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Heritage Trail Loop
A varied world of bustling communities and quiet towns await visitors to Elkhart County, which values its rich heritage. Artisan studios and boutiques in the larger communities of Elkhart and Goshen feature everything from hand-thrown pottery to high-end home décor. Prepare to party at downtown Goshen's themed first friday events that include a music series, classic car night and an Oktoberfest celebration. You're deep in the heart of Amish Country here and it's easy to fill your days with visits to the little shops in small towns and on Amish homesteads that sell intricately stitched quilts, finely crafted furniture and delicious homemade pies and breads. A shopping showcase in Nappanee displays some of these works and provides directions to more than 200 shops. Follow the county's Heritage Trail which leads to historic points, including Indiana's oldest operating grist mill, which sells flours stone-ground on the premises. You'll also find 27 sites along the trail where huge gardens are planted in quilt designs and quilt murals grace buildings. Several bed and breakfasts, some in historic homes, offer soothing nights and bountiful breakfasts. Your journey starts at…

Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau
219 Caravan Drive
Elkhart, IN 46514
T: 574.262.8161
AmishCountry.org

1. Amish Acres
US Hwy 6, Nappanee
(800) 800-4942; AmishAcres.com
Open April - December, daily; Memorial Day - September, Sunday and Monday 11am to 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 7pm; April, November & December, Wednesday - Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm; May & October, Tuesday - Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.
You'll come away with a deeper understanding of the Amish culture when you visit this destination, the only Olde Order Amish Farmstead listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Start out by viewing films that explain the Amish way of life before you take guided tours though the homestead and farm. Enjoy a wagon ride around the 80-acre farm and watch professional musical stage shows in the historic Round Barn Theatre. Fill up on bountiful Amish food in the restaurant and spend the night at the comfortable inn. Don't miss shopping for locally made crafts, home-baked goodies, meats and cheeses before you leave.

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2. b on the River
333 NIBCO Parkway, Elkhart
(574) 293-9333; B-OnTheRiver.com
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 7am to 9pm EST seasonally; please call for closing times;
Sunday, call for special events or private parties.
Come visit the new bakery and boutique shop along the lovely Riverwalk in downtown Elkhart. You’ll find paintings, pottery, pillows, metalwork, jewelry and embroidery. After you shop, indulge in a fancy coffee or smoothie, along with breakfast or lunch while you watch the river roll by. Breakfast features pastries, such as cheese claws, an oatmeal bar and quiche, plus breakfast sandwiches on artisan breads. For lunch or dinner, choose from delicious soups, perhaps tomato basil, as well as fresh paninis, gourmet salads, exquisite quiche and amazing flatbread pizzas. Top it off with homemade ice cream or gelato.

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Bonneyville Mill 3. Bonneyville Mill

53373 County Rd. 131, Bristol, IN 46507
(574) 535-6458; ElkhartCountyParks.org
Open May-October; Wednesday-Sunday 10am to 5pm.
More than 150 years ago, this water-powered mill began producing quality flour in the Northern Indiana region. It still operates today and visitors experience the rustic charm of Indiana's oldest continually operating grist mill. Staffers share the mill's history and give demonstrations of grinding grain. Purchase stone-ground flours such as wheat, rye and buckwheat at the mill. In the gift shop visitors can purchase Bonneyville Mill souvenirs, cookbooks, cast iron cookware and other historical, environmental and natural items.

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Bradley Vite Fine Arts 4. Bradley Vite Fine Arts
Beardsley Crossing, 1600 W. Beardsley, Elkhart, IN 46514
(574) 293-1616; Bradley Vite Fine Arts
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 12pm to 5pm.
This elegant gallery, in business since 1980, specializes in 19th and 20th century paintings, watercolors and historic prints, as well as creative framing and appraisals. You'll love perusing original prints of John James Audubon. The gallery also features the works of Brown County artists. Brown County in southern Indiana is a long-time haven for artists and the gallery displays some of the best, with works that depict harvest times, creeks, rivers and ponds. The creations of local artists also are available. A John Mishler sculpture is on display in front of the gallery, and you can order one of his works here. The gallery director has assisted both museums and individual collectors and can help you start your own collection or add to it in an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere.

