Enjoy a Lerner Christmas at Elkhart’s Lerner Theatre!

A Lerner Christmas Holiday Musical revueLooking for something to get you in that Christmas spirit? Elkhart’s Lerner Theatre is offering a number of wonderful, seasonal programs, including The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, and A Lerner Christmas!

The Lerner Theatre has been entertaining audiences in downtown Elkhart, Indiana since 1924, providing a wonderful venue for live acts of all kinds – music, magic, drama, and dance – as well as film screenings and much more.. Now at 91 years of age and after an extended, multimillion dollar, restoration project completed in 2011, it continues to shine.

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Visit Ruthmere Mansion for the Holidays

Ruthmere Mansion and Museum - Elkhart, INRuthmere Mansion and museum in Elkhart, IN is always a great place to visit but if you haven’t seen this historic house and campus decked out for the end of the year holidays, you really ought to!

Designed and built in 1910 by E. Hill Turnock, Ruthmere Mansion was initially home for Albert R. and Elizabeth Baldwin Beardsley and the center of Elkhart’s social circle during the gilded age.

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The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway

The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday GetawayLike it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about the 2015 Holiday Season – but we can help you like it a lot more with the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway!

Getting the house ready for your family for a Thanksgiving or Christmas get-together – not to mention everything thing else you’ve got to do for the holidays on top of your regular schedule – can be overwhelming to the point of a breakdown … and right when you’re supposed to be enjoying your time with your family the most!

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Discover the Marshall County Museum!

Visit the Marshall County MuseumThe Marshall County Museum, located in Plymouth, IN, always has an exhibit or timely event that will entertain and educate – such as the upcoming Halloween Ghost Walk!

You never know what you’ll find on display at the Marshall County Museum, as the Marshall County Historical Society works hard to keep the displays fresh and the calendar full – which helps to explain why it received the 2014 Indiana Historical Society Award for “remarkable public services and programs provided to its community!”

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Visit Nappanee’s Dutch Village Market!

Dutch Village MarketIf you’ve a hankering for some good, old fashioned fun in Northern Indiana Amish country then a visit to Nappanee’s Dutch Village Market is just the ticket!

At first blush, the Dutch Village Market in Nappanee might not sound like much of an attraction – oh, boy: a market – but Dutch Village Market is so much more than just your typical market!

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Take a Bite Out Of Nappanee Apple Festival 2015!

Nappanee Apple Festival 2015Attend the 40th annual Nappanee Apple Festival – September 17 through Sunday, September 20, 2015 – and enjoy a slice of Indiana’s largest baked apple pie: 7 feet long, 600 pounds, and providing over 800 slices of fresh apple pie for the hungry Nappanee Apple Festival crowd!

The Nappanee Apple Festival, which began in 1975, annually draws over 80,000 visitors to Northern Indiana for three and a half days of contests, carnival rides, music, food, and fun!

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It’s Up, Up, And Away On A Bremen Hot Air Balloon Ride!

It's up, up, and away on a Bremen Hot Air Balloon Ride!

Get a new perspective with a
Bremen Hot Air Balloon Adventure!

There’s nothing like floating high as a bird above scenic Northern Indiana Amish Country – and now you can with a Bremen hot air balloon ride!

Hot air ballooning was humanity’s first successful challenge to gravity and, though we have far surpassed it now with jets and rockets, many would say hot air ballooning is still one of the purest forms of manned flight – and you can experience the simple grace and elegance of ballooning with a Bremen hot air balloon trip.

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Dig Into Marshall County Blueberry Festival 2015!

The Marshall County Blueberry Festival

One year away from its 50th anniversary, the Marshall County Blueberry Festival (September 4th through the 7th, 2015) is shaping up to be even bigger and better than ever with 3 stages of live entertainment, a parade, hot air balloons, fireworks, carnival rides, horse and tractor pulls, food and craft booths, a spectacular car show, blueberry-pie eating contests, and much, much more.

