my favorite holiday tradition just so happens to take place on mother’s day. one that started in our family before I was born. each year, we all meet in a small village in iowa (approximately 2 hours from des moines), called the amana colonies. it is a german settlement turned
tourist destination the sweetest town to visit. you can walk the entire main village, and along the way you’ll find an abundance of shops, wineries, restaurants, and really charming architecture.
the amana colonies.
we always start with thee most amazing family style meal at the ox yoke inn. it starts with cold salads (the cottage cheese is life changing) and ends an incredible spread of freshly baked pies. we practically roll out of there. then it’s shopping in the village. we must visit the general store first, but after that it’s a free for all. occasionally, we find ourselves in a chocolate shop or bakery. but most of the time, we head straight for one of their many wineries or their microbrewery, millstream. (if they’re missing in the group, you can almost guess that’s where my husband + father are). there is a beautifully overwhelming flower shop in the middle of the village. the yard is filled with handcrafted metal lawn decor and more flowers than you can imagine. (I scored a brightly colored hanging basket. which I am now protecting from our kitten. see evidence here). after we leave, with our hearts, stomachs, and cars full ..we head to the nearby outlet mall. to continue to fill our cars. obviously.