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Indiana Hannah Visits Shipshewana and Mongo

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Indiana Hannah Visits Shipshewana and Mongo

The MEC

The Michiana Event Center is Built For Big.

When the MEC (Michiana Event Center) built it’s new facility in Shipshewana, the motto was Bringing BIG to Michiana, and boy, they weren’t kidding. The multi-purpose venue hosts everything from the concerts of world-class musicians to rodeos, and from enormous craft fairs to holiday spectaculars, it’s become a true destination for big events and entertainment. […]

The MEC

The Moonlight Ride, Rides Again

2023 is the fundraiser's 12th successful year.

A treasured Shipshewana tradition hit the road again for its twelfth year on Friday, July 23rd, 2023. The Moonlight Ride is a yearly fundraiser to benefit local families, and is always well attended, and full of riders of all types. And it’s not just a ride, the entire event encompasses entertainment, meals, games, and demonstrations. […]

The Moonlight Ride, Rides Again

Mel Riegsecker and His Miniatures were the Beginning of Something Big

A brief history of the Blue Gate Hospitality Co.

When people hear the name Shipshewana, they associate it with Amish craftsmanship, buggies, good food, beautiful quilts, amazing shopping, and most likely at least one of the properties run by the Blue Gate Hospitality Company. Currently that list includes a bakery, a restaurant, a theater, a large Performing Arts Center, carriages, a resort-type hotel, and […]

Mel Riegsecker and His Miniatures were the Beginning of Something Big

Purple Martin Nesting Boxes are an Amish Tradition

The beneficial relationship between Purple Martins, a type of sparrow, and humans goes back hundreds of years in North America. Purple Martins are voracious consumers of insects, especially mosquitoes, and early Native Americans figured out that attracting them to their land was beneficial to all the people and animals that lived there. Historically, Purple Martins […]

Purple Martin Nesting Boxes are an Amish Tradition

‘Paddle for Parkview’ Returns for its 14th Year

To participate, register before Aug. 18th.

LAGRANGE — “Paddle for Parkview” is back for its 14th year on Friday, Aug. 25. People who enjoy being out on the water in canoes and kayaks are encouraged to register for the event now. Register before Aug. 18 by visiting Parkview.com/LaGrangePaddle. Paddlers are encouraged to share photos from their experience on the river with […]

‘Paddle for Parkview’ Returns for its 14th Year

LaGrange Habitat Hosting Annual Auction

The 27th annual benefit auction begins on Friday, in Shipshewana, starting at 4 p.m.

The LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity is hosting its 27th annual benefit auction on Friday in Shipshewana, starting at 4 p.m. Funds raised from the auction will go toward funding for the organization’s operation, and will in part go toward putting a family in a new home. While the Habitat for Humanity in LaGrange does […]

LaGrange Habitat Hosting Annual Auction

Wolcottville Family Receives 2023 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation

Seven generations of the Myers/Evers family have lived in the home and worked the farm since 1854.

WOLCOTTVILLE Ind. (WFFT) – A family of farmers in Wolcottville will receive the 2023 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation at the Indiana State Fair. Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau will present the award to the Evers family on August 3 during the Indiana Department of Agriculture’s Celebration of Agriculture at the Normandy Barn, […]

Wolcottville Family Receives 2023 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation

Yoder’s Meat & Cheese Celebrates ‘Cowboy Day’

3 Key Elements You could say that the family farm behind Yoder’s Meat & Cheese has been ahead of the curve for decades. Four generations of cattle farmers and smart farming practices have culminated in both a popular retail space and a successful agri-business. Yoder’s Meat & Cheese is located at 435 S. Van Buren […]

Yoder’s Meat & Cheese Celebrates ‘Cowboy Day’

Shipshewana Featured Story Ideas

At the Heart of Amish Country

Need a great story idea? We’re here to help! Choose from the categories and suggestions below and contact us for the info and illustrative pieces you need. Need info on a topic that you don’t see here? Contact us and we’ll assist with whatever you need!   Historical: The History of Shipshewana The Story of Davis […]

Shipshewana Featured Story Ideas
Father and child fishing

5 Family-Friendly Activities

BY THE GLEASON FAMILY

“We are an adventurous family! While only 5 of us travel together these days….we have 8 children, 2 sons-in-law, and 3 grandbabies and of course, Matt and I. We try to go adventuring as often as possible and find new things to be doing and learning. Creating meaningful family time and making memories is what […]

5 Family-Friendly Activities
Morton House

My Weekend in Shipshewana

BY TRAVELING TONYA

Shipshewana was excited to host Tanya Shelburne, from Traveling Tanya, along with her family for a weekend of activities. Their time was filled with cultural experiences, shopping, wine tasting, and even a concert. She has shared her experience in the blog below so you can what visiting Shipshewana is like first hand! With full days […]

My Weekend in Shipshewana
Group getting off a bus

Shipshewana Group Bus Tour

WITH GREAT LIFE TOURS

Eager to start our day full of exploring, we stepped outside the hotel and let the fresh Northern Indiana air wake us up for an exciting Shipshewana Group Bus Tour. Our step-on tour guide, Vickie Estep from Great Life Tours, welcomed us aboard the bus, excited about what she had in store for us. With […]

Shipshewana Group Bus Tour
Christmas lights parade

Do the Amish Celebrate Christmas?

You probably won’t find decorated trees, hanging wreaths, or wrapped presents in an Amish home during the holidays, but you will find the spirit of Christmas alive and well. As I was out and about these last few weeks visiting Shipshewana/LaGrange County retailers, I asked some of the Amish about whether they celebrate Christmas. Everyone […]

Do the Amish Celebrate Christmas?

A 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 & […]

A 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

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
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. At this house, dozens of buggies were parked in a field, and in the distance near the home, a huge white tent stood with two or […]

A Look Inside Amish Weddings
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
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