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Things to Do in Iowa's Amana Colonies

Things to do in the Amana Colonies include High Amana General Store, Hahn Hearth Oven Bakery, Millstream Brewing and Old Creamery Theatre Company.

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Amana Heritage Society

Start your Amana exploration with one of the tours offered through the Amana Heritage Society. The Heritage Package takes you through the Communal Kitchen Museum, Community Church Museum, Agriculture Museum, Homestead Store Museum and Amana Heritage Museum. Or check into five custom tours, with topics ranging from architecture to agriculture. (319/622-3567; amanaheritage.org).

Amana-made food

Local ham, bacon, sausage and cheese fill Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse. (800) 373-6328; amanameatshop.com

Hahn's Hearth Oven Bakery offers treats such as fresh bread and cinnamon rolls -- but be aware that this little Middle Amana gem has irregular hours and often sells out by 10 a.m. on summer days (pictured). (319) 622-3439; nps.gov

Wineries and breweries

The colonies' winemaking tradition continues at Ackerman ((319) 622-3379; ackermanwinery.com) and Ehrle Brothers, the Amanas' oldest winery. (319) 622-3241

Take a refined break from sweet colony wines at Fireside Winery. (319) 662-4222; firesidewinery.com

Or buy a pitcher of beer and sit on the deck at Millstream (pictured), Iowa's oldest brewery. (319) 622-3672; millstreambrewing.com

Heritage Designs Quilting and Needlework

Classic quilts hang from the beams of this 1895 granary in the historic Amana Colonies. Heritage Designs Quilting and Needlework offers a variety of quilting, cross-stitch, punch needle, embroidery and tatting supplies. Fabrics include reproduction lines from the Civil War and the 1930s. (319) 622-3887; heritagedesignsquiltshop.com

 

Art classes

Put a personal spin on the "Handcrafted in the Amana Colonies" label at Amana Arts Guild workshops, including classes in basketry, watercolors, ceramics and silkscreen prints. Make a reservation for a weekend or weeklong class September-October. (319) 622-3678; amanaartsguild.com

Or take a class in an artist's studio, such as painter Michele Maring Miller's weekend classes. Reservations required. (319) 622-6330; maringmillergallery.com

Old Creamery Theatre Company

Iowa's oldest professional theater has been performing in the Amana colonies since 1988. The Old Creamery Theatre Company performs a variety of comedies, dramas and musicals, such as I'm All Ears (pictured). Also look for the Christmas show and monthly cabaret. (800) 352-6262; oldcreamery.com

 

Shopping in Amana

Popular shopping options include the High Amana General Store (pictured), offering old-fashioned candy, handmade soaps and antique toys. (319) 622-3232; amanaheritage.org

At Amana Woolen Mill, visitors can tour the facilities and watch the looms in action, as well as purchase products such as blankets. (800) 222-6430; amanawoolenmill.com 

Leham Books and Gifts sells Home Grown figurines, holiday items and more. (800) 840-2387; lehmbooksandgifts.com

 

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