Things to See & Do near That Pretty Place
Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, Indiana
A pleasant surprise awaits you in Northern Indiana Amish Country. Enjoy family or menu style dining in the large dining facility. A variety of gift shops, horse-drawn carriage rides, miniature golf, and live theatre year-round at Essenhaus Heritage Hall. And don’t forget a stop at the delicious bakery just before you leave.
Spring Meadow Farm Golf Club, Middlebury, Indiana
Less than a mile from That Pretty Place, enjoy Bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens. New weekday and weekend specials.
Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market
Midwest’s largest Flea Market, every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through the end of October.
Shipshewana Downtown Shopping
Boasting more than 100 interesting shops of unique gifts, right in the heart of Amish country.
Every year from Memorial Day through the end of September, travel the beautiful roads of Elkhart County and see the 19 beautiful quilt gardens! (with over 90,000 blooms) Each quilt garden is unique with its own pattern and bursts of color.
Shipshewana’s Antique Gallery
Your experience in Amish Country wouldn’t be complete without a treasure hunt at the Antique Gallery. The 31,000-sq.ft. facility, with more than 100 dealers, offers a wide variety of antiques–from easy to hard to find.
Menno-Hof, Shipshewana, Indiana
A story rather than a museum. Step inside Menno-Hof and begin a journey with Mennonites and Amish as their age-old story unfolds. Located in Shipshewana.
Davis Mercantile, Shipshewana, Indiana
Enjoy 4 floors of 22 shops where retailers showcase their wares. Ride the 100 year-old carousel where you can experience and observe the craftsmanship of the wood carver. The massive beams, stairway, and the 370-year-old Douglas fir tree are all points of interest for your pleasure.
Located along the Elkhart River, Goshen is a picturesque county seat with a delightful, inviting atmosphere. Enjoy the Elkhart County Courthouse, a magnificent example of Greek revival-style architecture. Shop at the antique shops lining Main Street, then head over to The Old Bag Factory where you’ll find many gift shops and artisans at work. Look for pottery, hardwood furniture, original quilt designs, and several others.
Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, Indiana
Every year in June, jazz legends and jazz lovers perform in seven unique venues throughout the downtown and on Main St.
Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart, Indiana
Art lovers, history buffs, and antique enthusiasts won’t want to miss a visit to Ruthmere, Elkhart’s elegant Beaux Arts mansion. This jewel of a house sits above the confluence of the St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the three-story brick and limestone home is accented with Italian marble, carved stone, and eclectic Prairie School elements, including stained glass. Hourly guided tours interpret life in the house during a bygone era.
Elkhart County Parks
Elkhart County boasts several county parks such as Ox Bow County Park and Bonneyville Mill County Park. At Ox Bow, situated on the Elkhart River, you can enjoy acres and acres of natural beauty as you walk the marked trails. Picnic at the many shelters provided, or enjoy an afternoon all to yourself. At Bonneyville, experience a water-powered grist mill. Purchase freshly ground flour, visit the gift shop, and enjoy the natural beauty of the 223-acre park. May-October.
Bonneyville Mill County Park
Experience a water-powered grist mill. Purchase freshly ground flour, visit the gift shop, and enjoy the natural beauty of the 223-acre park. Bonneyville has 5.24 miles of mountain bike trails, color coded for skill level.