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Shipshewana Loop
Nothing says "Amish" like the fantastic food you'll find in restaurants, bakeries and shops in the community of Shipshewana and the surrounding area. The tempting aromas of fried chicken, cookies, pies, breads, soft pretzels, plus simmering jams and jellies lure you into for a taste on the premises. There's plenty to take home, including Amish noodles, honey in all kinds of flavors produced at a local bee operation and delicious cheeses at a factory where you can watch them make some of their 40 varieties. You'll be well sustained for visits to area shops where you'll find eco-friendly birdhouses, Amish-created furniture, vintage style aprons, homemade quilts and even the works of an artist who paints birds, flowers and landscapes on slate, milk cans and much more. Take a wagon ride at a bison ranch, where you'll learn the history of this historic animal and even get to feed one yourself. Pamper yourself with lotions and designer perfumes at a shop that will leave you feeling soothed and very special. Your journey begins at…

LaGrange County Convention & Visitors Bureau
350 S Van Buren St., Suite H
Shipshewana, IN 46565
T: 260.768.4008
VisitShipshewana.org

1. Annie Oakley Perfumery

300 Johnson St, Ligonier
(260) 894-7219; AnnieOakley.com
Monday-Saturday, 8am to 5pm. Open year-round; 10am to 5pm EST Monday-Friday.
It’s a rare and aromatic opportunity to view a perfume studio and find out how fragrances are created, blended and bottled. In the shop, you can choose from natural and organic perfumes, bath and body Spa products and fragrances for men and women. The founder, Renee Gabet, also creates and sells home fragrances. Renee or a member of her family will help you choose and show you how the perfumes and fragrances are made. You can even create your own unique scent!

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“B” Honey 2. “B” Honey

2260 N. 1000 W., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(574) 642-1145
Monday-Saturday, 8am to 5pm.
The bees do the initial work here, but Perry Bontrager Jr. and his family, who own this operation, help them out with the final product. Take home pure honey and flavored cream honey in a spreadable consistency and all kinds of flavors, including blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and pecan. They also create candles made out of beeswax and soy to light your home while you indulge in their delicious treats.

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B & L Woodcrafts 3. B & L Woodcrafts

 
10045 W. 250 N., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(888)642-6016
Open year-round; 8am to 5pm daily.
You can design your own bird house or bird feeder (Reservations required). You pick out the parts and the crafters here will make a one-of-a-kind creation for your feathered friends. Then peruse the hand-crafted lawn and patio furniture, as well as dining room tables and chairs. You don't want to miss the large timber frame barn that fits in so well with the Amish countryside, which is full of antiques, crafts, bird feeders and wooden clothes drying racks .

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Bread Box Bakery and Café and Scherger’s Kettle 4. Bread Box Bakery and Café and Scherger’s Kettle
120 N. Morton St., Shipshewana
(800) 447-6475; ShipshewanaBakery.com
Open April - November, Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm; December, February and March, Thursday-Saturday 9am to 5pm.
The tempting aromas of homemade cinnamon rolls and simmering fruit that will soon be turned into jams and jellies let you know you're in for Amish delights before you even step inside the Bread Box and Scherger's Kettle right next door in the heart of Shipshewana. Watch Amish cooks create breads, huge cookies and pies, as well as jams and jellies before you indulge in a lunch that features from-scratch soups, salads and sandwiches. Take home local products such as noodles and popcorn.

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Art & Earth Trail 5. Cherry Pickers
   
160 N. Morton St. (in the back of building), Shipshewana
(574) 612-4569; Facebook.com/CherryPickersIN
Open year-round; 9am to 5pm Monday-Saturday.
There’s a story behind nearly every interesting piece you’ll find in Mark Liechty’s shop, where his passion is restoring vintage finds and often repurposing them. He’s brought vintage chairs, tables, even a metal sewing machine base back to life. He’s taken a late 1800s dresser and made it into a bath vanity and designed pieces from castoffs such as barn siding. An expert at kitchen and bath design, he sells his own pieces, plus cabinets made by an Amish family just down the road from his shop. They’ll ship these goods for restoring your own rooms across the country.

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Cook’s Bison Ranch 6. Cook’s Bison Ranch
5645 E. 600 S., Wolcottville, IN 46795
(866) 382-2356; CooksBisonRanch.com
Open May-October. Tuesday-Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Call for tour times and schedules. Reservations recommended.
If you've never seen a bison up close, here's your chance. A guided wagon ride takes you into the fields at this ranch where you'll learn how they raise this historic animal which was almost extinct not long ago, and even get a chance to feed one yourself. Feast on a bison burger or chuck wagon meal in the dining room, which features a barn-like setting, and then shop for bison meat, jerky and hides in the gift shop. Reservations are required for meal options.

