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.

The Riegsecker Marketplace has a rich history and captivating story about its humble beginnings that blossomed into a well-rounded shopping and dining venture in the heart of Amish country. Of course, part of that history is the birth of Bluegate Restaurant & Bakery, which began as Der Strudel Haus. Opened in the mid 1980’s, the Blue Gate originally had one dining room and 50 seats. As it grew to accommodate more patrons, it was clear a ground-up renovation was needed, so the original was torn down after 20 years and a new building erected in its place which boasted the capacity to offer 1200 seats, 9 dining rooms, and a fully functioning Bakery and theater.

Open Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Blue Gate offers dozens of mouthwatering entrees, desserts, and confections at a price range of $3.00 to $8.00, making it a prime selection for inexpensive and, yet, delectable fare. Diverse dietary needs are also accommodated, ensuring that those who need to dine wheat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, or MSG-free can do so without narrowly confining the number of their entree choices. And with entertainment and shopping nearby, the Blue Gate can be a source of nourishment throughout the day as you and yours enjoy the many offerings of the Riegsecker Marketplace.

To fully enjoy your visit to the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery, book a room with Scottish Bed & Breakfast. We offer delightful, comfortable, and clean lodging that suits all manner of travelers. After a fun-filled day at the Riegsecker Marketplace, come rest your head in one of our rooms and recharge your batteries for the trip home or, better yet, another day of wholesome fun.

 

 

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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Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary Special!

The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary SpecialScottish Bed & Breakfast in Bremen Indiana just passed a very special milestone – our tenth year in business! Help us celebrate by taking advantage of our Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary Special!

It’s hard for us to believe that ten full years have passed but I guess what they say is true: time flies when you’re having fun – and have we had a lot of fun! We’ve absolutely loved hosting all the great folks who have stayed with us, here at Scottish Bed & Breakfast during their northern Indiana Amish Country getaways – and we look forward to many more years of the same!

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Tour the South Bend Chocolate Company

The South Bend Chocolate CompanyChocolate is a wonderful holiday treat that makes a great gift, and The South Bend Chocolate Company not only makes wonderful chocolates but also a day’s outing with tours of their chocolate factory and chocolate museum!

A lot of people immediately picture Willy Wonka’s when they hear “chocolate factory tour” but, while the South Bend Chocolate Company doesn’t employ Oompa Loompas, have a river of chocolate, or use a great, glass elevator to get around their building, it’s still a fun and fascinating place to tour!

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Visit Bonneyville Mill

Bonneyville Mill County ParkVacation time is often described as an attempt to break out of the daily grind – well, what if I told you that you could accomplish that very thing by visiting a daily grind? Bonneyville Mill, a historic grist mill in Bristol, IN that still grinds corn, wheat, rye and buckwheat the old-fashioned way: slowly and methodically with massive grist stones.

Bonneyville Mill, in the center of beautiful, Bonneyville Mill County Park, is a functioning grist mill and fascinating window to the past that you can visit and tour. It’s historic facilities are open to visitors May through October, while the expansive park it is in is open year-round!

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Reserve Your Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway Now!

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday GetawayThe holidays are coming up and you wont want to miss out on the perfect way to spend them with your family – the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway!

We’re taking reservations now and they’re going to go fast – the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway is a very popular option as a special gathering place for your family’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

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Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail

Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail

Summer is busy changing into fall and, in northern Indiana, that means it’s time once again for the colorful Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail!

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Have An Indiana Horseback Riding Adventure

Northern Indiana Horseback Riding AdventureWhat better way to get out into the great outdoors and forget your cares than an Indiana horseback riding adventure!

Nothing is as fun and relaxing as getting up in the saddle of a friendly, well-cared for horse and going for a trail ride. Something about the feel of that big, beautiful animal moving beneath you as you both work together, taking in all that fresh air – a wonderful sport!

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Get a Taste of the Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Marshall County Blueberry Festival 2014 Autumn is sneaking up on us and that means just one thing: it’s time once again for the excitement and fun that is the Marshall County Blueberry Festival!

The 2014 Marshall County Blueberry Festival, held in Plymouth, IN, is Indiana’s largest, four-day festival – and all for this humble yet delicious and healthy, little blue fruit!

In its 48th year, Marshall County Blueberry Festival is a free event with the 3 stages of live entertainment, a parade, hot air balloons, horse pulls, tractor pulls, food and craft booths, fireworks, carnival rides, a spectacular car show, blueberry-pie eating contests (of course!), and tons more.

Montgomery Gentry at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival 2014This year’s headlining entertainers for the Marshall County Blueberry Festival are country music super duo, Montgomery Gentry! Known for their blue-collar anthems and “heavy Southern rock” sound, Montgomery Gentry has had fourteen Top 10 singles, including five number 1’s: “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All,” and “Roll With Me.”

Montgomery Gentry will be supported by guest Frankie Ballard and will be on the Centennial Park stage in Plymouth at 8pm. Tickets for the show can be purchased online.

