883 Middle Amana
Historic landmark home of Bill Homemade breads and pastries
Zuber, NY baseball player. Dugout baked in the only original hearth
Lounge features live music, appetiz- oven in the Amana Colonies.
ers, sandwiches, and famous Joe’s Open April - October, Tuesday -
Pizza. Old and new world cuisine. Saturday. Wednesday and Saturday
Weddings, meetings, group rates. only in November, December and
Main Street, Homestead. March. Open at 7:30 a.m.
Amana Colonies l 16
can be enjoyed
Colony Inn Restaurant • • • • • • • • • M, V, A, D
Nordy’s Subs & Salads • • • • • • • M, V, A, D
Ox Yoke Inn • • • • • • • • • • • M, V, A, D, Di
Ox Yoke Innterstate • • • • • • • • • • • M, V, A, D, Di
The Ronneburg Restaurant • • • • • • • • • • • • M, V, A, D
Schatzi’s Ice Cream
& Sandwich Shop • • • • • • • M, V, D
The Smokehaus Restaurant • • • • • • • • • M, V, A, D
& Dugout Lounge • • • • • • • • • • • M, V, A, D, Di
17 l Amana Colonies
Historic Landmark Home of Bill Zuber
New York Yankee Baseball Player
Fudge and Caramel made the old fashion way
in our copper kettle! Gourmet truffles,
toffee, turtles and more! Come watch and
“smell” the candy being made! Visit the Dugout Lounge featuring
Live Music • Appetizers • Sandwiches
Also offering ice cream, smoothies, iced and the famous Joe’s Pizza
coffees, sugar free chocolates, novelty candy,
and many fun gifts. Old and New World Cuisine
Reserve now for your special event
Located in Historical Amana, Great for Weddings, Rehearsals & Meetings
on Main Street across Group rates available
from the museum.
Main Street • Homestead
An Amana Village
or order 1-800-522-8883 or 319-622-3911
www.chocolatehaus.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am-8pm
Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm
Open Daily / Winter Hours
Amana Colonies l 18
AND BREWING: AN
Drawing upon generations of wine-
making and brewing experience, the
Amana Colonies are home to award-
winning wineries and Iowa’s oldest
During the communal era, each village
had its own winery and breweries
were located in Amana, South Amana,
West Amana, Homestead and Middle
Amana. Iowa’s prohibition laws closed
these establishments, but with the end
of the communal era and the repeal of
Prohibition, several families opened
wineries and began making the fruit
and berry wines, rhubarb and dande-
lion wines that have helped to make
the Colonies famous. Amana Colonies Ackerman Winery, Amana Old Wine Cellar, Amana
wineries have been honored world- 319-622-3379 319-622-3116
wide for their wines. www.ackermanwinery.com The Old Wine Cellar takes pride
Take our self-guided tour and view in their popular cranberry wine
Also well honored are the brews of the 14,000 gallon wine cellar. Sample blends: Lover’s, Autumn Blend, and
Iowa’s leading microbrewery, the 22 unique wines from Raspberry to American Pride. Taste and enjoy for
Millstream Brewing Company. Founded reserve Merlot. Many quality gifts yourself.
in 1985, the Millstream Brewing Co. including wine racks and German
is a multiple award-winning brewery steins. Sandstone Winery, Amana
at the Great American Beer Festival. 319-622-3081
Ehrle Brothers Winery and In a 150 year old home, taste a vari-
Famous for their Schild Brau Amber, Alma’s Washhouse, Homestead ety of whole fruit, homemade wines
brewed from roasted caramel malt, the 319-622-3241 made in old colony tradition. Austrian
Amber is a full-bodied beer and an Amana Colonies’ original winery. Our lead crystal. German nutcrackers
award winner. The Millstream plays a gift shop features factory-direct pot- and smokers. Other items.
special role in each year’s Oktoberfest, tery and assorted gifts. Open daily
with the brewing of the official Oktober- June through mid-October. Limited Village Vintner, Amana
fest beer. For the adventurous, try the hours November through May. 319-622-3181
Schokolade Bock, a special holiday Located in the basement of the
brew, yes chocolate beer! Young and Grapevine Winery, Amana Chocolate Haus. Featuring a wide
old are sure to enjoy the award win- 319-622-3698 variety of wines made in the Amanas.
ning Old Time Root Beer and Black Sample our specialty blends and Open daily May through December.
Cherry Soda. other traditional fruit wines. We offer Limited hours January through
a wide selection of home décor, wine April.
racks and accessories at great prices.
WINES FOR ALL Located just steps away from the Village Winery, Amana
SEASONS Visitors Center. 319-622-3448 or 800-731-7142
There are fruit wines, red wines, Millstream Brewing Co., Amana www.thevillagewinery.com
dessert wines, dry wines … the list 319-622-3672 Sample wines produced in our cellar
goes on. But have you tried a wine email@example.com or browse through our gift shop
shake to cool you in the heat of sum- www.millstreambrewing.com which features a large selection
mer? How about spiced mulled wine Iowa’s oldest microbrewery. Award- of collectibles. Open daily.
to warm you in the winter? winning premium beers and famous
Old Time Root Beer. Visit our hospi-
To shake up your idea of wine, try this tality room for samples. View the
favorite recipe from Ackerman Winery: brewing and bottling process and
(continued on page 21) enjoy our outdoor Biergarten.
Amana Colonies l 20
Black Raspberry Cream
2 oz. Ackerman’s Black Raspberry Wine
5 oz. Vanilla ice cream
Combine wine and ice cream in
blender; blend until smooth.
Serve icy cold. A perfect after dinner
A favorite of the Amana Colonies
Winterfest is the spiced mulled wines
found on the Winter Warmer-Upper
Wine Walk. Mulled wine dates to
medieval times, and is a great way
to spice up a winter get together.
