The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce
The city of Kalona is located 15 miles south of Iowa City perfectly nestled into the rolling countryside of southeastern Iowa, The city’s rich cultural heritage dates back to the late 1830s when pioneers began immigrating from the east. The Amish arrived in 1846 when Iowa gained statehood. The city was formally incorporated in 1870 during the booming expansion of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Northern Railway (BCR&N).
Kalona is now better known as the “Quilt Capitol of Iowa” boasting a plethora of stores dedicated to preserving the art of quilt making. We’ve taken the title seriously, too, which is apparent through over 40 quilt designs paved into the downtown streetscape. The quaint downtown center features one-of-a-kind dining options, locally-owned antique and craft shops, and longstanding service establishments.
The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce represents over 70 area businesses. Our mission is to promote and advocate for our members with the intention of strengthening the local economy. We serve as a catalyst for growth through local and regional advertising, the advancement of economic assets, and through leadership for special events and community initiatives.
The Chamber also serves as town’s central hub for visitor’s information. With expert knowledge of the attractions and businesses serving the area, the Chamber Visitor’s Center should be your first stop in Kalona.
On behalf of the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce, welcome to Kalona! We’re glad you’re here.
tour the historic amish countryside
Get an insiders view of Amish life. Travel the scenic back roads with our expert guides and discover the world of the Amish, who continue to flow with the seasons and live the simple, wholesome lives of our great grandparents. See their homes, schools, farms, and beautifully manicured gardens as you pass.
Tours operate twice daily, at 11AM and at 1PM, and last roughly 90 minutes. Except for major holidays, tours run from April 1 to October 31 (Mondays – Saturdays). You can book your seat by calling the Chamber at (319) 656-2660 or stopping in each day.
Adults tickets are $20, tickets for kids ages 6-12 years old are $10, and children under 6 are free. The bus can hold 14 passengers and can accomodate persons with limited mobility or disabilities.
The 26th Annual Kalona Gospel Sing August 23-25 at Windmill Ridge Campground, 2114 140th Street, south of Kalona will feature gospel groups from throughout the Midwest, according to organizer Jim Yoder. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs. ...read more
If you are looking for a quiet place for an overnight stay and a delicious breakfast, you will want to stay at Ethel’s Gourmet Kitchen Bed and Breakfast, a short distance north of Kalona. Ethel’s B&B features two comfortable guest rooms as well as a large family...read more
Boxcar Treasures, Antiques/Crafts/Collectibles, has opened its third store in the former Kalona Antique building at location, 211 4th Street, Kalona. You can also find Boxcar Treasures in Washington and Ainsworth. Owners Carol Riggan of Riverside and Jodie Schimke of...read more