Monthly Archives: October 2019

Shipshewana Stories

1st in a Series of Travel Journals by Shipshewana Visitors

Shipshewana is full of traditions and visitors love creating memories here. We recently asked you to share some of your Shipshewana stories through photos and we can’t wait to share them all so you can discover how others are experiencing making family traditions in Indiana’s Amish Country.

Check out Rebecca’s story and learn how you can create your very own Traditions in Shipshewana year-round.

Rebecca’s Winning Photo Submission

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

Rebecca has been coming to Shipshewana, IN with her family from Cedar Springs, MI for over 35 years, way before anyone even knew what Shipshewana was so she says. She remembers staying at the old Davis Hotel before it became the Davis Mercantile. One fond recollection of that visit she shared was “the doors weren’t locked and you just knew this was a town that you could feel safe in.”

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

While a lot more people now frequent the area, and well let’s be honest, most of us do lock our doors… Shipshewana is still a wonderful place to visit and here are some of the reasons Rebecca keeps coming year-after-year, even bringing her grown children and grandchildren now too!

Why do you keep coming back to visit Shipshewana?

Photo Courtesy of Shipshewana.com

“One thing we really like and one reason we keep coming back is because the people in the area are just wonderful and they always treat you like you’re their friend. You can trust them. It’s just a very restful place and you feel like you’re at home.”

What events do you like to attend in Shipshewana?

Auctions


Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

“We like going to the Haiti Benefit Auction. There are always doughnuts there and the kids… and we all… just love going to that.”

Special Events

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

“We met a man who towards the end of July, has a “get-together” on his farm (Old Fashion Farming Days)with all the antique farm equipment and he tells us all about it. It’s just things like that. It seems like every time we come, there’s some new connection and you feel like you’ve known these people your whole life.”

Family Friendly

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

“You can get together in the little gathering areas with different members of the family. It’s just very family friendly. We use the pool and the basketball courts. You just feel comfortable there.”

Biking the Backroads

What else do you love about Shipshewana?

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

“We always go biking, even with the group.”

“I like finding the little places that nobody knows about, the backroads places, and biking the backroads. You can see the countryside so much more when you’re doing that.”

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

“After hours and on Sundays, we enjoy the bike rides and when we have the grandkids, we always use the Pumpkinvine trail since it is a bit safer for the entire family to use together.”

“Of course, the shopping is a must-do, we always visit E & S Sales, Eash Sales and I just can’t get the fabric selections back home I can get here in the Shipshewana quilt shops.”

What final piece of advice would you give to a new Shipshewana Traveler?

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca (Cedar Springs, MI)

Plan your trip around activities. Shipshewana has something going on almost every week now it seems like. There are special activities that can really be fun for the kids. You just become part of the community while you’re there which I think is really the best part!”

For more amazing trip planning ideas, check out all the year-round events and festivals and craft your very own Shipshewana Tradition with us soon!

6 “Must See” Makers in Shipshewana

Are you a Maker?  Do you admire Makers?  Appreciate Quality Handcrafted items?

Shipshewana is blessed to be home of a number of gifted and talented Creators/Makers.  Here are just 6 you’ve got to see when you visit Shipshewana.

Kathy McClanahan’s Oil Paintings

Watch and visit with Kathy while she paints on just about anything you can think of including slate, canvas, windows, milk cans, and more.  Let Kathy customize a piece that provides the special memory of your visit to Shipshewana.    Located on the Board Walk in the heart of Shipshewana’s historic downtown at 140 N Harrison Street.

Cherry Pickers

What is a Cherry Picker?  A Cherry Picker reclaims old houses and barns and use the reclaimed wood to create amazing customized furniture.  Mark and Stephanie will help develop that idea that you didn’t think could be done and make it a reality. Their store front, a combination salvage yard and showroom of phenomenal handcrafted pieces is a destination that Makers love to visit.  Come and see their work in downtown Shipshewana at 160 N Morton Street.

2 Chicks and a Chair

Are there really 2 chicks with a chair?  You decide.  A unique shop where they take vintage furnishings and make them new again.  Are you looking for a unique, one of a kind, repurposed piece?   Discover a live edge slab made into a sofa table, end table, coffee tables, dining table and more with a variety of bases. Experience their work at 155 N Harrison Street.

Lambright Country Chimes

Making wind chimes is a labor of love for Orley Lambright.  Lambright chimes come in over 40 unique sizes and sounds.  Handcrafted in Shipshewana and shipped all over the country.  Visitors and tour groups are welcome to visit and watch the chimes being made and hear the story about a mistake turned into the chime making business.  Visit them at 8340 W US Highway 20.

Countryside Creations

Sit a spell on a beautiful handcrafted bench or choose from several other unique pieces.   Adorn your garden with a one-of a-kind plant hanger, flower pot holder, or trellis.  There is such a wide selection to choose from, you are sure to find something that you will like, but just in case you don’t, just ask and see what they can do to create something special for you.   Special orders are welcome.   They are located 2.5 miles north of Shipshewana at 5010 N SR 5.

Silver Star Leather

Located in the country side north of town.  A family owned and run business based from their home.  Loren Yoder, his family, and the other Amish craftsman handcraft and sell belts, wallets, and purses, all made from various leathers to ostrich.  Have a special piece you need; a holster, dog collar, knife sheath, or whatever you dream of talk with Loren to get that unique piece.  You will come back again and again to buy your leather goods. Located at 6875 N 800 W

SO, when visiting Shipshewana look for these Makers or seek out others throughout the Shipshewana area.