It’s September — let’s talk about next summer

By Terry T. Mark

It’s only September, the kids have just returned to school and football season has just barely started, but that doesn’t mean the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau isn’t thinking about … next summer!

It’s no accident the Quilt Gardens always look great

On a muggy summer morning, with clouds threatening to bring rain, Diana Bennett steps from her car for an inspection of a Quilt Garden.

As one of eight volunteer members of the Quilt Gardens Review Workgroup, Bennett stays busy every summer checking on the condition on several of the 19 Quilt Gardens around Elkhart County. READ MORE

An insider’s view of downtown Elkhart coming soon

Steve Gruber describes the Havilah Beardsley monument that is part of a new guided walking tour of downtown Elkhart. Gruber was the guide of a tour on Aug. 23, 2016.
Steve Gruber describes the Havilah Beardsley monument that is part of a new guided walking tour of downtown Elkhart. Gruber was the guide of a tour on Aug. 23, 2016.

Two new guided walking tours highlighting downtown Elkhart and its history received a partial unveiling in late August.

Commissioned by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Steve Gruber of Arts on Main developed the walking tours this summer. One highlights the historic homes along Beardsley Avenue and the beginnings of Elkhart’s rich history.

After several test runs this summer, the tours were presented in a series of four focus groups in which 8-10 people went on a tour, then answered candidly about their impressions. The tours were well received, and the feedback will enable the ECCVB to put the finishing touches on for a launch in 2017. You want tours where you can get a private-comfortable car?

A third tour about industry and the growth and evolution of downtown Elkhart is in development.

By the numbers

74.9

Percentage of fall visitors to Elkhart County who are here to visit Amish Country, versus 10.4 percent for the Notre Dame area

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