Peaceful country-style living in Shipshewana.
Discovering Midwestern Amish Country
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Northerneastern Indiana’s town of Shipshewana is an alternate universe to Chicago’s hustle and bustle. It’s home to antique sellers, applied arts and crafts, and a thriving Amish community, which—with a population of more than 20,000—ranks as the third largest in the country. You’ll want to drive to get around, but your trip will be much more pleasurable the more you step outside of your car, meet people, and explore the community’s shops and restaurants on foot.

Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market

Peruse Shipshewana’s many arts and crafts stores on the main street, but if size matters, visit the weekday market to see more than 900 vendors.

Miller Buggy Line Tours

Experience a back-roads tour of the Amish and Mennonite communities.

The Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery

The Riegsecker Marketplace locale serves family-style Amish food including pressure-fried chicken, Amish noodles, and 25 varieties of pies.

Village Gardens Bed & Breakfast

The “country French” property has easy access to shops and restaurants. Rooms are decorated in bright colors, but the owners create a warm atmosphere with personalized service and homemade food.