I love Shipshewana, Indiana, so I thought I’d give some travel tips. If you haven’t been there, it’s in the northeast corner of Indiana. I’ve been several times, and it’s a truly wonderful place to visit.
WHO would enjoy going? I think anyone would—but you’ll definitely want to bring a significant other or family member with you so you can enjoy the sights and sounds together.
WHAT can you do? My favorite thing to do is drive through the countryside or sit in a rocker, but there are a lot of other things to do. You can:
—Walk the Pumpkinvine trail.
—Visit other area Amish communities.
—Shop the outdoor market, local stores and Amish small businesses.
—Eat dinner with an Amish family.
—Go on a buggy ride.
WHEN is the best time? I’ve been there in the spring, summer and winter. I loved all three times, and there are always things to do. The weather is quite beautiful in northern Indiana—but if you go in the winter be prepared for a little snow!
WHERE should you stay? There are several good B&Bs in the area. There’s also Blue Gate Garden Inn and Farmstead Inn—both are centrally located in town and give you a nice Amish experience.
WHY go to “Shipshe” as the locals call it? If you want an authentic Amish experience, there are plenty of Amish folk in the area. It’s a very fun and relaxing place to visit!
HOW do you get there? You can fly into Chicago O’Hare’s airport or the regional airport in Grand Rapids Michigan. Either way, you’re looking at a short drive to Shisphewana (under two hours).
As you can tell, Shipshe is one of my favorite travel spots. I do hope you’ll give it a try.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com
Her latest novel, Joshua’s Mission, is now available!
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