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Posted: November 5, 2018

Timeless love; weddings in communal amana

Life in communal Amana was as well-regulated as the clock on the wall in the Amana railroad depot, but love, never routine, and always disruptive, happened and young people met and married in the villages of old Amana just as they did elsewhere, but in Amana between 1855-1932 there were rules that made weddings and wedding celebrations anything but routine.
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purple-candles

Posted: Sept 12, 2018

Advent Retreat

Advent retreat 2018 We're offering something new this year. So often the rush of the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is overwhelming and we never slow down enough to quiet our hearts and listen to the Spirit within us ...

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Oktoberfest-dancing-at-the-Millstream

Posted: Aug 30, 2018

Ten Reasons We Love Our Amana Colonies Oktoberfest

Amana's Oktoberfest is one of the midwest's oldest and best loved German festivals. Here are 10 reasons why we love Oktoberfest. Ein Prosit Baby! This will be our 52nd Oktoberfest, so raise a glass in the Festhalle with us. In ...

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Posted: Jul 06, 2018

"1,000 Places to See Before you Die"

In the 2016 edition of "1000 Places to See Before You Die – In the US and Canada", you will find the "Amana Colonies" on page 514 and more specifically Die Heimat Country Inn on page 515. "The biggest and ...

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Amana-Arts-Guild-building

Posted: May 17, 2018

Amana Bricks and Mortar

Moving here 4 years ago, I was struck by the unique and historic buildings that make up the 7 villages of the Amana Colonies. Some homes are brick, some sandstone, and others weathered wood siding, all from the Amana communal ...

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Ackerman-Winery

Posted: Apr 27, 2018

You're in Amana – Visit the wineries and brewery.

In the Amana Colonies winemaking is part of our cultural heritage. In 1855 when the Inspirationists arrived here from New York, State (and before that Germany) they brought with them grape vines. Wrapped in wet burlap and carefully packed into ...

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Posted: Apr 19, 2018

A Girl's Place: Being Female in the Communal Amana Colonies

A girl's life in the communal Amana was so unlike that of other girls it would have been difficult for her to compare her daily routine with that of a girl living 10 miles down the road. An Amana woman's ...

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Amana-Woolen-Mill

Posted: Apr 08, 2018

The Amana Colonies & Kalona's Old Order Amish – Part 2

Two Unique Cultures in Southeast Iowa – The Amana Colonies The Inspirationists emerged in the early 1700's as part of the Pietist and Spiritualist movement within the Lutheran Church in Germany. Eberhard Gruber and Johann Friedrich Rock were early spiritual ...

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Amana-Heritage-Museum

Posted: Mar 31, 2018

The Amana Colonies & Kalona's Old Order Amish – part 1

Kalona's Old Order Amish & The Amana Colonies: Two Unique Cultures in Southeast Iowa By Rod A. Janzen (1988) A Confusion of Identities Two unique religious groups were attracted to the fertile agricultural soil of southeast Iowa in the mid-1800's: ...

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Amana-communal-kitchen

Posted: Mar 23, 2018

The Amana Story – Part 2

Amana's Story 304 Years in the Making – Part 2 In 1855, Metz and his followers came to Iowa and built a village. After an inspired testimony commanded the people to call their village "bleib true" or "remain faithful" the ...

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Willkommen-sign-to-the-colonies

Posted: Mar 17, 2018

The Amana Story 304 Years in the Making

When you walk down the street of any one of the seven Amana villages you can see the shape of the buildings, the line of the roofs and the cut of the stones that the past has hewn the present ...

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Jim-and-Susan-Marc-and-June

Posted: Oct 26, 2017

Groups: small and large

With 16 guest rooms, some with two beds, Die Heimat Country Inn B&B is an ideal place for groups, large or small. If the group is small – under 10 or so – our dining room serves well for a ...

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New lift on side of house

Posted: Feb 14, 2017

Our building is now accessible

Our inn is now accessible without using steps! Marc has been busy redoing the entrances at Die Heimat. The front has new, sturdy steps made with treated cedar-tone lumber. The back, which is ...

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Posted: Dec 05, 2016

5 Reasons I Get Out of Bed In The Morning

Five Reasons I Get out of Bed in the Morning There are people in my house who need breakfast cooked for them. Morning is my time; I'm always ready to get up and get going (I might need my 20 ...

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Compost Pile

Posted: Jul 25, 2016

Green, Green, Green

No, we haven't arrived; we don't do this perfectly, but we really do care about the earth and believe we must do our part to preserve the environment. And that starts with our business here at Die Heimat Country Inn. ...

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Map of Amana

Posted: Mar 10, 2016

Tour All Seven of the Amana Colonies

Take a Tour of the Amana Colonies There is a lot more to see in the seven villages of the Amana Colonies than you might think. It's easy to make a quick stop in Amana, dash in to the General ...

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Die-Heimat-Before-1960-renovation

Posted: Feb 08, 2016

Die Heimat Country Inn is packed with history

One winter morning a few weeks ago we had breakfast here in our dining room with Harold Pitz. His is a famous name in our hallways. Harold is the gentleman who, along with Harlan Geiger, (recently deceased), owned and remodeled ...

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Amana Quilt

Posted: Jan 12, 2016

Amana Style Quilts

I had a delightful conversation with Amana quilt expert, Carolyn Trumpold, last week. She had a large quilt in frame in her upstairs quilt room when I stopped by. The wooden frame that filled the room reminded me of the ...

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Quilt

Posted: Jan 07, 2016

Quilting Traditions I Grew Up With

Quilting Traditions I Grew Up With My mother sewed all our clothes growing up. I have three sisters and one brother so that kept her busy. The brother had only the occasional homemade shirt but we girls rarely had a ...