In every corner of Northern Indiana Amish County, you’ll find engaging cities, towns and villages that herald the simple pleasures of life. Community living is rich here, with concerts, parades, and festivals a constant source of celebration. For more information about the Amish county please go to: www.backroads.org
Pick up a self-guided tour CD in our office to follow the Heritage trail through genuine Amish county!
Shipshewana Flea Market: Every Tuesday & Wednesday / 8am-5pm / May 1 – October 31!
Welcome to the home of the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market! Held every Tuesday and Wednesday of each week from the first of May through the end of October, you can find hundreds of vendors selling everything from fresh fruit to handcrafted furniture at the Shipshewana Flea Market.
The small community comes alive with travelers from all over to visit this “do not miss” Hoosier tradition. The atmosphere surrounding the Flea Market is one of a kind. It is not hard to find a friendly face on these streets, nor is it difficult to keep one busy with the numerous activities Shipshewana has to offer. Don’t leave the area without experiencing home-style Amish cooking at the “Auction Restaurant” on the Flea Market grounds, or at other fine eateries in the area.
Visit the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market to treasure hunt in charming Northern Indiana Amish country on usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hundreds of antiques are auctioned each Wednesday. For more information please visit www.tradingplaceamerica.com
Das Dutchman Essenhaus is an ideal place to experience the time-honored tradition of sharing a meal together. The owners and founders, Bob and Sue Miller, have worked diligently to create a pleasant surprise in Northern Indiana Amish Country. Family, neighbors and friends are welcome to pull up a chair and savor the authentic (generations-old) family recipes served since 1971.
240 U.S. 20, Middlebury, IN
(574) 825-9471, www.essenhaus.com
Escape to Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana and share the heritage of these intriguing people in quiet celebration of America’s tolerance for diversity. Time stopped over a century ago and preserves, in the Amish, a way of life adhering to nearly forgotten patterns of living in today’s fast paced world. The legacy of the three generations of the family who lived here is seen and felt through a nostalgic visit to the farm and homestead.Discover the tools and trappings of yesteryear and relax as you view the documentary films, walk the oaken floorboards of the 138 year old Amish homestead, and take a leisurely farm wagon ride around the 80 acre farm. You’ll learn the whys and ways of the Amish as your guide winds you through the twelve room white frame house, the Grossdaadi Haus, the Schwietzer bank barn and inviting outbuildings. You’ll experience the sights and sounds of a working farm, alive with barnyard hens, livestock, gardens and apple orchard.
1600 W Market St., Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-4188, www.amishacres.com
Riegsecker Market Place
The Marketplace is a group of retail stores, a restaurant, bakery, and furniture factory. The retail stores offer some of the highest quality home decor in the country, many items made locally. A one of a kind shopping experience, this 7,000 square foot store is filled with an irresistible mix of trendy fashion accessories, gifts, collectibles, seasonal decor and a year-round Christmas Shop.Worth the trip all in itself, the beautiful displays and product mix will delight the eye and thrill the senses of all who enter.
130 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(888) 448-4725, www.riegsecker.com
The Craft Barn Boutique
Located just within the Craft Barn, this area offers over 1,400 square feet of bling! The Craft Barn Boutique features loads of fashion jewelry, the latest trends in handbags and wallets, clothing, scarves, wraps and shoes, including Yellow Box Shoes, Switchflops, DiVinci Bead jewelry, Bauble Lulu bead and Lutini bead jewelry, Cinda B handbags and a huge selection of rings for all your fingers and toes. We even provide outdoor seating for your husband while you shop the Craft Barn Boutique!
Gift and Collectibles Center
Located at the center of the building, this area features seasonal decor, music boxes and gifts, Lang products and collectibles including Jim Shore, Williraye, Painted Pony, Whimsiclay Cats, Willow Tree Angels, Home Grown, Charming Tales, Boyds bears, Forever in Blue Jeans, Foundation Angels and Precious Moments.
The Craft Barn Christmas Shop
Finding all you need to “deck the halls” is easy when you find a great selection with creative displays to inspire you. Our talented staff will help you put together a designer look for your Christmas tree or mantle, or personalize your ornaments/gifts at no cost to you! Some featured lines in our Christmas shop include Byers Choice Carolers, Fontanini nativities and villages, Snowbabies and Possible Dreams Santas, as well as unusual specialty Christmas items and Christmas books.
Lace and Linens
This popular area of the Craft Barn features a wide variety of colorful place mats, table runners, table toppers and Heritage Lace tabletop and curtains. Seasonal decor in linens and lace include spring, fall, Halloween, Christmas and winter looks