Travel northern Indiana's backroads to discover family-owned shops, colorful quilt gardens and horse-drawn buggies traveling rural landscapes. But this region is more than Amish. Trendy restaurants and shops ensure good times are au courant.
Notable American works, including 45 Norman Rockwell-signed lithographs, put The Midwest Museum of Art on the map in Elkhart.
Walk through well-preserved homes on tours of the 1848 Havilah Beardsley House and nearby 1910 Ruthmere Mansion.
Break for The Vine’s spicy meat dip and grilled salmon, then while away an afternoon in the sensory and English cottage gardens at Wellfield Botanic Gardens.
Or kick back with regional wine tasting at Fruit Hills Winery before dining on filet mignon and lobster tail at swanky 523 Tap and Grill.
Spacious guest rooms and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet await at Staybridge Suites (from $110).
The cinnamon rolls at Rise ‘N Roll in Middlebury have a cult following.
The Shipshewana Flea Market (every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through October) looks like a 100-acre tent city with 900 vendors selling toys, eyeglasses, potted plants, tools and food.
Back in Middlebury, shopping and restaurant complex Das Dutchman Essenhaus serves Amish dishes, including beef and noodles.
Bike rentals at Pumpkinvine Cyclery facilitate exploring the flat 16-mile Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, which links Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana.
Rulli’s Italian Restaurant in Middlebury delivers a postbike carb-reload with pizza and baked ricotta-stuffed shells.
McKenzie House Bed and Breakfast offers a multicourse breakfast and ultraprivate quarters (from $110).
In Goshen, the Old Bag Factory houses antiques shops, cafes and studio-galleries featuring metalwork, sculptures and furniture.
Kelly Jae’s Cafe blends Asian flavors with the Spanish tapas concept; try the crab cakes with tomato caper remoulade.
Olympia Candy Kitchen hand-dips chocolates.
The old Hoosier-style cabinet factory Coppes Commons has become Nappanee’s one-stop shop for everything Amish-made: food, furniture, rugs, art and more.
Nappanee Center preserves artifacts and quilts marking family milestones such as anniversaries, and Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort introduces the Amish way of life through tours, documentary films and family-style dinners.
More information: (800) 860-5957; amishcountry.org