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Visitors looking for the finely crafted artworks, antiques and fun on the water find a dreamy haven in Indiana's Kosciusko County. The Lakeside communities of Winona Lake, Syracuse and North Webster, plus the small town of Pierceton brim with studios where you can chat with artists about their unique creations such as outdoor sculptures, jewelry made from vintage buttons, hand-cut crystal and even tattoo jeans. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water, with a highlight being a cruise on Indiana's oldest sternwheeler. Lively First Friday events draw visitors to downtown Warsaw with themed evenings that include warming treats in the winter and watermelon in the summer, plus the works of regional artists. An annual summer music festival brings you to the shores of Winona Lake, where legendary Billy Sunday once delivered his fiery sermons. Sample everything from Asian cuisine to hearty soups or prime rib in welcoming restaurants before you end your day at a cozy inn or bed and breakfast. Your journey starts at…

Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Bureau
111 Capital Drive
Warsaw, IN 46582
(888) 560-4463;
LiveWellintheMoment.com

1000 Park Baking Company 1. 1000 Park Baking Company

1000 Park Ave., Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574) 269-1000; VillageatWinona.com
pen daily Monday-Saturday 7:30am to 7pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm.
The aroma of pastries and fresh coffee, and Winona Lake's very own Hoosier Mama Cookies™ lure you into this casual bakery and café, where artisan breads are made fresh on the premises. But there's even more to fill you up after a morning or afternoon of perusing Winona Lake's galleries and shops. Try the hearth-oven pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads, made with locally-grown produce. Art created by Indiana artists adds yet another local touch.

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Bonneyville Mill 2. Anchor Inn Bed and Breakfast

11007 N. State Rd. 13, Syracuse, IN 46567
(574) 457-4714;
Open year-round, check-in after 3pm; check-out at 10am
Large comfortable guest rooms overlook a beautiful flower garden in this two-story yellow frame house built in 1905. Back then, Lake Wawasee and neighboring Lake Syracuse drew visitors to a remote resort area. Today, you'll remember that past in the home, with fine oak woodwork, period collectibles and antiques, and high ceilings. If you can tear yourself away from the scrumptious breakfast and cozy surroundings, there's an 18-hole golf course right next door.

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Blue Pearl Art & Antiques 3. Blue Pearl Art & Antiques
112 N. First St., Pierceton, IN 46562
(574) 594-9800; BluePearlEstateJewelry.com
Monday-Wednesday 11am-5pm; Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm
Get your art, antiques and vintage jewelry all at one stop, with an Indiana flair. This unique shop specializes in Hoosier artists, who create landscapes, Native American art, pop art and more on canvas, board and paper. You'll also find their creativity in sculptures, photography, metal works and wood furniture. The antiques run a wide range, with furniture that includes a Victorian couch, fainting chairs from the 1940s and art deco selections. Peruse a large selection of antique and vintage jewelry that date back to the 1800's.

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Brook Pointe Inn 4. Brook Pointe Inn

4906 Bowser Rd. W., Syracuse, IN 46567
(574) 457-4466; BrookPointeInn.com
Open year-round.
Once you sit on the screened-in porch and enjoy the wooded scenery at this 30-room inn, you'll want to head out for a hike on walking trails that take you through 12 acres of forest. When you get back, take a dip in the indoor heated pool and shop for candles, note cards and other finds in the gift shop. The guest rooms are comfortable, modern and spacious, some with whirlpool tubs.

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Canal Street Gallery 5. Canal Street Gallery
 805 E. Canal St., Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574) 371-2777
Open daily, Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 6pm; Memorial Day-Labor Day: Tuesday-Saturday 10am -6pm
Visitors often exclaim in wonder when they see large kaleidoscope wall-hangings made of colorful, pieced fabric on display. It's an invitation to rooms filled by the work of Merna Eisenbraun and three of her colleagues: wearable art, watercolors, pottery, photography, art quilts and jewelry. The gallery also features collections by other Indiana artists. There is always something in the creation process in the fabric and metal studios and a classroom.

