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Shipshewana Indiana – Amish Country

Shipshewana Indiana is in LaGrange County Indiana.

It’s a place you can come to if you’re interested in a cheap weekend getaway, or interested in spending a few days enjoying the quieter simpler things of life.

This part of Indiana is in the heart of Amish country and located only 2 hours from Chicago.

A half a million visitors come here every year to enjoy the area.

You can enjoy all four seasons here. This part of Indiana is beautiful.

There are lakes, trails, markets, shops, and farms.

If you are a hiker, there are over 100 acres of northern hardwood forest to hike.

In the winter you can enjoy the cross country ski trails, horse drawn sleigh rides, and ice fishing.

This place will get you back to the simpler yet enjoyable things of life.

You have Amish markets and shops where you will most likely find a bargain. Not to mention the delicious things that the Amish make.

You can get antique treasures, crafted goods, quilts, toys, and furniture, or attend auctions if you’re interested.

LaGrange county is also the home to one of the countries largest flea market. The 40-acre flea market has 1,100 vendors from May through October.

In LaGrange County 4 out of 10 people are Old Order Amish.

The area is home to the third-largest Amish community in the country, after Holmes County, Ohio, and Lancaster County, Pa.

Many Amish men work in Northeast Indiana factories. Their children attend public schools at least until the eight grade.

The Amish came to Shipshewana/LaGrange County from Pennsylvania in 1844.

LaGrange and Elkhart Counties have the second largest Amish population in America. The Amish prefer a simple way of life and live without many conveniences.

They have specific dress attire, conduct, and beliefs that sets them apart. They also choose to live without many modern conveniences such as a car, electricity, TV or radio.

Some Amish families invite people into their home by serving home-cooked communal meals.

For a small price you can get delicious home cooked Amish style comfort food and deserts and get to interact with an Amish family.

In total there are about a dozen other home dining options. You will have to call ahead to make a reservation for one of these meals.

Quilt Square, Shipshewana, Indiana (© Bill Dolak)If you would rather go to a restaurant, then there are many Amish cooks in the restaurants.

You can also go quilt watching on theBarn Quilt Trail of Northern Indianawhere you can view all the colorful quilt-pattern murals on historic barns, and family homesteads.

If you’re in for some unique shopping, there’s the The Little Helpers Quilt Shop, located on the family farm of Freeman and Carol Wingard in Shipshewana. They sells quilts from the area.

If you want to really getaway from everyday technology the Amish-owned Farmstead Bed and Breakfast near Shipshewana doesn’t have electricity-based amenities like a TV, air-conditioning and Internet access.

There are many tours you can enjoy. Here’s a list of some of the companies for your convenience.

I’m not affiliated with any of these companies. So I don’t have a preference of one over another.

Amish Commute (© iStockphoto.com/spotpictures)

Buggy Lane Tours

2-3 hour back roads country tours, tours to Amish schools, farms, buggy, and furniture shops. You can also enjoy Amish in home dinners, and lodging their Horse/Carriage House.

Phone: 574-238-4498

Cathy’s Countryside Tours

Custom designed tours .

Phone: 260-502-0045

Mary Ellen’s Homespun Tours

Scenic back roads driving tours. Custom designed tours.

Phone: 260-768-4262

Riegsecker Carriage

Carriage/Buggy Rides, Children’s Pony Rides.

Phone: 260-768-4725

Miller’s Buggy Line Tours

Located across from the Flea Market in Shipshewana.

Buggy rides, farm tours; 2-3 hour Backroads tours.

Several tours end at an Amish place for dinner.

Phone: 260-768-4494

You can get brochures and information about the area at the Shipshewana/LaGrange County Visitors Center:

350 S. Van Buren St. Shipshewana Indiana 46565

It’s located 2 blocks from the Historical downtown shopping district. The Visitors Center is full of brochures featuring area businesses