In the summer, this town is full of color with their beautiful and vibrant flowers. The variety of flowers decorate the grounds outside stores, restaurants, along the medians and in the yards. Butterfly gardens were plentiful.
Our buggy ride, the Amish driver told my husband and I that the town works hard to create this color display all season. He drove us by the restaurants, stores and Menno-Hof.
The Menno-Hof is an informative and interesting place. The Amish and Mennonite beliefs and lifestyle are depicted through talks and displays in several different rooms. A lot of Anabaptists (Name of Amish and Mennonites before they split.) suffered persecution for believing in Jesus Christ. They were kept in dungeons, burned at the stake, beheaded, and tortured in the 1500’s in Rome and Zurich as an example.
Next we shopped at the Shipshewana Flea Market. I found wonderful handmade Amish dolls, and enjoyed talking with a beautiful elderly woman. She was a delight, and her stitches on the doll are perfect. She attended the flea market with a friend, and she said she wouldn’t return. She doesn’t usually sell her dolls. I felt quite blessed to have met her, because the flea market is very commercial and this was one of the few Amish offerings.
I would recommend it if you like flea markets, but wear your comfortable shoes! It has about 900 vendors! It was clean and it had great finds for your kitchen and home. It is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Of course, the food was delicious in the restaurants. We had fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, and my favorite, butterscotch pie! Tressie, a local Amish woman, has made the majority of pies for the Shipshewana Auction Restaurant for over 28 years! Delicious!
Touring an Amish farm is always on my list, no matter how many times I’ve seen them. I enjoy the lush pastures, handmade furniture, and Amish history, but our trip was cancelled due preparations for an Amish wedding. The Amish man apologized but beamed telling us his daughter was getting married. He said the women were busy making food and arranging the barn to make room for the hundreds of people that would attend. I walked away excited for his family from the way he excitedly told about the event and less disappointed I didn’t get to tour the farm.
The Blue Gate Garden Inn staff couldn’t be friendlier. The ice cream shop inside was an added bonus. The rooms were spacious, clean, and I can’t wait to stay there again. I swam in the large pool, and it felt so relaxing after walking all day!
I definitely recommend Shipshewana, Indiana for an enjoyable couple of days away!
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Molly Jebber is the author of Change of Heart, and the novella, The Amish Christmas Sleigh. Fascinated by the Amish history, culture, Molly perused her passion to write about the Amish people. She also has three more titles debuting with Kensington Publishers in 2015 and 2016. Publisher’s Weekly listed Change of Heart as number three in their best ten review list for 2015. Romantic Times gave Change of Heart 4.5 stars. Molly enjoys time with her family, friends, traveling, swimming and golf.
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