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    Kolona Iowa

    Thinking of an overnite road trip there....anyone been there? I looked to book the local motel, but no res available...on a tues/wed...seems odd...will have to call and find out why. Since I'm not familiar with the area, don't know what town/city is close by for alternative reservation......anyone here know? TIA....

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    Looks like an interesting place to visit with a couple of quilt stores along with antiques and a Textile Museum.
    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...wa+quilt+shops
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    Iowa City is not very far away from Kalona. You can find hotels there. Kalona is a small Menenite community. They has lots of quilt shops there....most of the store in town have a fabric corner. The Stitch and Sew is a really nice shop. It is next door to the textile museum. There is a annual quilt show in Kalona in April. It features lots of quilts done by local people and are mostly hand quilted.

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    If you go (and it is a great place), make sure you visit the historic museum. Very well done! There are a few B&Bs, but more hotels are in Iowa City which is also a fun place.

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    It is not too far from the Amana Colonies, my most favorite place in the whole world bar none! Edie - Google it
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    On the sidewalk are painted quilt blocks, 42 in all I think. There are also barn quilt trails but they require quite a distance in driving and some barns are not close to the road so they are harder to see. All the other things listed by others are also well worth the trip. Hope you have more than one day to look around.
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    I went last year. The whole town is behind the quilt theme so its really neat to stroll around. The quilts are displayed Very close together at the show, like 18 inch aisles. The quilts are amazing. The quilt museum is good. The docent we had was one of the original starters of the annual show as I remember. We stayed out of town but it wasn't too far. There are lots of quilt stores in town. The shops in town are nice and there's lots of eating places too. It's a good experience. Have fun. You will be in good company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie View Post
    It is not too far from the Amana Colonies, my most favorite place in the whole world bar none! Edie - Google it

    Yes, been there....great place

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    Thanks for the add'tl info. I will look for lodging in Iowa city........

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    Or Coralville, a suburb of Iowa City.

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    We stayed in the motel in Kolona a few years ago. As I remember, it is the only one in town but was nice. We went next door for breakfast. I don't think it is a Menenite community but an Amish community. We enjoyed our visit and have gone back one other time. Like others have said nice place to visit and lots to see and Iowa City isn't to far. Enjoy your day there.

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    Next to Kalona is Hills (another small town) across 218. There is a really nice quilt shop there.
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    Yes, I've been there twice. Very nice with limited number of quilts in museum.

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    After reading all your positive reviews, I'm going to have visit Kalona. ☺

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    I have relatives in Kalona and Iowa City and have visited the area many times. Kalona is an Amish and Mennonite community. Besides the quilt-related attractions there is a small cheese factory that we usually visit and always pick up a bag of cheese curds to nibble on if we stop there. Just up the road from the cheese factory is Stringtown Grocery, an Amish store with lots of interesting bulk sales items. (One time we found bags of marshmallows like those in Lucky Charms.) There is a great place to get ice cream and homemade candies in town. I forget the name of the shop, but I can ask my sister who married a guy from Kalona if you want to know. Also a great restaurant with home cooked food. Iowa City is not far away if you want lodging close by and also the Amana Colonies are a fun place to visit. If you are anywhere near that area, I think a visit is worth your time.
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    Sounds like an interesting town. My BIL lives there but I haven't visited yet. There is a large German community.
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