Experience Amish Country Shipshewana Itinerary

Post Date: Aug 11, 2023

Learn more about the Amish on your visit to Indiana's Amish Country. Here in Shipshewana, simple living is a choice. You'll slow down, and enjoy time learning about the Amish lifestyle, taking a buggy ride, and savoring local cuisine.


Good morning from Amish country! Start your Amish experience with a big breakfast at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana. If you're craving donuts, try stopping at Rise 'N Roll Bakery for their famous cinnamon-caramel donuts.

Next, visit the Menno-Hof Amish/Mennonite Information Center where you'll learn about the history, faith and life of Amish and Mennonites.


Road trip anyone? Go Off the Beaten Path and enjoy taking the backroads of Shipshewana where you will see and discover what makes this community unique and breathtaking. This self-guided driving tour features the Barn Quilt Trail, Amish run businesses, artisans, makers and eateries.

This self-guided driving tour connects six communities through LaGrange County in Northern Indiana. See murals on historic barns, family homesteads and public places, or one of the other trails you can visit while in Shipshewana, IN.

Ready for lunch? Stop at any of our local eateries for delicious lunch options including pretzels, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, wraps and ice cream.

After lunch, take a buggy ride to get an inside glance of Amish life or experience the local culture and see the local sights.


If you're ready to experience an authentic dinner in an Amish home? Grab a group of four or more and make reservations with Hoosier Banquets. Coffee hour after the meal includes questions and answers about the host's heritage!

After dinner, watch a family-friendly musical at the Blue Gate Theatre - typically inspired by an Amish book or theme.

Where to Stay

As the evening fades, consider staying at t the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center. Modeled after the Amish homes that dot our area, the hotel provides the chance to unwind, unplug and refresh after a day of learning.

Go for a walk around the winding sidewalks and listen as horse and buggies clip clop down the road. Or, take a dip in the indoor pool (located in the connected red barn) and relax in the hot tub silo surrounded by a barn scene mural.

For more trip ideas, download the Shipshewana, Indiana Amish Country Trip Planner! {download here}

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