Mulled wine can be made from any
red wine, a full fruit flavor is best.
Be certain to simmer, but never boil
the wine; the flavor of the wine/spice
combination will be ruined if boiled.
Wine can be warmed in the micro-
wave by the glass or mug; micro-
waving concentrates the full flavor
of the wine.
1 bottle of wine – any red, Cranberry
is an excellent choice
1/2 gallon apple cider
2 lemons, sliced or 2 C. lemon juice
2 – 4 cinnamon sticks
Combine ingredients and simmer.
Serve warm. 1 oz brandy or Cognac
can be added, as well as nutmeg,
cloves and oranges.
Come Visit Our Tasting Room SHIPPING YOUR
Home Decor • Wine Racks
Wine Accessories WINES
Want to send wine as a gift?
Explore our multi-level shop Shipping your wine is as simple as
in historic Amana filled with placing a call to your favorite Amana
value-priced, quality gifts. Colonies winery and placing an order.
Check out our clearance rooms
State laws only allow direct shipment
for savings on quality home decor,
of wine to the following states:
gifts and seasonal items.
Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri,
319-622-3698 Wisconsin, Nebraska, California,
Just steps away... Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico,
where fun shopping “finds” Oregon, Washington and Montana.
happen everyday! You must be 21 years of age to receive
shipment of wine; the delivery service
Located on the “back street” of Amana will verify age. Most wineries in the
Amana Colonies have websites to
make the ordering process even easier.
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LODGING IN COMFORT
“I love the Amana Colonies. . . I love the night- and just steps from restaurants, historical
time, the absolute quiet, at least compared to the attractions and shops, the Guest House
city and suburbs, and the night sky with millions Motel is an ideal retreat.
of stars that look close enough to touch.”
Each one of the bed and breakfasts in the
Joanne Claussen, Minneapolis Amana Colonies has its own personality.
Stop to count the stars or splash with Located in historical communal-era
your kids at the Wasserbahn Waterpark, homes, farm houses and kitchen houses,
staying in the Amana Colonies offers end- staying in a B & B is a perfect way to
less opportunities to slow-down, unwind experience the Colonies while enjoying
and enjoy life. personal service and hospitality. Take a
long walk at sunset, relax by the fire with a
Amana Colonies bed and breakfasts, inns, glass of wine, unwind in your beautifully-
motels and resorts offer amenities and appointed room, indulge in a home-
personal attention in the uniquely historic cooked breakfast, have your coffee on the
setting of the Colonies while providing porch, chat with your hosts and get to
enough choices to accommodate anyone’s know the Colonies; Amana Colonies bed
budget and lodging preferences. and breakfasts offer so much to tempt
The Amana Colonies Holiday Inn and you to stay.
Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort is a full- The Amana Colonies RV Park, located
service family resort and convention facil- between the villages of Amana and
BED & BREAKFASTS
ity located at I-80 Exit 225, Little Amana. Middle Amana, 1/4 mile off Highways Annie’s Garden
With their indoor, themed waterpark it’s 220 and 151, is one of Iowa’s top RV Guest House, Amana
truly a kid-friendly environment. And vacation sites. With electrical hookups, 319-622-6854
Little Amana, with shops and restaurants, sewer, dump station, RV repair service, www.timeandtides.com
is conveniently located just 7 minutes water, laundry, showers, meeting facilities anniesgarden@
from the seven villages and about 15 and accommodations for groups, the timeandtides.com
minutes from Iowa City/Coralville. Amana Colonies RV Park is recreational
The Heritage Inn Amana Colonies Hotel vehicle and tent camping at its best. Babi’s Bed & Breakfast,
& Suites, also located at I-80 Exit 225, is The park is located near the Kolonieweg South Amana
a comfortable, convenient, economical Recreational Trail and the Old Creamery 319-662-4381 or 866-752-5286
stay. With 61 rooms, a plentiful, delicious Theatre’s Price Creek Stage. firstname.lastname@example.org
continental breakfast and a beautiful www.iowatelecom.net/~babis/
Just down the road at I-80 Exit 220, home.html
indoor pool, the Heritage Inn offers Amana Williamsburg and in Marengo are motels
Colonies visitors a restful overnight. A ten-acre country retreat:
and inns offering additional lodging woods, meadows, walking
On main street in the village of Amana choices as you plan your Amana Colonies paths, and gazebo. Five room
is the Guest House Motel, conveniently get-away. Convenient lodging is also avail- guesthouse: separate entrances,
located in the heart of the Colonies. able a few short minutes away in Cedar private baths. Full family-style
Comfortable lodging, hospitable service Rapids and Iowa City. breakfast served in the 1915
farmhouse. Turn of the century
The Baeckerei, South Amana
319-622-3597 or 800-391-8650
319-622-6091 or 800-996-6964
Enjoy a full breakfast, served
family-style in an original
communal kitchen that provides
a quiet secluded setting and
yet located within minutes of
shops, restaurants, theatre
and golf course.
