Best of Northern Indiana Amish Country
From a scenic stop-over to a multi-day stay, you can’t beat the beauty and bounty of Northern Indiana Amish Country, home to the third largest Amish community in the nation. Our easy to reach destination, one of the most popular for groups in the Midwest, is accessible from the Interstate 80/90, State Road 120, State Road 19, US 6 and US 20. Using a network of scenic highways, your group can arrive in the serenity of Amish Country with less than a day’s journey from the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas.
Take a trip to the past that’s loaded with modern-day fun with our 5 day/4 night Amish Country along the Heritage Trail itinerary that highlights a variety of experiences from nationally recognized attractions to off-the beaten path surprises. Travel country roads frequented by more buggies than cars and get a true look at the Amish lifestyle. Get to know Amish entrepreneurs and see first-hand how they operate their unique businesses. Tour an Amish operated camel farm, one of only five camel farms in the US, and learn about the wonders of camel’s milk. Visit quaint, Amish-operated country shops filled with hand-crafted and home-made goods to chat with the owners and pick up special goodies on the Brown Bag Backroads Tour. Or visit an Amish family farm to see their traditional farm life first-hand then stop at the Amish version of a super-market on the Shingle Shoppes Backroads Tour.
Savor the tastes of home in the charming setting of “Millers Country Kitchen” to dine on a traditional Amish Wedding Feast. It’s like being on the guest list as Levi and Esther explain Amish wedding practices, show an Amish wedding dress and sing a traditional wedding song in German. Everyone’s taste buds get a zesty surprise at M&L Acres when LeAnna Yoder invites groups into her home to sample her specialty mustards and enjoy a lunch featuring her tasty condiments. Of course, pass-the-platter meals featuring Amish cooking favorites is a signature of Amish Country, and Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury and Amish Acres in Nappanee have family-style dining down to an art form.
Learn Amish tips to making smooth as silk mashed potatoes in the home of the Yoder family or get a lesson in making the best cinnamon rolls ever from an expert Amish baker. It’s make it and take it at Amish Acres as their Old Order Amish bakery manager tutors groups in how to make a traditional Amish shoo-fly pie. The reward-- everyone takes home a tasty personal-sized pie. A visit to B&L Woodcraft Amish furniture shop gives groups the chance to choose all the makings for a customized birdhouse which the Amish hosts assemble and box up ready to go home with happy group members.
For more information and personalized complimentary service contact Sonya L. Nash, CTP at 800.262.8161; e-mail Sonya@amishcountry.org; or visit AmishCountryTours.org.