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12 Amazing Things to Do in Shipshewana

[Part 1 in a series of 4] By Laurie Sherck People are always asking for ideas for things to do in Shipshewana.  Having grown up...

Quilters' Delight

by Marcia Eichhorn The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is held in June every year.  It’s not uncommon to have enthusiastic quilt groups...

Living My Dream in Amish Country-Part 2

by Marcia Eichhorn Bright Morning Star Bed and Breakfast is located 6 miles east of Middlebury, IN and 2 miles west of Shipshewana. ...

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Newbury Square Swap Meet

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 6:30am
Shoppers hunt for bargains and neat finds at the Newbury Square Swap Meet’s outdoor, open-air marketplace, held on the grounds at Shipshewana Auction on select Saturdays throughout the year. All...

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00am
The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is an award-winning 4-day event with many activities including: lectures and workshops by Moda Fabrics owner Mark Dunn and internationally recognized quilters including...

Shipshewana Flea Market Open

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 8:00am
The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres. The market is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,...

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  • Blue Gate Amish Tours
    The Blue Gate is excited to offer a back roads tour which will get our guests up close and personal with the Amish community. For generations “outsiders” have been fascinated by, and filled with questions about, the Amish way of life. Blue Gate Amish Tours strive to satisfy your curiosity by introducing you to the Plain people.
  • Blue Gate Garden Inn
    800 South Van Buren St., Shipshewana The Blue Gate Garden Inn is the newest hotel in Shipshewana and built to resemble the rambling white farmhouses that dot the countryside. It features 154 rooms with 12 room types, and many suites to fit your needs. The building has 3 floors, all accessible by elevator and stairway. The Facility has several meeting areas, a fitness room and a new pool in 2014. All stays include their impressive hot breakfast buffet. The Blue Gate Inn is located adjacent to the Shipshewana Event Center which can accommodate meetings and conferences for groups of up to 750 people, and performances for up to 1200 people. Many meeting rooms and space configurations are available. Catering and other services are available on site. 260-768-7688
  • Blue Gate Theatre
    The Blue Gate Theatre is home to the Midwest's best family-friendly entertainment, and provides the much asked for evening entertainment to Shipshewana. Featuring hit musicals as well as artists like Kenny Rogers, Oak Ridge Boys, Natalie Grant and more!
  • Buggy Lane Tours
    Enjoy buggy rides, visit an Amish working dairy farm, and experience delicious Amish Cooking In-Home dining in the heart of beautiful Northern Indiana-Amish/Mennonite Country! Located at The Boardwalk in Shipshewana, Buggy Lane Tours has been helping our customers build memories since 1985. Join us on a guided tour where you will see whitewashed houses, golden corn fields, laundry blowing in the breeze, amazing flower gardens and the occasional stand selling homemade baked goods and home grown veggies. Before you leave for home, be sure to stop by the Boardwalk Café for delicious homemade ice cream and bag of freshly popped kettle corn. Call John 574-333-9584.
  • Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park
    We offer a wide variety of animals, from farm animals to exotic animals. You may feed the animals from a guided horse drawn wagon ride. We offer a Safari Style ride, where you can touch and pet animals while feeding them. Something for all ages. Field trips & buses welcome. From Shipshewana, go north to State Road 120, west 2 miles, north 1/4 mile. Open May 1st to mid October. Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday. Open for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Closed Sundays and Ascension Day, May 25th
  • Farmstead Inn & Conference Center, Expo Barn & Event Pavilion
    (A Shipshewana Trading Place Property) 370 South Van Buren Street Our large, Amish-inspired Inn was designed to offer the feel of a quaint, old farmhouse while offering the modern comforts our guests expect including Free Flea Market parking passes, hot continental breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, ping pong, basketball and conference center facilities for up to 550. We are the closest hotel to the Flea Market and downtown Shipshewana shopping. Guests receive free WiFi and each room is complete with flat-screen TV's, refrigerator, microwave & coffee-maker. The Expo Barn and Event Center host a number of special events and are also available for rent. Download the Shipshewana Trading Place free mobile app for updates. 260.768.4595 Website: www.FarmsteadInn.com
