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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 …

Twin Mills Camping Resort Has a New Mayor

Folks, there’s a new mayor in town, and his name is Paul Petrulis. He will shake your hand, join you at the campfire, and maybe eat your marshmallows. Once you meet him, though, you won’t mind; he’s witty and kind, and he’s not the mayor of any town…that is, unless Twin Mills Camping Resort is …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Guests Become Friends at Mckenzie House Bed and Breakfast

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 …

TripAdvisor Ranks this Shipshewana Hotel No. 1

The Oscars were on television last night. As I watched, I sat and wondered, “If an Oscar Award were granted to ‘Best Hotel in Shipshewana,’ that coveted award would be given to Van Buren Hotel.” Unfortunately, an Oscar is not awarded in this category, but TripAdvisor.com, the most viewed online resource for accommodations, bestows this locally-owned …

Seeds of History about Topeka Seed and Stove

Last week I wrote about local business Topeka Seed and Stove for our Business of the Month. This retailer, like so many in our area, is special because, not only does it reflect the long-held American ethic of hard work paying off, it also shares a long, vibrant history with its local culture. Topeka Seed …