lily pond close view

Summer is a very busy time in the Colonies.  Thousands of people come to the Colonies to shop, eat, relax, and see what The Amana Colonies are all about!  We get to meet and work with visitors to the Amana Colonies daily!  We have the great fortune at Zuber’s that the guests stay all night … Read more

man serving ice cream and people sitting and eating ice cream

Homemade Ice Cream on Thursdays in Homestead! This summer we continue our collaboration with the owners of Die Heimat offering homemade ice cream every Thursday night.  Anyone can come and have a bowl of ice cream, and then sit around and visit as long as you want.  We have some faithful locals who come …… … Read more


“Where in the world….are you from?” Probably the best part of owning and working at Zuber’s is meeting all the people who come to stay with us!  It is so fun to talk to the guests and to hear where everyone is from.  We have had guests from all around the world in just the … Read more

newspaper wurstfest

This weekend is Wurst Festival!  You might ask, “What is ‘Wurst Festival’ ?”  Well….it is all about SAUSAGE!  June of 2015 was the first Wurst Festival in the Amana Colonies.  It is a one day event.  Made for sausage lovers!  Last year it was  voted the “Best New Festival of 2015” in Iowa! “What is there … Read more

innkeepers, Brian and Bonnie

The Homestead Homemade Ice Cream Socials are back again for the Summer!  Visit either Zuber’s Homestead Hotel or Die Heimat Country Inn every Thursday at 6:30pm until the ice cream is gone! Just look for the little red wagon to see which place is serving.

yellow spring flowers

Spring in the Amana Colonies   Where does the time go?  Officially spring begins in March and with that in mind, the “Things to do list” grows as do the early flowers poking through the mulch.     Here at Zuber’s we are working through our list of things to do which involves painting, adding … Read more

front of Chestnut Street house, red with white banisters

Bed and Breakfast in North Carolina   The final stop on our trip was Asheville, North Carolina.  Asheville is a unique city unto itself and well worth a visit!  Lots of history and varied architecture.  Looking for a B&B online I found the Chestnut Street Inn. It is a beautiful old house, with lots of detail … Read more

South Carolina B&B   Our next B & B was on Folly Beach, South Carolina.  Water’s Edge Inn has a real “island” feel – you actually are on an outer island – James Island!!!  You drive across a bridge to get there, you can see many kinds of boats, marshes, there are palm trees all … Read more

A Bed and Breakfast Vacation Review This post continues from the previous as I share about the B & B’s we stayed in on our trip. The next place we stayed was in the Smokey Mountains.  Brookside Mountain Mist Inn was nestled in the mountain town of Waynesville, North Carolina.           … Read more

Mary helens house in snow

Seasons at a B & B Have you ever wondered if the seasons effect a B & B?  The answer is “Yes, they do”.  For us, winter is the slow or low time.  Being in the Mid-West, people tend to stay close to home and don’t travel as much.  So for innkeepers, in general, it … Read more