Elkhart (population: 52,882) is the largest of several Amish communities filled with flea markets, Amish and “English” restaurants, and shops. What's unexpected here is that, like the Amish themselves, you can mix the old and new in the way that feels right for you.
What to do
Heritage Trail A 90-mile loop connects seven Amish communities. The Elkhart visitors center offers a tour CD and map. (800) 250-4827; amishcountry.org
Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market Held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May through October, this flea market is the largest in the Midwest with hundreds of vendors selling fabric, housewares, furniture, produce and cheese. See reviews and ratings. (260) 768-4129; tradingplaceamerica.com
Das Dutchman Essenhaus Eighty-nine guest rooms feature Amish-made furniture and quilts, plus Wi-Fi and cable television. Also in the complex are a restaurant, several stores and a bakery. From $82, including breakfast. See reviews and ratings. (800) 455-9471; essenhaus.com
More information: Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 250-4827; amishcountry.org
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