Broom Making in the Amana Colonies

The Amana folks were fairly self-sufficient when they arrived in Iowa in the mid-1800s. They performed all the traditional crafts in each village – Crafts such as wood-working, rug-weaving, quilting, blacksmithing, and tinsmithing, among others. They also made brooms. Today the broom-maker still makes brooms at the Broom and Basket Shop in West Amana. Amana […]

Fall 2016 building

ONLY IN IOWA

Only in Iowa featured us last fall. And it still applies to this fall. So click on the link below to see what they have to say about us. It’s all about a great fall getaway to the Amana Colonies and Die Heimat Country Inn. Only in Iowa offers suggestions for trips, events and unique […]

Committee in CA with sunshine

Girls Getaway Weekend is November 1-3, 2019

There’s nothing like getting away with some women friends. The Amana Colonies are the perfect place to do it! From the Amana Colonies website: It’s been a busy year and the holidays are just ahead, time to take a break and get away.  We planned the first weekend in November as a perfect time for […]

Smiling innkeepers, June and Marc

Reflections on Five Years of Innkeeping

This surprised us too! Unlike many innkeepers we didn’t set out to find the perfect B&B; in fact we didn’t set out to find a B&B at all. Other than the occasional “oh wouldn’t it be fun to own a B&B or a campground” running an inn was not on our radar. Pre-Die Heimat We […]

Front view of inn with clematis blooming along the fence

No Two B&Bs are the Same – YAY!!

When Marc and I travel we like to stay at other B&Bs or inns.  As innkeepers ourselves, we notice things in a different way and are constantly getting ideas for how we can improve or do things differently. Sometimes we are pleased that we are doing it “better”.  But almost always we pick up little […]

Die Heimat Country Inn Bed and Breakfast sign with purple clematis growing next to it.

Amana Colonies in Bloom

History of flowers in Communal Amana During the communal era, leaders of the Amana Colonies discouraged growing flowers. Vegetable gardens filled the yards and surrounded the communal kitchens. Land was not to be wasted, so grape trellises were attached to the sides of homes to provide fruit for wines and jellies. Trellises also shaded the […]

lady in period dress cooking in old-timey kitchen for communal meal

Enjoy a Communal Meal

Special Offer during our 5-year Anniversay Celebration in July Marc and I have poured our hearts into Die Heimat Country Inn for the past five years and now it’s time to celebrate our five-year anniversary of owning this place. We have planned five days of special things for you; something unique each day. On Wed. […]

Maypole dancers in period dress at Maifest

Festivals & Celebrations in the Amana Colonies

Festivals, festivals, festivals . . . celebrations in the Amana Colonies One way for the Amana locals to share their German history and culture is through their many annual festivals. You will love the experience of visiting the Colonies for one of their special festivals. The Biggies: Winterfest is a one day festival at the […]

Willkommen Amana Colonies sign

The Seven Villages of the Amana Colonies

There are SEVEN villages 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 and completely miss out on the treasures of the other six smaller villages. Let me introduce you to the […]