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Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark

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Address: 4424 V Street, Amana, IA
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+1 800-579-2294
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

This village, founded by 18th-century German immigrants, was the foundation...

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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Fun and history

This area is a quaint series of 7 villages with shops, museums, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. You can drive a 17 mile loop between the villages. It is a good location to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 August 2015
Aut G
Moline, Illinois
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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

We happened upon this place on our way through Iowa. It was well worth the detour to see it and we wished we had more time to spend there. Charming homes and shops. Beautiful gardens. Impeccably maintained. A village that seems to be living in a different century.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

I had visited once, over 30 years ago, so when I had the chance to visit again in '14, I took it. There are seven "colonies" each with unique features of their own. The brick and wooden historic homes, the eateries, the wineries, the shopping, all offer something for everyone. The bakeries serve great German baked goods ... just as... More 

1 Thank Ronald D
Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

This area is a quaint series of 7 villages with shops, museums, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. You can drive a 17 mile loop between the villages. It is a good location to learn about some local history that is different from the surrounding areas. Restaurants offer German family style meals, and bed and breakfasts are peaceful and quaint.

3 Thank Aut G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the stores. There was a mixture of hand crafted items as well as manufactured items. Items were priced as one would expect at a tourist stop. We visited two local wineries and were pleasantly surprised by the selections. A definite must see when in the area.

1 Thank Pat H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

My hubby and I love history and old time ways...Zubers was a great B&B, the food was great and wine testings were fun with good wine. The fudge store, furniture, and woolen mill were nice and actually had people working in them making their goods. All of the personnel were kind and helpful. The town very picturesque and buildings from... More 

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Rake, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

My husband and I spent a couple of days touring the Amana Colonies, and it wasn't enough time to see all of the sites. We will be returning again to get through everything. This was a fun vacation with much to do. There are so many shops and little museums to get through you need at least 3 days. We... More 

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Plano, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015

Did not really know what to expect out side of historic/religious buildings and german food. The Amana colonies comprise of several villages that are all within 5-10 milesof their neighboring colony. The town with the majority of things to do and the one that has all the restaurants is AMANA. Five of the remaining colonies all have something to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

The village of Amana is the hub of the tourist activity in the area. Lots of quaint stores with nice, but generally well priced merchandise. In the Christmas Store for example, I asked which items were locally made, and was led to one tree in the back with wooden ornaments. The rest were things available in nice stores everywhere. That... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

The Amana Colonies are a historic set of villages of German heritage with many old buildings. It is a picturesque setting with many photo ops. Some aspects re a bit touristy.....is, The Fudge Shoppe. Best to spend a whole day.

1 Thank Phil S
Carthage, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

The barn museum was interesting. The 18 miles through the various Amana villages was picturesque. The main village of Amana is where we enjoyed the meat shop and the outdoor shop of lawn ornaments. There were a multitude of antique shops....almost too many for someone to visit all of them. Our grandkids would be bored with it.

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