Amana Colonies l 24
Die Heimat Country Inn Kitchen House B & B, Homestead
Bed & Breakfast, Homestead 319-622-3078
319-622-3937 or 888-613-5463
Experience a nearly 50 year tradition,
Warm Rawson’s Bed & Breakfast,
stay at the Colonies’ premier bed &
breakfast. Enjoy our 1854 stagecoach
yourself in 319-622-6035 or 800-637-6035
stop with ambience of Amana fur-
nishings, hand-pieced quilts, and a private Charming, historic, award-winning
brick home with six guest rooms
Midwestern hospitality and
Australian charm. fireplace all with private baths, TV, VCRs,
video library, full breakfast. Featur-
Dusk to Dawn Bed suite, relaxing ing in-ground swimming pool, whirl-
pool, fireplace suites. Surprisingly
& Breakfast, Middle Amana
319-622-3029 or 800-669-5773 among Amana reasonable prices.
www.amanadusktodawn.com Colonies Rose’s Place Bed & Breakfast,
A lovely bed and breakfast in a
historic district. Seven non-smoking
rooms with private baths. A hot tub
heirlooms. 319-622-6097 or 877-767-3233
Beautifully restored Amana Sunday
on deck in secluded setting and a School built in 1870 and used until
full family-style breakfast. Handicapped Rooms
Television in Room
Open Year Round
No. of Rooms
Annie’s Garden Guest House 3 • • • 16 yrs + full M, V, A, D
Babi’s B & B 5 • • • 14 yrs + full M, V
The Baeckerei 2 • • • 12 yrs + full • M, V, A, D
Cloister Haus B & B 3 • • • • full • M, V
Die Heimat Country Inn B & B 18 • • • • • full • M, V, D
Dusk to Dawn B & B 7 • • • • • • full • M, V
Kitchen House B & B 2 • • • 15 yrs+ full • M, V
Rawson’s B & B 6 • • • • • full • M, V
Rose’s Place B & B 3 • • • • full • M, V
Village Guest Suite 2 • • • • • • continental • M, V
No. of Rooms
Amana Colonies Holiday Inn
Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort 153 • • • • • • • • • • M, V, A, D, Di
Guest House Motel 38 • nearby • • • • M, V, A, D
Heritage Inn Amana Colonies
Hotel & Suites 61 • • nearby • • • • • • M, V, A, D, Di
KEY: M-Mastercard, V-Visa, A-American Express, D-Discover, Di-Diners
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1981. Full home cooked breakfast and miniature golf are total kid- Sudbury Court Motel
served family-style. Queen beds, pleasers. The Holiday Inn defines 2211 Hwy 6 Trail, Marengo
private baths, large common area, convenient comfort. Unique shop- 319-642-5411
TVs, antique furnishings. Reasonable. ping and hearty restaurants within
walking distance. Super 8
Village Guest Suite and I-80, Exit 220, Williamsburg
Village Custom Floral, Amana Guest House Motel, Amana 319-668-9718 or 800-800-8000
319-622-6690 or 866-624-6690 319-622-3599 or 877-331-0828
A comfortable, convenient overnight CAMPING
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Two beautiful suites in renovated 38 beautiful rooms, air-conditioned, Amana Colonies RV Park,
1865 Amana home. Elegant main phone, TV with HBO and new tub- Amana
floor suite with Jacuzzi and spacious shower combinations. We invite 319-622-7616 or 800-471-7616
family suite expanding in 2006. you to stay with us. email@example.com
Continental breakfast offered, special www.amanarvpark.com
packages, custom floral arrange- Heritage Inn Amana 60 acre campground and RV Park
ments available. Colonies Hotel & Suites, near the village of Amana. Electrical
I-80, Amana Colonies Exit 225 hook-ups, water, showers, dump
319-668-2700 station, sewer hook-up, propane,
HOTELS/MOTELS www.heritageinnamanacolonies.com laundry. Buildings for group rallies.
Open April 15-October 31. Closed
Amana Colonies Holiday Aug.1-Sept 22 for Farm Progress
Resort, I-80, Amana Colonies
Exit 225 HOTELS/MOTELS Sudbury Court RV Park
319-668-1175 or 800-633-9244 Best Western 2211 Hwy 6 Trail, Marengo
firstname.lastname@example.org Quiet House Suites 319-642-5411
I-80, Exit 220, Williamsburg
Summer never ends at Wasserbahn www.sudburymotelandrv.com
319-668-9777 or 800-528-1234
Waterpark Resort. Our wet attractions
Dusk to Dawn
A DISTINCTIVE BED AND BREAKFAST EXPERIENCE
An 1860’s Amana residence
just minutes from the golf
course, shops, restaurants,
museums and bike trail
7 rooms with private baths
and air conditioning
Hot tub on secluded deck
In the Heart ofAmana
We invite you to visit the seven unique
in a very private back yard
Full family style breakfast
served at 8am
Amana Colonies. While you are here, 2616 K Street
you will find our Guest House Motel a Middle Amana, IA 52307
comfortable, convenient overnight stay. (800) 669-5773
Enjoy the nostalgic charm of our 125 year old (319) 622-3029
Sandstone Home. We have renovated this
landmark into 12 lovely rooms that capture the dawn.co
warm memories of the past. If you prefer a
more traditional motel stay, we offer 26 rooms
in our new building. All 38 rooms are air
conditioned and feature satellite TV with HBO.
Stop by and let us show you around – we’re
very proud of our motel and invite you to stay
with us. No Pets Please.
4712 220th Trail, Amana, Iowa 52203
Next to the Visitors Center in Amana
TOLL FREE 1-877-331-0828
Amana Colonies l 26
a country retreat
Bed & Breakfast
Secluded farmstead Since 1962 we have accommodated our
in the heart of the Colonies. guests in this simple and relaxed Amana
style inn. Our reasonable rates fit every
Ten acres of woods and meadows. budget. Please call for availability.
Five rooms in guesthouse, 888.613.5463
each with private bath and AC. Homestead, Iowa
Family style full breakfast.
2788 Highway 6 Trail – South Amana 52334
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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION IN
AMANA COLONIES ART
In the communal Amana Colonies, homes were furnished with things Colonists made
themselves from materials at hand. Textiles from the woolen and calico mills, walnut,
oak and cherry from hillside forests, willow from the riverbed and other materials
easily found or procured were used to create the furniture and furnishings in homes,
shops and kitchen houses.
