About Shipshewana LaGrange County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wander the many different shops and stores that make downtown Shipshewana and LaGrange County a shopper’s utopia.
Witness the simple life of the Amish and Mennonites. Learn the history and culture of the two groups.
Things To Do
Things To Do
Keep busy with live entertainment, lakes, fishing, swimming, golf, hiking, shopping, buggy rides, museums and historical tours.
Freshly baked aromas will surround you in downtown Shipshewana where everything from pies to pizza can be found a plenty.
Who We Are
The Shipshewana/LaGrange County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a full service Visitor Center offering brochures, festival & event information and area maps. Our friendly travel consultants can also help with reservation assistance, regional information and resource information. Our Group Marketing staff offers customized itinerary planning, FAM tours, event coordination, step on guides and group packaging.
Beth Thornburg, CTISExecutive Director
JoDee Hooley, CTISDirector of Leisure Group Experiences
Patti SmithDirector of Visitor Experiences
Leanna MartinDirector of Digital Media
"Our expectations were meant and beyond....Shipshewana is a great destination and our experience was fantastic!"
"My family have traveled to Shipshewana for 50 years and continue to do so when ever we can get together. Each trip gets better and better. Its an education in our so called modern living to see how the Amish live. Their cleanliness puts us all to shame. Watching an elderly Amish woman, riding a bike picking up trash and cigarette butts, was a very humbling experience. We have always left better people than when we came. Its a lift to the spirit to visit yesterday once more. Good food - good shopping - good people, safe, what more could you want."
"We had an absolutely wonderful time while visiting the Shipshewana area. Our trip was entitled "Autumn with the Amish" but the fall colors were just beginning in your area. ( We hardly noticed the leaves as there was so much going on!) If you've never been to the Flea Market/Auction House, it is a must. Our group learned many things about the Amish culture and have had our lives enriched."
- Northwest Iowa Bank Travel Club
"Wonderful place to bring a group of any size. Delicious food EVERYWHERE, Great shopping, lots of bargains in the flea market and plenty of walking for good exercise. Everyone has a true gift of Hospitality. God Bless You All!!!!!"
- JuMa Tours
"Great trip! Everyone loved the Van Buren Hotel. The Confession at The Blue Gate was sensational! Definitely the highlight! The flea market and shopping were good. We enjoyed the quilt gardens/barns. Great tour with shopping at the Cheese Factory, Wind chimes, bulk foods, Rise and Shine Bakery! Everyone was very happy with the trip and everyone would like to return! Thanks to JoDee for all of her help getting this all arranged! It was wonderful!"
- First State Bank/Vista Club
"Great people in the area and great to work with!"
- West Michigan Vintage Tractor Club
"We loved the Shipshewana area. The gardens, the quilt shops, the buggy ride, Yoder's General store, the market, the food, the day of touring ... all were enjoyed immensely. Many of the ladies want to come back in the future and all wish we had more time there."
- Stitches from the Heart Quilt Club
"We loved our trip to Shipshewana. Both of our guides were super - thank you Cathy Miller and Sandi Miller. We enjoyed all of our stay."
"Always enjoy Shipshewana and surrounding areas - lots of shopping and Amish culture!"
- Nationwide Travelers
"Our trip went very well! The dinner at the Amish home was very good and everyone enjoyed it. Shipshewana is a unique destination in its self!"
- Good News Travel
"Our group had a wonderful stay in Shipshewana. It is a beautiful place and the food is wonderful!"
- Affinity Travel Bus
"We have come to the Shipshewana area every summer for the last several years and our seniors enjoy every bit of it!"
- Silver/Gold Club
"My group and I fell in love with Shipshewana, the people and activities. In fact, we can't wait to return! I am hoping that my husband and I can make a personal trip back to the area soon. There is so much to see and do and are looking forward to return trips. The CVB staff (JoDee) was wonderful to work with and she made it extremely easy to plan the group trip. Many thanks to everyone who had a part in a wonderful trip."
- The Golden Club/United Bank
"Our group had a wonderful time camping in Shipshewana. Lots of fun things to do and see!"
- Heartland RV Owners Club
"Beautiful country roads for bicycle rides and the most treasured feature was the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail!"
- McHenry County Bicycle Club
"The Visitor Center helped us plan a fantastic 1 & 1/2 days for our group from The Netherlands. The visit to Menno-Hof was very educational, they loved the merchants we visited and did a lot of shopping. The Amish dining in their homes was very much appreciated and something they'll never forget. Pretzel making was fun and lunch in the beautiful park was great."
- Rustic Tours
"We're in LOVE! We changed the last day of our 5-day itinerary to include 2 full days in Shipshewana instead of 1 after seeing it the first day. We were there for the Shipshewana Quilt Festival and Quilt Gardens Tour. As quilters will usually do - shop 'till you drop - our mission was accomplished!"
- The Glades Explorers Travel
"I have been bringing groups to Shipshewana for 19 years and it has always been a successful trip. The town is clean and friendly, the Amish meal is wonderful and of course we love the flea market. You truly do step back in time. Shipshewana has never disappointed me."
- McHenry County College, McHenry County College
"It was an enjoyable experience for my group. We loved the area and encourage others to travel to Shipshewana to experience it for themselves."
- Travel Express, Travel Express
Shipshewana/LaGrange County is a member of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC), a regional partnership of the Convention and Visitors Bureaus from seven Northern Indiana counties. The member counties work together using consumer research and professional marketing expertise to develop an integrated cooperative marketing and advertising program that allows for partnerships with the region’s tourism businesses and attractions. Working together and leveraging resources allows all members, and even the smallest private sector marketing partners, to have presence in media and markets that would not be possible without NITDC’s regional buying clout.
Healthy Economy & Residents
Shipshewana/LaGrange County attracts more than 2 million leisure travelers, tour groups, and destination travelers anually, and is considered one of the top 5 most visited attractions in Indiana. The population of Shipshewana grows from approximately 670 residents to over 20,000 on a busy summer day.
According to a CERTEC study commissioned in 2015, the LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that the tourism travel industry contributed nearly $155.4 million to the economy in 2015. Tourists spent $111.3 million with $36.6 million generated in tax revenues. More than 1,772 jobs were created in 2015.
LaGrange County is ranked as the 5th healthiest county in Indiana due to the abundant natural resources and outdoor activities found within the county so that people of all ages can find something to keep them active year-round. Stop by Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area with 529 acres of lakes, 17 miles of free flowing river, and its many different woodlands and camping areas. LaGrange County is also home to 67 natural lakes and rivers that are ideal for canoeing and kayaking, as well as a vibrant county and town parks system.