Indiana Itinerary: Autumn Splendor in Amish & Irish Country
The Itinerary at a Glance
Enjoy the thrill of visiting the University of Notre Dame and glimpse the peaceful culture of the Amish lifestyle of today in this fall splendor tour filled with color, fun and different group-friendly experiences. Learn and envision luxurious lifestyles of the Gilded Age in mansions and an auto museum. Try pumpkin bowling or pumpkin picking. Travel scenic byways bursting with fall color on a tasty culinary adventure through Amish Country. Spend time with Amish women in their homes and workplaces. Be a kid again boarding a hay wagon to pick apples or heading out to a corn maze. Then add a rustic gristmill, lively theater, and tasty “comfort” foods and you’ve captured the splendor of fall wrapped into one amazing tour.
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
- University of Notre Dame
- Tippecanoe Place
- Studebaker National Museum
- Knollbrook Farm
Duration: 3 Days
Available: Fall months
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Discover the mystique of the University of Notre Dame
Arrive in Northern Indiana to begin your game-winning itinerary while experiencing the mystique of the University of Notre Dame with a student-guided walking tour of the beautiful historic campus. Take in the informative short movie in the Eck Visitors Center and learn the history of the university. Shop at the 30,000-square-foot Hammes Bookstore, complete with crystal, china, a grand piano and, of course, all the official apparel a fan could imagine.
Lunch, History, and Amazing Mansions
Enjoy lunch in the 26,000-square-foot Tippecanoe Place, the restored 1889 home of the Clement Studebaker family, now home to a fine dining establishment. With four main levels totaling 40 rooms and 20 fireplaces, you’ll dine among the splendor and great wealth that the late 1800s suggest. Following your delicious served meal, a short drive down the street takes you to the 50,000-square-foot Studebaker National Museum where automobile enthusiasts can admire nearly 70 timeless vehicles, including one-of-a-kind classics and President Lincoln’s Carriage. Revisit the early years of Studebaker and witness Studebaker’s successful transition from horse-drawn to gasoline-powered vehicles. While on this museum campus, tour the impressive Oliver Mansion (makers of the famous Oliver plow) along with artifacts from northern Indiana in The History Museum.
Fall Fun and Gardens Galore
After departing South Bend and checking in at your host hotel in Amish Country, say “boo” at Linton’s Enchanted Gardens during an evening filled with pumpkins and fall fun. Be a kid again as you go “pumpkin bowling,” ride Linton’s Express Train around the scenic gardens back to the pumpkin patch to pick a perfect pumpkin, create your own scarecrow to take home and shop in the 25,000- square-foot gift emporium.
Family-Style Dining and Entertainment at its Finest
You’ll be hungry and ready to enjoy the wonderful Amish Acres Threshers Dinner. Sit down under the hand-hewn beams around antique tables and chairs in the century-old Restaurant Barn to dine on a hearty, multi-course Threshers Meal, beginning with soup and ending with pie, of course.Then enjoy a professional theatrical production in the majestic 1911 Round Barn Theatre.
Backroads Fall Frolic Adventure – So Much More Than a Tour
After breakfast at your host hotel, you’ll meet your local expert guide for your Backroads Fall Frolic Tour. Pack your bag on this fresh, fun fall frolic through Amish Country, enjoying a culinary journey through the brilliantly fall-colored countryside. Gather the ingredients for an apple or pumpkin treat, dip a caramel apple and join in a pie-making demo. Visit a pumpkin patch, relish the scents and spices of autumn, and relive your childhood memories of bonfires and hayrides. Travel byways passing fiery-hued trees and gravel country roads to experience the best of autumn in Amish Country. Your outing includes a stop at Indiana’s oldest operating grist mill and largest apple orchard and sip fresh apple cider while learning about apple planting, picking and processing.
“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and Dairy Farms
Lunch will be served at one of the famous “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” made popular on the Food Network TV Channel where Guy Fieri visited and loved the famous South Side Soda Shop chili. As the sun sets on your fun-filled day, discover plenty of contented cows while touring family-operated Knollbrook Farm, one of only 10 robotic dairy farms in Indiana, which uses cutting-edge technology and sustainable practices in maintaining their herd. Wander through the giant corn maze, try out the giant pumpkin sling shot and get your picture taken in front of the over-sized cow and spider made out of hay.
Dinner and a Movie
Dine tonight in a cozy, comfortable restaurant on delicious house-specialty meals with friendly service at the Wood & Gage Cafe before hearing and feeling the force of the sounds of the restored 1924 Kimball pipe organ (one of a few still installed in its original location) in the beautifully restored Lerner Theatre. Tonight’s feature will be a silent movie enhanced with live music from the pipe organ. The music will dramatically reach a crescendo while the original silent film flickers on the giant screen as you are transported back in time to a bygone era of entertainment.
Immerse yourself in the Amish Culture or The Real Housewives of Amish Country – This is not Reality TV
Your final day in Amish Country is a real treat with an immersive experience. Forget reality TV and meet the real housewives of Amish Country. Get a first-hand look at a day in the life of Amish women. Learn how these ladies do household chores without electrical appliances and run their businesses without modern technology. Devour a homemade cinnamon roll after Elaine demonstrates her secret recipe. Stop-in at Carolyn’s home for a haystack lunch and a peanut butter crumb pie-making demo. Chat with a basket weaver about her thriving business. At the end of the day, groups go home with a renewed respect for these women who live a simple life in today’s modern world. They are anything but simple!