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Cities & Towns

The Welcome Mat is Always Out You’ll soon realize that while our communities are connected by several common threads – friendly hometown hospitality, for one – they each claim their own distinct personality.

Cities & Towns

Our History

Buggies clattering along country roads here are idyllic reminders of this region's rich Amish heritage of hard work, devotion to family and a simple life lived well. Yet there’s more to the Elkhart County story.

Our History


Experience vacation variety with activities galore.


Itins & Top Tens

Find the best of everything here.

Itins & Top Tens

Amish Culture

Horse-drawn buggies clattering down rural lanes, men sporting suspenders and broad-brimmed straw hats, women clad in simple homemade dresses and modest bonnets, tables groaning under a bounty of fresh-from-the-farm food.

Amish Culture

Drive The Heritage Trail

Voted a USA Today Readers Choice and named one of America’s “Most Scenic Drives” This scenic winding loop explores welcoming communities, area attractions and Amish life.

Heritage Trail
Drive The Heritage Trail

Winter Fun in Elkhart County

Whether you have an hour or two, a day or an entire weekend, gather the family and hit the road for a fun winter adventure along the Heritage Trail.

Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fridays & Saturdays, October 4 – December 7 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Open Nov 9 until 5:00 pm)\ After the outdoor flea market season ends, some of the vendors are heading across the street for the Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market during the fall / holiday season! Shop 50-60 vendors who carry unique gifts, local crafts and a variety of other goods inside the Farmstead Expo Barn. Stock up on Christmas and holiday gifts! Admission and parking are FREE. The outdoor pavilion will also be open for vendors to set up in, weather permitting. Interested in becoming an indoor market vendor? Call 260.768.4129 for more information.  

Winter Wonderland Walk-through at Indoor Market

Multiple Dates 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The upstairs of the Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market will be TRANSFORMED into an amazing winter wonderland walk-through this holiday season. Bring the whole family to see amazing scenes to get you in the holiday spirit. Located in the upstairs of the Farmstead Expo Barn (flea market is held downstairs). Great for kids. Donations are accepted at the end of the walk-through.

Blue Star Museum Program at Ruthmere Museum

Multiple Dates 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Beardsley family has a long tradition of civic involvement -- the idea of America as a unique political experiment is reflected in this series of celebrations honoring our country and the men and women who serve it. Ruthmere is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museum program -- free admission to all active duty service men and women including their families. On the following listed holidays, each visitor will receive a free American flag with their tour. May 25th Beginning of Blue Star Museums, May 26th Memorial Day Observed, June 14th - Flag Day, July Independence Day (observed July 3rd), Sepember11th - Patriot Day, and November 11th Veterans Day (observed November 10th)

Shipshewana's Lights of Joy

Multiple Dates 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enjoy Driving through Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy, a new holiday light park in Shipshewana, IN. Features more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a mile-long symphony of various light scenes.

Countryside Nite Out

Dec 13th - Dec 14th, 2019 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Join us for Weaver Furniture Barn's annual Countryside Nite Out! You don't want to miss these insane deals. Storewide floor models up to 20% off, 10% off special orders, buy 1 get 1 free offers on select recliners, and more! Stop by to see us from 2 p.m. on December 13th through midnight.


Dec 13th - Dec 21st, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 AM

Witness the lights and sounds of the season, beautiful horses, amazing horsemanship skills, death-defying aerialists, world-class singers and dancers, hilarious comedy, performing dogs, pigs, and so much more! Come enjoy our Christmas feast and experience true warm winter comfort where everything is roasted, baked and delicious!! While dining you will also enjoy live singing and appearances by some of the cast! Our VIP experience allows you to come backstage and get face to face with the stars of the show. Get autographs and pictures with the cast, pet an 800-pound hog, hold a goat, meet "Moodolph, our resident reindeer,” ride a horse and even ride a camel!

Along the Heritage Trail