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Downtowns

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

Pumpkinvine

Experience vacation variety with activities galore.

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Pumpkinvine

Itins & Top Tens

Find the best of everything here.

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Itins & Top Tens

Amish Culture

Horse-drawn buggies clattering down rural lanes, men sporting suspenders and broad-brimmed straw hats, women clad in simple homemade dresses and modest bonnets, tables groaning under a bounty of fresh-from-the-farm food.

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Amish Culture

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.

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Drive The Heritage Trail

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.

1st Annual Shipshewana New Year's Day Auction

Jan 1st - Jan 1st, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Shipshewana Auction is proud to present our 1st annual Shipshewana New Year's Day Auction. Running up to 5 auction rings throughout the day featuring Antique Furniture - Collectibles - Toys - Antiques - Advertising - Primitives - Farm Collectibles - So much More! Storage is available prior to auction date. To consign, call Shipshewana Trading Place 260.768.4129 or visit our website at https://shipshewanatradingplace.com/auctions/special-antique-sales/

Sculpture in the Gardens: Heavy Metal at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is pleased to announce a NEW, collaborative sculpture exhibit, on display from May 13 through September 30, 2017. Presented by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, with support from Vision in Mission and Goshen College, the exhibit features ten large, metallic sculptures positioned thoughtfully around the gardens for viewing enjoyment. All sculptures incorporate ‘found’ or repurposed materials, an important component for sustainability of our natural resources! John Mishler photoTwo of the pieces were created by nationally renowned art sculptor John Mishler, who specializes in the use of the common metals including aluminum, copper, steel, and stainless steel to create both abstract and symbolic works of art. Many of John’s outdoor pieces incorporate kinetic energy and have moving parts that turn with the wind. The “moving sculptures” have become John’s trademark. He has works in many public and corporate collections such as ESPN Zone, Chicago; Andrew Corp., Orland Park, IL; City of Elkhart, IN; Wisconsin Percent for Art Commission, U of Wisconsin; Madison & Walker & Co., and Reston, VA. He has works in private collections across the US, Canada & the South of France. Mishler’s sculptures will be accompanied by eight additional large-scale sculptures created by John’s former students and colleagues from the Goshen, Indiana area. Sculptures are numbered 1 through 10 and can be viewed (in order) walking counter-clockwise around the Garden’s main walkway. The exhibit is free with admission to the Gardens.

Christmas In Paradise - A Musical at the Blue Gate

Oct 27th - Jan 6th, 2018 3:52 PM - 4:52 PM

Hidden Treasures, peculiar characters, and maybe trouble in Paradise? Christmas Day approaches and uncertainty reigns in beautiful Paradise. As the newest owners of a thrift store, Matthew and Mary are facing unforeseen and seemingly insurmountable challenges all while caring for an elderly and ailing parent. Their trials lead them to a place they never thought possible. Christmas in Paradise is an inspirational and uplifting journey that reveals unexpected treasures... in the most unlikely of places. Christmas in Paradise is the newest musical from the same creative team that brought you The Confession, Half-Stitched, Josiah for President, Our Christmas Dinner, and The Home Game.

Free Pictures with Santa at Linton's

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

2017 Free Pictures with Santa! Linton's Enchanted Gardens, 315 C.R. 17, Elkhart Bring your camera and at least one non-perishable food item per person in the picture. (All food donations benefit Pantries & Kitchens United for Elkhart County) Saturday, 11/4, 10am- 4pm(Open House Weekend) Sunday, 11/5, 10am- 4pm (Open House Weekend) Saturday 11/11, 10am- 4pm (Pets Welcome this day also! Bring a pet food donation) Saturday 11/18, 10am- 4pm Friday 11/24, 10am- 4pm Saturday 11/25, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/2, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/9, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/16, 10am- 4pm Wednesday 12/20, 11am- 2pm Thursday 12/21, 11am- 2pm Friday 12/22, 11am- 2pm Saturday 12/23, 10am- 4pm Sunday 12/24, 10am 4pm

Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Round Barn Theater

Multiple Dates 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy! Based on the Hans Christian Andersen, and the Disney film of the same name, a Mermaid Princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in 2008, where it ran for 685 performances on its way to the Tony Award for Best Original Score and Drama Desk for its star, Sierra Boggess. The award winning score includes many classics from the Disney canon including "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," “Kiss the Girl.”

Along the Heritage Trail

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    RT @Essenhaus: Don't forget about our Cruise-In this Thursday, Sept. 21st! It's Picture Night Take 2 and we will be giving away... https://

  • ATTN: Parents! Looking for fun things to do with the kids? Kids are having a great time checking out our 56 stunningly realistic life-size and 25-foot tall monumental scale sculptures in the downtowns & Quilt Gardens around Elkhart County. Plus, we have a fun activity booklet filled with coloring pages, crossword puzzles, creative writing, math and geography worksheets and other fun activities.

  • Amish hands and skillfully blended basics create some of the best baked goods weve ever tasted. Try the supersized cinnamon rolls at Country Lane Bakery. The tiny, gas-lit shop is surrounded by rolling fields and grazing horses.

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  • The St. Joe River offers endless options for fishing and wildlife watching. You might see a blue heron or bald eagle; minks and muskrats have been spotted on shore. If angling, smallmouth bass and northern pike are plentiful.

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  • The Amish are known for their woodworking skills. The Schmucker brothers at Homestyle Furniture (1359 W. Market) specialize in hand-crafted furniture while Mint City Millwork (3013 Birch Road, Bremen) specializes in tall case and mantle clocks. Henry Chupps hand-carved walking sticks are works of art. See his hand-hewn creations at Chuppville Carving (11726 N. 1000 W.).

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    #Attraction #HTAdventures See a play at @ectheatre and learn about Percy, their resident ghost. https://t.co/bYklRtknIC

  • Here's a fun event happening in #Shipshewana today -- the National Yoder Reunion. Yoder is a common last name among the Amish and Mennonites, and there will be even more Yoders in town. Stop by Yoder's Meats and Cheese and Yoder's Department Store to feel like a Yoder today.

  • This weekend along the Heritage Trail:Friday: Nappanee Apple Festival; Middlebury Fall Festival; "Saturday Night at Old Smokey" at the Essenhaus; Tony Orlando at the Shipshewana Event Center; "Sister Act" at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre; Saturday, Newberry Square Swap Meet at Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market; Maple City Walk in #Goshen, Nappanee Apple Festival, Middlebury Fall Festival, "Saturday Night at Old Smokey" at Essenhaus, Elkhart County Symphony at The Lerner Theatre and Summer Dance Elkhart on the Civic PlazaSunday: "Sister Act" at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre, Nappanee Apple Festival, Purdue Varsity Glee Club at The Lerner Theatre.