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Whitewater Rafting In South Bend, Indiana

Whitewater Rafting In South Bend, IndianaYes, you read that right – you can go Whitewater Rafting in South Bend, Indiana – downtown South Bend! – thanks to the East Race Waterway.

East Race Waterway, on Niles Avenue, allows you to go whitewater rafting in South Bend in a kayak or raft, solo or in a group, beginner or advanced. South Bend Parks & Recreation supplies all the equipment for a modest fee.

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Crowing About Art at the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

2014 Amish Acres Arts & Crafts FestivalThe end of July and beginning of August is booming here in Indiana Amish Country with the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival taking place July 31st through August 3rd, 2014.

The 52nd annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival is a huge draw to the Nappanee area with over 300 booth spaces representing nearly 250 cities in over 30 states with arts, crafts, and goods to charm your eye and tempt your pocket book.

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Shop ‘Til You Drop at Shipshewana Flea Market

Shipshewana Flea MarketEvery year, from May to October, the Midwest’s largest flea market opens its doors – The Shipshewana Flea Market in Shipshewana, Indiana!

Shipshewana Flea Market is over 100 acres of goods presented by over 900 vendors, plus a restaurant, auctions, a farmer’s market, antique stores, and more! If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist and even if you’re not in the market for anything to buy? Shipshewana Flea Market offers hours of enjoyable distraction for the whole family.

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Fun in the Sun at Northern Indiana Parks

Northern Indiana Parks - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore State Parks

Summer is upon us and what better way to spend your Indiana vacation than in the great outdoors at some of our beautiful, northern Indiana parks and recreation areas?

There are lots of great northern Indiana parks for you to picnic, hike, bike, explore, and relax at. Here are just a few that come to mind:

Jane’s Parks in Bremen, IN
Jane’s Park in the southeast Bremen on Woodies Lane has a number of nice features including picnicking shelters, playground equipment and sports fields, and the park’s name spelled out in topiary. A charming and beautiful place for an outing just minutes from Scottish Bed and Breakfast.

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Visit The Village at Winona

Visit the Village at WinonaThere is a little arts community on the shores of Winona Lake just southeast of us that makes for a wonderful Northern Indiana day trip: The Village at Winona.

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Tour the Quilt Gardens Along The Heritage Trail

Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail

Spring has sprung and now is the time to plan your tour of the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana’s Amish Country!

Open from May 30th through October 1st, Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail were inspired by the famous and colorful flower carpet festivals of Europe, a practice that has spread worldwide, even to our neck of the woods with the Napanee and Elkhart Fall Flower Carpet display.

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South Bend Wednesday Wine Walks

South Bend Wednesday Wine WalksIt’s Wednesday and you’re in beautiful South Bend, Indiana – what to do?
South Bend Wednesday Wine Walks, that’s what!

Downtown South Bend is definitely the place to go if you’re in the mood for great food, drinks, shopping, arts, and entertainment; anything and everything you need to make a great evening even better.

South Bend has food – from traditional American fare to ethnic, from modern cuisine to fusion, from casual to fine dining – and South Bend has music: jazz. rock, r&b, blues.

There’s something for everyone in downtown South Bend – and the South Bend Wednesday Wine Walks will help you to discover it all!

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Take a Stroll Along the Elkhart RiverWalk

Elkhart RiverWalkNow that it’s beginning to look a bit more like spring, the urge to get outdoors and into the sun is stronger – why not indulge yourself with a stroll along the Elkhart RiverWalk?

The Elkhart RiverWalk is an exciting parkland developed on the banks of the Elkhart River in downtown Elkhart, Indiana – just a half hour drive from Scottish Bed and Breakfast. The Elkhart RiverWalk Commons were inspired by the success of other such urban parks around the world.

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Upon The Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail

The Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail

“Pine Tree” barn quilt mural in Bremen, IN

Started in 2001 by an Ohio woman, to honor of her mother’s Appalachian, quilting heritage, barn quilting is a new tradition whose appeal is reflected in The Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail.

And what, do you ask, is a barn quilt?

A barn quilt is a square board, usually somewhere in the range of 4 to 8 feet in width, decorated to resemble a quilt block and hung on the exterior of a barn or other type building. Real, cloth quilts are made up of many of these blocks of color but barn quilts typically feature only one block.

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum!

Hall of Heroes Superhero MuseumSlip out of your secret identity and slide into your tights and cape – it’s time to visit Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum in Elkhart, Indiana!

Founded by super-collector Allen Stewart, the exterior of the Hall of Heroes may look more than vaguely familiar to fans of the 1970’s animated series “Superfriends” – primarily because it has been constructed to resemble the Hall of Justice!

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Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival 2014

Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival 2014Get your pancakes ready – the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival is almost here and promises tons of fun when the sap starts to run! April 25th – 27th, 2014.

What’s at the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival? A little bit of everything!

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