  • Menno Hof
    Menno-Hof is the perfect place to start your visit in Amish Country. Multi-image presentations and historical environments offer a glimpse into the life and history of the Amish and Mennonites. Our gift shop features handcrafted items made by local Amish and Mennonites. Please allow at least an hour for your visit. Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm Summer Hours (June, July and August): Monday - Friday 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Michiana Event Center, LLC
    Michiana Event Center is a premiere midwest destination for tradeshows, concerts, equine events and more. State-of-the-Art Entertainment Campus on 24 acres featuring 100,000 Square Foot Trade Show Building- 55,000 Sq. Ft. Arena, 75,000 Sq. Ft. Storage/Staging Building and 7,200 Sq Ft. Kitchen. Host your next event, large or small at The MEC. Call 260-768-3300 or email Jeff@michianaevents.com. Visit us at our new location 455 East Farver Street, Shipshewana.
  • Millers Buggy Line Company
    Miller's Buggy Line Company specializing in Home Amish Cooking, Buggy Rides, Van Tours and Step-on Guide service. Also, Van-guided Tours of The Heritage Trail and Quilt Gardens. Customized tours are our specialty. Toll-free: 888-442-8449 or 260-350-9528. Seasonal Hours: April-October Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-5:00pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-4pm
  • Shipshewana Carousel at Davis Mercantile
    A 1906 Dentzel Carousel would be a treat to ride on anywhere in the world. The German brothers who created these wonderful masterpieces were known for their attention to detail, and one hundred years later, it still shows! The original pieces of the assembled carousel are the working parts, the gears, the braces, and the center pole. All of the animals were commissioned to be carved to represent the animals you see around Shipshewana. Horses, cows, chickens, dogs, and if you're lucky, a team of "work horses" turning the soil for a farmer. Our animals were carved by Al Bontrager, who learned how to carve as a young Amish boy looking to his grandfather for instruction and direction. After they were carved, the job of painting the animals rested squarely on the shoulders of Cheryl Kellett. Hours of planning, carving and painting were put into this project. Families care finding a wonderful place to explore and visit and make memories once again in the Davis Mercantile. There's only one Shipshewana.
  • Shipshewana Corn Maze
    The Shipshewana Corn Maze is the perfect place for an evening of fun and activities with your friends and family. Whether you're competing or working as a team, the maze is fun for all ages. Open Friday 3pm-10pm, & Saturday 10am-10pm from September 1, 2017 through November 11th. Also open Labor Day 10am-10pm. info@shipshewanacornmaze.com 844.428.5336
  • Shipshewana Pedicabs
    We are a fun, entertaining, and eco-friendly service that provides transportation in downtown Shipshewana. We offer tours, rides and day rentals and travel from restaurants, shops and the flea market. Our Pedicabs offer a 360 degree view, novelty carriages and friendly guide that will provide a fun Shipshewana Experience. Take a ride or tour and see what downtown Shipshewana is all about. Coming May, 2017! 260-336-1718
  • Shipshewana Trading Place Auction & Flea Market
    345 South Van Buren Street You've never seen shopping like this before! Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market, the Midwest's largest, is a must-see attraction for your visit to Indiana's Amish Country. You'll find bargains on every type of merchandise imaginable in nearly 900 flea market booths. The Flea Market is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May - September, 8am-5pm. While here,witness and participate in live bidding at the weekly Antique Auctions, where up to 10 auctioneers simultaneously sell. Auctions are Wednesdays, year-round at 9am. Download the Shipshewana Trading Place free mobile app for a vendor directory and to preview auction items. 260.768.4129
  • T & L Country Canoes, LLC
    If you're looking for an exciting wilderness adventure, or a leisurely canoe or kayak trip, come enjoy the scenic Fawn River with us! Open April 14th, 2018 through September. Hours: April 14th until 3rd week in May: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. 8am-7pm and Sun. 8am-6pm. Rest of May until 3rd week in Sept are Mon.-Thurs. 9am-6pm; Fri. 9am-8pm; Sat. - Sun. 8am-8pm. Rest of Sept. until Oct. Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm; Sat.-Sun. 10am-6pm. Please call for dates and times in October. Please call ahead if you have a large party.