Of all the articles I have written on lodging in Shipshewana & LaGrange County, almost all the places featured provide access to the local culture.
Hollow Ridge Lodging is the most unique for numerous reasons, and one of the eight reasons listed below might just be why you choose to stay here.
Reason One: Hollow Ridge Lodging is owned by an Amish family.
While most bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and bed and breakfasts are owned by very friendly, hospitable owners, and are great places to stay, Hollow Ridge is located right on the property of an Amish family, the Fermen Hostetler family.
Reason Two: The Hostetler family will show you around.
LeWayne, the fifteen-year-old son, is one of eight siblings. Not all the siblings still live at home, but LeWayne works nearby and also was my guide. LeWayne was interactive and friendly with me. He knew numerous aspects about the property, the log cabins, and his own family heritage. Had I visited only to get to know LeWayne, the time and effort would have been rewarded greatly by his friendly demeanor and local “Dutch” accent.
I asked LeWayne if guests would want to spend time with his family in order to be immersed in the culture, he affirmed that yes, they would. Learning about the area is the reason why most people visit here.
Reason Three: The cabins are situated on a remote hilltop.
The terrain tends to be pretty flat around here with a few rolling hills, but the hill upon which the cabins are located is exceptional for this area. The views are stunning, and you truly are surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.
Reason Four: The cabins are fully furnished.
They are simply adorable. You will have electricity and personal facilities. The beds and rockers are locally handmade. The beds are adorned with beautiful quilts, although they don’t look to be homemade quilts. Outside, the porches are nap-worthy, and there is also a fire ring for your evening campfires. In other words, you’ll be surrounded by nature without really roughing it.
Reason Five: You can visit with the deer.
The Hostetlers own several deer, with two of them so tame, they came right up to me and sniffed my camera. My squeal of delight scared them off.
Reason Six: You can shop their small on-site store.
Back down the hill is another small cabin, but it contains rows of Grandma’s Country Kitchen jams and jellies, a few woven rugs, and some other cute items the family makes.
Reason Seven: You are one mile away from Rise-N-Roll Deli & Bakery.
Hollow Ridge Lodging is located on the same road as Rise-N-Roll. If LeWayne’s mom’s morning cinnamon rolls aren’t filling enough for you, you can literally walk to the deli and bakery for more treats.
Reason Eight: You can rent bikes.
You’re on a country road: Why wouldn’t you want to rent a bike and ride freely on the Amish backroads?
Reason Nine: You are 1.3 miles from the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
If you can make it that far on your bike, then you can enjoy a wonderful ride (or stroll) on this paved path that connects Middlebury and Shipshewana. Or, you can always drive, as there is a graveled small lot.
Reason Ten: The cabins are centrally located between Middlebury and Shipshewana.
Your accommodations will have you feeling as if you really got away from the hustle and bustle, but you’re only five miles from Shipshewana and four miles from Middlebury.
What would interest you about staying at Hollow Ridge Lodging?
Hollow Ridge Lodging is located at 1695 N 1150 West, Middlebury, Indiana.
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