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Cerulean Restaurant 6. Cerulean Restaurant
1101 E. Canal St., Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574) 269-1226, CeruleanRestaurant.com
Open Monday-Thursday 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm.
Will it be tapas for dinner or a Japanese style bento box for lunch? And maybe a bottle of one of over 150 wines to choose from? The choices are astounding at this sleek eatery tucked in a clapboard house, where sun spilling in through the windows reflects shiny floors and locally-created modern art. Cerulean specializes in delicious Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, including pasta and sushi.

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Creative Fish Art Gallery and LLC & ARtZie Workshop 7. Creative Fish Art Gallery and LLC & ArtZie Workshop
200 E. Pickwick Dr., Syracuse, IN 46567
(574) 457-2789, CreativeFishArtGallery.com
Monday 10am to 12:30pm, afternoon by appointment; Tuesday-Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 2pm.
You won’t believe the wealth of artworks these 100+ regional artists display and sell. This is the center of artistic activity in Syracuse. Pottery, textiles, fine jewelry and paintings to wearable art, handmade tiles, fine art and sculpture. They’re dedicated to making art an integral part of the community and to having it fit everyone’s pocketbook. A young child can choose an affordable gift for Mom or Dad, but connoisseurs discover high-end, alluring finds. Seeing all these creations just might get your artistic juices flowing. Take one of 20 classes from a pro and delve into watercolors, pottery, fabric printing, glass fusion or perhaps painting your own chair.

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8. Grill-N-Grate BBQ
1009 S Huntington St, Syracuse, IN 46567
(574) 457-4227; Grill-N-GrateBBQ.com
Open year-round; Tuesday-Thursday 11am to 9pm, EST, Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm EST, Sunday 11am to 3pm EST (Winter hours are Tuesday-Thursday 11am to 8pm EST, Friday & Saturday 11am to 9pm EST, Sunday 11am to 3pm EST)
Not only do guests get to pick from an array of barbecue delights, but they meet the owners and “pit boss” to learn about the authentic smoking process that goes into making the best pork, beef and chicken around. Here they cook outdoors all year long, creating such delicacies as their signature St Louis-style cut pork ribs, along with stuffed pork loin, brisket and smoked chicken. Before you leave, pick up some sauces to take home.

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Lakeland Art Association, Inc. 9. Lakeland Art Gallery
120 N. First St., Pierceton, IN 46562
(574) 594-9950; LakelandArtAssociation.org
Open March – December; Wednesday-Saturday 11:30am to 4:30pm.
Artist members of the Lakeland Art Association showcase their works and offer their original paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry and other art forms for sale at this friendly gallery. A host will be happy to answer your questions about the artists and their creations. Exhibits change every four to six weeks, so there's always something new to see. You can pick up a current newsletter and also sign up for an art workshop.

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10. Mount Memorial Art Gallery – Grace College

200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574) 372-5100, ext. 6022; Grace.edu
Open year-round, September - April by appointment.
There's a hidden treasure waiting on the beautiful campus of Grace College in Winona Lake. Students, faculty and regional artists display their creations, with everything from sculpture to prints and pastels and more at the college's art gallery. Schedule a tour or peruse the gallery by yourself. The gallery hosts up to eight shows a year, designed to display the creativity that abounds in Northern Indiana.

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11. Mudlove Pottery
804 Park Ave., Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574) 265-5609; Mudlove.com
Open year-round, Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm.
Watch the wheel work as potter Luke Wright creates mugs, bowls, vases, jewelry, teapots and more out of clay. You can also see him doing the detail work on his creations. You're sure to find a perfect treasure to take home. If you want to place a custom order, Luke will happily work with you and create a special piece. A portion of the profits go to drill new and repair old water wells in the Central African Republic. This helps give thousands of Africans clean drinking water in a country that is desperate for help.

