Top 10 romantic places to propose in Elkhart County

DeFries Gardens provides a stunningly beautiful setting for a marriage proposal.
DeFries Gardens provides a stunningly beautiful setting for a marriage proposal.

 

By Sara Wakefield

Every marriage proposal needs a story. Where do you want to set yours?

(1) Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart: Full of romantic spots (like the Japanese footbridge or Pergola Garden) for secluded or public proposals.

(2) DeFries Gardens, New Paris: Charming garden with adorable gazebos and shelters. Commemorate your bliss with a photo of your engagement date on the “Calendar Garden” path.

(3) Buggy ride at Amish Acres, Nappanee: Take a buggy ride around the farm’s pond. Make arrangements to have the buggy to yourself and fill the driver-in beforehand. Celebrate in the Wine Tasting Loft.

(4) On a riverbank picnic by the scenic Fawn River, Shipshewana. Rent a canoe from T & L Country Canoes and pack a picnic (and the ring)!

(5) Under a historic theater marquee, Goshen: Rent the historic Goshen Theater marquee and they’ll put your proposal up in lights. Great for photos.

(6) In a hot air balloon floating over the countryside, Goshen: Book a sunset hot air balloon ride for two with Stutsman Ballooning.

A cruise on the St. Joseph River in the Elkhart River Queen could be the right recipe for romance, and a marriage proposal.
A cruise on the St. Joseph River in the Elkhart River Queen could be the right recipe for romance, and a marriage proposal.

(7) On the Elkhart River Queen, Elkhart: Give your proposal some old-school glamour and pop the question on a historic riverboat. Rent the whole boat for a surprise post-proposal engagement party as you sail the Upper St. Joe River.

(8) Anywhere along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Shipshewana, Middlebury, Goshen: This tranquil trail has tree canopies, wildflowers, sweeping countryside views, fall foliage and many nice benches.

(9) NIBCO Water and Ice Park, Elkhart: Take them ice skating, then sweep them into the middle of the rink and do your thing.

(10) On the Ferris wheel at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair: Go at night so you can see all the fair lights. Collaborate with the ride operator to make sure you get a car to yourselves.

 

Conclusion:

Ready to pop the question? Good luck! Let us know how it goes — share your proposal photos and tips on our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Some other options:

— Ruthmere mansion gardens, Elkhart

— Boot Lake Nature Preserve, Elkhart

— Krider World’s Fair Garden Park, Middlebury

— Linton’s Enchanted Gardens, Elkhart


Sara Wakefield is a free-lance writer based in Goshen. © 2017, Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau


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