Date: Dec 20, 2018

Experience Amish Country Shipshewana Itinerary

By Anna Camburn

Learn more about the Amish on your visit to Indiana's Amish Country.


Here in Shipshewana, simple living is a choice. You'll slow down, and enjoy time in Shipshewana learning about the Amish lifestyle, taking a buggy ride, and savoring local cuisine.

Inside Amish Buggy in Shipshewana, IN


Good morning from Amish country! Start your Amish experience with a big breakfast at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana. If you're craving donuts, try stopping at Rise 'N Roll Bakery for their famous cinnamon-caramel donuts.


Next, visit the Menno-Hof Amish/Mennonite Information Center where you'll learn about the history, faith and life of Amish and Mennonites.

menno hof amish & mennonite center shipshewana


Road trip anyone? Get in your car and go on the Heritage Trail Adventure Driving Tour, a scenic winding loop that explores welcoming  communities, area attractions and Amish life. Pick up your free audio driving tour from the Elkhart County CVB that is easy to follow and packed with facts.


Or, go on the Barn Quilt Trail - a self-guided driving tour connecting six communities through LaGrange County in Northern Indiana. See a series of murals on historic barns, family homesteads and public places.


Ready for lunch? Stop at E&S Sales, an Amish-owned bulk foods store and deli counter in Shipshewana. They have great sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, wraps and ice cream. Just remember - it's cash only! Or, go next door to Ben's Soft Pretzels for an Amish-inspired pretzel.


After lunch, take a buggy ride with Miller's Buggy Line to get an inside glance of Amish life.


E&S Sales Bulk Foods Store in Shipshewana, IN



If you're ready to experience an authentic dinner in an Amish home? Grab a group of four or more and make reservations with Hoosier Banquets. Coffee hour after the meal includes questions and answers about the host's heritage!


After dinner, watch a family-freindly musical at the Blue Gate Theatre - typically inspired by an Amish book or theme.


Where to Stay

Outside Farmstead Inn & Conference Center Shipshewana Hotel

As the evening fades, consider staying at t the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center. Modeled after the Amish homes that dot our area, the hotel provides the chance to unwind, unplug and refresh after a day of learning.


Go for a walk around the winding sidewalks and listen as horse and buggies clip clop down the road. Or, take a dip in the indoor pool (located in the connected red barn) and relax in the hot tub silo surrounded by a barn scene mural.


For more trip ideas, download the 2019 Shipshewana, Indiana Amish Country Trip Planner! {download here}


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