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Countryside Shoppes Showcase   5. Coppes Commons - Countryside Shoppes Showcase
401 E. Market St., Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-0002; CoppesCommons.com
Open year-round, Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday 9am to 3pm.
More than 200 shops, many of them Amish, dot the countryside around Nappanee. The Countryside Shoppes Showcase in the community's historic Coppes Commons building displays and sells the works of these fine crafters, including hand-made tables, engraved mirrors, wooden toys and so much more. You can stop in and view examples of the products. The Coppes Commons also houses seven stores (many included in the listings that follow), where you can buy everything from books to fancy ice cream.

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Culinary Mill Market & Deli 6. Coppes Commons - Culinary Mill Market & Deli
401 E. Market St., Ste. 6, Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 320-5057; CulinaryMill.com
Open year-round, Monday - Wednesday 8:30am to 6pm, Thursday 8:30am to 8pm, Friday 8:30am to 6pm, Saturday 8:30am to 3pm.
Brad Royer had healthy choices and wide varieties in mind when he opened his new market and deli in the historic Coppes Commons building. He offers an array of cheeses, including Amish cheese, plus deli meats, such as six kinds of ham. Many of the products are lower in sodium. You'll find spices, snack mixes and 20 different kinds of flour in the bulk food section. You also can shop for locally harvested fruits and vegetables in season and take home applesauce, honeys and bread and muffin mixes made in the area. Don't forget to try the delicious homemade deli salads.

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Light of Grace Book & Gift Store 7. Coppes Commons - Light of Grace Book & Gift Store
401 E. Market St., Ste. 8, Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-0007; CoppesCommons.com
Open year-round, Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday 9am to 3pm.
A friendly welcome always awaits at this unique little book and gift store, where you can shop for all kinds of inspirational Christian materials. The store offers Bibles, Christian fiction, children's books, self-help books and greeting cards. There's also a wide array of P. Graham Dunn inspirational art and home décor that includes subjects such as country scenes, animals, birds and Bible themes. You can also shop for willow tree angels, legacy cards and more. The shop is located in the historic Coppes Commons building, which houses several other stores.

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Nappanee Bakery & Treat Shop 8. Coppes Commons - Nappanee Bakery & Treat Shop
401 E. Market St., Ste. 14, Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-0139; CoppesCommons.com
Open year-round, Tuesday - Saturday 6am to 4pm.
They make their taste-tempting cinnamon rolls, breads, pies and cookies the old-fashioned way at this bakery, without use of modern machinery. The resulting moist texture will have you ordering treats to take home. You won't be able to resist the fruit pies, including apple, cherry, blueberry and the very popular black raspberry, along with peanut butter, coconut-banana and butterscotch. Regular customers love the buttermilk cookies (a frosted sugar variety), and the white chip-and-brickle and cranberry-oatmeal delicacies. You also can buy from-scratch potato, macaroni, chicken, ham and tuna salads to take with you. The bakery is located in the historic Coppes Commons building.

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Rocket Science Ice Cream & Coffee Shop 9. Coppes Commons - Rocket Science Ice Cream & Coffee Shop
401 E. Market St., Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-7003; CoppesCommons.com
Open year-round, summer hours: Monday - Friday, 11am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm; winter hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm.
Your mouth will be watering for that bowl of ice cream after you watch it being hand-made right in the store! The staff mixes the ingredients and then quick freezes the ice cream with liquid nitrogen for a smooth and incredibly fresh product. They will add whatever you like - nuts, fruits and syrups - to make one of some 50 flavors ranging from butter pecan to peanut butter bash. The coffee beans for the shop's assortment of coffee, espresso, cappuccino and lattes come from a local company that uses a unique air roasting system that leaves no bitter taste.

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Teapot and More 10. Coppes Commons - The Teapot and More
401 E. Market St., Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-3400
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 9am to 4:30pm; Saturday 9am to 2pm.
Get in touch with the crafters who make this Amish area’s fine products. You’ll find handmade quilts, china and tea sets that the staff decorates themselves, rag rugs and more. Crafters at this unique shop in Nappanee love to tell customers how to decorate china and to answer their questions about the art they sell. Plan to take your time in this relaxing atmosphere, where tea samples are available to customers every day. Visit more shoppes at the same location.

