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With 26,000 acres the Amana Colonies have some wonderful ways for you to get in touch with nature. Your preference might be more active or more passive, either way you’ll be able to touch nature in the Colonies.
The people of the Colonies love the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping, and walks in the timber all are part of our culture. The land is special to us. Today, there are activities that you can enjoy, some are not dissimilar to those enjoyed by our ancestors.
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- “Where your love story is captured in a celebration as unique as the love that brought you together” As an ordained minister in the state of Iowa, I’d be honored to be your Wedding Officiant. I thoroughly enjoy working with couples to create a special ceremony just “as you wish” – formal or informal, spiritual or secular, serious or light-hearted while incorporating your own beliefs, lifestyles, and vows. I specialize in outdoor ceremonies and have built a breathtaking site which overlooks one of the ponds on our property located in the timber just north of Amana. I honor all beliefs and lifestyles. Please contact me to learn more about my services and how I can help create your special day!
- The first Amana Colonies Gravel Bike Routes are ready for use. The routes each begin in Middle Amana, separating into Route A going to High Amana and Route B going to West Amana. While on the gravel routes, the riders will experience historical points of interest in Middle, High and West Amana. Route A begins in Middle Amana at the entrance to the Amana Colonies Golf Course and takes riders on a scenic gravel route through native hardwood timberland to High Amana. This route is moderately easy and approximately a 7 mile round trip. High Amana features the historic High Amana General Store and the Amana Art’s Guild. Route B also begins in Middle Amana at the entrance to the Amana Colonies Golf Course, riders will travel to West Amana rather than High Amana. This route is more challenging and approximately a 17 mile round trip. West Amana features Iowa’s Largest Walnut Rocking Chair, Basket and Broom Shop, Opa’s Tractor Museum, Michele Maring Miller Studio and Gallery, and the landscape that inspired Grant Wood to paint his famous Young Corn. For a map and list of attractions on the Amana Colonies Gravel Bike Routes, visit the Amana Colonies Visitors Center. We also have these links that will provide a map: Bike Route 1 Bike Route 2
- The new Amana Colonies Golf Club is located in historic Amana, Iowa. The golf course is consistently ranked as one of the top public courses in the state of Iowa by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. The distinctive setting provides the perfect golf experience. Rolling hills and dense forests with dramatic elevation changes, creates striking views on every hole. Amana Colonies Golf Club opened for play in 1989, and has been masterfully designed to preserve the natural features of the land. Our 18-hole championship golf course winds through 500 acres of stately white oak trees and forest. The golf course features meandering streams, shining ponds, and striking scenery that add to the aesthetic beauty and enjoyment of the game. The golf course offers five sets of tees, ranging from 5,228 to 6,284 yards, designed to accommodate players of all skill levels. Many of our guests describe the course as “beautiful, breathtaking, charming, enjoyable, playable, tough and intimidating. Now under new ownership and management, along with a newly constructed clubhouse. Come see what all the excitement is about!
- The Kolonieweg, or Colony Way, is a 3.1-mile trail connecting the villages of Amana and Middle Amana. Most of the trail is paved, but a small portion is gravel. The trail offers scenic views of Lily Lake, the Millrace, pastures, farmland and the surrounding countryside. The trail is also home to numerous plants and animals. The village of East Amana and the Amana Colonies Golf Course are also accessible via a marked bike route. Parking is available at two locations along the trail: along Highway 220 between Middle Amana and Amana where parking and picnic spots are available at the Lily Lake and the recently restored Amana Depot in the village of Amana which serves as the trailhead for the Kolonieweg, providing parking and seasonal restrooms.
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