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Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark

4424 V Street, Amana, IA
+1 800-579-2294
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Fun but Mildly Disappointing

I had heard about the Amana Colonies from some coworkers and they all described the place as a... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2016
Ames, Iowa

Revisiting The Amana Colonies had always been a bucket list item for my wife ever since she first... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2016
Cary, North Carolina
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This village, founded by 18th-century German immigrants, was the foundation for modern Amana.Our Building served as the communal kitchen for the area and 25 years ago was turned into a bed and breakfast. We have an in ground pool (the only bed and breakfast in Iowa to have one), and we can accommodate 30 people overnight. we have 9 rooms all with their own bathrooms and 4 jacuzzi sweats. We have media come up graded cable and internet for the guest. We do have a full sit down breakfast every morning and on weekends we have desert in the evenings, with coffee.
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4424 V Street, Amana, IA
+1 800-579-2294
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

I had heard about the Amana Colonies from some coworkers and they all described the place as a living farm/museum attraction, not unlike a Shaker Village. However, it really wasn't anything close to that at all. The street most of the main attractions are on...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2016

Revisiting The Amana Colonies had always been a bucket list item for my wife ever since she first visited when she was in grade school. Neither of us came to Amana with any preconceived notions except to experience a bit of little-known history, and rekindle...More

4  Thank gseth51
Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took our 2 year old granddaughter to the Amana Colonies and it was a fun side trip. The shops are varied, friendly shopkeepers, and great food at the restaurant we tried. You have to be mindful of traffic since the road...More

1  Thank UberJ327
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

It was a short side trip off Interstate 80 en route to Davenport so we weren't let down. It was interesting , albeit a bit too commercialized and most buildings were overly restoed to seem authentic. We arrived too late to visit the museum bit...More

Thank MarriedWidow
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Wonderful collection of well run shops, restaurants and museums. Friendly and peaceful. Many different types of articles for sale. Beautiful area of Iowa, close to Iowa City. The German culture is fading and many articles that are handmade are being imported from other places, but...More

1  Thank Harley5154
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Such a calm and peaceful setting. Cute shops, artisan crafts, wineries and a brewery. Authentic old fashioned restaurants. We stayed in a B&B guesthouse, only blocks from restaurants, and shops.

Thank mnwels
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Since the advertisements emphasized the historical aspect, I thought I was going to visit something like a living farm or Jamestown. What it is, is a bunch of stores in the old Amana buildings. They are a group of sweet, quaint shops if you have...More

2  Thank Jacqui2525
Reviewed 3 March 2016

Really good food and many shops. Handmade furniture, textiles, wine and original art shops. Beautiful nature trails for biking and walking. Historical village tours are also available.

Thank Teri D
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Great place to spend a couple of days. Visit the shops, the museum, and just drive around the area. Come to Winterfest and have great Fireman's Chili, Mai Fest, Oktober Fest, or Prelude to Christmas. Visit Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visit Millstream Brewery...More

Thank AmanaSH
Reviewed 23 December 2015

This was a wonderful little side trip for us and perfect timing during Christmas. They had wonderful decorations, activities, displays and shops! We felt we were in a magic little gingerbread town and wished we had more time to spend there!

Thank BettyBLS
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6 April 2017|
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Response from jaz79h | Reviewed this property |
It's the seven Colonies, not a specific site or building. Each has its own distinct nature. Some are within a mile of the others, some are several miles away.
28 March 2017|
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Response from 83,154 | Reviewed this property |
I use a wheeled walker, and although there were several places I did not go into (due to time limitations), I had no problem getting around.
18 March 2017|
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Response from Denise D | Reviewed this property |
I've been there a few times in different seasons and as a walker who enjoys a leisurely experience, I would recommend that you plan on spending the better part of a day.