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Nice Attracts Nice at Indian Lakes Campground

Owners Paul and Margie Gieseking work very hard at keeping Indian Lakes Campground looking nice. They’re very nice people. And Paul tells me the people who camp here are nice. And he wants to keep it that way on both counts. The sweat equity he’s put into this campground shows. Everything about it is nice. From the new …

Amish Weddings

During the first part of June, I happened to be driving past an Amish home on a dirt county road, on my way to visit Mahlon, my Amish friend who sometimes contributes to our blogs. At this house, dozens of buggies were parked in a field, and in the distance near the home, a huge …

Eash Sales 37 Years Strong

Your excitement is growing as you turn from U.S. 20 onto State Road 5 North into Shipshewana. You are eager to begin a day of shopping at unique stores owned by Amish businessmen. One of the very first things you see is, at your right, a huge woven basket, standing over five feet tall. You …

This Chain Hotel Has a Local Vibe

Franchise Super 8 Motels offer clean, inexpensive, comfortable rooms. They offer free Internet service, a “superstart” breakfast, and guest laundry facilities. The Super 8 Shipshewana offers these amenities plus more, all with a local “vibe.” In other words, this Super 8 reflects the local culture: friendly, down-to-earth, and hospitable. The hotel also has splashes of decor reflecting …

Strawberry Season in Quilt Country

I snagged this beauty of Pennsylvania-German influence at the Shipshewana Antique Show this last busy 48-hour weekend. My first ever, strawberry quilt in 40 years of quilt hunting! Who would have guessed a somewhat rare strawberry quilt to show up during strawberry season! I may have to keep this one! “You never know,” I say to myself, “who, …

Curious About the Amish Culture: What is Amish School Like?

A friend who recently visited wondered out loud, “I wonder what it would be like to go to an Amish school?” I thought her question was a great one, with now being the end of the school year and students graduating. And so, with pen in hand and “detective” hat on head, I set out …

Embracing Change

Meet Our New Guest Blogger: Cathy Safiran and her husband have been gracing the grounds of the Shipshewana Flea Market for 25 years! As vendors, they truly enjoy meeting new people. Cathy’s blog is called “A Vendor’s Two Cents,” but her insights are priceless. Stop by booths 908 and 909 and say hello! Welcome to the …

What Do The Shipshewana Auction & Amusement Parks Have in Common?

Family time is meant to be fun, exciting, and memorable. For those reasons, many families choose to spend a day at an amusement park. But, have you ever considered spending quality family time at Wednesday’s Shipshewana Auction? This event is an equally fun way to create family memories while also inducing excitement for all. It’s …

Serene, Clean & Ice Cream

Three words describe Amish Log Cabin Lodging located within Shipshewana Campground. Word #1–Serene. 14 cabins with full shower and television line the far back hillside of the property, while six “rustic” cabins glide to the west. These latter cabins are “rustic” in that they have no shower facilities. Those are located in a red barn …