Welcome to A Touch Of Home Bed & Breakfast Inc
A Bed & Breakfast getaway with the feeling of home
Looking for a nice, relaxing getaway to a place that feels like home? Come visit us at A Touch of Home Bed & Breakfast Inc. During your getaway with us, you'll enjoy the historic charm of our home, which was built in 1895. You will be steps away from the conveniences of main street Amana and surrounded by restaurants, wineries, art galleries and antique stores as well as a quilting store, a woolen mill, a furniture shop, Iowa's oldest microbrewery and so much more! Drive the 17 mile 'loop' and visit the other colonies and the shops in those villages too.
Our home has been in our family since 1895 and has always been used as a mult-generational dwelling. Louie (one of the owners) has lived in the house since 1973, as well as visiting his father and step-mother in the summers for several years prior, when they lived in the house. Jan (Louie's wife) joined the family and moved into the house in 1983. Our two boys were raised in Amana.
Today we live upstairs in the house and the bed and breakfast is located on the main level of our home. There are two separate units which contain four bedrooms available for our guests. In each unit, you'll find a spacious common area with a living room, a kitchen, a dining area and a laundry room. In each unit, you'll find two bedrooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, comfortable queen bed, sofa, dresser and flat screen TV. You can rent one bedroom and share the common area or rent both bedrooms and share with friends or relatives, and have your own 'private' apartment.
One of our home's units, which first opened in June 2012, is located in the historic portion of the home. The other unit, which opened in August 2013, sits in a newly built addition. Both units offer private entrances for our guests.
A Touch of Home is also a pet friendly facility. We welcome dogs over one year of age and up to 30 pounds for a one time charge of $20 plus tax per stay. All service animals are also welcome on the premises.
At A Touch of Home Bed & Breakfast, we try to make getaways as affordable as possible. Whether you're looking to rent one room or four rooms for a place to stay during a family reunion, a special birthday or anniversary, a wedding, a retreat, a friends' get together or just a time away, we have the space you need.
A full breakfast is included with your stay each morning and is served in one of the two dining rooms, communal style. A variety of items are served such as German potato pancakes, roast beef hash, specialty french toast, fruit pancakes, waffles, sausage gravy and biscuits, egg casseroles, hash browns, ham, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, pastries and more. We can accommodate special diets, such as gluten-free, lactose intolerant and vegetarian. If possible, we ask that you let us know prior to your check-in if you have any special food needs.
Outdoor lounging & Gazebo Area
Enjoy a peaceful afternoon or evening on a beautiful spring, summer or fall day while relaxing at the gazebo or other lounging areas. Cozy up to a gas fire pit on a chilly evening. Visit the famous Amana Meat Shop and cook steaks on the gas grill we provide for our guests.
Free Wifi is available to all our guests The password will be provided to our guests upon check-in.
If you're searching for a birthday, anniversary, retirement, Christmas or just-because gift, we have gift certificates available in any dollar amount or any number of days stay amount.
Kitchen & Dining Availability
A full kitchen is available in each of the two units for our guests to use. If you prefer to cook a meal and eat in; dishware, cookware and utensils are available. There is also a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator/freezer and coffee maker available for your use. Grab an ice cream bar from the freezer for dessert after eating at one of Amana's fine restaurants. Have a cup of hot tea from our more than fourteen flavors of tea we provide. Enjoy some popcorn or a glass of wine while watching a DVD from our assortment of movies.
All outside doors are entered through keyless entry. This includes the doors to the rooms. The same code will be provided upon check-in that will allow entry to the building as well as to the room.
NO smoking is allowed in any building
A hairdryer is available in each bathroom.
Window air conditioners are throughout the units as well as each bedroom.
Four sets of towels are located in each bathroom. If more are needed, please let us know.
Each bedroom has a portable electric fireplace.
Each bathroom has a shower mat located under the sink.
Each bathroom has a suction-cup hand rail for the shower located under the sink.
We have a small library of fictional books and several magazines to read.
A washer and dryer along with laundry detergent and dryer sheets are available in each unit.
Forgotten an item? We have these items available: shower cap, razor and shaving cream, shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/lotion/hand-washing soap, toothbrush/toothpaste set, sewing kit, feminine hygiene products.
Brochures, maps and guidebooks
It's our pleasure to help you make the most of your time in the Amana Colonies and we strongly encourage you to step outside our bed and breakfast to experience all that our area has to offer. We offer brochures, maps and guidebooks that will help you plan your stay. We also provide you with restaurant menus and a list of most of the opening and closing times for the local shops. We also have available brochures of nearby areas and attractions for those that want to venture out of the Amana Colonies.
A credit card is required to secure rooms and we accept all major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted at the time of check-in.
Additional Miscellaneous Services
A digital clock radio with dual alarm is located in each bedroom.
An extra blanket is located in the dresser drawer in each bedroom.
Additional pillows and quilts are located in the cabinet in the hallway of each unit.
Umbrellas are located in the cabinet in the hallway of each unit.
A water dispenser which dispenses both cold and hot water is located in the dining area in each unit.
Wine glasses, cork screw as well as other utensils are located in the kitchen/dining area of each unit.
Hand sanitizer is located by the kitchen sink in each unit.
A Blu-Ray/DVD player is available in each bedroom as well as each living room.
Cable TV with a large number of channels is located in each bedroom as well as each living room.
A tablecloth is available in A/B unit and is in the left cabinet next to the kitchen sink. In C/D unit, it is in the second drawer to the right of the oven.
An iron and ironing board is available in each unit in the laundry area
THINGS TO DO
Village Voyage Driving Tour
Monday through Saturday,11am and 2pm
May through October. Join us on a 2-hour Village Voyage! Learn the history of the Amana Colonies from local guides as we shuttle you to historical sites. Seating is limited. Please call for reservations. amanacolonies.com 319 622-3672
Village Stroll Walking Tour
Monday-Friday, May through September. Walk with us for a local's view of the Colonies. Learn about our heritage, architecture and life as it was in the communal days. Tour leaves from the Visitors Center. Times vary, please call for schedule. amanacolocies.com 319 622-3672
Live music at Millstream Brewery
Live music at Millstream Brewery, Every Saturday, June - August, 5-9 pm. Enjoy live entertainment from classic rock to blues to fun beach tunes in Millstream's biergarten. Bring your friends and a lawn chair for an enjoyable evening. Beverages and food available. millstreambrewing.com
Live music at Fireside Winery
Enjoy wonderful live music from local musicians while watching the sunset on the relaxing outdoor patio. Live music every Friday night (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Occasional Saturday and Sunday afternoons year round. For a complete listing visit firesidewinery.com
Walking Trail, Nature Trail
Bicycles are available to explore the town, the bike/walking trail, the Lily Lake and the other Colonies. You can also walk to the bike/walking trail from several different starting points in Amana. A nature trail is located in Homestead to explore nature and the outdoors. There are three trails (differing lengths) available.
Relax and Stay Inside
Relax in the dining area while visiting with friends and family or enjoy the living room and watch a movie from our extensive DVD collection. We also have a variety or board games and cards if you want to stay in, have some fun and relax.
"Loving our stay here in Amana and LOVE your B&B in all aspects. You both are a delight and have been blessed with the gifts to run this place in such a special way. Hope to come back again"
"We felt so fortunate to have learned about your B&B. Not only is it absolutely beautiful but you have thought of everything! Food was delicious, hospitality was terrific, couldn't have been better! Thank you so much! We would recommend your accommodations to anyone, anytime!"