Thick wool rugs, striped in bright blues or warm, brown tones, graceful walnut furniture
handmade and hand rubbed to a satin finish, hand stitched cotton comforters, sturdy
baskets to catch laundry or balls of yarn, embroidered linen, needlepoint wall hangings…
Amana style, so obvious to the eye but so hard to describe in a sentence or two, is the
wedding of functional design and pleasing form in objects created for practical use.
Today this legacy continues as dozens of artists and artisans work in both traditional
and contemporary art and craft forms. The Amana Arts Guild, founded in 1978, strives
to continue traditional crafts, as well as create opportunities in the Amana Colonies for
emerging artists. It’s not unusual to see a painter at his easel in a scenic corner of one
of the villages, or to find a weaver at work in her studio. Throughout the seven villages,
The Colonists there are galleries to see and studios to visit.
The Arts Guild Center and Folklife Shop, in High Amana, sponsors art exhibits, work-
believed in shops and special events and sells original handmade pieces. In addition, the Amana Arts
hard work Guild hosts an annual Festival of the Arts the second Saturday of August to showcase
traditional Amana Colonies crafts and innovative contemporary art, as well as offering
and excellent hands-on art activities for kids, entertainment and ethnic foods.
craftsmanship; AJ’s Copper Garden, Amana
Brooms and baskets locally made in
West Amana. Unique solid wood gift
this tradition email@example.com products made by Schanz Furniture
in South Amana. Occasionally basket-
lives on today. Come and watch the nationally
recognized juried fine art award
winners create whimsical metal
garden sculptures by hand. Available Broom and Basket Shop,
exclusively at National Fine Art West Amana
Shows and in their Amana studio. 319-622-3315
Amana Arts Guild, High Amana Watch broommaking and basketmaking
319-622-3678 when artisans are working. Closed
firstname.lastname@example.org Sundays and holidays. Next door to
www.amanaartsguild.com Philip Dickel Basket Museum Gallery –
exhibit open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Amana Colonies non-profit arts council
offers workshops and classes for adults
and children. Sponsors art festival Catiri’s Art Oasis, Amana
and shows. Gallery features hand- 319-622-3969
made folk arts by local artisans. email@example.com
Amana Furniture and A true art oasis. Along with Catiri’s
Clock Shop, Amana art glass studio (custom work, demon-
319-622-3291 or 800-247-5088 strations, classes, and supplies). We
www.amanafurniture.com represent over 100 of the most talented
regional artists, working in all mediums.
Amana Colonies original furniture shop.
Handcrafters of solid walnut, oak and
cherry furniture and clocks in tradition- Colony Candleworks, Amana
al, original and custom designs. Iowa’s 319-622-3879
largest clock shop! Showroom and firstname.lastname@example.org
workshop gallery open year-round. Handcrafting candles in all colors,
shapes, sizes and scents. Our acces-
Broom and Basket Shop, Amana sories complement many types of
319-622-3311 home décor. In an original Amana
www.broomandbasket.com building on Main Street. Open daily.
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Creative Colony, Amana Giant Rocker and West Amana unique accessories. Quilting, Cross-
319-622-3753 Wood Shop, West Amana stitch, Hardanger, Tatting. Open daily.
Exclusively handcrafted gifts 319-622-3315
by Iowa artisans. Main Street in Solid walnut rocker, 11 feet tall,
Kitchen House Art Gallery,
Amana. Open daily March through 670 pounds. Unique wood products. Homestead
December; open Friday through Between Broom and Basket Shop 319-622-3078
Monday in January and February. and Philip Dickel Basket Museum
Gallery. Closed Sundays and Krauss Furniture Shop,
Custom Cutlery holidays. South Amana
& Ironworks, Amana 319-622-3223
319-622-3482 Heritage Designs Needlework email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org & Quilting Supplies, Amana www.kraussfurniture.com
www.customcutlery.com 319-622-3887 Family owned and operated since
Quality ironwork hand forged on email@example.com 1956. Handcrafted furniture and
site. Home accessories. Handcrafted 3,000 fabrics from contemporary to clocks. Walnut, cherry, and oak.
knives for kitchen and sport. traditional. Many original designs Original, custom and traditional
Industrial Machine Shop Museum. including patterns by a local artist/ designs. Open year round.
Open year round. button maker. Dovo scissors and other Free shop tours weekdays.
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Michele Maring Miller Studio/
Gallery, West Amana Schanz Furniture &
Award-winning artist at work in her
spacious and peaceful studio and Custom Built Furniture
gallery. Located in an 1871 sandstone
church in the center of the village of
in Your Choice of Woods
West Amana. Small room of antiques. www.schanzfurniture.com
Mini-Americana Barn Museum, Visit our workshop and see new
South Amana furniture being built, old furniture
319-622-3058 being repaired and refinished,
firstname.lastname@example.org as well as, caning
Largest Known Collection of and seatweaving.
Two hundred miniature replicas, in
Miniatures in America Built
the scale one inch to one foot, built East of South
by One Man
by woodworker Henry Moore telling Amana on Hwy 6
early rural history from 1880 to 1930. Woodcrafter 2773 Hwy 6 Trail
South Amana, IA 52334
Powder House, Amana Henry Moore 319-622-3529
Jan. 3, 1911-Nov. 26, 1983
Schanz Furniture and South Amana, Iowa
Refinishing Shop, South Amana (319) 622-3058
Tour Groups Welcome • Admission Charged Saturday
Custom built furniture in your choice of
Open April-October (Weather Permitting) 8am-5pm
woods: walnut, cherry and oak. Furniture Daily 9-5
on floor for sale. Furniture repaired and 1st Floor Handicap Accessible Schanz
refinished plus chair caning and seat- Restroom On Site • Bus Parking Available Lumbar Chair
weaving. Closed Sundays and holidays.
