If your looking for a relaxing weekend in a quiet Amish/Mennonite community, Kalona may be the perfect spot.
Kalona has a number of quaint shops to visit. The Rug Cottage Country Store is between Iowa City and Kalona on Hwy 1.
This store is beautiful inside and out! Our family has been long time friends with the proprietors and they are great people. 2014 has had a rough start with snow and cold; but the ice is slowly melting and here comes the sun.
Spring will be a perfect time to get out into the countryside and see Amish farmers working up their fields with horses.
On the counter, next to Under the Heavens, is a display of locally raised, un-pasteurized honey. Did you know that eating honey, bees have made from local pollen, builds immunity to those allergens. This is a good place to pick up some of that sweet medicine and get immunized before hay-fever replaces cabin-fever.
This store "Barntiques" Antiques Mall, is located just behind the Rug Cottage, on the same acreage. You will see a big American flag on Barntiques as your coming up the hill on hwy 1, toward The Rug Cottage.