There is no larger Amish Mennonite settlement west of the Mississippi than Kalona. The town embellishes this fact, with special consideration given to these settlers and an economy geared toward supporting the Old Order Amish Mennonite way of life.
From I-80, drop south on U.S. 218/IA-27 and then take IA-1 south to Kalona. From the south, take 218/27 and until IA-22 East.
- Historical Village. The former center of Kalona, now enclosed by a white picket fence and admission gate on the south side. Included on the grounds are a school house, train junction and post office. The Iowa Mennonite Museum and Archives is a one-room building with artifacts, some brought across the Atlantic from Europe, and genealogical records available to be used for research purposes.
Hand crafted furniture, many created by Amish craftsmen, quilts and antiques dominate Main Street.
Kalona is known for baked goods, many of them made in Amish kitchens, bakeries or restaurants.
- [dead link] The Carriage House, 1140 Larch Ave, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. A B and B on a farm setting. $80-150.
- [formerly dead link] Ethel's Gourmet Kitchen Bed and Breakfast, 1070 Hwy 1, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. WiFi and full breakfast served. $80-120.
Local area code is 319.