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7. D’vine Yarn & Beads
310 N. Harrison St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-7110; DVineGallery.com
Open May-November, Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 3pm.
Colorful gardens surrounding this shop seem right in sync with the works of local artists who display their wares here, including weaving, beading and jewelry. An amazing selection of yarns from all over the world entice knitters. You'll also find beads, Amish and Mennonite quilts, pottery, jewelry and paintings. Learn a new skill yourself by signing up for a knitting, weaving or beading class.

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Galarina Folk Arts 8. Galarina Folk Arts
305 Morton St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-4227; AmishArt.com
Open by chance or appointment, but never on Sunday.
Art and history meet in this fine arts gallery located in the oldest building in Shipshewana, the original 1888 train station. Galarina is a Shipshewana tradition, presenting the best in local and national folk art. You will find room after room filled with Amish and Mennonite art, face jugs, locally made Shaker boxes and the best collection of original oil paintings by Will Moses this side of the Hudson. Moses is the great-grandson of the renowned painter, Grandma Moses.

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Greenfield Mills 9. Greenfield Mills
10505 E. 750 N., Howe, IN 46746
(260) 367-2394; NewRinkelFlour.com
How did the wheat turn into flour a century or two ago? You'll see on a guided tour at this mill, with equipment that dates back to the 1800s. Indiana's oldest commercial water-powered flour mill has been in operation for more than a century and still produces flour products, including 11 kinds of delicious pancake mixes. Try the blueberry, pumpkin spice or chocolate chip and other yummy options.

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9. Green Meadow Houses 10. Green Meadow Houses
0725N 840W, Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-7863, ext. 1
Open year-round, Monday - Saturday, 10am to 4pm (additional times by appointment)
You won't believe when you see John Hochstetler's beautiful bird houses and feeders that they started life as plastic milk jugs! This Amish crafter creates his eco-friendly works from polywood, produced when milk jugs are melted down and formed into boards. He sells a variety of feeders, including suet, hopper, window mounted, peanut butter, plus those for orioles and finches. Bird houses for bluebirds, wrens and chickadees come shaped as houses, stars or a covered bridge. You can choose from 14 colors, including white, orange, blue and cedar. Your birds will love you and so will the environment!

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Guggisberg Deutsch Kase Haus 11. Guggisberg Deutsch Kase Haus

11275 W. 250 N., Middlebury, IN 46540
(330) 893-2500; BabySwiss.com
Visit Indiana's largest cheese factory and you're in for a treat! It's the home of world-class longhorn cheeses, such as Colby, Marble and Pepper Jack. The Guggisberg gift shop features large viewing windows that offer you a bird's eye view to how they make those championship cheeses. Also featured in the store are more than 40 varieties of cheese (you can sample them all), as well as jams, jellies, local meats and other area treats. You'll want to stock up on these delights to take home with you.

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Art & Earth Trail 12. Hilltop Hickory Furniture

3341 W 1200 N, Ligonier
(260) 593-2421
Open year-round; closed major and Amish holidays. 8am to 4pm Monday-Friday, 8am to noon Saturday.
Fall in love with hickory! The beauty of hickory wood gleams in the unique furniture at this shop. You’ll find hutches, dressers, beds, dining room chairs and tables, rockers, TV stands and so much more, all fashioned from hickory. Owner and furniture-maker Wayne Fry is happy to tell you about the steam process that is used to bend the pieces into shape and you may even see his staff at work. The furniture comes with a natural finish or a variety of stains.

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Jo Jo’s Pretzels 13. Jo Jo’s Pretzels

205 N. Harrison St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-7759; ShipshewanaShops.com
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm.
A buttery aroma lures you to this pretzel shop, where Amish bakers will show how these delicacies are made from scratch. Perhaps you feel a sweet craving coming on and want this big soft creation sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Or maybe your taste buds are running toward a pretzel dipped in one of Jo Jo's famous mustards (take a jar of hot or sweet home with you). You also can order soup, sandwiches and ice cream.

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Art & Earth Trail 14. Kathy McClanahan's Oil Painting Studio
140 Harrison St., Fremont, IN 46565
(260) 316-0444; KathyLovesPainting.com
Open April - December, Monday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Artist Kathy McClanahan paints on everything! You'll find her dreamy depictions of flowers, mountains, lighthouses and birds, plus nautical and country scenes on canvas, slate, benches, milk cans and cupboards in her studio. She's usually at work there, so you can watch her create. She'll even personalize on of her works for you. For example, you may want a milk can with flowers to say "The Smiths." Just call ahead to make sure she's in the studio the day you visit. Kathy also teaches one-time "Paint and Take" classes for all levels. No equipment or experience is necessary.
Kingsbury House Gallery 15. Kingsbury House Gallery
409 3rd St., Howe, IN 46746
(260) 562-1016; KingsburyGallery.com
Open year-round; Tuesday-Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 9:30am to 1:30pm summers, 10am to 2pm winters. Closed Sunday and Monday.
This stunning gallery finds its home on the town square, where the 1864 building was a grand hotel. It was refurbished in 2008 by Richard and Karen Frischkorn and taken over as a gallery by Linda Chase. Today, you'll find the works of area artisans here, with everything from unique gifts, painting, sculpture and photography to blown and fused glass. In just two years, the number of exhibiting artists has grown from 15 to over 40. Artist receptions and demonstrations also are held on a regular basis.

