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Amana Colonies Full Length Video

by David Rettig
September 22, 2016
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Welcome to the Amana Colonies Video

by David Rettig
September 9, 2016
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Maifest in the Amana Colonies

by David Rettig
March 30, 2016
The first weekend of May (April 30-May 1, 2016) brings large crowds to the Amana Colonies for our annual celebration of spring.  It’s Maifest and that means, warmer weather, a parade, Art in the Barn, a wine/beer/chocolate walk, and great food.  It also means the annual performance of our famous Amana Colonies Maipole Dancers.  These young ladies dressed in classic German dirndls sing traditional German…
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A Tradition of Great Food

by David Rettig
The Amana Colonies are famous for food, whether it’s the family style meals that have their roots in the old communal kitchens or the hams and sausages from our smokehouse or our sweet fruit wines and beer, no trip to the Colonies is complete without indulging a little. But if you think that your only food options are the same traditional Colony foods you’ve always…
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50th Anniversary of Oktoberfest

by David Rettig
August 18, 2015
The Amana Jaycees got together in 1965 and decided that the Amana Colonies should celebrate their German heritage with an Oktoberfest.  It was small celebration with the local high school band providing the music, the Amana Meat Shop providing the brats, and some of the local talent providing a touch of Germany.  Held in the parking lot of the old Amana Clubhouse it was small…
Friends gathering in the Amanas to Celebrate Gemuetlichkeit or a state of Warmth and happiness

Gemuetlichkeit

by David Rettig
May 14, 2015
It’s a difficult word to pronounce and it can’t be translated from German to English in just one word so what is it? Gemuetlichkeit is defined as a state of warmth and friendliness. The definition also describes it to include the qualities of coziness, belonging, peace of mind, and social acceptance.  We think it is best defined by how you feel while you’re in the Amana…
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The Handcrafted Escape

by David Rettig
April 3, 2015
Our tag line is “Amana Colonies, The Handcrafted Escape”; does that mean that everything you find in the Colonies is made by hand?  The simple answer to that is not everything but the tag line refers less to the products than it does to your experience. You see, we have so many different things to do here in the Colonies you can literally handcraft or…
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Are the Amana Colonies Open in Winter?

by David Rettig
December 9, 2014
Yes! The Amanas are open for business. We answer that question quite often from December through February.  While the hours of many of our businesses and attractions vary from season to season the majority of our businesses are open. Of course, this is Iowa and the winter can bring a variety of weather from below zero and snow to sunny warm days in the 40’s so…
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What is Family Style Dining?

by David Rettig
September 17, 2014
When you mention dining in the Amana Colonies most people think of family style meals.  Our restaurants are famous for offering large bowls of several fresh salads, pickled ham and steaming hot vegetables to pass around the table along with your individual entrée portion.  This tradition was born from the old communal kitchen days and still continues.  Today most of our restaurants also offer plated…
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Where are all the Amish?

by David Rettig
August 6, 2014
Over the years this has been a frequent question of visitors to the Amana Colonies.  Many visitors come to the Colonies with the misconception of finding an Amish Community.  Quite simply put the Amana Colonies are not Amish and no Amish have ever lived here. While both groups (the Amana Colonies and the Amish) are religious based groups and both came to the USA seeking…