Indiana Itinerary: Art ̓n Amish Tour of Northern Indiana
The Itinerary at a Glance
View art in a whole new way, through the lens of everyday life. Get up close and personal with Amish artisans as you hear how they create their unique handcrafted pieces. See the works of some of America’s greatest artists and interact with three-dimensional public art. Enjoy sweeping views while dining on artfully crafted, delicious cuisine at a riverside cafe. Get a backstage look at the beauty of a grand restored theater. Revel in the majesty and architecture of a Beaux-Arts mansion. Top it all off viewing a lively collection of contemporary quilts and hear the inside story on North America’s only Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail.
3 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Shipshewana Flea Market
- Das Dutchman Essenhaus
- Amish Acres
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Celebrate and explore art in all its many forms. Most don’t view the Amish as artists, but it takes an amazing amount of creativity to make gorgeous handwoven baskets or stunning gardens from foliage. Of course, art in its traditional form can be fun and interactive as well and touch our hearts and minds. New in 2017, groups have an opportunity to see everyday life in a whole new way through the Art ̓n Amish Country itinerary. You’ll leave with an appreciation and understanding of how art and culture blend with everyday life.
You’ll discover art around every corner with a visit to the Shipshewana Flea Market, which lays claim to being the Midwest’s largest outdoor
market with more than 1,000 vendors. Meet your expert local step-on guide who will lead you on a one-of-a kind artistic exploration of the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail showcasing 19 eye-popping, quilt themed gardens packed with nearly 1 million blooms. Plus, in honor of the Quilt Gardens 10th anniversary, Seward Johnson’s epic art exhibition will be showcased at every garden. Along the trail, you’ll discover art as you stroll through a Botanic garden, a museum filled with American art, a Beaux-Arts mansion and classic Gothic architecture at a century-old Episcopal church. Lunch will be served at a riverside cafe, and an Amish feast and quilting bee will end the evening.
Today you’ll soak in the Amish lifestyle and their simple, everyday, artistic creations as your guide leads you on a backroads tour of the bucolic countryside. Your day includes authentic backroads stops and hands-on immersive experiences such as an Amish leathersmith, build-your-own birdhouse, hand-woven basket demonstration, make-and-take fabric project at a shop filled with bolts of fabric and hand-made quilts. Lunch will be served at an Amish farmstead followed by a pie-making demonstration. After a busy day, you’ll ease into the afternoon with a wine tasting at a local winery and a tasty dinner at Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Indiana’s largest restaurant located in Middlebury, and your choice of theater, shopping, mini golf, carriage rides or a weekly classic car cruise-in.
After breakfast, start the day on an artistic exploration of locally handmade pottery. Step into the working studios of the area’s finest ceramic artists and watch and learn as they turn simple clay into works of art. In the afternoon, your group will head to the quaint town of Nappanee. Your first stop takes you the Nappanee Center where you’ll journey into the city’s past. Did you know Nappanee boasts more nationally known artists-cartoonists per capita than any other U.S. city? You’ll also see historical exhibits including “Hoosier” cabinets once used in the kitchen of Jacqueline Kennedy. A short drive down the road takes you to Amish Acres, the nation’s only Old Order Amish farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy a family-style Threshers Dinner and a Broadway musical in the state-of-the-art Round Barn Theatre.