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“Amana Colonies”

Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Amana
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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.
Reviewed June 10, 2013

What a beautiful place to visit. Most attractions were closed when we arrived, but is was still worth the drive through. We will visit again, and take more time to visit the shops around town!

Thank mdtravelers78
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I was disappointed. This was not what I thought it was going to be. We came from Montana with a friend from Omaha and may not have made the trip if we had know it was set up for tourism.
I had hoped it would show more of the workings of the colonies. The people that we talked to were very friendly. Just study up on what you are looking for before traveling.

Thank justme048
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Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

Visited with mom and grandma. Was expecting a dusty farm town with a gift shop and small museum, but found a beautiful, vibrant, immaculate community of 19th century brick buildings filled with boutiques, bakeries, gift/food/novelties, wineries, brewery, meats, pottery, a wool mill, iron works, antiques and garden decor in the midst of rolling grassy fields, just beautiful and well preserved. We stayed at Touch of Home B&B which has the comforts of a modern country home. Read my review of the B&B. Great place for girls getaway/unique shopping or peaceful respite for biking and walking.

4  Thank ChicagoTexas
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We visited Amana Colonies, and enjoyed learning what they were all about,not having been familiar with the history. A communal and cooperative community composed of a group from Germany that lasted about 100 years, until officially dissolved in the 1930's. It worth going to the museum, watching the 20 minutes film and going through it to get a better feel for the history. We enjoyed that. The various colonies are interesting with each a having a few different things. The biggest group are in Amana. The preservation is fun. Food was great, if slightly pricey. Some of the shops were really enjoyable with a lot of local items, but others were tourist traps with mainly imported items. Probably something for any taste. We're glad we stopped, but would only return for the food.

Thank davenmanja
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The town of Amana is extremely well preserved and maintains a very historic feel and ambiance. However, many of the shops are filled with simple imported trinkets from overseas instead of authentic German or even American made collectibles or gifts. The toy shop and leather store have nothing to contribute to the history or appeal of the area, and are a definite "skip" for your walking visit.

The "Chocoloate Haus" and bakery were must-see places!

1  Thank JCJ1576
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