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Learn the Amish-Mennonite Story at Menno-Hof

Learn the Amish-Mennonite Story at Menno-HofIf you’re interested in the Amish-Mennonite story – a fascinating and beautiful history full of faith, craft, ingenuity, and community – then you’ll definitely want to take in Shipshewana’s Menno-Hof.

Menno-Hof creatively interprets and presents the history and values of the Anabaptists (the Amish-Mennonites), providing a variety of opportunities to learn about and experience the Amish-Mennonite world.

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Don’t Miss the 2015 Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival 2015The 53rd annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival is known as one of America’s premier arts & crafts festivals scheduled for August 6th through 9th, 2015 – where will you be?

If you love unique, handcrafted quality and style then I hope your answer to the above question was “at the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival!” This incredible event involves well over 300 separate vendors from nearly 250 cities in over 30 states offering some of the most fantastic and diverse arts, crafts, and other handmade goods.

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The Best of South Bend Museums

The Best of South Bend Museums - The Studebaker National Museum

See classic cars and more at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend!

There’s nothing quite like a museum to inform, excite, and catch your interest. The number of unique and amazing South Bend museums could keep you busy for weeks!

We love a good museum and we’ll bet you do, too! Musuems needn’t be dusty, stodgy, boring places and the better ones aren’t. Many South Bend museums explore some unique and unusual subjects – or display some more common things in unique and unusual ways!

Here’s a list of some of the best that South Bend museums have to offer

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Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail 2015

Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail 2015If you appreciate quilting, flowers, and gardening, then you’ll LOVE touring Indiana’s Amish Country Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail – open May 30th through October 1st, 2015.

Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail is more than a million vibrant blooms in 19 patchwork quilt inspired gardens, along with 21, giant, hand-painted, quilt-themed murals are spread across 7 Northern Indiana Amish Country communities along Indiana’s acclaimed self-guided Heritage Trail driving tour.

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Visit Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

When you need to getaway, sometimes it’s nice to know that you can have fun when you get there. A change of scenery, perhaps a lively, entertaining jaunt is just what the doctor ordered to recharge your batteries and set the world right again. Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana is the place to do that.

About Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens isn’t that far up the road from Bremen, Indiana, where we’re located.

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Cooking Class with Chef Brad Hindsley

A chef demonstrates mastery of the art of the flambe.

Cooking Up Some Learning

If you like to cook or love to cook, you’re going to want to join us Thursday, May 21st at 6 pm at the Shiloh Woods in Plymouth, Indiana for a Cooking Class with Chef Brad Hindsley of the Spire Restaurant in LaPorte, Indiana. Either alone or with a partner, you will craft an entree under Chef Brad’s apt tutelage. Once complete, everyone will

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Celebrate South Bend’s 150th Birthday!

Countdown to a Celebration

Courthouse fronting a street in South Bend, Indiana

3rd St. Joseph County Courthouse in South Bend

As I begin writing this, there is a timer on SB150‘s website that reads 35 days | 9 hours | 45 minutes | 33 seconds. What is it counting down to? A momentous event in the history of South Bend, Indiana: its sesquicentennial (150th) birthday. Indeed, 150 years ago on May 22nd, the city of South Bend was incorporated. Now they’d like to celebrate that with an enormous birthday party.

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Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival End of April

Lots of visitors and booths fill the street at Wakarusa Maple Syrup FestivalBeginning Friday, April 24, and lasting through Sunday, April 26th, 2015, the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival will be celebrating 46 years of family fun and entertainment. It’s a time when folks can get together, be entertained and learn about a historic nook of the country. This year’s festival looks to be one of the best and with such a great turnout already expected, the festival has already reached its maximum capacity for food vendors, and the event is still several weeks away.

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Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre 2015 Season

The Round Barn Theatre at Amish AcresAmish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre has released the schedule of its upcoming, fun-filled 2015 season: The Circle of Life Season: Round and Round We Go!

Northern Indiana’s only professional repertory theatre company, the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres has produced well over 100 musicals since 1998 and has garnered rave reviews and a sterling reputation in the process.

