The Oscars were on television last night. As I watched, I sat and wondered, “If an Oscar Award were granted to ‘Best Hotel in Shipshewana,’ that coveted award would be given to Van Buren Hotel.”
Unfortunately, an Oscar is not awarded in this category, but TripAdvisor.com, the most viewed online resource for accommodations, bestows this locally-owned hotel the Number One spot in its Shipshewana Hotel ratings.
I spent two hours last week at the hotel, and now I understand why.
Nothing says “welcome” better than a smiling face and gracious front desk worker, which is exactly what I received when I walked in.
Gazing to my right, I immediately saw a lively fire burning in the fireplace, a three-story mantel, and two overstuffed couches beckoning me to warm myself. I did.
To my left and directly behind the reservation desk was a just-painted mural of the Amish countryside, rendered by a local painter.
The Van ...