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Featuring sales of
OLD WORLD CRAFTS
Quilts • Baskets • Rag Rugs • Tin • Pottery
Door Locks • Woodwork • Brooms
Needlework • Ironwork
Fine Arts and Amana Paintings
Special Rotating Exhibits
AMANA ARTS GUILD
C E N T E R
High Amana 319.622.3678
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SHOPPING TREASURE HUNTING
Amana General Store, Amana IN THE AMANA COLONIES
319-622-7650 Shopping in the Amana Colonies is Locally Crafted Goods.
800-418-8318 unlike any other shopping experience The Amana Colonies have a 151-year
www.AmanaGeneralStore.com you might have. history of craftsmanship. During its
Amana’s original store since 1858 fea- communal era, village furniture shops,
Here there are seven villages to see, each
tures a wide variety of gifts, specialty tinsmiths, blacksmiths, basket and carpet
with its own rich history and each with its weavers, candle makers and quilters
foods, locally made wine, Amana food
products, cookbooks, cards, and more. own story to tell. Shops and galleries in produced useful things for everyday life.
the Amana Colonies offer everything from
Amana Woolen Mill, Amana locally-made folk arts to luxury gift items. Today is no different. Amana Colonies
319-622-3432 The appeal of a shopping excursion in the crafters still make useful things for every-
800-222-6430 Amana Colonies is that while you explore day life, along with a beautiful array of
www.amanawoolenmill.com the villages you can see work by top contemporary arts and crafts. There is
regional artists, feel the cozy, comfort of nothing commonplace about Amana-made
Visit Iowa’s only woolen mill and see how
an Amana wool blanket, savor the taste crafts. Many shops offer locally-made
famous Amana wool, cotton and acrylic
blankets are made. Sweaters, apparel of hickory-smoked Amana sausage, try on handcrafted items including furniture,
and personalized embroidery are also the latest sportswear, sample palate-pleas- clocks, tinware, knives, copper and brass
available. Bus/RV parking. Open daily. ing local wines, find rare country primi- art, ironwork, baskets, brooms, woodcrafts,
tives, touch delicate European lace, learn needlework, rugs, soaps, pottery, jewelry,
Ash Lynn Glitz, Amana how handcrafted furniture is made … and candles and quilts.
319-622-5115 so much more. Shopping in the Amana You’ll find handmade Amana Colonies crafts
email@example.com Colonies is a sensory experience with surprisingly affordable. And in the seven
www.ashlynnglitz.com endless possibilities. villages, you might meet the very person
A quaint shop on main street offering who created the piece you have selected.
an extensive collection of sterling silver
chains and Native American Turquoise. When it comes to antiques, the Amana Luxury is in the Details.
Experience our unique hunting memo- Colonies are one of the Midwest’s best- Shopping the Amana Colonies means
rabilia featuring Winchester, Colt, etc. kept secrets. There are over a dozen discovering a variety of shops offering the
Gifts and antiques. antique shops in the Amana Colonies, best in boutique sportswear, outerwear,
including single-owner shops and large fashion accessories, semi-precious gem-
The Christmas Room, Amana antique malls with multiple vendors stone and costume jewelry, imported
319-622-3692 stocking stalls. Additionally, some galleries porcelain, trendy collectibles, home and
888-516-7769 and gift shops offer antiques and retro- garden accessories, holiday ornaments and
www.ChristmasRoom.com collectibles. seasonal decor, glassware, toys, art and
Iowa’s largest Christmas store featuring
Longtime Amana antiques dealer, Mary books. And it means discovering good,
Dept. 56, Pipka, Byers Choice & Fontanini. old-fashioned customer service.
Stop in and experience our 12 rooms of Anne Erenberger described the Colonies’
Christmas that feature a wide variety of antique scene this way, “The authenticity You can spend days browsing through the
holiday ornaments and decorations. of the Amana Colonies setting, the old 60-some specialty shops throughout the
homes, the gardens, provides such a seven villages. Helping you find that rare
The Clothes Encounter, Amana unique shopping experience. For people collectible, choosing the perfect holiday
319-622-3648 who enjoy antiques, they just love it … ornament, picking a puzzle to please your
Look and feel great wearing something And we have a real diversity of shops here. six-year-old, or finding just the right gift
special! A quaint boutique featuring There are really high quality antiques to for someone special – in the Amana
women’s collections of casual and con- be found in the Colonies.” Colonies that is our specialty.
temporary clothing. Accessorize with our
unique pieces of jewelry. Located inside
the Ronneburg Restaurant.
Colony Country Store
& Candy Shoppe, Homestead
Shop our Country Store for Rada knives,
soy candles, Amana products, Iowa
wine, gifts and more. Enjoy our Candy
Shoppe with homemade fudge and
caramels, nostalgic candy, chocolate
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Erenberger Antiques, Amana High Amana General Store, Lehm Books & Gifts, Amana
319-622-3230 High Amana 319-622-6447 or 800-840-2387
Primitive original surface furniture 319-622-3232 firstname.lastname@example.org
and small antique items displayed www.amanaheritage.org www.lehmbooksandgifts.com
in a home that was built in 1856. This original 1858 village store looks Books and gifts for all ages. Dolls,
A must see shop if you like country, much as it did 100 years ago and offers tractor items, Jim Shore, scrapbooking
primitives and Americana. a variety of merchandise. Operated items, puzzles, CDs, cards, holiday
by the Amana Heritage Society. items, and much more. Special orders
Fern Hill Gifts & Quilts, Open daily April through October. welcomed. Open daily.
