If you are looking for a picturesque, quiet getaway think Zubers and think Amana Colonies. The first week in December we visited the colonies for the Prelude to Christmas event and were lucky enough to book a room at Zubers Homestead Hotel.
Located in the town of Homestead, one of the seven Amana Villages, Zubers offers 15 guestrooms. Each room is decorated to match something special about Iowa whether it is the culture, heritage or people. Breakfast is offered along with the overnight stay. What we really like is that Zubers offers the privacy of a hotel with the charm of a bed and breakfast.
The hotel began as the Homestead Hotel in 1862. The Zuber history shares, “At that time it had 15 rooms and one bathroom upstairs, with a large kitchen, dining room and residence downstairs. From 1949 – 2004, the hotel took on a new life being purchased by Bill and Connie Zuber who turned the hotel into “Bill Zuber’s Dugout Restaurant.”
Bill Zuber was a famous baseball player. He was a pitcher with an 11-year Major League Baseball career between 1936 and 1947 where he pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
After the Zubers sold the restaurant, it was purchased by David and Yana Cutler who decorated and changed the restaurant back to a hotel. In May of 2013, the hotel was bought by Brian and Bonnie James.
The hotel is a romantic getaway with woods and the old fashioned small village the only scene outside your window.