The Welcome Mat is Always Out You’ll soon realize that while our communities are connected by several common threads – friendly hometown hospitality, for one – they each claim their own distinct personality.
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.
Experience vacation variety with activities galore.
Find the best of everything here.
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.
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.
Whether you have an hour or two, a day or an entire weekend, gather the family and hit the road for an autumn adventure along the Heritage Trail.
The Beardsley family has a long tradition of civic involvement -- the idea of America as a unique political experiment is reflected in this series of celebrations honoring our country and the men and women who serve it. Ruthmere is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museum program -- free admission to all active duty service men and women including their families. On the following listed holidays, each visitor will receive a free American flag with their tour. May 25th Beginning of Blue Star Museums, May 26th Memorial Day Observed, June 14th - Flag Day, July Independence Day (observed July 3rd), Sepember11th - Patriot Day, and November 11th Veterans Day (observed November 10th)
Fridays & Saturdays, October 4 – December 7 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Open Nov 9 until 5:00 pm)\ After the outdoor flea market season ends, some of the vendors are heading across the street for the Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market during the fall / holiday season! Shop 50-60 vendors who carry unique gifts, local crafts and a variety of other goods inside the Farmstead Expo Barn. Stock up on Christmas and holiday gifts! Admission and parking are FREE. The outdoor pavilion will also be open for vendors to set up in, weather permitting. Interested in becoming an indoor market vendor? Call 260.768.4129 for more information.
Bring the family to Riverbend Park to walk along the trail of story book pages. Read an entire children's book as you combine your reading experience with a walk through a beautiful, natural setting. Books will be changed periodically so stop by on a regular basis!
Fall Fun Activities: 12-Acre Corn Maze Challenge our twelve-acre mazes with over 5+ miles of the pathway. Our 2019 corn maze celebrates Fun on the Farm. Cozy Up to a Bonfire Knollbrook Farms now has fire pits/bonfires available for rent! They make a perfect headquarters while the group enjoys all the farm has to offer! Only $10 for a 2-hour time slot with wood provided! Other Fun Activities Include: Cow Train Rides ($1 per person) Enjoy a stroll through the woods out to the Pumpkin Patch Pick your own Perfect Pumpkin! Visit our Farm Animal Petting Areas Try your hand at the Pumpkin SlingShot! Race around the Tricycle Track and-new this year-Challenge Your Kids to a Duck Race See the workings of a real Dairy Farm You can also select from a variety of pumpkins, gourds, mums & other fall decorations in our farm market, along with great snacks and treats!
Visitors will come from near and far to experience Fall Harvest Days at Amish Acres mid-September through November 1st. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Indiana with its cool, comfortable days and crisp October evenings. Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort will be decorated for the season with corn shocks, pumpkins, and scarecrows galore! Visitors will enjoy the Harvest Market featuring crisp fall apples and of course pumpkins, along with gourds, squash, bittersweet, and Indian corn.
Pick up your free tour book (new edition arriving May 2019) at the Middlebury Community Historical Museum, Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury Visitor Center or other area locations. Walk or drive to the various historical homes, businesses, cemeteries, parks, and landmarks throughout the Middlebury area. Exterior tours only unless the location is open for business.