319-622-3627 Kitchen Sink, Amana Little Amana General Store
email@example.com 319-622-3227 and Woolens, I-80, Amana
www.fernhill.net firstname.lastname@example.org Colonies Exit 225
Handmade Iowa quilts, antique Located in an 1872 historic building. 319-668-2744 or 800-779-4152
quilts, fabric and Fern Hill original High quality gourmet kitchenware, Old fashioned store setting features
fabric, architectural antiques, antique linens, pot racks, crockery, cookware, delicious Amana food products,
furniture, artist bears, gifts, cards, gadgets, bakeware, decorative acces- gourmet foods, famous Amana
home decorating, garden, florals, sories, coffee, tea, spices, gourmet blankets, apparel, swimwear and a
sweets and beverages. Three foods, local products. Open daily. large variety of gifts and collectibles.
brimming floors! Open all year. Historic Loop. Open daily.
through a magazine,
walk through one…
at Fern Hill
Saunter up the steps
of Fern Hill and lose • Antiques
yourself in the feeling. • Quilts
Fern Hill offers a
creative edge in
• 3500 bolts of fabric
displaying the beauty of • Original and custom
the antiques that once floral design
graced sacred places like • Garden & Gifts
home and church. The array
of architectural antiques is
• Home Decor
unprecedented in this area and
will take your mind on a journey. Journey
back to laughing days of summer swinging on
• Original art
an old porch or snowy days, learning to • Consultations
quilt with Grandma by a warm fire. • Architectural
Whatever the season, Fern Hill welcomes
you and encourages you to create with them.
Make your first quilt or let Fern Hill
design one for you. Dream about your home
décor and let us make it happen. Fern Hill
will make your visit to the Amana Colonies
special. Fern Hill can help you make your
sacred place in your own Fern Hill, off the beaten path in the village of
home or garden. SOUTH Amana on the corner of Hwys 6 and 220
Open daily • 319.622.3627 • www.fernhill.net
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Ash Lynn Glitz
(Next to Ox Yoke Inn)
Quality gourmet kitchenware, linens,
coffee, tea, spices, gourmet foods, gifts, • Sterling Silver Jewelry
decorative accessories and local products.
Featuring many German products. • Native American Turquoise
HISTORIC LOOP • AMANA • Gemstones, Rocks & Beads
319 622-3227 • Exclusive Amana Charm for
Italian link Bracelet
Colony Candleworks • Lena Liu – Thomas Kinkade
FA C T O RY A N D S A L E S
Handcrafting candles daily • Handrolled musical & jewelry boxes
beeswax candles • Molded candles in a • Animal figurines and more
A Specialty Boutique Helping variety of shapes, colors and scents
Customers for Over 20 Years Iowa’s oldest candle shop • Hunting Collectibles &
View our latest collections of casual, Offering a complete line of candles Antiques (Winchester,
contemporary clothing.To complement
your wardrobe, choose from our unique
line of jewelry and accessories.
319-622-3648 Hours: Wed.-Sun. 12-4
Main Street Amana MAIN STREET • AMANA
Inside Ronneburg Restaurant 319 622-3879 Closed: January-March
Little Red Wagon-Kid’s Stuff, collectibles, outdoor accessories, many
Amana German lines and products, Fenton glass,
Steiff, jewelry, cards & home accessories.
Open daily on Amana’s Historic Loop.
Unique toy store for all ages. Browse Tower Haus Gifts, Amana
through our fun collection of nostalgic 319-622-3888
toys, as well as books, puzzles, games, The tower portion of this building was
and more. Located next to the Amana constructed around 1885. We opened
General Store. as a gift shop in 1971. Come see our
line of fine gifts for home and garden.
Olde World Lace Shoppe, Amana
www.oldeworldlace.com Amana Handimart, Amana
European and domestic lace curtains, 319-622-3270
doilies, runners, tablecloths. Custom www.handimart.com
vertical, wood and vinyl blinds. Take Phillips 66 gasoline, Krispy Kreme
home a special family keepsake of donuts, groceries, snacks, cold beer and
Amana with an Olde Tyme photo. pop, fresh ground coffee, cappuccino,
Open year round. lottery, Nordy’s Subs and Salads, Visa,
Mastercard, Phillips 66 credit cards
Red Geranium, Amana accepted. 6am-11pm daily.
Come visit this enchanting shop featur- Little Amana Handimart,
ing custom silk and fresh florals, Yankee I-80, Amana Colonies Exit 225
Candles, garden décor and other sea- 319-668-2868
sonally adjusted home décor ideas. www.handimart.com
Schnitzelbank, Amana Phillips 66 gasoline, Krispy Kreme
donuts, groceries, snacks, cold beer and
pop, fresh ground coffee, cappuccino,
email@example.com lottery, Visa, Mastercard, Phillips 66
Toys, games, plush, puzzles, miniatures, credit cards accepted. 6am-10pm daily.
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Lehm Books and Gifts
Books of all Kinds:
Children’s • Paper Dolls • Sports • Sticker & Activity
4536 220th Trail in Amana
Books • Novels • Taste of Home Cookbooks • Amana Special Orders Welcome!
and Iowa Books
Gifts of all Kinds:
Jim Shore Figurines • Lee Middleton Collector Dolls 319-622-6447
• Porter Music Boxes and CDs • Mary’s Moo Moos
Collectibles • Pat Richter Stationery • Ertl Tractors 1-800-840-2387
and other Tractor items • Scrapbooking • Rubber
Stamps • Stencils • Puzzles • Greeting Cards
• Gifts for all occasions and so much more!
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Domestic laces & gifts
Doilies, runners & tablecloths
European style lace curtains
Imported German Lace
Custom vertical blinds
617 45th Ave.
P.O. Box 258
Amana, IA 52203
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ON BIKE, ON FOOT,
BY CAR OR BUS
“Once you slow down and look, you begin to see the details,
the architectural details in the colony homes, the colors in the
landscape that make the Amanas such a unique environment.”
