Follow Cupid to Two Sweet Spots in Eastern Iowa

Love is alive in the eastern Iowa towns of Amana and Kalona. Choose between several romantic dinner options, or extend your stay to explore the surrounding towns.

If you’re still looking for some Valentine ideas, several businesses and restaurants in the Amana Colonies and Kalona can help you out. Plan a quick day trip or overnight getaway to either or both; they’re just 30 minutes apart.

In Kalona this Saturday, you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride before dinner at Tuscan Moon, which serves entrees such as chicken Marsala, beef tenderloin or grilled salmon. Nearby, Kalona Chocolates sells chocolate-covered strawberries and heart-shape cakes, and the Kalona Brewing Co. is offering a four-course dinner for $70 (for both guests). The local chamber of commerce offers other suggestions.

For an overnight in Amana, book the “Food Is My Love Language” two-night package at Die Heimat Country Inn, which includes a five-course dinner at Koru Berry Farm. You can also find dining specials at the Hotel Millwright, Millstream Brau Haus and other historic mainstays like the Ox Yoke Inn and Ronneburg Restaurant. Shops around town offer wine samples, chocolates, beer flights, and wine and cheese pairings. Read more about the “Romance Weekend” online.

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