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Art & Earth Trail 16. LaGrange County Barn Quilt Trail
Shipshewana, IN 46565
(800) 254-8090; LaGrangeCountyCVB.org
Open year-round, sunup to sundown
Quilts are an integral part of life in Northern Indiana and LaGrange County shows them off in a big way. Quilt designs are painted on 4-foot by 4-foot or 8-foot by 8-foot boards and displayed on barns throughout this scenic region. All the quilt designs have been painted by volunteers. The patchwork patterns highlight the folk art heritage significant to the owner and preserve the area's heritage. Visitors can take the driving tour throughout the year. It's easy with a map available at the LaGrange County CVB or VisitLaGrangeCounty.org.

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Little Helpers Quilt Shop 17. Little Helpers Quilt Shop

1030 N. 1000 W., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-4278
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm April thru mid-December; limited hours mid-December thru March.
The homemade creations of this Amish family will make your taste buds water. They offer an amazing number of homemade jams and jellies, including black raspberry, red raspberry, apricot, peach, strawberry, rhubarb, blueberry and a couple of intriguing specialties: hot pepper jam and sweet cider jelly. You also can buy pie fillings such as cherry and apple ready to go into a crust and bake. The family also has been making quilts for eleven years and offer their own as well as those neighbors make.

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Lotions & Potions 18. Lotions & Potions

459 S. Van Buren, Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-7799 LotionandPotion.com
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Ummm. You'll smell so good and feel good, too, when you chose your very own fragrance or a designer scent from more than 500 available. They go into lotions, shower gels, cologne and much more, all custom blended. For people with allergies, the shop can create fragrance-free products as well. You'll leave feeling as if you've been to your own personal spa.

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Menno Hof 19. Menno Hof
Menno-Hof: Amish-Mennonite Information Center
510 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(260) 768-4117; MennoHof.org
Open year-round, Monday-Saturday 10am to 5pm; extended hours June-August, Monday-Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm (last tour begins 45 minutes before closing).
The horse-drawn buggies that clip-clop throughout this intriguing area make visitors curious about the Amish-Mennonite heritage that is still so strong today. There’s no place like this center to learn all about their unique culture. Travel through five centuries of history from the group’s Swiss origins through their arrival in America to their lives in modern times. Explore a 17th century ship, replicas of an old-time print shop and an Amish room. Tours are educational and interactive with hands-on activities for all ages. The gift shop is filled with handcrafted items created by local Amish and Mennonite artisans.

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Morton Street Bed & Breakfast 20. Morton Street Bed & Breakfast

100 Morton St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(800) 447-6475 or (260) 768-4391; ShipshewanaLodging.com
Open February-December, check-in 2pm to 5pm, arrange for other times.
Each of Shipshewana's first five doctors successively called this elegant white-sided house his home back in 1880. The Victorian mood remains with furnishings that recall that era, but the inn boasts modern amenities, such as private baths, queen-size beds and TV. Enjoy a full hot breakfast with breads and pastries made right next door at The Bread Box Bakery before you set off for a day of shopping and exploring.

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Shipshewana Courtyard of Arts 21. Shipshewana Courtyard of Arts
125 N. Morton St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
(574) 538-9241; CourtyardofArts.com
Open May-October, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Artisans are at work in the little shops that line this cozy courtyard and you can watch them create carved eggshells, seasonal treasures, buffalo fibers, lake effect gifts, pottery, oil paintings, original jewelry and more before you decide what treasures to take home. Watch a blacksmith at work. You'll also meet visiting artists as well as musicians who provide a melodic background.

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Art & Earth Trail 22. Stoney Creek Toyworks
     
7305 S 1200 W, Millersburg
(574) 642-1300, Ext. 3081
Open year-round; 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday, 8am to noon Saturday (call ahead on Wednesdays).
It takes a lot of intricate work to create the hand-crafted wooden toys you’ll find here: farm equipment, semi-trucks, dump trucks, skid loaders with buckets and forks, doll furniture and much more. The toys are made from solid maple and have moveable parts, which owner Lamar Miller is happy to explain to you. The sturdy toys are built to last from generation to generation. Even though they’re designed for kids, many adults buy them, too, to display in their homes. Lamar will even design a special toy if you bring in a picture.

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