Holy Gemütlichkeit Batman! – We’re Headed to the Amanas Saturday Oct 17th!

The Iowa Chapter of the BMW Club of America is planning a one-day drive from Des Moines to the Amana Colonies.  Our route will begin at BMW of Des Moines (9631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322) with registration / waiver signing beginning at 8am and departure by 8:30am.  Face coverings will be required at registration so we all can remain as safe as possible.

Our planned route will take us northeast with a pit-stop in Marshalltown and then generally follow the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway ( with a planned arrival in the Amanas around noon.  Upon arrival in Amanas, we’ll either dine at local restaurants (conditions permitting) or enjoy our own (brought from home) lunches at a nearby park…details still to be finalized.   Following lunch, all are encouraged to explore the many shops and attractions the Amanas have to offer….just for instance….Millstream Brewing…if we’re lucky, not ALL of the Oktoberfest bier will have already been consumed.  Then there’s the Amana Furniture Shop…where furniture is made locally of solid wood!   For those who may enjoy local wines, several wineries in the Amanas offer tastings as well as bottles for purchase.  Then my wife reminds me of the Christmas Shop, bakeries and ice cream shop, etc.  There’s also plenty of “unique” photo opportunities!  We are not planning a group return drive so everyone is free to set their own afternoon schedule and desired departure time.

Please let either Rick Talbot (, 515-782-1429 or Dale Rupp (  515-238-9118 know if you intend to join us so we might have some idea on attendance and can anticipate your arrival at BMW of Des Moines 8am Saturday, October 17th.

P.S.  Come with a full fuel tank and face covering!

P.P.S.  Gemütlichkeit in German, refers to a feeling of coziness, contentedness, comfort and relaxation.  We ALL need more of that these days!

If you are going to attend you can print a waiver out in COLOR and sign it.  We will have them available the day of the event as well.

Adult WaiverMinor Waiver


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