An Afternoon in Amana Hosted by Jamie Sump – Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Amana Colonies have been a treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years; welcoming visitors to an experience that’s as unique as you are. Located just minutes from I-80, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies offers visitors the opportunity to step back from today’s busy pace, to relish in the comfort of locally crafted foods, furniture, art and more. The Colonies offer a unique history and culture found nowhere else in the world. We invite you to escape the daily routine and experience our villages, meet our many artists, sample hearty foods, locally crafted beer and wine or simply stroll down our quiet streets. The Amana Colonies have something for everyone…let us handcraft an experience just for you!.
This guided networking event is open to all IGIA convention attendees, including non-golfers, spouses and guests.
Registration Fee: $85 (Registration is Limited to First 50 People)
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 21, 2019.
Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation must be provided to the IGIA Office before 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 21 for a refund to be processed. There will be NO REFUNDS after the June 21 deadline. Thanks for your understanding and assistance.
11:30 a.m. Shuttle Bus Departs from DoubleTree by Hilton
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch at Ox Yoke Inn®—An Amana Colonies Tradition Since 1940, world-famous Ox Yoke Inn is known for American and German food served family style. Located in a home that was built in 1856, the Ox Yoke Inn is a National Historic Landmark.
1:15– 2:15 p.m. Amana Heritage Museum Tour–The museum tour covers three 19th-Century buildings set on spacious grounds—the Noé House, the School House, built in 1870, and the original Washhouse/Woodshed, an integral part of communal Amana. Built in 1864, Noé House was originally a communal kitchen and later a doctor’s residence. Exhibits in the Noé House trace the history and development of Amana, depict a church interior, and display the varied crafts and industries of the Inspirationists.
2:20 – 3:15 p.m. Millstream Brewing Co opened it doors in 1985. The first brewery to operate in Amana since 1884 and the first micro brewery in Iowa, the Millstream Brewery has come to be recognized as the home of quality brews with extraordinary flavors.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Shop and Antique Around the Amana Colonies Attractions include Amana Colonies Antiques, Amana General Store, Amana Meat Shop & Smokehouse, the International Christmas Market and the Chocolate Haus along with numerous wineries.
4:15 p.m. | Shuttle Bus Departs from Amana
Shop and Antique:
Amana Furniture and Clock Shop
Amana furniture, designed and hand-built in the Colonies since the 1850’s, has an enduring reputation for high quality and timelessness. The Amana difference is a focus on craftsmanship, using century-old building methods that have been passed down for generations. Today, these standards are still applied to our exceptional quality furniture, clocks, and home décor. Meticulous care is taken in matching wood grains, testing durability, and expert finishing to enhance the wood’s natural beauty. Many locally made gifts also available.
Our craftsmen are both designers and builders, and turn their experience, passion, and know-how into pieces that expertly blend heritage craftsmanship with modern insights.
Enjoy our workshop viewing gallery and learn more about handcrafting authentic Amana Furniture while watching our craftsmen work.
Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse
The tradition of the Amana Meat Shop & Smokehouse began when the seven villages were a communal settlement and families enjoyed meals together in kitchen houses.
Each village had its own smokehouse and meat shop where ham, bacon, and sausage were cured the old-world way with long-held recipes and a commitment to quality.
Today the tradition continues, each year thousands of visitors come to Amana to visit our historic shop, sample our products, and take home the flavors of another century.
Enjoy the personal service and great selection of mouthwatering steaks, chops, and bratwurst from our fresh meat case. Don’t miss the daily samples of our delicious sausages and other Amana foods while you are here.
Amana Woolen Mill
Amana textiles express the heritage, value and essence of the originating Amana community. The Amana Woolen Mill is the oldest business in the Colonies and Iowa’s only remaining woolen mill. It’s been in continuous operation since 1857 and can be traced back more than 300 years to Germany.
Textiles were critical to Amana’s beginnings. In addition to producing goods for the community’s use, the Mill helped to support the colonists’ communal living; selling textiles across the country gained Amana a national reputation for superior quality. Now, with updated designs, colors and materials, we want to ensure that they’re a part of your future.
The Woolen Mill showroom is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm weather permitting.
