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Waiting in line at a Shipshewana ice cream stand recently, I struck up conversation with a couple from New York who meet up with a group of other couples annually, and they RV camp in nearby Goshen.

“Staying in Goshen,” I thought to myself, “I wonder how many Shipshewana visitors do that?”

Turns out, quite a few, and one of the places they enjoy staying is at Goshen’s Super 8 Hotel.

This value hotel is located on the southeastern tip of the town of Goshen, close to shops and also to the Amish community in that area (If you enjoy exploring the backroads in search of cottage industries, this is a nice location.).

Something very important to travelers is a clean room, and this Super 8 fits the bill in that area. The hotel also offers what we assume are standard amenities such as Wi-Fi, hair dryer, suites, and laundry facilities. However, never “assume” these amenities are free; I recently stayed at a higher-end hotel near Chicago, and Wi-Fi there was a ...

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Knowledge To Grow – Harvesting and Drying Gourds

Fall is definitely my favorite season.  I love to sprinkle areas outside my house with combinations of mums, pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks.  It is also a good time to move some plants around the landscape.  I seem to do this a lot, trying to find just the right place this time for that certain flower …

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Knowledge To Grow – Harvesting and Drying Herbs

Drying herbs is a wonderful way to save your fresh harvest and extend the use of your garden into the winter months. Less oil is produced on really wet days and most herbs will have their most oil content just before the flower opens.  The best day to harvest is a rather dry, sunny one …

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10 Finds & 40 Photos From the Shipshewana Flea Market

On my very first visit to the Shipshewana Flea Market in 1989, I traveled three hours to walk the hallowed grounds with my soon-to-be mother in law. The traffic was so long, my car overheated and I had to pull off the road and wait until the engine cooled down before I discovered this Shipshewana …

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August Afternoon with a Traditional Amish Quilter

August 18.  Ah…bare feet on grass, shade breeze surrounding me, I plop onto a welcoming garden chair, catching my breath and soul after a fun but very busy week in Shipshewana quilt country. Amish Quilter’s Home on a quiet August afternoon I’m a long stone’s throw from my shop, sitting in a friend’s former Herb …

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Best Western in Howe is Predictably Good

Sometimes, predictability is good. Predictability breeds comfort, and comfort is a very good thing when you travel. You want to know your destination includes a clean, nice hotel room, a comfortable bed, and a good breakfast. Best Western PLUS in Howe is a good hotel, which is predictable because it carries the Best Western brand, and …

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Knowledge To Grow – Begonia Propagation

I have had many guests at my B&B who have shared some of their gardening success stories.  One of my favorites is the use of Dragon Wing Begonias in a window box.  I must tell you these flowers are fabulous! Dragon wing plants fill in fast to create a lush container garden that will last …

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Rust Disease in Lawns

Our turf grasses are prey to numerous disease and pest infestations. One fungal disease called rust, occurs almost exclusively on Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.  Although it is mostly a cosmetic issue, the easily dislodged orange spores can be a nuisance by covering shoes, pets and lawn equipment with a rusty residue. Rust infected grass …

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Knowledge to Grow – The Fall Vegetable Garden

Cooler weather, avoiding most weeds and insects that have come and gone are some of the advantages of planting a fall vegetable garden. Some veggies prefer and grow best in the cooler weather of fall such as kale, cabbage, beets, carrots and lettuce. Late summer is the time to get these “cool season” plants growing. …

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