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Art & Earth Trail 12. North Webster Community Center Art Room
 
301 N. Main St., North Webster, IN 46555
(574) 834-1600, ext. 0, NWCommunityCenter.org
Open year-round; Wednesday and Thursday 9am to 12pm; other times by appointment
A host of creations fill this gallery where visitors can watch artisans make their works and get a chance to chat with them about the process and what inspires them. You can purchase handmade pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles, mixed media and much more. The artists also teach classes, such as one where you can paint your own pottery and another on glass fusion. The gallery is located in North Webster's Community Center, a hub of the town, which also houses the public library and YMCA

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Pierceton Art Gallery and Ceramic Studio 13. Pierceton Art Gallery and Ceramic Studio

105 N. First St., Pierceton, IN 46562
(574) 453-8932; PiercetonArtStudio.embarqspace.com
Open mid-February through mid-December; Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am to 4:30pm.
You never know which artist might greet you when you visit this gallery, which features the works of local award-winning residents well-known for their creations. It might be a china painter, potter or ceramist who will tell you about the studio. You'll see a wide variety of works to choose from, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and hand-painted china, ranging in price from $3 to $7,000. Tour the studio and watch a pottery or china painting demonstration. You can order a custom piece of pottery or sign up for a class or lesson.

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Sacs & Co. 14. Sacs & Co.
801 E. Canal St., Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574) 268-9575, SacsAndCo.com
Open year-round; Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 6pm; other hours by appointment; Summer Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 12pm to 4pm.
There's no better way to beat everyday stress than being prepared with a linen closet full of SACS & Co. products. With a few minutes of pampering time, you'll be ready for anything. Sisters Lauri and Marta create a luxurious line of natural bath and body products for men and women. Your overnight visitors will love one of the sisters' new guest soaps, hand-painted with shimmering minerals in seasonal scents.

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Syracuse Artisan and Farmer Market 15. Syracuse Artisan and Farmer Market
Veterans Memorial Park at Crosson Mill
State Road 13, Syracuse, IN 46561
(574) 457-3440; SyracuseParks.org
Open mid-May through mid-October, Saturday 9 am to 2pm.
Oh, that sweet bounty fresh from the earth! At this popular farmer's market in Syracuse, you'll find an array of goods as the season moves on. Summer brings tomatoes, corn, tender green onions, green beans and much more. When fall begins, pick from pumpkins, squash and gourds. All season, growers sell flowers and plants. Browse and buy hand-crafted wares produced by local artisans, with everything from quilts and purses to hand-blown glass and paintings.

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The Dixie Boat 16. The Dixie Boat
401 S. Dixie Dr., North Webster, IN 46555
(574) 834-1080 or (888) 80-DIXIE, RideTheDixie.org
Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, Monday-Friday 6:30pm to 9:30pm; Saturday 6:30pm to 10pm; Sunday 2pm to 9:30pm. Call for specific cruise times.
You'll get a little history, lots of old-time music and loads of fun on a 75-minute cruise around Webster Lake. Indiana's oldest sternwheeler, built in 1929, passes several sites of historical interest, including the site of the Yellow Banks Hotel, where the Capone gang reputedly stayed. Passengers line the upper and lower decks of this bright white vessel to get a look at the historic and cultural locations that are revealed on a recorded commentary. While you enjoy the gentle lake breezes, you can snack on concessions sold onboard.

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Dixie Days Logo 17. The 5th Annual Dixie Days Festival and Art Fair
301 N. Main St., North Webster, IN 46555
(574) 834-1600; NorthWebster.com/DixieDays
Open July 26 and 27, all day (check schedule for times)
Get set for family fun during Dixie Days in this welcoming community. Hop abroad the renowned 1929 Dixie Sternwheeler, one of the few old-time riverboats still in operation, for a cruise on Webster Lake. Browse sidewalk sales downtown and enjoy live music Friday and Saturday. During the day Saturday, lace up your shoes for a scenic Dixie Run, browse the open air market, shop the huge art fair for jewelry, paintings, pottery and more, stop at the Fire Department’s open house, stroll through the car show take a helicopter tour and fill up on goodies from food vendors.

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18. The Island Weaver
807 E. Canal St., Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574) 268-9276; TheIslandWeaver.com
Open year-round (check ahead during January and February); Monday - Saturday 10am to 6pm.
It's time to take a deep breath, relax and sit a spell in this colorful shop where weaving is the word. You're surrounded by an array of hand-woven, knitted, crocheted, felted and hand-sewn wearables, linens and home décor items available for sale. Many visitors linger to knit, crochet or spin themselves or just watch a weaver at work. If all this creativity moves you, advice, instruction and supplies are available, including classes in various forms of fiber art.