High Amana Artist
The color palette of the Amana As the 3.1-mile trail skirts wetlands Amana Farms, Inc. For additional
Colonies is determined by the season. and nearly circles the Lily Lake, watch information contact the Amana
Spring means colorful gardens set for bald eagles, beaver, river otter and Colonies Convention and Visitors
against a backdrop of coppery sand- muskrat. Benches are located along Bureau.
stone and rosy red brick homes. In the trail for your comfort. You can
Custom and Group Tours.
summer the villages are set jewel-like access the trail at the Amana Depot
Interested in bringing a group to the
amidst the green and gold forest in the village of Amana and at the
Amana Colonies? Several businesses
and fields. By autumn the green has Lily Lake on Highway 220 between
provide tours and guides to assist
given way to a dusky palette of gold, Middle Amana and Amana.
your group. Group packages and
auburn and umber and with winter,
Individual and Group Tours rates are available through the
the Colonies are transformed again
Amana Heritage Society and the Old
with the silvery frost and glittering Audio Driving Tour. Creamery Theatre Company. Colony
snow. The Amana Colonies by Car: An Visits offers group packages and itin-
Touring the seven villages whether Audio Driving Tour is an easy to use eraries. Step-on guide services are
on foot, on a bike or in a car or bus, compact disc for your car CD player available through the Amana Heritage
provides opportunities for seeing that provides an entertaining account Society, Colony Visits, the Ox Yoke
the Colonies at their best. of life in communal Amana while Inn and the Ronneburg Restaurant.
pointing out historical, architectural
Open year-round for hiking and and cultural features of each of the
cross-country skiing, the 3.2-mile seven villages as you drive. The com- LEISURE
Amana Colonies Nature Trail allows pact disc can be purchased at local Amana Colonies Golf Club
you to experience the eco-diversity shops or the Amana Colonies Visitor North of Middle Amana,
of Iowa woodlands. From the trail- Center in Amana. on 27th Avenue
head parking lot located just north 319-622-6222 or 800-383-3636
of Homestead at the junction of Amana Colonies Barn Tours.
Highways 6 and 151, you’ll walk to A new way to explore the Colonies
a bluff overlooking the Iowa River. is on an Amana Colonies Barn Tour,
taking visitors through century-old 18-hole championship course
Prehistoric Native American mounds designed to accommodate players
and geologic features are noted on barns. The tour focuses on barn
of all skill levels, featuring lush,
the trail. architecture, preservation and adap-
watered bent grass fairways, tees
tive reuse. In addition, visitors gain a and greens. With 5 sets of tees,
Bike or walk the Kolonieweg Recrea- greater understanding of unique com- ranging from 5,228 to 6,824 yards,
tional Trail linking the villages of munal farming practices used in the the Amana Colonies Golf Club
Amana and Middle Amana by way Amana Colonies, as well as a look at is a challenge for any player.
of the historic Mill Race canal levee. the modern farming operation of Professional staff available for
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lessons or custom club fitting. interesting eastern Iowa area. All- relax at a picnic table or walk the
Only course in the region to feature inclusive tour packages with step-on, perimeter on the Kolonieweg
ProShot Global Positioning System. meals, sight seeing, etc. Recreational Trail.
ProShot GPS provides golfers with
yardage from all holes, distance to Kolonieweg Millrace
trap locations and hazards, and dis- Recreational Trail While driving through the seven
tance from ball to green. Beautiful Access trail at Lily Lake villages of the Amana Colonies,
clubhouse with scenic views – great (Middle Amana) or Amana you will soon notice the Millrace.
for company functions or special Depot (Amana) In the 1860’s, the Colonists dug the
occasions. 7-mile canal to power the mills in
Walk or bike this 3.1 mile hard sur-
face trail between the villages of Amana and Middle Amana. Though
Amana Colonies Nature Trail Amana and Middle Amana. Enjoy it is no longer used for the purpose
Junction of Highways 151 the natural habitat of the Lily Lake; of energy production, efforts are
and 6, near Homestead watch for swans, ducks, geese, underway to preserve this histor-
Explore and enjoy the natural beauty eagles, beaver and muskrats. Trail ically significant feature of our
of Iowa on the Amana Colonies connects to several low traffic roads National Historic Landmark. Witness
Nature Trail. Birds, wildlife, trees, for over 20 miles of biking through ice harvesting on the Millrace during
wildflowers, geological features the Amana Colonies. Winterfest, late January. Informa-
and Indian mounds are among the tional markers found at various
sights on this 1 to 3.2 mile trail. Lily Lake locations along the Millrace.
Open year round for hiking and East of Middle Amana
cross-country skiing. on 220th Trail Opa’s Tractor Barn Museum,
View the spectacular scenery of West Amana
Colony Visits… the Lily Lake in Middle Amana. Walk through an 1883 barn with
Heritage Destinations From mid-July through August, hand-pegged chestnut beams.
319-622-6178 nearly 160 acres of water are Agricultural history memorabilia,
firstname.lastname@example.org covered with large yellow lotus lily Minneapolis-Moline, barnyard in
www.colonyvisits.com blooms. Witness the breathtaking miniature and more. America’s
Receptive group services. We’re beauty of soaring eagles, the grace- agricultural past preserved for
your doorway to hospitality in the fulness of Trumpeter swans, and the future. Seasonal 10am-4pm.
historical Amana Colonies and the the playfulness of otters as you
Put Your Amana Colony Plans
in the Hands of Those who
Know the Colonies Best
Complete Receptive Services
for group visitors to the
Historic Amana Colonies
& Eastern Iowa Area
Group Tours from The Amana Colonies Area
to exciting destinations
• Custom Planned Packages
• A Variety of Ready-Made Packages to
• Group Planning Service/Group Tours
Colony Visits’ certified
Amana Colony Guides
who have lived the
Phone: 319 622-6178 • Fax: 319 622-3958
P.O. Box 99, Amana, IA 52203
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Historic Iowa County
Just minutes to the west in Williamsburg,
brick paved streets surround a picturesque
town square. Contact the Chamber of
Commerce at 319-668-1500 for information
about their unique shops, outdoor aquatic
or visit www.ufhv.com center and recreation facilities. Step back
in time at the Pioneer Heritage Museum in
nearby Marengo, also home to a Carnegie
Library. Enjoy the Iowa County Fair
July 13-16. Throw in a line at Lake Iowa,
near Millersburg or hike around scenic
600-acre park, 319-655-8465.
