Thursday, April 16, 2015

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-‘Little Amana’ and Williamsburg

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-‘Little Amana’ and Williamsburg

Both ‘Little Amana’ and Williamsburg are located outside of Amana Colonies proper, but with their location on I-80, can play a part in any visit. Little Amana has two hotels, a gas station, and some restaurant options. Williamsburg is the home of a mid-sized outlet mall with some fast food options.

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Address:
Tanger Factory Outlet Center
150 Tanger Dr, Williamsburg, IA
http://www.tangeroutlet.com/williamsburg




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-High Amana, West Amana, and South Amana

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-High Amana, West Amana, and South Amana

High Amana, West Amana, and South Amana make up the balance of the Amana Colonies proper.  While the number and quality of attractions is a bit iffy, you still will want to spend some time, jump out of your auto, and walk the towns.  Almost all of the housing stock is original, and especially in the summer, glowing with gardens.

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Address:
Opa’s Tractor Barn Museum-Museum might be a bit of stretch for this collection of farm equipment, but worth a look!
609 7th Ave., West Amana, IA 52203
http://www.amanacolonies.com/city/amana-colonies/listing/opas-tractor-barn-museum/













High Amana General Store-Part museum, part general store, one of the few places you can pick up snacks, etc. outside of Amana.
1308 G St, High Amana, IA
http://www.amanaheritage.org/


Henry Moore Barn Museum-The name is somewhat confusing.  The museum itself is all well-designed and presented miniatures.
413 P St, South Amana, IA
http://barnmuseum.com/












Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-Middle Amana

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-Middle Amana

Tiny Middle Amana is also the home of some of the largest attractions in the area.  Besides the Whirlpool factory (formerly appliance manufacturer Amana!), the city is home to a campground, theatre, and golf course.

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Address:
Communal Kitchen and Cooper Shop Museum-One of the few former communal kitchens open to the public!
1003 26th Ave., Middle Amana, IA
http://www.amanaheritage.org/








The Old Creamery Theatre Company Main Stage-Live theatre!
38th Ave, Amana, IA 52203
http://www.oldcreamery.com/


Amana Colonies Golf Club-Bring your clubs!
451 U Ave, Amana, IA 52203
http://www.amanagolfcourse.com/

Monday, April 13, 2015

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-Homestead

Destination of the Week: Amana Colonies Area, IA-Homestead

Outside of Amana, the rest of the Amana Colonies are pretty sleepy.  Homestead has a few attractions and historic sites open to the public.  Hours and availability tend to vary by year and season so check ahead.

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Address:
Homestead Store Museum-Currently open by appointment only.
4430 V Street, Homestead, IA
http://www.amanaheritage.org/

Amana Community Church-Learn about Community of True Inspiration religious services!
4210 V Street, Homestead, IA
http://www.amanaheritage.org/



Ehrle Brothers Winery-Appears to be open, but without a web site, call ahead!
4105 V Street, Homestead, IA

Homestead Blacksmith Shop-Currently open by appointment only.
4119 V St., Homestead, IA
http://www.amanaheritage.org/