Amana Colonies

Unexpected Encounters along the Amana Trail

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Most years the first weekend in December you can find us at Amana Colonies during the magical Prelude to Christmas. The colonies make us feel like we are stars in a Hallmark Christmas movie.  This year was no exception, but we had some unexpected encounters during our visit, and on the way home, this year […]



Hitting the road soon?  If so, consider Octane Press’s new book Red Combines 1915-2015 to take along while you wile away the miles! Since I have worked with Octane Press before and author Lee Klancher on another product I had the opportunity to review his new book Red Combines 1915- 2015.  Loving farming and old […]

Windmill House Amana Colonies

Every winter we are drawn back to the beauty of the Amana Colonies. The first weekend of December finds us celebrating Prelude to Christmas along with many others that have made this their annual or every other year holiday tradition. The streets of Amana are lined with picturesque buildings that represent one of America’s longest-lived […]

Christmas in Amana, plan today!

So it’s not Christmas in July, it’s preplanning in August. The first full weekend in December, Amana Colonies turns into a winter wonderland with decorations, activities and my favorite, house tours! Make your reservations now, rooms are filling up, Last year we trekked to Iowa, tried out Myers Grill, went to a play at the […]