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Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark

4424 V Street, Amana, IA
800-579-2294
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Amana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: 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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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Decided to stop at the Amana Colonies. Our say ended up being a really nice day, and walking in this little town on a crisp fall day was great. The Amana General store has plenty of gifts to buy, and all at great prices. The Christmas shop has tons of decorations. The cheese shop is neat to see with several... More

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Midland, Canada
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128 reviews 128 reviews
28 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I stopped by the Amana colonies in Iowa on my way from Colorado to Ontario. I stopped for some great bird watching along the way. I can only tell you that the prices were unreasonable. I visited a few shops where popcorn was 8 dollars for a slim bag and it did not even taste fresh. In another shop you... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Lots of shops and restaurants to visit...I recommend the general store if are looking for gifts to take home.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Loved loved loved this place with it's tucked in, out of the way little shops packed with really interesting things. Wish we had more time to explore but really enjoyed the little coffee shops/bakeries and the friendliness of the owners. Found many really unique items that will be under the Christmas tree for kids and grandchildren.

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Ridgeland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I loved browsing thru the many shops. I made purchases at the Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse (delicious smoked bacon), Amana Woolen Mill (actual working looms can be viewed), and German beer from Millstream Brewing Co.

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Houston, Texas
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193 reviews 193 reviews
73 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Amana Colonies are seven villages: Amana, High Amana, Middle Amana, East Amana, South Amana, West Amana, and Homestead. Built and settled by German Pietists in 1856 and lived a communal life until mid 1930. Around 400 communal-era buildings stand in the seven villages. Buildings date from mid or late 1800s, exteriors are pretty much as they were when first built.... More

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Millersburg, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This former German communal settlement was a stop on our South Dakota bus trip itinary and I was glad it was. Unfortunately we weren't allowed near enough time to take in all the small village has to offer, like the various artisan demonstrations and shops. We did take in the video on the formation of the Amana Colony and their... More

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Manteca, California
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160 reviews 160 reviews
31 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We had a good time. Shipped the shops. Fun to look around. Beautiful little town. Some of the shops are great with handmade original. Others are the Tourist traps. Imports. Shame on them. We did enjoy our day. Worth the drive.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a collection of small historic German settlements from Iowa's past. They became a sort of cooperative for the people that lived in them. A lot of people expect to see a Lancaster PA/Amish environment but it is not there. While not a bad way to while away a pleasant afternoon, be prepared for a lot of cute gift... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful outing at the Amana Colonies. Very informative, I learned a great deal about this fascinating community. There was much to see and the food was terrific. Looking forward to returning and spending more time.

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