Sampling in Iowa's Amanas

In east-central Iowa, villages buzz with shoppers.

Once upon a time, people in Iowa's Amana Colonies lived simply. Now, people go there to indulge.

These tidy, once-communal villages in east-central Iowa, near Cedar Rapids, are famous for their family-style restaurants, wineries, brewery and shops. During the holiday season, tourists descend on the villages to buy gifts quilts, pottery, chocolates.

What to do: Shop and sample wines. Tour the Amana Heritage Museum on Saturdays. 

Events to catch: Dec. 4-6, Prelude to Christmas.

Information: For more, see Truly Amana and Eating in the Amana Colonies.