It’s September — let’s talk about next summer
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
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
Percentage of fall visitors to Elkhart County who are here to visit Amish Country, versus 10.4 percent for the Notre Dame area
Hot takes: The latest and the greatest
- Big shout-out to Diana Bennett and Karleen Richter, who were one of only 18 throughout Indiana who received 2016 Hoosier Hospitality awards from the state Office of Tourism Development.
- Plans are starting to move forward with implementation of Vibrant Communities’ Action Agenda. More news to come this fall.
- The Heritage Trail audio driving tour has become a favorite over the years for out-of-town visitors. But it’s due for an update as attractions change. Work will start this fall to freshen up the tour in time for 2017.
- How much do people love the Quilt Gardens? So much that one Kokomo-area couple celebrated their 60th anniversary by visiting?