Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, Pella is a quaint community with a strong Dutch heritage and a deep faith tradition. Originally settled by Dutch immigrants fleeing famine and seeking religious freedom, Pella means “city of refuge.”
Pella was recently named one of the top 30 most beautiful towns in America by Expedia. As you walk beside the Molengracht Canal or stroll the brick-paved streets, you may feel as though you have just stepped into Holland. Come to Pella and visit the tallest working Dutch windmill in the U.S., the boyhood home of Wyatt Earp, or the Historical Dutch Village. The Klokkenspel, featuring eight, four-foot mechanical figures that perform on the odd hours between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m, is located on Franklin Street just east of the town square.
Tulips bloom by the thousands each year throughout the town, and residents celebrate their Dutch heritage with a Tulip Time festival early each May. You will experience Dutch food, dancing, costumes, and two parades (included a nightly lighted parade) each day during the three-day festival. Pella is home to Pella Windows, Vermeer Manufacturing, and Central College. Stop in at Jaarsma and Vander Ploeg bakeries for a Dutch letter, or try a variety of pastries. Visit In’t Veld and Ulrich Meat Markets for Pella bologna or some Dutch spiced beef. Pella is also home to the new Faux Paws Bakery. Bring in your furry friend, or just come to take home a “Touch of Dutch for Your Dog.”
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