The Quilt Capitol of Iowa
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 1840s when Amish settlers staked their claim to the land. 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
ByWays Bus Tours
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.
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The 2018 Christmas in Kalona kicked off two new competitions in Kalona, the Ugly Sweater Contest and the Window Decorating Contest (but not the ugliest!). We had excellent participation across town with over 15 windows decorated in holiday spirit. 1st Place: Timeless...read more
Check out the full list of events below! We hope to see you there!read more
Check out The General's Store newest creation... triple cheese paninis! See the full menu online. The Eatery is located at 121 5th Street inside the Kalona General Store. Be sure to try their daily breakfast specials, too! The cafe opened in March of 2018.read more