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The Masterworks Festival 19. The MasterWorks Festival
Winona Lake, IN 46590
(888) 836-2723; MasterworksFestival.org
Open mid June-late July, visit website for concert dates and times
This four-week festival features advanced and passionate students of music, dance and theatre. Each year, hundreds of students and world-class faculty participate in this unique festival that combines artistic excellence and Biblically-sound teaching. The festival culminates in more than 40 free public concerts, including orchestra, dance, theatre, chamber music, and student and faculty recitals, with the majority of these events taking place everyweekend.

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Art & Earth Trail 20. The Old Depot
115 E Market St, Pierceton
(574) 594-2090; TheOldTrainDepot.net
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 10pm.
You’ll get a taste of Pierceton history along with delicious food at this refurbished 1867 train depot, with walls that are three bricks deep and the original slate roof. The original three-inch-thick oak floor graces the Family Dining Room downstairs. At the roofline, the Depot Bar/Dining area has a wall of windows where you can enjoy the overview of the vast Event Hall. The menu features many customer favorites, including the Reuben sandwich, Italian sub, creamy beef enchiladas, black-and-blue salmon Cobb or Mandarin salads. From the bar, enjoy the ever-changing selection of micro-brew draft or bottled beers. The specialty cocktails, such as the Train Hobo, Chocolate Martini and Coconut Macaroon Martini will intrigue you. It’s a great place to experience the past and enjoy the present!

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Old General Store 21. The Old General Store
221 S. Main St., North Webster, IN 46555
(574) 834-4505; facebook.com/TheOldGeneralStore
Open March through mid-October, Thursday - Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm.
Regional antiques and vintage decor goods seem right at home in this unique shop, housed in a building that dates to the 1800s and has been both a barn and a church in the past. You'll learn more of its history when you visit. And there's even more to browse when you stop in. Handcrafted items from area artisans include fine quilts, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, woodworks and many mixed media arts. Beauty products and clothing are also available. It's a sweet step into both the past and present!

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22. The Water Lily Art Gallery, Inc.
801 N. Huntington St., Ste. 3, Syracuse, IN 46567
(574) 528-5050
Open year-round (check ahead during February and March); Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, Sunday and Monday by appointment
If you love looking at the lakes in this county, you can take home a lasting memory in the form of a painting of Lake Wawasee or one of the area's other lakes available at this studio. There's more to choose from, including oils and watercolors of landscapes, birds, wildlife and people. Gallery owner Deanna Swain will tell you about the artists, including one who creates unique leather pillows and framed vintage swimsuits. She also features glass, pottery and limited edition prints. Custom framing is available, too.

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23. Village Antique Gallerie
 
109 N. First St., Pierceton, IN 46562
(574) 594-9494; VillageAntiqueGallerie.com
Open year-round, Monday-Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 4pm. Call ahead in winter months.
Antique lovers are sure to find a perfect treasure or two at this shop filled with American and European finds, some rare for the area. If you have furniture in mind, you'll find French and English armoires and draw leaf tables, chairs, buffets, footstools and Welsh dressers. There are loads of accessories, too, including rugs, clocks, English beveled wall mirrors and tapestries. Peruse vintage pottery, paintings, folk art pieces, tea caddies and sports collectibles. A friendly welcome awaits, and the experienced staff is always ready to answer your questions.

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Wagon Wheel Theatre 24. Wagon Wheel Theatre
2517 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580
(866) 823-2618 or (574) 267-8041; WagonWheelTheatre.com
Open year-round: Monday - Sunday, June - August; Tuesday - Saturday, September - May.
TThe award-winning Wagon Wheel Theatre is one of Indiana's oldest. In operation since 1955, this intimate theatre-in-the-round is nationally renowned for its Broadway quality theatrical productions. Dozens of Wagon Wheel alums are currently starring on Broadway, television and in films. The theatre offers six live productions in the summer and a holiday show during December, as well as concerts of famous entertainers in spring, fall and winter. Group discounts are available.

