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.
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.
The upstairs of the Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market will be TRANSFORMED into an amazing winter wonderland walk-through this holiday season. Bring the whole family to see amazing scenes to get you in the holiday spirit. Located in the upstairs of the Farmstead Expo Barn (flea market is held downstairs). Great for kids. Donations are accepted at the end of the walk-through.
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)
Enjoy Driving through Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy, a new holiday light park in Shipshewana, IN. Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile-long symphony of various light scenes.
Get ready to pre-heat the oven, pull out the cookie sheets & pastry bag, put on your creative chef's hat and enter the gingerbread competition! All creations will be on display for viewing at the Middlebury Community Historical Museum. Rules and free registration form are on the website www.middleburythenandnow.org. Open to all ages.
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!