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Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast 11. Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast
435 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540
(800) 262-7829 or (574) 825-2568; CountryVictorian.com
Open year-round; Check-in 4pm to 6pm unless other hours requested.
Rest, relax and refresh at the Country Victorian B & B where comfort, value and friends come together. You might feel as if you’re in another century when you stay at this lovingly refurbished Queen Anne Victorian-style home along Middlebury’s main street. In the heart of Amish country, visitors explore the area by day and return to one of four antique-filled guest rooms. Relax on the front porch as Amish buggies clatter by. Morning brings the best surprise of all with a scrumptious breakfast that may include baked French toast with pralines and maple syrup or a garden vegetable omelet.

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Lehman-Goertzen Pottery 12.Goertzen Pottery
1100 N. Chicago Ave. (at the Old Bag Factory), Goshen, IN 46528
(574) 534-1162; GoertzenPottery.com
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm.
You can shake the hands that throw the pots in this working studio, with more than 3,000 handmade creations for sale. Watch the artisans at work making bowls, vases, and an array of functional and decorative pieces. Owner and potter Mark Goertzen specializes in functional glazed ware and one-of-a-kind wood-fired pottery. He and other potters take pride in explaining the process to visitors. You'll also find wooden accessories to go along with your finds.

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Downtown Goshen 13. Goshen First Fridays
Downtown Goshen - Pike Street to Madison Street and 2nd Street to 5th Street
(574) 312-9922; CityOnTheGo.org
Open year-round, first Friday of each month 5pm to 9pm.
In this thriving downtown with beautiful historic architecture, businesses, artists and entertainers throw a party each month. Live entertainment reigns with the Outdoor Summer Music Series beginning in June. Watch classic cars cruise and enjoy food and music in July at the Cruisin' Reunion. Oktoberfest brings brats, pumpkins, dancing and kids' activities. Any month, you can find just about anything in the stores, from fashionable clothing to hardware to tasty meats. You won't go hungry with an array of delicious offerings in local restaurants, including one that specializes in tapas.

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Art & Earth Trail 14. Home Style Furniture Shoppe
1359 W. Market St., Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-3685
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Glen Schmucker takes great pride in featuring furniture in his store created by local Amish crafters whose family businesses are in shops on their homesteads. Many specialize in one type of furniture, which Glen believes makes them even better experts. In his shop, you'll find an array of cabinets, chairs, tables and more made of solid woods such as oak, cherry and maple. There are many finish colors to choose from. In fact, you can bring in a color from your décor at home and they'll mix a stain to match. The shop also features fully-upholstered loveseats, recliners and chairs.

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Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard & Farm Market 15. Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard & Farm Market
19498 County Rd. 38, Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 533-6311; KerchersOrchard.com
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm; 12pm to 5pm Sunday in May, September and October.
For 89 years, the Kercher family has farmed here and there's a good chance you'll meet one of them when you stop to shop for locally grown and locally produced products such as fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, noodles, tempting baked goods, popcorn, flowers and morel mushrooms. In the fall, enjoy a free hayride and fresh pressed cider. You can pick your own apples in the orchard or choose the perfect pumpkin right off the vine.

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Linton's Enchanted Garden 16. Linton's Enchanted Garden
315 County Road 17, Elkhart, IN 46516
(574) 293-9699; Lintons.com
Bring your family and step into a magical world that is right out of a storybook at this award-winning home and garden center. Acres of colorful and inspirational displays will give you beautiful ideas to transform your home both inside and out. Experts provide advice on bringing your ideas to life. Linton's Enchanted Gardens offers thousands of rare and unusual plants, trees and shrubs throughout their themed garden center. There's even a free Petting Zoo! Enjoy the enchanting environment indoors, as well, as you discover rooms filled with one-of-a-kind artwork, unique lighting, fabulous florals, gourmet foods, and sweet treats. The center offers the area's largest assortment of Vera Bradley purses and handbags, as well as beautiful hand-made jewelry, and a large collection of women's fashion accessories.

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Art & Earth Trail 17. Martin's Quilt Shop
25387 County Road 46, Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 831-2256
Open year-round, Monday - Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm.
If you're taken with the lovely quilts produced in Northern Indiana, this shop is your dream stop. Mary Alice Martin will show you the art of hand quilting and share the history of this time-honored craft. You can pick out a handmade beauty to take home. Mary Alice even will create special designs that reflect a customer's hobbies and interests. Handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and custom-made Teddy Bears are also available. If you are new to quilting but might want to get started yourself, Mary Alice will give you a tour and provide you with tips about how to get going on your own masterpiece.

