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Bright Morning Star Bed & Breakfast Really Shines

The guys will love this bed and breakfast because of its location out on the rural countryside. They can stretch their legs, pet the cows, or talk to the birds—they’ll listen! The ladies will love this bed and breakfast because of the aesthetics. From fresh flowers that match the hand-sewn quilts, to the cozy sitting …

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Songbird Ridge B&B Celebrates 20 Years of Beauty & Business

I wonder what would entice a husband-wife team to run a bed and breakfast for 20 years like Gwen and Gene Newcomer have run Songbird Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Shipshewana. When I asked Gwen that question, she replied without thinking: “I love the friends we’ve made over the years. It’s fun to have people …

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What I Really Want for Mother’s Day

Dearest Children, If it were not for you, sweet ones, I wouldn’t be a mother! Then again, if it were not for me, you wouldn’t be well…here. Mothers and children are why we celebrate Mother’s Day, right? I know you’re grateful. After all, I remind you each and every day about all that I do …

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Holiday Inn Express is Pet-Friendly

Meet our 11 year-old Jack Russell Terrier. She’s definitely part of our family. We don’t dress her up in people clothes or let her sleep in our bed, but whenever we go on vacations, making sure she’s cared for is a very big deal. Meet Holiday Inn Express, Howe. They’ve become a home away from …

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Go Chic at a Flea Market Boutique

Several days ago I wrote a blog titled “Go Loco Over Local!” I then listed twenty or more vendors at the Shipshewana Flea Market who either sell locally-made items, or the vendors are local folks trying to squeeze out a living at the Flea Market. What I didn’t focus on is one of my personal …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Lone Star and Flower Basket

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Variable Star Variation

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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Howe History, Mystery, and Faith: St. James Chapel

This month, we are featuring a series of articles on Howe, Indiana, a small Northern Indiana town that deserves accolades for its charm, history, and tourism offerings. The first blog was written on a delicious Italian restaurant, Iannarelli’s. Click here to go to that blog. The next feature was on a beauty of a bed and breakfast, …

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10 Spring Break Ideas

Want to make some great spring break memories? Here’s a way to make kids, tweens, teens, and adults all happy at the same time: Come on over to LaGrange County, where you’ll find fun for everyone! While this page lists 10 fun-filled events, Melissa Troyer offers 91 more places to explore in her book, 101 Things …

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