Broom and Basket Shop
Our shop is located in the village of West Amana, right next door to our Giant Walnut Rocking Chair. Come watch our broomaker handcraft brooms on an old ‘kicker’ broom winding machine. Our baskets are made locally and include traditional German willow baskets with the replaceable bottom rims. We also carry a large selection of handcrafted wooden items made by Schanz Furniture and local craftsmen. So much to see here that you will not want to miss this stop during your visit to the Amana Colonies!
Also at this location: The Philip Dickel Basket Exhibit/Museum Gallery features a changing exhibit of baskets from across the USA and Iowa's Largest Walnut Rocker. This chair is over 11 feet tall and weighs more than 650lbs! We invite you to climb on in and take a picture. The kid in you will be glad you stopped in on your tour of the Amana Colonies.
Come visit Iowa’s Largest Walnut Rocker. This rocker is a big one….over 11 feet tall and weighing more than 650lbs! We invite you to climb on in and take a family picture. The kid in you will be glad you stopped in on your tour of the Amana Colonies.
Located at the Broom & Basket Shop in West Amana.
There is no charge for this attraction but a free will donation is greatly appreciated.
Millstream Brewing Company
Some years ago, three Amana men decided to revive an art that hadn’t been practiced in Amana for years–the art of brewing beer. Carroll F. Zuber and brothers, James and Dennis Roemig had a dream of building a small brewery to produce small batches of hand brewed beer reminiscent of Europe’s finest brews.
To brew the best they needed the best, so they called on one of America’s premier brewers, Joseph Pickett Sr. who helped in the brewery design and in development of the robust Schild Brau Amber. Currently Millstream brews 15 different beers throughout the year.
In 1985 Millstream Brewing Company opened it doors-the first brewery to operate in Amana since 1884 and the first micro brewery in Iowa. So the Millstream Brewery was born and so it has come to be recognized as the home of quality brews of rewarding tastes.
Mini-Americana Barn Museum
Mini-Americana is the largest known collection of 1/12 scale miniature replicas built by one man, woodworker Henry Moore (1911-1983).
Following a scale of one inch to one foot, Mini-Americana is a unique display of over 200 miniatures that depict the history of rural America. Each building, an exact replica of an original structure either past or present, took an average of six months to complete.
Each exhibit is finished in complete detail, inside and out: Shingles are fashioned from real cedar, siding is worked to exact proportions, and windowpanes are made of real glass. Houses have curtains; the blacksmith shop has a forge; and the barns have pens, mangers and even movable stanchions. Activities abound from fertile imaginations. Charlotte Moore (1913-1993) was responsible for collecting the over 3,000 small items, farm equipment, livestock, people, etc. in the displays. Clothing was hand made for each of the dolls and the livestock was hand painted.
The Noble Stone—A World of Treasures
We now have an active mining water sluice! Come “pan” for treasures in the comfort of the indoors! The Noble Stone is a treasure trove of fossils, rocks, geodes, crystals, gemstone jewelry, kids stuff, all within everyone’s budget. We have sought out artisans from all over the world to fill our shop with unique and wonderful items. It's fun for kids of ALL ages!
Old Creamery Theatre
The Old Creamery Theatre is a live, professional, nonprofit theatre company founded in 1971. Dramas, Comedies, Musicals, Childrens Theatre, and more! We have shows almost every Wednesday through Sunday of the year! Something for everyone!
Opa’s Tractor Barn Museum
Opa’s Tractor Barn Museum features Minneapolis-Moline Tractors, Machinery, Agricultural Memorabilia, Barnyard in Miniature and more. Play with Amana Colonies’ Largest Bowling Ball Run! Located in the Historic West Amana Horse Barn, built in 1883 with hand-pegged Chestnut beams.
Schanz Furniture and Refinishing
Schanz Furniture & Refinishing is a Family Owned Business specializing in New Furniture, Repairing and Refinishing Old Furniture and Creating Custom Furniture in your Choice of Woods. Located 1/2 mile East of South Amana, Iowa on U.S. Hwy 6 Trail.
Furniture & Clock Shop
Meat Shop & Smokehouse
Broom & Basket Shop
Millstream Brewing Company
Mini Americana Barn Museum
Old Creamery Theater
The Noble Stone—A World of Treasures