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McKenzie House Bed & Breakfast 18. McKenzie House Bed & Breakfast
52215 SR 13, Middlebury, IN 46540
(574) 825-9787; McKenzieHouseBnB.com
Open year-round
The wrap-around porch and tree-lined property may remind you of a quieter, more peaceful era, but this bed and breakfast pampers guests with modern amenities. Five spacious suites are individually decorated, some with whirlpools and private decks. Three are in the main house and two are hideaways, including a romantic suite, tucked in the carriage house. There’s also an outdoor pool and hot tub. Owners Sherry and Bruce provide breakfast feasts in the morning, featuring specialties such as casseroles, stuffed French toast, plus home-baked muffins and coffee cakes.

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Quilt Designs at the Old Bag Factory 19. Quilt Designs at the Old Bag Factory

1100 N. Chicago Ave., Goshen, IN 46528
(574) 534-5111; QuiltDesigns.com
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Indiana fiber artist, Shirley Shenk, has been expanding the boundaries of traditional quilting concepts for more than 25 years. With several of her asymmetrical compositions actually flowing beyond their borders, you will find artistry in both color and design. Bed-size quilts as well as wall hangings are on display in an 1837 two-story log cabin on the grounds of Goshen's Old Bag Factory. There's even a welcoming committee – soft sculptured "Grandma and Grandpa" look forward to your visit.

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Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail 20. Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail

Elkhart County Visitor Center,  219 Caravan Dr., Elkhart, IN 46514
(800) 262-8161; QuiltGardens.com
May 30 – October 1.
Color bursts everywhere in Amish Country, where supersized gardens are planted in quilt designs that are so much a part of this Northern Indiana region. Hundreds of thousands of blooms go into creating these living displays that change every year. Vibrant outdoor quilt murals add to the experience. The 39 gardens and murals grace seven communities along the nationally known Heritage Trail. Maps available at the Elkhart County/Amish Country Visitor Center or at the web site above.

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Art & Earth Trail 21. Rose Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast
66537 CR 11, Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 535-4315 or (574) 312-0445; RoseLaneFarmBedAndBreakfast.com
Open year-round; check-in by 9pm.
Guests enjoy misty mornings and quiet evenings in a country setting, overlooking Mennonite and Amish farms, within easy driving distance of Amish attractions, shops and markets. The gleaming hardwood floors and quilts on the beds make staying at this impressive stone farmhouse on 17 acres connect you with the Amish world. In the morning, the inn's fluffy French cheese omelet with veggies, ham or bacon, plus homemade muffins get you ready for a day of exploring the area or just taking a walk to nearby Yellow Creek Lake.

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Art & Earth Trail 22. Reverie – Yarn, Decor and Gifts
111 E. Washington St, Goshen
(574) 971-5129
Open year-round; 10:30am to 5:30pm Monday-Saturday, 9am to 2pm Sunday.
Years ago, arts such as knitting and soap-making were necessary and common parts of everyday life. This store, appropriately housed in a historic building in downtown Goshen, celebrates those traditions, selling quality yarns, artistic gifts, and local artisans using various mediums such as pottery, jewelry and textile art. The store carries a wide variety of luxury and value-priced yarns, and guests have access to a store computer for easy pattern research. Local artists are often on hand, and you can take a knitting or crocheting class.

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Ruthmere 23. Ruthmere Museums Campus
302 E. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514
(574) 264-0330; Ruthmere.org
Open April 1 to December 30, Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 3pm, Sunday 1pm to 3pm.
Ruthmere mansion takes visitors back to 1910 Elkhart when leading citizens Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley built their magnificent dream home. The elegant limestone and brick mansion sits at the confluence of the St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers and includes beautifully tended gardens. On a tour of the home, you'll see rooms lushly appointed with period furnishings, world-class fine art and decorative arts, including Tiffany lamps, Rodin sculptures and vintage autos. On Saturday mornings (Memorial Day to Labor Day), you can sip coffee on the mansion's piazza and listen to local music talent. Special events include an ice cream social in August and concerts in the fall. Havilah Beardsley House is part of this campus.

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Schmidt Furniture, Cabinetry & Gifts 24. Schmidt Furniture, Cabinetry & Gifts

903 Nelson’s Parkway, Wakarusa, IN 46573
(574) 862-2200; SchmidtFurniture.com
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm; Saturday 9am to 12pm.
Whether you're looking for a custom-made table, cabinets or even wooden toys, you'll find a finely-crafted piece of authentic Amish work at this shop, with a reputation for quality that stretches from Northern Indiana through the Chicago area. In business since 1976, these artisans craft their wares from mahogany, cherry, oak, ash, maple and walnut using time-tested methods of the past combined with the latest techniques. Take a tour of the job shop to find out how it's all done before you pick out your own cherished treasure. Visit our showroom and gift shop.