2015’s schedule makes it clear they intend to continue the tradition!

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In Honor of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

Library Named in 1987 after Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

Photo by Mendaliv under the following license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

After 97 years of life, Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, died on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross House, adjacent to the University of Notre Dame where he served as president from 1952 to 1987.

During that time, he became highly influential in the world of higher education. Even after his service as President of the University concluded, he maintained a daily presence on campus, bolstering the proof of his passion for higher education.

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Visit the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery

Food and Fun in the Heart of Northern Indiana Amish Country

The Blue Gate Restaurant & BakeryAmish Skillet Mealis part of the Riegsecker Marketplace of Shipsewana, less than an hour’s drive from Bremen, Indiana. Infused with Amish culture and atmosphere, the Restaurant is a popular attraction for anyone seeking a traditional, made-from-scratch meal.

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Scottish Bed & Breakfast: Your Culver Academies Lodging

Scottish B&B for Culver Academies LodgingThe Culver Academies campus, less than 30 minutes away from us in Culver, IN, contains a popular set of college preparatory schools and leadership camps serving students in grades 9 through 12. Scottish Bed & Breakfast is proud to offer Culver Academies lodging to the families of these fine students.

Culver Academies – including Culver Military Academy, Culver Girls Academy, and Culver Summer Schools and Camps – offer not just top academics and competitive athletics to serious minded students but also a sense of leadership and responsibility as a global citizen that will last well beyond a student’s school days.

Founded in 1894, Culver Military Academy has since expanded to encompass all potential students, grades 9 through 12, who are looking for a challenging environment to better develop their mind, spirit, and body.

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Elkhart’s Historic Lerner Theatre

Elkhart's historic Lerner TheatreCatching some good entertainment is a great way to pass the time as we wait for warmer weather. Elkhart’s historic Lerner Theatre has plenty of that on tap throughout 2015 and beyond!

The Lerner Theatre has been on the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in downtown Elkhart, Indiana since November 24, 1924. Of course, it has seen lots of ups and downs since the grand opening – vaudeville, big band, the innovation of movies.

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Scottish Bed & Breakfast’s Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine's Day SpecialFebruary is for Lovers and Scottish Bed & Breakfast, in Bremen, Indiana, is helping to make that true for you and that special someone in your life by extending our Valentine’s Day Special to every weekend in the month!

Yes, you read that right: book your Valentine’s Day stay at our Northern Indiana Amish Country inn for any weekend in the month of February, 2015

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Enjoy a Northern Indiana Sleigh Ride!

Northern Indiana Sleigh RidesThe lyrics to “Jingle Bells” are all about it but – have you ever ridden in a one horse open sleigh? Now you can with a Northern Indiana Sleigh Ride!

It sounds almost like something out of a fantasy or from a time now long since passed – bundled up, perhaps under a thick blanket, the cool, fresh winter air in your lungs and on your face, the jingle-jangle of the tack and the hiss of the sleigh runners as they cut through the snow on the forest path – I can see it in my mind’s eye and now I’m all ready for that return-home hot cup of cocoa by a warm fire – and so can you be, too!

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The Scottish Bed & Breakfast New Year’s Eve Special

New Year's Eve SpecialIt’s hard to believe but 2014 is almost history. Start 2015 right by treating yourself to the Scottish Bed & Breakfast New Year’s Eve Special!

Taking a Northern Indiana holiday vacation is a great way to celebrate the end of this year and the coming of the new. An Amish country getaway is always rewarding but, around the holidays, things really light up with beautiful decorations and entertaining celebrations wherever you look.

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Travel Back In Time at the Bremen Holy Walk 2014

Bremen Holy Walk 2014How would you like to visit the world of the Nativity? To not just view statues of it from the sidelines but actually enter into that very first Christmas in Bethlehem? You can at the Bremen Holy Walk!

We all know the Nativity – it’s everywhere this time of year from big displays in people’s yards, to tiny ones on their mantle, to re-enacted versions on television specials – but to be able to actually travel back in time to witness the Nativity … now that would be something.

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