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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.

Shipshewana Flea Market

Multiple Dates 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

Free Pictures with Santa

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

2016 Free Pictures with Santa! 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 & Sunday, 11/5 & 11/6, 10am- 4pm Saturday 11/12, 10am- 4pm (Pets Welcome this day also! Bring a pet food donation) Saturday 11/19, 10am- 4pm Friday 11/25, 10am- 4pm Saturday 11/26, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/3, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/10, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/17, 10am- 4pm Tuesday 12/20, 11am- 2pm Thursday 12/22, 11am- 2pm Friday 12/23, 10am- 4pm Saturday 12/24, 10am- 4pm

"Miracle on Beardsley Avenue" at Ruthmere Museum and Havilah Beardsley House

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Experience the Miracle on Beardsley Avenue! Antique toys, nutcrackers and YES...Santa Claus! Come take a special Holiday Tour of the Ruthmere Campus Nov. 26 - Dec. 30. Holiday admission fee is $1 per person per site made possible through a Good Neighbor Grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County are admitted FREE. Call ahead for tour reservations at 574-264-0330. Bring your children and grandchildren to “Sunday with Santa” on December 11th, 2 - 4pm. Non-members $15 per person - Members $10 per person (children 1 and under admitted free). Take your own photo with Santa! Reservations required 574-264-0330 ext. 104.

Wednesday Bird Walk

Jan 18th - Jan 18th, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Enjoy a beautiful winter stroll through Bonneyville Mills looking for sparrows, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and finches. In late winter, these hardy birds are easy to spot, providing birders the chance to observe their interesting foraging and social behavior. Outdoor clothing, good walking shoes/boots and binoculars are recommended.

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.

Along the Heritage Trail

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