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Real Housewives of Indiana Amish Country

Forget reality TV and meet the Real Housewives of Amish Country. Get a first-hand look at a day in the life of Amish women. Learn how these women do household chores without electrical appliances and run their businesses without modern technology.  Enjoy a cinnamon roll demo with Elaine. Visit Carolyn’s home for a haystack lunch and a peanut butter crumb pie lesson. Chat with a basket weaver about her thriving business. Meet an Amish school teacher and find out how she manages her class in a one-room school.  Everyone gets an after school treat too—a whoopee pie to take home.  At the end of the day groups go home with a renewed respect for these women who live a simple life, yet they’re anything but simple.

With more than 20 options to choose from we’re sure to make your day in Amish Country unforgettable. Available in Nappanee or Middlebury / Shipshewana area.
1 day tour with multi-day possibilities 

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Downton Abby Afternoon Tour & Tea

Step into the past and experience what life was like for the affluent at the turn of the previous century. Tour the opulent home built in 1910 by Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley, a prominent Elkhart couple. Admire the elaborate window treatments, silk wall coverings, carved mahogany woodwork, revival-style furnishings and fabulous art works that adorn the mansion. Peek into Elizabeth’s boudoir where dresses still hang in the closet. Then enjoy a “Downton Abbey” style afternoon tea complete with hot tea, cold lemonade, tea sandwiches and fresh fruit served in the Game Room or on the covered Piazza if weather permits. Everyone goes home feeling grand.

 

Munch a Bunch in Amish Country

Munch a Bunch groups delight with every bite and no one goes home hungry on this tour that samples the culinary specialties of Amish Country. Begin at a bustling Amish bakery famous for its addictive cashew crunch candy and cinnamon-caramel donuts that satisfy every connoisseur’s sweet tooth. A stop an Amish cheese factory is awarded with tastings of Baby Swiss and Colby Jack cheeses among others. At a nearby country market watch the Lehman family roll-out made-from-scratch noodles and put them on racks to dry. They also specialize in fresh-from-the-hive honey and rich nut butters. Top off this food foray with a cooking demo and hearty meal in an Amish home complete with a hefty slice of just-baked pie. It’s the perfect end to a scrumptious tour. There are many options to choose from for your epicurean delight. Life is not a diet enjoy every bite!!  

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A Garden Party Along the Heritage Trail

Go green and spend the day visiting some of the most eye-popping, charming and unusual gardens and gardening centers in the Midwest. Be amazed observing how an Amish farmer grows vegetables hydroponically. Meet interesting gardening experts and earth-keepers committed to flora and fauna. Blend in fresh foods and fun shopping to make this day with “Mother Nature” a guaranteed “natural” hit.

Garden Party Along the Heritage Trail
 


Pieces, Pies & Posies Tour

This quilt themed tour is patterned for success. Combine a shop hop to four fantastic quilt stores containing over 20,000 bolts of fabric with the excitement of gathering “fat quarters” in high-quality fabric to create a charming pie quilt wall hanging. Add a slice of fun with pie recipes and a Lang recipe card box to keep them in. Experience this with the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, an American Bus Association Top 100 Event*, featuring 19 gigantic quilt patterned gardens and 21 super-sized hand-painted quilt art mural. Pieces Pies and Posies and the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail set the stage for a Delicious Stitches of fun! 

* The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, designated a Top 100 Event by ABA for seven years running, creates a glorious tapestry of color through seven communities in the heart of Amish Country. It starts Memorial Day and continues to October 1.


 

Heritage Trail, Amish Church and Church Luncheon

Every mile leads to surprises along the nationally recognized Heritage Trail a USA Today Reader's Top Choice. Discover the Amish and Mennonite lifestyle as you see for yourself how the Amish worship. Before lunch or dinner at an Amish home, hear about their church service and participate in singing a traditional hymn as they would on Sunday. A day full of interaction with the Old Order Amish community as we visit thier home based businesses.  This is as authentic as it comes! Optional Add-Ons: Consider a visit to Menno Hof Interpretive Center for a more in depth story of the Anabaptist history or a visit to Goshen College to see their collection of Antique Bibles.


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