Zuber’s Homestead Hotel is located in the unincorporated community of Homestead within the rolling hills of Iowa’s River Valley. German-speaking European settlers were the first to colonize the region. The community was purchased from the Rock Island Railroad by the villages that form the Amana Colonies in 1855. The 2010 census recorded only 148 people currently residing within the small community.
The fifteen uniquely decorated themed rooms at Zuber’s Homestead Hotel present a tranquil atmosphere, which is the perfect setting for a vacation. The hotel has the ambiance of a bed and breakfast. Each room is a reflection of the culture that the original settlers brought to this territory. Reservations are accepted the old fashion way, by calling toll free at 1-888-623-3911.
Check-in time is between 3 and 5 p.m. Guests arriving during this time period are greeted with a refreshing drink and a snack in the Wagon Wheel Room. Although the hotel’s décor is representative of the time period from 1855 to early 1900’s, certain amenities from the present time are enjoyed by guests of the hotel today. The amenities include air conditioning, blow dryer, cable television, high-quality linens, iron, private bathrooms, and WIFI.
Guests may wish to play cards or a board game in the Wagon Wheel Room or find a comfortable chair scattered throughout the hotel to read a book. Visitors will find an afternoon or early morning stroll along the scenic Iowa hillsides relaxing. Guests are welcome to gather around the piano for a sing-a-long. Of course, a tour through the Amana Colonies is a must for hotel patrons.
Amana was known in the early days for winemaking and the area still contains a booming wine industry today. Guests may drive to a number of wineries within thirty minutes of the hotel. The hotel owners found it only plausible to design a room as an accolade and rightly named the room The Vintner. Most of the earliest Amana homes contained wine cellars to store barrels of wine. The cellars were composed of brick walls to help control the temperature for storing the wine. The Vintner contains one wall that is exposed handmade brick.
The Major Leaguer is the favorite guest room among sports fans. The room is named after the late Bill Zuber, a retired major league baseball player from Iowa. The décor of the room is a tribute to baseball, America’s national pastime. The room features a walk-in shower and a roomy queen bed, perfect for two people to snuggle up during these cold months.
The Glimpse of Amana is a reflection of the simple Amana colony life of yesteryear. The antiques, handcrafted rugs and photographs are splattered with a tranquil shade of blue. Original tools are utilized as wall decorations. A sofa is placed near the television for easy viewing or an afternoon nap. The bathroom is equipped with a tub/shower combination.
Photo courtesy of ZubersHomesteadHotel.com.