Grab your essential guide to Elkhart County in 2017 today

By Terry T. Mark

Adventure starts here

How do you know it’s almost summer? Around here, we say it’s when the 2017 area guide comes out.

This is the cover of the 2017 guide to Elkhart County, Heritage Trail Adventures.
This is the cover of the 2017 guide to Elkhart County, Heritage Trail Adventures.

Heritage Trail Adventures started arriving at local businesses, restaurants and shops in late February. It’s 68 pages of great information about the best places to dine out, see a fantastic concert or play, or buy one-of-a-kind handmade items for your home, business or gifts.

If you think you know Elkhart County, you may want to keep Heritage Trail Adventures handy so you can find those hidden gems, or try out a place that you haven’t seen before.

Between the area guide, our website and our app (available on the Apple Store or Google Play), you’ll always be up-to-date on festivals, events and concerts.

Read more about Heritage Trail Adventures

The year of doing

The Vibrant Communities steering committee is vowing to make 2017 the “year of doing,” of putting into motion the Action Agenda.

The steering committee consists of civic leaders from all over Elkhart County and is charged with keeping up the momentum from 2016, when hundreds of residents shared comments, ideas and thoughts to forming the Action Agenda.

The resulting list is a shared vision of more connected and diverse communities, lively downtowns, engaging arts and cultural opportunities and plentiful housing options that bring residents together and attracts new residents.

Already, quality-of-place initiatives are in motion, from construction of a community aquatics center in Elkhart, expansion of the bike/walking trail network to link Elkhart, Bristol and Middlebury, and formation of arts councils in Elkhart and Goshen.

Read more about Vibrant Communities

By the numbers

6,600

Number of pieces in the Midwest Museum of American Art’s permanent collection. Read the amazing story of this jewel of downtown Elkhart here.

Hot takes: The latest and the greatest

February was a great month for Iechyd Da Brewing Co. First, the Elkhart craft brewery was recognized by Yelp as the best bar in the state of Indiana, then it won the Business of the Year award from the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. … We’re proud to be one of the co-sponsors of the Elkhart Comic Con this weekend. Let your inner geek out at the Lerner Theatre. … Have you heard about some of the amazing high-end details being planned for a luxury apartment development in downtown Elkhart? We’ll let the developer, Brian Prince, give the dish. … Ben’s Soft Pretzels and Goertzen Pottery looked and sounded fantastic in ABC57’s recent Made in Michiana series. … We have to give a shout-out to free-lance writers Marshall V. King, Amy Wenger and Sara Wakefield for their recent contributions to our blog.


Terry T. Mark is the director of communications and public relations for the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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