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Shipshewana Neighbors Middlebury’s Essenhaus Inn

Northern Indiana’s Amish communities reach across county lines, and since Shipshewana & LaGrange County neighbors Elkhart County, it just wouldn’t be right not to talk about our friends over there. Only a ten minute drive from Shipshewana is the little town of Middlebury, Indiana, home to the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center, retail shops, Heritage …

About The Amish Culture: An Amish Alphabet

Many people are fascinated with the Amish culture and the people’s simple ways of life. Some people write books on the culture. Others know it up close and personally, and THEN they write books about the Amish. Such is the case for Ingrid Hess, who held a book signing in Shipshewana. Ms. Hess is author of the …

The Amish Don’t Step on their Grapes, Lucy Ricardo

The “I Love Lucy” scene is famous: Lucy and Ricky go to Italy, and Lucy finds herself in the middle of a huge grape vat, squashing grapes with her feet. Not so famous is a different way of getting grape juice from the beautiful fruit. My Amish friend, Miss Lydia, showed me how she makes …

Ten 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 eight reasons listed below might just be why you choose to stay here. Reason One: Hollow Ridge Lodging is …

August Afternoon with a Traditional Amish Quilter

August 18.  Ah…bare feet on grass, shade breeze surrounding me, I plop onto a welcoming garden chair, catching my breath and soul after a fun but very busy week in Shipshewana quilt country. Amish Quilter’s Home on a quiet August afternoon I’m a long stone’s throw from my shop, sitting in a friend’s former Herb …

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 …

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 …

Curious About the Amish Culture

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 this answer, …