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Guides & Receptive Tour Operators
Our local step-on guides strive to provide the highest quality group experiences along the Heritage Trail. They are professionals who provide themed backroads tours and customized activity planning.
Down the Road Tours
Description: Welcome to Northern Indiana Amish Country – “Remember, travel enhances our life experience”
Down the Road Tours invites you t o explore our popular Amish country. With unique itineraries and knowledgeable guides we provide a memorable experience for your tour group. Let us be your contact to arrange an adventure in our Northern Indiana area.
The simplicity of the Amish lifestyle and family ethics brings visitors to our area to explore their way of life. Northern Indiana Amish Country offers a respite from our hectic fast paced daily life. We invite you to learn about the heritage and lifestyle of our industrious Old Order Amish and Mennonite friends, as you travel the scenic backroads.
The diversity of this area offers many entertainment opportunities for the varied interests of your group. Our nationally recognized Quilt Garden Tour with stops along the Heritage Trail has been designated one of the Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association for the third year in a row.
Begin your next adventure today!
Brown Bag provided for all participants
$48.00 per person inclusive for step on guide and 4 gifts, a meal at an Amish home
Optional Authentic Experience stops include a visit to an Amish Coffin/Casket Maker, Amish Buggy Shop, Amish School. $3.00 per person or $9.00 for all three.
Get to know local Amish entrepreneurs and see first-hand how they operate their unique enterprises. Hear the stories of friendly, hardworking people who use their special talents to create products and build businesses that serve the local community and beyond. Get a behind the scenes look at how horse blankets and horse collars are made and gain a new understanding of their uses. Peek inside an Amish coffin, empty of course, handmade by LaVern Miller of Spring Valley Woodcraftand and learn the differences between coffins and caskets. These stops are fun, authentic, appealing to every age and gender and sure to be a hit with your group.
NEW Dutch Country Butters & Plain Foods – no admission fee
The smell of homemade applesauce simmering on your grandmother’s stove. There’s nothing quite like it. Rediscover those forgotten days at Plain Foods – Dutch Country Butters where Dorothy will greet you in her large industrial kitchen. Here you’ll learn Dorothy’s process for creating and canning delicious fruit and vegetable butter, Amish peanut butter spread, hot pepper butter, and of course delicious applesauce all made with locally sourced ingredients. Don’t leave without a tasty sample and maybe a jar or two or your favorite!
Dutch Country Butters & Plain Foods
Dave & Dorothy Hostetler
6580 N 550 W
Shipshewana, IN 46565
NEW! Silver Star Leather – no admission fee
Step into the rustic rural shop of Loren and Dorcas Yoder and the first thing that greets you is the irresistible aroma of finely cured leather. Hides hang from the walls; exotic skins drape Loren’s workbench alongside tools for cutting, stamping and sewing. This Old Order Amish couple work with expertly tanned cowhides to rare skins like shark, python, eel and alligator. All are designed with expert craftsmanship, making each piece a durable testament to fine workmanship. Watch as custom belts are hand cut. Learn how the Yoder’s seek out the best materials to fashion into belts, purses, wallets and other leather goods. You’ll leave with great memories and (we promise!) at least one piece of handcrafted perfection. Open 10-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Closed Sundays OR by group advance reservation.
Silver Star Leather
Loren & Dorcas Yoder
6875 N 800 W
Shipshewana, IN 46565
T 260.768.7958 ext 1
Real Indiana Housewives Tour of Amish Country
$50 pp for full 8 hour day tour including guide, meals, demos
Forget reality TV instead meet the real housewives of Amish Country. Get a first-hand look at a day in the life of a real Amish woman and the cottage industries they’ve created. Visit with an authentic Amish housewife to learn how household chores are done without electrical appliances. Learn how the families make a living without modern technology ruling everyday life!
We have many options to personalize your day in the life of our Amish counterparts. You may enjoy a cinnamon roll demo with Elaine or Mary Lou, and visit Carolyn’s home for a haystack lunch and a peanut butter crumb pie making demo in her Amish banquet hall. We’ll see a basket weaver and the thriving business she manages. No tour would be complete without a chat with an Amish school teacher and an after school treat-a whoopie pie to take home with you.
With more than 20 options to choose from we’re sure to make your day in Amish Country unforgettable.
