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There's a welcoming small-town atmosphere in relaxing Marshall County, where shop and restaurant owners take time to talk with visitors. You don't feel rushed and the sense of being far away from the bustle of the city soon puts you in a relaxed mood. The county values its heritage and that's apparent when you follow a trail through the countryside that leads you past barns emblazoned with huge quilt designs. The earth here is fertile growing ground for blueberries, and a huge four-day festival Labor Day weekend hails the sweet crop with a myriad of blueberry treats, fireworks, music and more. Good food is always in season here with a farmers market where vendors sell products they have raised themselves, from fruits and vegetables to pork, beef and eggs, and artisans sell their creations. Watch bakers making delicious healthy breads at a Plymouth shop on the historic Lincoln Highway and enjoy a country breakfast featuring local ingredients at a comfortable country bed and breakfast. Your journey starts at…

Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau
220 N. Center Street
Plymouth, IN 46563
T: 574.936.1882
VisitMarshallCounty.org

City Center L.L.C. 1. City Center L.L.C.
114 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 914-4153; CityCenterLLC.com
Open year-round; Monday-Saturday 7am to 10pm.
Immerse yourself for the day to experience art, food and culture, all under one roof! The 100-year-old J.C. Penney building now houses shops with locally created art displayed throughout, breads at Earthworks, books at City Center News and Books, classic films shown in the Back Room Cinema, and gourmet sandwiches and salads at Opie's Deli. On Friday and Saturday nights during the summer, the Alley hosts a cookout on the patio. Once a month, indulge in dinner and a movie at the Back Room, with a local reviewer commenting.

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2. Earthworks
701 E. Jefferson St., Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 935-4161; Earthworks.org
Open year-round; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 8am to 1pm, Wednesday and Friday 8am to 5:30pm.
The mouth-watering products you buy here are good for you and good for the earth, too! This group makes its own bread with no artificial additives, with the most popular being multigrain, which contains 13 different grains. You can watch the bakers make the bread and choose from 13 kinds, including cherry-walnut and molasses. They also sell beef raised humanely and with no antibodies on their farm, plus Amish chickens and eggs. Choose from artisan cheeses, hand-made cosmetics with no additives, and fair-traded items such as coffee, scarves, jewelry and games.

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Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail 3. Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail
Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau
220 N. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 936-1882, VisitMarshallCounty.org
Open year-round, Dawn to dusk, self-guided tour.
Visitors love the fine handmade quilts produced in Northern Indiana, but who would expect to find giant replicas gracing barns? You will experience “Rural Living as an Art Form” when you pick up a brochure and follow the Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail. Vibrant quilt patterns up to eight feet tall grace area barns, public buildings and residences. The movement started a few years ago when an Ohio woman painted one of her mother’s quilt patterns on a barn. It’s spread and is a perfect fit for this region, where quilts are an intricate part of life.

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Marshall County Blueberry Festival 4. Marshall County Blueberry Festival
Centennial Park, 1600 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 936-5020; BlueberryFestival.org
Labor Day weekend, Friday 5pm to 9pm; Saturday & Sunday 9am to 9pm; Monday 9am to 6pm.
The blueberry is king in this fertile region where so many are raised, and Marshall County celebrates its succulent fruit in high style every Labor Day weekend with a four-day extravaganza. You'll taste blueberries in the most delicious concoctions, including pies, cheese cakes, donuts and ice cream. But there's so much more going on with a parade, musical entertainment, spectacular fireworks, a hot air balloon launch, road races, games for the kids, a carnival and even more food, including other Northern Indiana favorites such as walleye sandwiches and corn on the cob.

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5. Moon Tree Studios
9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN 46513
(574) 935-1712; MoonTreeStudios.org
Open year-round; Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday by appointment
If you're feeling over-scheduled and uninspired, this could be the perfect place to restore your spirit and creativity. You might take a class in weaving, spinning, painting or woodworking at this studio, operated by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, an order of nuns who make their home here. The studio is part of a sprawling complex that includes a college, retirement living and much more. Classes may be anywhere from one session to six. Lodging for participants is available on the property. Moon Tree also features exhibits by regional artists, some who have their works for sale.

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Plymouth Farmers Market 6. Plymouth Farmers Market
E. Garro and River Streets, Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 217 5776 ; PlymouthFarmersMarket.com
Saturday, early May-mid-October, 7:30am to 11:30am.
You can put a fabulous dinner together, buy cut flowers for your centerpiece, browse locally made crafts and pick out perennial and bedding plants for your garden all in one stop. The vendors here raise their own vegetables, fruits, pork, bison, beef and eggs, plus herbs to season it all. Take your time and enjoy the local entertainment and other activities that add to the homegrown festivities.

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Scottish Bed and Breakfast 7. Scottish Bed and Breakfast
2180 Miami Trail, Bremen, IN 46506
(574) 220-6672; ScottishBB.com
Open year-round.
It might be hard to leave this plush brick country B&B, where you can take a dip in the indoor pool, relax at the outside garden patio and feast on Brenda’s delicious breakfasts, which she creates with eggs purchased from a local Amish farmer. But you’ll want to explore the local culture by visiting Izzy’s gift shop which features the works of local artists and products such as Amish-made maple syrup, jewelry, and music. Ask Homer to brew a cup of his home-grown Amish tea for your enjoyment.

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The Briar Patch 8. The Briar Patch
1569 Oak Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 784-3533; BriarPatchPrimitivePlace.com
Open May 1-September 30, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm; closed Wednesday; Sundays call ahead.
If you’ve ever wondered how to create a perfect perennial garden, you can find your answers here. Visit the show garden and discover the beauty of Russian sage, Bee Balm, ornamental grasses and more. You’ll learn how to put them all together for a stunning landscape of your own. Roam the gardens of the Briar Patch, enjoy the feeling of country living as you visit the Resale Shop in a hand-crafted cabin with farmhouse finds from the old days, such as rocking chairs and crocks. On June 29, the last weekend of June, there’s a Folk Art Gathering here with arts, crafts and antiques. Free admission.

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The Yellow River Festival 9. The Yellow River Festival
East LaPorte Street, Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 276-1185
First Saturday of June, (June 2, 2012) 10am to 8pm.
History, arts and food are an integral part of this region and you're along for the ride. Sample the bounty of Northern Indiana in homemade ice cream, rib eye sandwiches, kettle corn, mint tea or chicken and noodles while musicians serenade you. Then get up on your feet and try some old-time or Native American dancing. Interpreters tell you about wildlife and the history of the area and vendors display their crafts. Kids can make their own creations and everyone gets a chance to participate in a sack race, walk on a rope bridge or drop a fishing line (catch and release).

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