When we were planning our trip to Amish Country, Indiana, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that touring a real, working Amish farm was an option. I definitely wanted to sign up for that. An Amish man named Kenny offers buggy rides as well as farm tours. We met him in downtown Shipshewana where he picked us up in a buggy.
He then drove us through town and out into the country. It was a scenic and relaxing ride accompanied by the clip clop of horse hooves.
Although most Amish people do not want to be […]
Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is the closest lodging to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. I think the name is a little misleading, because it sounds like you need to bring an RV or tent with you, right? That isn’t the case at all. Lake Rudolph has 200 RV’s and 72 Cabins that you can rent. And some of the cabins are very far from rustic (think flat screen TV’s and surround sound). A few key amenities are not provided, but we’ll get to that later. Lake Rudolph offers many recreational opportunities. The miniature golf course was being […]
Do you know the name of the world’s first theme park? Disneyland? Guess again. In 1946, nine years before Disneyland opened, Santa Claus Land opened in Santa Claus, Indiana. In 1984 it was renamed Holiday World when Halloween and Fourth of July sections were added. Since then it’s grown even more with the addition of a Thanksgiving section and a water park. We visited the park on a beautiful September weekend. The water park was already closed for the season, but we got to take advantage of Happy Halloween Weekends, with special fall activities that are not available during the […]
Perhaps you remember our visit to the charming town of North Pole, Alaska. I am fascinated by towns that get to celebrate Christmas all year long. We recently had a chance to visit another: Santa Claus, Indiana. One summer during my college years, I lived in Evansville, Indiana, and when I would drive home for a weekend, I’d always see the sign for Santa Claus. It took 25 years, but I finally got to visit this cute town that has streets named after reindeer, carols, and everything Christmas.
My kids wanted to know how a town came to be named […]
I think I will remember 2013 as the summer of animal encounters. By the time we visited Northern Indiana’s Amish Country, we had already been licked by wolves and fed a bear cub in other places, so when we were asked by the visitors bureau if we’d like a close encounter with bison, we jumped at the chance. The visitors bureau arranged a complimentary tour of Cook’s Bison Ranch for us. This 83-acre farm is located in Wolcottville, Indiana, and raises bison to sell the meat, a healthy alternative to beef. Tours start in the gift shop where you can […]
One of the many things I love about my job is the opportunity to work with visitors bureaus to plan my trip itineraries because sometimes they come up with ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. Going for a bike ride through Amish Country is a perfect example. AmishCountry.org made all the arrangements for my kids and me to enjoy a bike ride on the tranquil Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. This trail is a 16.5-mile route that connects the communities of Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana in Northern Indiana. They arranged for bicycle rentals from Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury.
When I was writing my ebook on How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips, I tried to include unique attractions that reflected the character of each state. I was thrilled to discover that Indiana had an attraction that is truly unique, that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. I’m talking about the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana’s Amish Country. What’s a Quilt Garden? Imagine a giant quilt created from colorful flowers.
A cool idea for a garden, isn’t it? Closer up, you can see the individual flowers.
This is just […]
We had the opportunity to visit Northern Indiana’s Amish Country last summer for a couple days. Our first stop was Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort, an historic Old Order Amish Farm that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a member of the media, I was given complimentary admission so that we could do the research for this article. There is much to do at Amish Acres and the PastPort is a combination ticket that allows you do see most of it. It includes a House & Farm Tour, Wagon Tour, Documentary Films, Horse & […]
So, you want to meet some wolves. The logical place to go is southern Indiana, right? Right!
Wolf Creek Habitat was established in 2000 by Terry and Kathy Baudendistel when they established their first pack of wolf-dog hybrids. They were motivated by the knowledge that so many were being put down because many people couldn’t handle them as pets. They built the rescue facility on their property in Brookville, Indiana. By 2003 they had decided to focus only on pure wolves and after five years, they opened their doors to the public. Wolf Creek Habitat is currently home to […]