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25. The Cinnamon Stick

102 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540
(574) 825-7725;
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 10am to 5:30pm; Saturday 9am to 4pm.
Housed in a building that dates to 1897, this store is rich in Middlebury history with creaking floors and original brick walls. But the inventory is totally today! Shoppers find a wide variety of Vera Bradley purses, unique apparel, Brighton handbags and jewelry, Tom’s Shoes, Quilt Garden merchandise, pottery, greeting cards, Yankee candles, wine accessories and other great gifts. Indulge yourself and find perfect gifts to take home.

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26. The Nappanee Center
302 W. Market St., Nappanee
(574) 773-7812; NappaneeChamber.com
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm; June 1-Sept. 30 also open Sunday 1 to 5pm EST.
Learn the story of Nappanee and its native sons and daughters through special exhibits and permanent displays at the Nappanee Center, which houses the Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection. You’ll find “Hoosier” cabinets made in Nappanee, a tribute to the city’s nationally-known cartoonists, a military display and the historic 1897 Hartman House, built by an early Nappanee entrepreneur. Visitors also can shop for apparel and community cookbooks. Stop outside at the center’s quilt garden (June-September) to see spectacular blooms planted in quilt designs. The visitors lounge is loaded with information on lodgings, dining and attractions in Nappanee and the area.

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The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus 27. The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus

240 U.S. Hwy. 20, Middlebury, IN 46540
(800) 455-9471, ext. 300; EssenhausQuiltShop.com
Open year-round; January-March; Monday-Thursday 10am to 5pm, Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm; April-September Monday-Saturday 9am to 8pm October-December Monday-Thursday 10am to 7pm; Friday 10am to 8pm; Saturday 9am to 8pm.
If you’re looking for a locally made Amish quilt or wall hanging, you can choose from more than 100 that grace this shop, which prides itself in displaying and selling the works of local artisans and crafters. Or custom order a design of your choice. If you’ve had an urge to get into quilting yourself, take part in the hands-on demonstrations of locker hooking and all kinds of other techniques, even quilt magic.

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28. The Tulip Tree and General Store
103 Crystal Heights Blvd, Middlebury
(574) 825-9146
Open year-round; April-September: 9am to 7pm Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday. October-March: 9am to 6pm Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday.
It will bring back your childhood when you see all the vintage toys for sale here: sock monkeys, slinkys, glass marbles, Melissa and Doug wooden toys, boomerangs and a host of well-loved games such as Clue and Rook. You’ll also find things everyone loves today, such as Willow Tree collectibles, DeBrand gourmet chocolates, Wabash popcorn and seasonings, plus Amish-crafted wooden farm toys and numerous educational toys. They even sell roses in designer vases. Take some time to browse while you sip a complimentary cup of tea

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Art & Earth Trail 29. Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival


66425 SR 19 S, Wakarusa
(574) 825-1874 WakarusaBluegrassFestival.com
Second weekend in June (June 7-9 in 2013): Friday 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10 pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Bluegrass music was born long ago in the Appalachian Mountains, but it lives on in this three-day celebration where you’ll hear nationally known and local musicians play time-honored tunes. Listen to the sweet haunting strains of the mountain dulcimer and tap your feet to lively music the artists perform. You’ll get a chance to meet them and can learn how to play the mountain dulcimer or yodel in special workshops. Bring your lawn chair. Vendors will be on hand, selling food and beverages. It’s a great way to start off your summer!

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Wellfield Gardens 30. Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Inc.
1011 N. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46514
(574) 266-2006; WellfieldGardens.org
Open year-round, daily 7am to 6pm.
Designed as a place of inspiration and beauty, these botanic gardens provide a peaceful respite for those who visit. Located six blocks north of downtown on 36 acres, including 18 acres of water, the gardens are an ongoing project with many additions planned in the future. You can walk a half-mile paved promenade to view the gardens, which include an English Cottage Garden, the Annual Garden loaded with colorful blooms and the Water Celebration Garden, which incorporates the facility's flowing waters with plantings on land. You'll find panoramic views all along the way. Guided tours are available.

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