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Top Shipshewana Selfie Spots

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Whether you’re a selfie taker or prefer a more professional shot, here are the top spots for awesome photo-ops in Shipshewana. (And don’t forget to tag us #shipshewana when you post!) NEW!! Davis Mercantile “Wings” The newest selfie spot in Shipshewana was created in 2020 in the Davis Mercantile. The mural represents all the great […]

Top Shipshewana Selfie Spots
Flowers

Memorial Day Weekend Trip to Amish Country

WELCOME TO LAGRANGE COUNTY, INDIANA

Everyone knows Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summertime, so welcome the season with a bang! Shipshewana and LaGrange County have plenty going on all weekend long to make it a memorable holiday for you and your companions. Start Your Trip With A Haystack If you roll into town Saturday morning, of course […]

Memorial Day Weekend Trip to Amish Country
Antique oil cans

9 Things History Buffs Should Do in Shipshewana

You know you’re a history buff when you love to know the story behind each destination you travel to. Shipshewana, Indiana has a rich Amish and Mennonite heritage that is fun to learn about. History buffs can bring Shipshewana’s past to life by visiting the following events and attractions. Menno-Hof Amish/Mennonite Museum One of the […]

9 Things History Buffs Should Do in Shipshewana
Carey's Cakery

Carey’s Cakery & Bake Shop

FOODIE FRIDAY HIGHLIGHT

It’s Foodie Friday for us at the Visitor’s Center. Every Friday we decide on a local eatery for lunch. Don’t ask me why its on Fridays… somehow it’s become a “Foodie Friday” that is highly anticipated! This week we decided on Carey’s Cakery & Bake Shop in LaGrange. This place is a hidden gem! She […]

Carey’s Cakery & Bake Shop
Amish Buggies

What Is Ascension Day?

AMISH QUESTIONS ANSWERED

All around town in the Amish businesses, I’ve been seeing signs that read: “Closed for Ascension Day.” I finally asked Chris, an Amish businessman, what the significance of the holiday is and how the Amish observe it. Chris said the holiday represents the day Jesus ascended into Heaven after He was resurrected. He also said […]

What Is Ascension Day?
Mexican food

Taco Time – El Zorrito 2

FOODIE FRIDAY HIGHLIGHT

It’s Foodie Friday for us at the Visitors Center. Every Friday we decide on a local eatery for lunch. Don’t ask me why its on Fridays… somehow it’s become a “Foodie Friday” that is highly anticipated! This Friday we decided on El Zorrito 2! That’s right MEXICAN food in Shipshewana! I ordered the chicken burrito […]

Taco Time – El Zorrito 2
Auction Restaurant

Cool History (and The Best Pie!)

SHIPSHEWANA AUCTION RESTAURANT

It’s rare to find a restaurant with such a history (and such amazing pie!) The Shipshewana Auction Restaurant, located at Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market, is a charming sit-down eatery that serves the buyers, sellers and visitors to the auction and flea market. Customers love to fill up on Amish & Mennonite favorites including chicken & […]

Cool History (and The Best Pie!)
Kids Kreation carriage ride

A Birthday Party in Amish Country

SHIPSHEWANA, INDIANA

Shipshewana rolled out the red carpet for these young ladies for a birthday party in Amish Country! I recently had the pleasure to attend a beautiful young lady’s Birthday Party, hosted at Kids Kreations in downtown Shipshewana on Harrison Street. When we arrived balloons, cookies, and all the fixings to make a doll were appropriately […]

A Birthday Party in Amish Country
Outdoor recreation activities: Kayaking, camping, hiking

10 Common Amish Questions

AMISH QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Many Shipshewana & LaGrange County visitors are fascinated by the Amish culture in our area, and are often curious about the reasons behind the Amish lifestyle and traditions. Here are answers to 10 common Amish questions: In this blog, Loren Beachy, a resident of Goshen, Indiana and member of the Old Order Amish Church, seeks […]

10 Common Amish Questions
Shipshewana on a map

Road Trip Season

EXPLORE LAGRANGE COUNTY, INDIANA

Summer is almost over… that’s right, I said it. I’m not happy about it either. But the keyword here is “almost.” That means you still have time to get those last minute summer plans in that you didn’t have time to do before. I know somewhere on that list of things you want to do […]

