Indiana’s Amish Country Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Indiana’s Amish Country Trip Guide

Elkhart (population: 51,265) 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.
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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;

RV/MH Hall of Fame This engaging stop in Elkhart celebrates all the ways Americans have taken camping on the road. (800) 378-8694;

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. (260) 768-4129;

Where to eat

The Vine In a rehabbed Elkhart building, the menu favors red meat and seafood; we love Mike’s Hot Crab Dip. (574) 970-5006;

Where to stay

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. (800) 455-9471;

More information: Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 250-4827;

Prices, dates and other details are subject to change; please check specifics before making travel plans.

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