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)
It’s free, it’s fun and it’s fantastic!
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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.
A set-your-own-pace walking tour.
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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.
The Midwest's Largest Flea Market, Top 10 Things to do in Indiana and Leisure and Travel say it is one of the best Flea Markets in the country! With over 900 vendors, the possibilities are endless; landscaping, fresh produce, art, home decor, furniture, crafts, antiques, jewelry and so much more! Open Tuesday and Wednesday, 8am-5pm, May 3 through Oct. 1
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.
The exhibit of these selected works of art will coincide with the informational display from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York City currently on exhibit at Elkhart Central High School during January and early February, 2017. Paintings and sculpture to be displayed include works by Adam (Grochowski) Grant (1924-1992) and his wife Peggy Grant (Toledo, OH). Adam Grant changed his name when he arrived in Detroit in 1951 from one of many displaced persons camps in Germany after having survived the death camps of Auschwitz and Mauthausen. His survival and his story is a quiet testament to the strength of and restorative power of the creative spirit. Adam Grant’s remarkable resolve and talent as an artist literally saved his life. He went on to Toledo, Ohio, where he became recognized as one of the most respected painters in the Midwest. He met his wife Peggy Grant, a formally trained figure painter from Baltimore, in Detroit before the couple moved to Toledo where they raised their two sons. They had worked for the Palmer Paint Company but it was soon purchased by Craft-Master and both were ask to continue on with the new company. Adam became the Art Director serving the company as the first designer of (now historically famous) “Paint-By-Number” sets. Peggy Grant is represented in the MMAA Collection by an endearing portrait of Adam Grant in his home with their son, Tom, from 1964. The painting was gifted by Mrs. Grant to MMAA in March of 2016. Adam Grant’s painting was purchased by Robert & Peggy Weed, Elkhart/Bristol, in 2004 then donated to the Midwest Museum that same year. More works displayed include a collection of seven small bronze portrait heads by eminent sculptor, Tuck Langland, from the museum’s Harold Langland Study Collection. These pieces were conceived in 1992 as a Memorial to the Holocaust and were exhibited as such at other museums before six were donated to MMAA by Harold & Janice Langland in 2012. Striking as portraits, the bronze heads also serve as a metaphor for the horrors inflicted on Jews during World War II. One head (by Langland) in the grouping was donated by Colorado sculptor, Rosetta. It is a tender and poignant portrait of a young Anne Frank having been shaved bald before her death by the Nazis.
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.
Celia Weiss shares her talents as an organist, pianist and accompanist by both performing and teaching. She has been the organist for First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart since 1975, and is an adjunct professor with the Raclin School of Arts at IU South Bend. She performs regularly at The Lerner on the historic 1924 Kimball organ.
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Looking to try a new breakfast spot? I've heard only good things about Stacks Pancake House and Restaurant on CR 17. Check them out.
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Enjoy a rousing theater performance, or listen to the melodies of live music. The restored The Lerner Theatre is at the center of a thriving arts district. Bristol Opera House hosts theater ranging from classic dramas to musicals. And the Round Barn Theatre is always serving up a great time with exciting Broadway-style musicals.
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Visit a place so magical and delightful "enchanted" is in its name! And deservedly so. Linton's Enchanted Gardens is full of adventures. Ride a train, pet some animals, buy a bouquet of flowers. #HTAdventure
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Looking for ideas for your next visit? Check out our Top Ten Lists. If you still have questions/suggestions or comments please let us know! We're to help you find the best experiences.
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Not in #ElkhartCounty, but worth the stay at Solomon Mier Manor Bed and Breakfast in Ligonier. Beautifully restored 1899 Victorian home features imported hand-painted ceilings, stained-glass windows and magnificent inlaid woodwork. Four antique-appointed guest rooms feature private baths and fireplaces.
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@rlthomas310 Thanks for the RT
What languages are northern Indiana Amish speaking? To find that out and much more visit Menno-Hof in #Shipshewana.
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