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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
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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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Piece of history

We came to this area for a workshop that just happened to be here. But found ourselves fascinated by the history of the place, especially the communal values that remain after the... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
jaz79h
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Evanston, Illinois
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122 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I hadn't been here for about 40 years, but the Amana Colonies have gotten better with age! Instead of the fudge shops and souvenir shops of many tourist towns, the Amana offer delightful, quality alternatives such as woolens, furniture and meat. The Amana religion - no connection to the Amish! - is alive and well in these beautifully maintained villages.

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Thank CrossgarDown
Southgate, Michigan
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Neat little place I just had to check out, I got to go into the basement to see where the beer was kept before new tanks came out. It was just really cool to see a piece of history! Glad I took the time to go.

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Thank Hungarianhottie85
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Really enjoyed this quaint town. There are many types of shops, diners, craft stores as well as antique shops in this town. Its a beautiful area. There is also a shop that makes good quality furniture. Great place to spend the day. Make sure you visit the museum.

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Thank Melanie M
Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We came to this area for a workshop that just happened to be here. But found ourselves fascinated by the history of the place, especially the communal values that remain after the 1930s "change" when the spiritually-focused community separated itself from its business. That business still has a community component that others would do well to imbed though. Some lovely... More 

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Thank jaz79h
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful, clean place to visit! The gift shops and restaurants are so unique. A beautiful place to spend the day walking around and exploring all the shops.

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Thank 83154
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

If you have visited the Amish communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania and the Mormon communities in Illinois and Utah, you have to visit the Amana Colonies in Iowa. It offers an educational and informative experience while learning to understand the life style of Americans of a different culture. The Amana Colonies are seven villages on 26,000 acres located in Iowa... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Outdoor/indoor history, crafts, and food make this a wonderful family destination. Plus educational exhibits for the kids and wine selections for the adults make this a fun, safe day of activities.

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South Louisiana
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

I'd never heard of the Amanda Colonies, seven self-sustaining villages in Iowa settled by German Pietists in 1856. Having been persecuted in their homeland, they wished to be separated from others, so settled in the empty Midwest. Today those villages are open to the public, showing off their way of life, arts and crafts, furniture, and food (in restaurants and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

A very friendly, informative guide helped us negotiate our stops in the area as we were on a time constraint. It was fun to sample local fruit wines, shop for a handmade basket, and to eat amazing German food! There was so much more to see if we had just had another day!

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

This area was probably the most long-lived, and certainly the most successful, communal society in the US. The historical museum is interesting and enlightening. But for those not intrigued with this kind of history there is shopping of all kinds and great food. Bring a cooler for meat and cheese, and be advised the locally brewed beer is excellent. I... More 

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