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One Destination, Endless Possibilities… Downtowns | Scenic Drives | Signature Foods | Quilt Gardens | Historic Sites | Unique Shops


Drive The Heritage Trail

Voted a USA Today Readers Choice and named one of America’s “Most Scenic Drives” This scenic winding loop explores welcoming communities, area attractions and Amish life. It’s easy to follow, packed with fun facts, and best of all, you set the pace. Start with a Free audio driving tour (available in CD or digital download)

Quilt Gardens

It’s free, it’s fun and it’s fantastic!

Quilt Gardens


friendly hometown hospitality


Our History

Buggies clattering along country roads here are idyllic reminders of this region's rich Amish heritage of hard work, devotion to family and a simple life lived well. Yet there’s more to the Elkhart County story.

Our History


Experience vacation variety with activities galore.


Gateway Mile

A set-your-own-pace walking tour.

Gateway Mile

Itins & Top Tens

Find the best of everything here.

Itins & Top Tens

Shipshewana Horse Auction

Multiple Dates 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Every Friday, horse lovers from all over the United States join us for our weekly auction of Driving, Work and Saddle horses and Ponies. The auction begins at 10:30 am with Tack in the Livestock Barn.

Youth Art in Elkhart at the Midwest Museum of American Art

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Midwest Museum of American Art presents the annual exhibition of art work selected from five area high schools’ art education programs. This year 146 students were selected to exhibit works of art in all media. The exhibit is an annual observance of Youth Art in the Elkhart area high schools and provides an opportunity for students, grades 9 through 12, who have realized success in art to have their work exhibited in a museum setting. During Youth Art Month, attention is focused on the vitally important work carried on in the area of art education throughout the year. Art education in general, and Youth Art in Elkhart in particular, are uniquely capable of bringing about many of the goals of public education, including goals of self-esteem, visual awareness, fostering critical thinking skills, and appreciation of individual differences. For the thirteenth year, there will be a $500 Art Scholarship Award, named in honor of Phillip Monteith, given by the Elkhart Evening Optimists to a graduating Senior going on to attend an art school or a university art program. Finally for the eleventh year, Artist, Kathleen Zienty will present the Robert & Mary Boyer Youth Art Awards to four students in the exhibition. Two Tom Grove Memorial Awards for photography will be given to honor the late Elkhart Art Educator this year. Sponsors for Youth Art in Elkhart 2017 include Elkhart Luncheon Optimists, Elkhart Evening Optimists, June Holloway-Oklahoma City, Northern Box Company, Abby Thomas-Elkhart, Robert & Mary Boyer Youth Art Fund, and State Farm Insurance Agent, Rocky Enfield.

Seasonal Hours Announced at The Pier & Back Porch

Multiple Dates 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Beginning Monday, January 2, The Pier Restaurant and Bar will be closed each Monday. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the restaurant and bar will be open from 3:00pm until 8:30pm. Thursdays, lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and dinner service will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m. with the bar remaining open until 10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, lunch can be enjoyed from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with dinner being served 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and the bar being open until 11:30 p.m. Each Sunday, lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at which time the restaurant and bar will cease operating until Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The complimentary Continental breakfast offered to hotel guests will be available from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. weekdays with the breakfast buffet being offered to hotel guests and local residents Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Watch for early spring and summer hours to be announced in mid-March, 2017. Summer seasonal hours will begin again in the early spring and continue until early fall. Oakwood Resort is beautifully positioned in Syracuse on the edge of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake. Offering 77 spacious guest rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a waterfront restaurant, full-service Aveda salon and spa, the 27-acre resort has become a premier northern Indiana destination for corporate clients, families and leisure travelers.

Teens Only Movie

Mar 28th - Mar 28th, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come watch a movie just for teens at the Library. Stay tuned to find out the title. Please be aware that it will likely be rated PG-13.

Shipshewana Misc. & Antique Auction

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Shipshewana Antique & Miscellaneous Auction is held every Wednesday, year-round. The auction starts by the sound of the bell at 9:00 a.m. as six to ten auctioneers simultaneously sell antiques, collectibles, estate items, primitives, glassware, furniture, architectural salvage, advertising signs and so much more. Our main market thrust is for the better-quality antique and collectible type items, however as one of our old-time auctioneers, Argie, used to state, "We sell anything from soup to nuts!" An average auction will take auctioneers from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Restrooms and the Auction Snack Bar are located in the auction building. Buyers may preview auction items in the barn on Tuesdays (7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and Wednesdays (5:30 a.m. to Auction Time). Or, preview auction listings and item photos online at auctionzip.com, auctioneer ID #1945. Photos will be posted by 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday. A buyer number is required to make purchases. There is a $5.00 Buyer Card Fee. Additional cards are $1.00. Buyer cards are valid for one calendar year, and new cards are required each year. A valid driver's license is required to obtain an auction buyer number. Please show your buyer number card when making purchases and payments.

Family Frog Hike at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College

Mar 29th - Mar 29th, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring the whole family to Merry Lea for a morning of fun! You’ll have the opportunity to learn the calls of several local frog species such as spring peepers, chorus frogs, bullfrogs, tree frogs, green frogs, leopard frogs, and the American toad. Then we’ll head out into our wetlands to find frogs and see them up close! Feel free to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic with your family after the program. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and waterproof boots! Registration is required by Monday, March 27th.

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