Road Trip Season
Amish peanut butter

Amish Peanut Butter

FOODIE FRIDAY HIGHLIGHT

I’ve lived here most of my adult life and there is one thing I never get tired of: Amish Peanut Butter!  It’s crazy to think that this little condiment can literally be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  If you are unfamiliar with this gooey smooth rich yummy treat, let me tell you a little […]

Amish Peanut Butter
Petunias

Caring for Petunias in Hanging Baskets

SHIPSHEWANA, INDIANA

Petunias are sure to reward you with a bounty of colorful blooms all summer, that is, if you take care of them properly. Watering and fertilizing is critical for petunias in hanging baskets.  Keep in mind that a basket is limited to how much soil and roots it can hold and this soil is where […]

Caring for Petunias in Hanging Baskets
Antique auction

How to Buy at an Auction for the First Time

Have you always wanted to attend an auction, but weren’t really sure what to do or how it works? These nine helpful auction tips will have you bidding like a pro in no time.

How to Buy at an Auction for the First Time
Hollow Ridge Lodging feeding animals

10 Reasons to Love Hollow Ridge Lodging

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 10 reasons listed below might just be why you choose to stay there. The Cabins are owned […]

10 Reasons to Love Hollow Ridge Lodging
Der Ruhe Blatz Motel

Der Ruhe Blatz Motel:”The Rest Place”

VISITOR STORY

Der Ruhe Blatz Motel is noted on Trip Advisor as a fine place to rest. That’s a very good thing, because the name literally means “The Rest Place” and for the millions of visitors that come to Shipshewana each year it is a great option to stay right in the center of it all! Der […]

Der Ruhe Blatz Motel:”The Rest Place”
Atwood Lake Campground

At Atwood Lake Campground, Everyone is Family

VISITOR STORY

“Our campers here are just good down-home folk,” explains Missy, the office manager at Atwood Lake Campground in rural Wolcottville. “We watch everybody’s children, everybody watches your children. The families eat dinners together. It’s a down-home, low-key campground.” “We’re not just Atwood campers, we’re Atwood family,” she said.Atwood Lake Campground is surrounded on three sides by Amish […]

At Atwood Lake Campground, Everyone is Family
Campground

Indian Lakes Campground: A “Nice” Place to Stay

VISITOR STORY

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 […]

Indian Lakes Campground: A “Nice” Place to Stay
Amish Buggies

A Look Inside Amish Weddings

AMISH QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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 my Amish friend Mahlon (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 […]

A Look Inside Amish Weddings
Shipshewana Super 8

Shipshewana Super 8: National Chain with a Local Vibe

VISITOR STORY

Franchise Super 8 Motels consistently offer clean, inexpensive, comfortable rooms, with free Internet, a “super-star” breakfast, and guest laundry facilities. The Shipshewana Super 8 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 […]

Shipshewana Super 8: National Chain with a Local Vibe
School room

What is Amish School Like?

AMISH QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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 […]

What is Amish School Like?
Amish log cabin

Amish Log Cabin Lodging: Serene, Clean & Ice Cream

VISITOR STORY

Three words describe Amish Log Cabin Lodging located within North Park Campground at the corner of SR 5 & SR 120 in Shipshewana, Indiana. 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” […]

Amish Log Cabin Lodging: Serene, Clean & Ice Cream
Bright Morning Star B&B

Bright Morning Star B&B Really Shines

VISITOR STORY

The guys will love Bright Morning Star Bed & 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, […]

Bright Morning Star B&B Really Shines
Clothes on a line

Why Do Amish Women Wear Aprons?

AMISH QUESTIONS ANSWERED

A blog reader recently posted the question, “Why do Amish women wear aprons?” I responded that I would post the answer when I found it. Since I didn’t grow up in an area surrounded by the Amish community, I often have to go to the sources themselves to find the answer. To find answers to […]

Why Do Amish Women Wear Aprons?
Bed and Breakfast

Guests Become Friends at McKenzie House B&B

VISITOR STORY

The motto at McKenzie House Bed and Breakfast is, “Come as a guest, leave as a friend.” And if the owners Bruce and Sherry have anything to do with it, you will quickly become friends when you visit with them at this Middlebury, Indiana home away from home. After all, it has been Sherry’s livelong […]

Guests Become Friends at McKenzie House B&B
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