Two-Day Getaway in Indiana's Amish Country | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway in Indiana's Amish Country

In Northern Indiana's Amish Country, comfort food, crafts and homey inns create a relaxing getaway.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens
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523 Tap and Grill
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Olympia Candy Kitchen
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Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort
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Day 1

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 jumbo crab cakes and grilled halibut with citrus butter, 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).

Day 2

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.

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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 seared yellowfin tuna encrusted with black sesame seeds.

Olympia Candy Kitchen makes hand-dipped 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;

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