Attractions July 16, 2016
These 10 Places in Iowa Amish Country Are Unique And Worth Visiting
The insulated nature of Amish communities has always piqued our interest due to their shunning of modern conveniences, their closed communities and their way of living and thinking that seems so far removed from the modern-day stresses so ingrained in our daily lives. Iowa is home to many established Amish settlements throughout the state. Here are a few communities and sights that will definitely pique your interest and take you into another world.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Amish Country Store, Lamoni
Located at 109 S Spruce Dr in Lamoni, the Amish Country Store is a general store with plenty to look at, plus Iowa travel information, an Amish bakery and even a Maid-Rite.
2. The Dutchman’s Store, Cantril
As you make your way to Cantril, you’ll see horse-drawn buggies with Amish men, women and children going about their business. This community is between Bonaparte and Milton and a favorite local spot is the Dutchman’s Store, which sells a variety of items to local Amish families, such as a huge variety of quilting fabrics, groceries and clothing.
3. Milton Creamery, Milton
Located at 202 East Highway 2 Milton Iowa, Milton Creamery buys all of its milk from local, Amish farmers who raise grass-fed cows. This is a great opportunity to buy some high quality, award winning cheeses like Prairie Breeze™, an aged white cheddar, and support local farmers.
4. Villages of Van Buren County
This series of charming villages is definitely worth checking out. These 12 villages are in southern Iowa, and they include Bentonsport, Birmingham, Bonaparte, Cantril, Douds-Leando, Farmington, Iowaville-Selma, Keosauqua, Milton, Mount Sterling, Pittsburg and Stockport. As you tour through the villages, you can enjoy shopping for antiques, baked goods and much more.
5. The Amish Boulevard, Hazleton
The Hazleton community is recognized as Iowa’s most conservative Amish community. There are almost 50 Amish run businesses on the Amish Boulevard, so prepare to spend some time meandering down the street to shop for a wide array of things, such as handmade furniture, baked goods and more.
6. Kalona Quilt & Textile Museum, Kalona
The Quilt & Textile Museum is located in the Kalona Historical Village Welcome Center. It contains galleries for both Amish and English quilts, along with fascinating information about Midwestern quilting history.
7. Kalona Historical Village, Kalona
The fascinating Kalona Historical Village is an 1800's village with 13 buildings. Each building has been restored and contains displays depicting the life of Iowa immigrant settlers.
8. Midwest Woodworks, Kalona
Midwest Woodworks is an Amish-owned furniture store located a mile west of Kalona, at 2019 Highway 22.
9. Amish By-Ways Tour, Kalona
The Amish By-Ways tour offers a rare inside look into Amish life. The tour takes winds its way along scenic back roads, where you can get a close-up look at Amish schools, homes and farms, with several stops at country shops along the way.
10. Bloomfield/Drakesville, Southern Iowa Produce Auction
This seasonal produce auction is south of Drakesvilles and happens twice a week. The auction attracts buyers from far and wide and offers a huge variety of produce, flowers and more.
If you’re looking to explore more of Iowa, check out These 12 Road Trips In Iowa Will Lead You To Places You’ll Never Forget.