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April 1, 2016
Quiet streets, old fashioned quilt shops, and horse drawn buggies are just a few of the characteristics that make the town of Kalona, Iowa, unique. Home of the Amish and Mennonites, Kalona was founded in the 1840’s and has a population of about 2,363 people. The drive started out with us listening to some Taylor Swift and enjoying the beautiful brown and tan colors of Iowa. The drive from Iowa City to Kalona was around 40 minutes long. The first things we noticed was the horse drawn buggies and how quiet it was in downtown Kalona. We first stopped into Kalona Chocolates, a family business in downtown Kalona. We met the owner, Lyndon Hershberger, and after talking to us he offered us both free chocolate samples. The chocolate shop and Kalona Bakery are in connecting building, so we walked right through to the bakery and bought some homemade jam. After the chocolate shop, we walked down the single street of downtowns Kalona and saw an ice cream shop and many quilt shops. While in Kalona, make sure to check out the bus tours, where you can travel around the Amish farms and shops to experience more of their culture.