The Hotel Millwright in Amana opened last fall, combining historic and modern touches. Photo: Hotel Millwright
Writer: Beth Eslinger
New on the scene last fall, Hotel Millwright in Amana has us eager to reexplore the Amana Colonies this spring. Located in a historic textile mill, the hotel features upscale amenities, including fine dining.
The boutique hotel offers 65 rooms, plus several suites and studios. The historic Amana Woolen Mills complex benefited from a $15 million renovation that brought out the best of the mill’s character. Exposed brick and pipes reflect the history, as does artwork throughout the rooms and common spaces.
The hotel is within quick walking distance of Amana’s shops and restaurants. But you’ll want to start first at the hotel’s restaurant, the Indigo Room. The restaurant elevates Amana fare—find tomahawk chops, braised short ribs, jumbo scallops and harvest salads on the menu to enjoy with a craft cocktail or brew.
Also on-site, the Electric Thread Social Club serves beers, bourbon flights from local distillers, and cocktails. The former electric building is now a cool industrial hangout, complete with a patio overlooking Millrace stream.
April 4: For Easter, the restaurant is hosting two brunch seatings—at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The three-hour service includes an omelet bar, a carving station, breakfast burritos and more, plus bottomless bloody marys or mimosas. Reservations required (see Facebook for information).
May 1: Mai Fest takes over the green space at the hotel. There’s a hog roast, lawn games, live music and specialty drinks for a day of spring fun. It’s a Saturday this year, so a perfect weekend for an overnight stay.