Tour available in the Nappanee area or in the Middlebury / Shipshewana area
Recap of Itinerary stops include:
Basket weaver demo
Cinnamon Roll demo
Soap making at Bender’s Dairy Farm
Soup and Salad lunch with cooking demo
Amish Resale Shop
Amish one-room School teacher
Official Participant of:
Quilt Gardens Tour and Brown Bag Tour
- Brown Bag Tour Info Sheet (PDF 1.6MB)
- 2016 Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail Info Sheet (PDF 84kB)
- Delicious Stitches Info Sheet (PDF 299kB)
NEW Cathy’s Countryside Tours
56683 Via Pisa
Elkhart, IN 46516
Contact: Lora Tormanen or Ginger Lyons
Have fun selecting the perfect adventure for your guests. You will enjoy working with us as we design a guided tour for your motorcoach, groups and RV rallies. Download Cathy’s Countryside Tours Flyer (PDF)
Contact: Esther Farmwald
1414 Hampton Circle
Goshen, IN 46526
Description: Esther Farmwald draws from a lifetime among Northern Indiana’s Old Order Amish to offer an introduction to a fascinating but often-misunderstood people. Visitors will see and experience the personal, professional, and religious lives of the Amish as they seek to uphold tradition while adapting to the world’s influences.
Regardless of their size, tours are tailored to visitors’ specific interests. They can visit Amish manufactures of all kinds and the renowned Quilt Gardens. In Nappanee visits can include a family farm ($5.00 pp), a typical rural general store and an Amish “supermarket.” In the Middlebury/Shipshewana we can visit a number of Amish owned and operated businesses: watch noodle and cheese making, working bees, visit a buggy shop, etc. In both areas we can enjoy traditional homemade dinners at an Amish home.
Bus tour – $125 for 2 hours + $30 for each additional hour
Esther can also provide a personal tour in your vehicle – $75 for 2 hours
Contact: Kenny Stutzman
Address: 0320 S 1150 W, Middlebury, IN, 46540
Description: We invite you to visit beautiful Indiana farms in our Amish Country of Middlebury and Shipshewana, the gateway to Amish Country. Since 1985, Buggy Lane Tours has been showing people like you the wonders of the Amish-Mennonite traditions. Join us for fun filled days of rest and relaxation! Watch the horses and buggies trotting by, or maybe even take a ride in one. We would love to show you our Amish/Mennonite community. Please give us a call to plan your itinerary. We have over 22 years of experience in touring and planning special events. With one, two, and three day tours, we can plan anything you would like. There is nothing that would please us more than to show you our beautiful Northern Indiana Amish Country.
- 10 to 15 minute buggy ride or wagon rides…$5 pp
- Thrasher’s Dinner with 2 meats, dessert and beverage….$18 pp incl
- Step on guide backroads tour. Visit furniture store, cheese and noodle factories and Yoder’s popcorn….$3.50 pp for 1.5 to 2.5 hours….$6 pp for 3 to 5 hours
- Amish Church Lunch….$10 pp incl
- Amish Farm Visit….45 minute tour…$5 pp
- Buggy Shop Tour…45 minute tour….$1 pp
- Buggy Lane Tours Information (PDF 291KB)
“Millers” Buggy Line Tours
Description: Buggy rides, country tours, Amish farm tours, and Thresher meals inside Amish homes. Full service trip planning and receptive services available. Admission: $40 pp incl for buggy ride and in-home Amish meal. $25 pp for one hour Amish farm tour and buggy ride For groups on buses: $3.50 pp for step on guide services
Cardinal Buses, Inc.
Contact: Sheila Dodd
Address: 202 E. Winslow, Middlebury, IN, 46540
Description: Motorcoach transportation throughout US and Canada. Serving Indiana, Michigan and Greater Chicago area. We’re here to help if you need motorcoach service or repairs during your visit to Amish Country. Cardinal Buses offer reliable and professional full service maintenance facilities. Our well trained mechanics with ongoing training make Cardinal a trusted stop in the northern Indiana region.
- Senior Adults
- Future Senior Adults
- Student/ Youth Groups
- Business / Bank Groups
- Faith Based Groups
- Social Organizations
- Sports Enthusiasts
Cardinal Buses Inc. Brochure (PDF)