2006 SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR www.cedar-rapids.com
• Ushers Ferry Trains Day - June 4 Just 17 miles north on highway 151, Cedar
Rapids offers a variety of cultural, historic
• Grand Celebration of Brass Bands - June 17
and ethnic attractions, including the National
• Fairy Tale Festival - June 25
Czech and Slovak Museum, Brucemore Man-
• Wild West Weekend - July 8 & 9 sion, African American Historical Museum
• Folk Festival - Aug. 12 and Cultural Center of Iowa, IMAX Theatre,
• Civil War Weekend - Sept. 16 & 17 Cedar Rapids Museum of Arts and Ushers
• All Things Scottish - Sept. 23 Ferry Historic Village. Cedar Rapids Kernels
• Apple Festival & Craft Show - Oct. 7 & 8 Baseball and Rough Riders Hockey offer
• Safe Halloween at Ushers Ferry - Oct. 22
semi-professional sports. Contact Cedar
Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
• A Night at Ushers Scary - Oct. 27 & 28
at 319-398-5009 or 800-735-5557.
• Thanksgiving Candlelight Tour - Nov. 24 & 25
Iowa City and Coralville
Home of the University of Iowa and inter-
nationally recognized University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City and Coral-
ville are located 18 miles to the east. The
University of Iowa offers several museums,
including Iowa’s first capital building. Down-
town Iowa City provides shopping, art and
entertainment and dining experiences.
The Iowa Children’s Museum is located
in the Coral Ridge Mall. Contact the Iowa
City/ Coralville Convention & Visitors
Bureau at 319-337-6592 or 800-283-6592.
Tanger Outlet Center
At Tanger, every day is a sale day. Find
the latest fashions, home furnishings and
accessories at unbeatable prices. Buy direct
from over 55 brand name stores. Located in
Williamsburg, Tanger Outlet Center is just
minutes from the Amana Colonies. Call 319-
668-2885/800-406-2887 for information.
Located 30 miles west of Amana is the
home of our nation’s 31st president, Herbert
Hoover. Visit the changing exhibits at the
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library/Museum
and National Historic Site. Another must see
is Hoover’s birthplace cottage, his father’s
blacksmith shop, Quaker Meeting House
and the grave sites of both President and
Mrs. Hoover. For more information call
319-643-2541 or 319-643-5301.
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Two unique religious groups were
attracted to the fertile agriculture soil
of southeast Iowa in the mid-1800’s: the
There is often a
major religious affiliation. Others have
decided that the word “Amish” is sim-
ply a form of the word “Amana.” The
Old Order Amish in Kalona, in 1846, misconception that the two names certainly sound similar. The
and the Community of True Inspiration, people of the Amana Amana Colonies and the Old Order
(the church of the Amana Colonies) Colonies are Amish – Amish are, however, not related at all,
in 1855. Both groups sought isolated, in any historical or contemporary sense.
sparsely populated areas with adequate this is not the case.
economic opportunities to preserve The residents of the Source: The Amana Colonies & Kalona’s
and develop their respective separatist Old Order Amish: Two Unique Cultures
Colonies live a in Southeast Iowa, Rod. A. Jansen
contemporary lifestyle –
But the Amana people and the Old Just 30 miles from the Amana Colonies,
Order Amish are two distinct groups you will not see
Kalona is the largest Amish settlement
of very different historical traditions horse-drawn buggies. west of the Mississippi. Also known as
and religious teachings. There is, fur-
“The Quilt Capital of Iowa” – Kalona
thermore, no ethnic relationship
This confusion has been accentuated in is home to many unique shops; from
between the two groups, or has there
been much interaction over the years. recent years as both the Amana quilting supplies and antiques to up-
Still, the fact that these two groups set- Colonies and Kalona have become scale home accessories and furniture.
major visitor attractions. Visit the Kalona Historical Village
tled within 50 miles of one another,
eight years apart, held separatist view- Many people think that the Inspira- with 13 buildings, Wahl House
points, spoke German and dressed in tionists and the Amish are one and the Museum and Mennonite Museum and
similar styles, has caused numerous same ethno-religious group, or that Archives. Call 319-656-2660 or visit
visitors to confuse the two groups. they are two denominations of one www.kalona.org for more information.
Amid the largest
west of the Mississippi
Kalona offers quaint
shops featuring gifts,
bakery goods, cheese,
art, Amish furniture,
fabrics, antiques and
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Mileage to the Amana Colonies from:
Cedar Rapids............17 Madison .................190
Chicago..................220 Minneapolis ...........286
Des Moines ..............93 Omaha ...................226
Dubuque................100 Quad Cities ..............76
Iowa City .................18 St. Louis .................265
Kalona......................30 Waterloo ..................70
Kansas City ............284 West Branch.............30
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I-80, Exit 225
Each package subject to its own requirements and dates. Based on availability.
Not applicable with other discounts. Waterpark is reserved for Resort guests only.
Convention & Visitors Bureau
622 46th Avenue
P.O. Box 310
Amana, Iowa 52203
319.622.7622 / 1.800.579.2294
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