Monday, July 22
We will start early morning with a continental breakfast of rolls and juice as we travel into Indiana and the heart of the Amish Country. Our first stop will be at the Elkhart Country Visitors Center for our welcome into Amish Country and a short video and orientation of this unique, one-of-a-kind Quilt Gardens Tour. We will also be given an opportunity to explore the beautiful handmade works of art by fiber artists Diana Bennett and Lina Zerkle on your own. NEW Quilts will be on display!! We will be joined by our local expert gardener and get “all the dirt” on a guided tour of the official Quilt Gardens and Murals along the Heritage Trail. Lunch is going to be special!!! We are going to enjoy lunch and a cooking class at Adam’s Bistro, a Culinary Journey with Chef Adam at the Concord Mall in Elkhart. Chef Adam will prepare food for our meal including specialty drinks, entrees, desserts and a copy of all the recipes. Each one of the recipes comes with a story…and isn’t that what the recipes are all about.. the stories of the people who developed them, loved them and shared them. Following lunch, enjoy the Concord Mall for a short shopping experience. Our next stop will be at the Linton’s Enchanted Gardens where you can explore the many themed gardens of this new, large garden center including the Japanese Tea House, Southwestern garden and Mine Shaft, Victorian House, Dutch Gardens and a Grist Mill. Enjoy the 25,000 square foot gift shop filled to the rim with home décor, gift items, crafts and more. It’s time to check into our home away from home and freshen up before our evening activities begin. We will be staying at the Courtyard by Marriott in Goshen, IN. Dinner tonight is at the Mattern’s Butcher Shop and Corner Deli. It is a step back in time in this appealing, family run corner store with its tin ceilings, hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. After a filling dinner we will return to the hotel for the night. CB, L, D
Tuesday, July 23
The Courtyard by Marriott will have a full hot breakfast for you this morning before meeting our step-on-guide. Our guide will continue our Quilt Garden Journey where we will enjoy the Quilt Gardens & Murals of Nappanee and Wakarusa. While in Wakarusa we will visit the Wakarusa Dime Store which is known for its old-fashioned candy treats. Lots of free samples to bring back memories of our favorites from days gone by. Nappanee’s colorful history comes alive when touring Coppes Commons. Originally the factory for Coppes Cabinets that once produced the famous “Hoosier Cabinet” has been renovated into a variety of small businesses, perfect for shopping for those locally made, hand crafted and fresh baked goods. We are going to have a Tea Party Luncheon at the Tea Pot & More. The shelves of Karla Miller’s shop in Coppes Commons are filled with hand-painted china tea sets and place settings that are decorated by two Amish sisters. The “Tea Party Luncheon” is complete with cucumber sandwiches, freshly made scones, creamy pasta salad, cheesy broccoli soup, caramel pineapple rings plus tea of course!!! You will find the Coppes Commons is filled with lots of quilts, bath products and kitchen items to enjoy or take home with you. Back to the hotel to freshen up before departing for Amish Acres and a wine tasting, Threshers Dinner and the Round Barn Theatre. Our private tasting in the Barn Loft Wine Tasting Room will features wines made from the fruits of Indiana and Lake Michigan. Then sit down and enjoy Amish Acres famous family style Threshers Dinner in the century old barn restaurant. Top the evening off with a live musical theatre in the majestic 1911 Round Barn Theatre, offering a program of Broadway style musical production. BLD
Wednesday, July 24
Fill up with another hot breakfast at the Courtyard by Marriott before departing for the Quilt Gardens & Murals of Middlebury & Shipshewana. We are going to take a “Breakfast Break” at an Amish home where we will enjoy a homemade cinnamon roll, just out of the oven, plus coffee or tea as we watch Elaine, our Amish baker, demonstrate how she makes her special rolls. Not only are we going to eat one, she is going to send some home with us!!! Then it’s on to Shipshewana and the Flea Market. You will also have a chance to visit the Yoder Department Store, just across the street from the Flea Market, where locals and visitors find a unique blend of quality and hard to find items. The fabric department offers a wide variety for the quilting and sewing enthusiast with over 10,000 bolts of fabric in stock. Experience why thousands flock to the “trading place of America” every Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long. Shipshewana is home to the Midwest’s largest outdoor flea market with over 900 booths covering 60 acres. Also the weekly Wednesday antique auction barn will have up to 10 rings going at once selling quality antiques and collectibles. There is excitement and special finds at every turn. A shopper’s paradise!!!! Later this afternoon we will depart for home, arriving back in the every evening. SB
*This trip has something for everyone that loves beautiful gardens, good food and wonderful shopping. We are also going to be able to shop in the fabric shops for the quilters.