Writer: Beth Eslinger
The Amana Colonies, a National Historic Landmark, are one of the longest-lived communal societies, but there are plenty of new attractions to check out on your next visit.
At the redesigned Amana Furniture & Clock Shop showroom, browse updated classics and trendy home decor. You’ll find leather and upholstered furniture as well as gifts. Also look for updated linen patterns to fit modern decor at Amana Woolen Mill nearby.
For an unexpected overnight, Hotel Millwright offers a boutique experience, with 65 rooms as well as communal spaces for eating and drinking. Think traditional Amana cuisine with a modern twist (pecan-crusted trout, jumbo scallops, bison burgers, etc. to enjoy with a craft brew or signature cocktail).
And exploring the seven colonies wouldn’t be complete with embracing a bit of history. In Main and South Amana, find a number of antique stores, including our favorite, Heritage Haus Antiques. Shop for trendy folk art, primitives, jewelry and the farmhouse classics found throughout the colonies.