Travel Blog - Bristol

Your guide to bringing the zing to the holiday party!

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017 in Bristol, Elkhart, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shopping, Unique Shopping

Your guide to bringing the zing to the holiday party!

Don’t let the holidays stress you out. Make it easy on yourself and be a holiday hero with a stop at one (or all) of these shops! Meat-ing of the minds Serve a plate full of savory goodness with a quick stop at Old Hoosier Meats in Middlebury for an unbelievable selection of deli meats … Continued

Thanks for a great summer: Quilt Gardens, Seward Johnson sculpture exhibitions were big hit in Elkhart County

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Museum, Nappanee, Outdoor, Quilt Garden Tour, Wakarusa

Thanks for a great summer: Quilt Gardens, Seward Johnson sculpture exhibitions were big hit in Elkhart County

  By Terry T. Mark It’s been a fantastic summer, but Elkhart County will be bidding farewell to most of the Seward Johnson sculptures while Quilt Gardens are closing down in preparation for another colorful season in 2018. There is one piece of good news: The God Bless America monumental-scale sculpture will be staying in … Continued

Amish Acres earns recognition; Wellfield Gardens shines on TV

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Outdoor, Wakarusa

  By Terry T. Mark Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival wins national recognition Sunshine Artist magazine has named the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival as 21st among the 100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows, according to organizers on the Nappanee event. The rankings are determined by votes from artists who rank the … Continued

Blue Gate founder wins prestigious honor; Nappanee Apple Festival up for best in state

Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Must See's & Stops, Nappanee, Northern Indiana, Places to eat, Shipshewana, Shopping, Things to do in Amish Country

Blue Gate founder wins prestigious honor; Nappanee Apple Festival up for best in state

  By Terry T. Mark Riegsecker earns state’s highest tourism honor Mel Riegsecker, the founder of Blue Gate Hospitality, was humbled by his selection as the 2017 recipient of the Will Koch Tourism Leadership Award, the most prestigious honor in the state of Indiana in the tourism field. “Make sure that the people that come … Continued

Insert yourself here: Top 13 places for a selfie along Heritage Trail

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Must See's & Stops, Nappanee, Northern Indiana, Outdoor, Things to do in Amish Country, Wakarusa

Insert yourself here: Top 13 places for a selfie along Heritage Trail

By Sara Wakefield These photos are missing something – you! Rise’ n Roll, Middlebury   There’s no better way to start your day – and make all your friends #jealous. (Donut in hand required.) Essenhaus Quilt Garden, Middlebury Yes, those colors are real. Covered Bridge, Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center, Middlebury Even better, take the … Continued

Sculpture Challenge, Little Big Idea Grant, and more August news

Posted on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Wakarusa

Sculpture Challenge, Little Big Idea Grant, and more August news

  By Terry T. Mark Are you up to the challenge? People from all over Elkhart County and visitors from around the country have had a great time enjoying the 57 Seward Johnson sculptures on exhibit this summer. With a couple more months to go, we have a new challenge involving the sculptures. To meet … Continued

Four places in Elkhart County to explore by boat

Posted on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Must See's & Stops, Northern Indiana, Outdoor, Things to do in Amish Country, Trip Ideas

Four places in Elkhart County to explore by boat

  Elkhart County is full of great places to paddle. Here are four places Marshall V. King, who often paddles the Elkhart River and other local waterways, recommends that you check out: • Fidler Pond: The Goshen park rents boats for use on the deep body of water. • Elkhart River: Steve Hrynewycz of Fluid Fun, … Continued

Where to find the best fresh produce in Elkhart County

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Must See's & Stops, Nappanee, Northern Indiana, Shopping, Things to do in Amish Country, Unique Shopping, Wakarusa

Where to find the best fresh produce in Elkhart County

By Amy Wenger Ah, summer … the season that seemingly takes far too long to arrive, is finally here. Folks have cleaned up their grills, brought out the patio furniture, and spent time lounging poolside basking in the long, leisurely daylight hours. And what better way to complement those summer grilling nights, cookouts and camping … Continued

After 10 years, Quilt Gardens embedded in fabric of Elkhart County

Posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Must See's & Stops, Nappanee, Northern Indiana, Quilt Garden Tour, Things to do in Amish Country, Wakarusa

After 10 years, Quilt Gardens embedded in fabric of Elkhart County

  By Marshall V. King Ten years of Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County has resulted in a lot of blooms, a lot of visitors and a lot of stories. Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross, Elkhart County Extension Director and an Extension educator, can tell you about the time she saw a group of Harley-Davidson riders roar up … Continued

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