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Warsaw Biblical Gardens 25. Warsaw Biblical Gardens

117 E. Canal St., Warsaw, IN 46580
(574) 267-6419; WarsawBiblicalGardens.org
Open dawn until dusk, May 15-October 15.
This rare oasis, one of only a few such gardens in the nation, provides beauty and tranquility to persons of all ages and faiths. It's a botanical resource center for the study of the plants of the Bible, and visiting groups may pre-schedule tours that give the Biblical background of each tree and plant. Booklets are available for self-guided tours and utilizing cell phone technology will be available. You'll be so inspired that you may want to purchase recipe books or plants and seeds that are available on a seasonal basis.

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Warsaw Cut Glass Company Inc. 26. Warsaw Cut Glass Company Inc.
505 S. Detroit St., Warsaw, IN 46580
(574) 267-6581, Warsaw-CutGlass.com
Open year-round, Summer: Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm. Winter: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm.
You're sure to find a treasure here – goblets, pitchers, platters and bowls, all in gleaming hand-cut crystal with a history dating back to 1911 when the Warsaw Cut Glass Company opened in this community. It's one of the last U.S. companies cutting glass in its original building with vintage machinery. Watch glasscutters work their magic (call ahead for times), then find that perfect piece (or pieces) to take home. A signature pattern is "rye," a delicate shaft carved into many of the works.

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27. Warsaw First Fridays
117 W. Center St., Ste. C, Warsaw, IN 46580
(574) 267-6419; WarsawCDC.org
Open February - December, first Friday of each month, 5pm to 9pm.
Downtown Warsaw comes alive with a wide variety of entertainers, vendors and artists during themed First Friday events. February brings the Fire and Ice Festival, with exquisite ice sculptures plus hot cider, cocoa and s'mores to warm visitors. Enjoy free watermelon, hot dogs and old-fashioned games during the July Watermelon Feast. A German polka band sets feet dancing during Artober Fest in October, with a huge arts and crafts festival. Whichever Friday you choose, you'll find baked goods and fine pottery, textiles and more created by regional artists. Downtown merchants and restaurants offer samples and specials.

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Weckmuller Fine Chocolates, LLC 28. Weckmuller Fine Chocolates, LLC
118 N 1st St., Pierceton
(574) 594-3444, weckmuller.com
Open year-round; Tuesday-Friday 10:30am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm; also by special appointment
Diana Heckman has loved chocolate her whole life and you’re the beneficiary of that. The owner of this chocolate shop never stops experimenting with treats that include 15 varieties of truffles (think espresso, amaretto, caramel, apricot, key lime and raspberry), her white chocolate lemon bark and a host of caramels, nuts, chews and butter toffee crunch. Everything is made by hand right on the premises. Gift shop, light lunches; call for group tours and luncheons.

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Whetstone Woodenware 29. Whetstone Woodenware

110 E. Main St., Silver Lake, IN 46982
(800) 253-3670; WhetstoneWoodenware.com
Open Monday-Friday 9am to 3:30pm; extended hours in summer.
Who would have imagined the painstaking care that goes into creating the smooth wooden spoons and other kitchen-related items created by John Whetstone and the artisans in his shop? You can find out by watching the craftsmen at work. Their knowledgeable staff can explain all the steps of producing the spoons, as well as other popular wooden utensils such as biscuit cutters, round bread boards, rolling pins and butter knives. You can shop for these artsy finds to restock your own kitchen.

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30. Zale Drugs
1775 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580
(574) 267-7356; ZaleDrug.com
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 8:30am to 7pm, Saturday 8:30am to 4pm.
If your mouth is watering for an old-fashioned chocolate soda, handmade milkshake or root beer float, this is the place to go! Zale Drugs is a local landmark where many residents remember the culinary delights they enjoyed as children, and still do today. The lunch counter features a host of breakfast specials, including omelets or biscuits and gravy. Lunches are bountiful, with Coney dogs, tenderloins, chicken salad, chili and desserts. Try the breaded dill spears and breaded cheeseburger for a new twist. Zale also offers gifts and crafts, and is a well-known local pharmacy specializing in compounding, an old-fashioned art of turning chemicals into palatable medications.

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