Archive for the ‘Adventures in Northern Indiana’ Category

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

August 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Learn the Amish-Mennonite Story at Menno-Hof

July 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

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.

Menno-Hof is a non-profit organization overseen by a board of Amish, Beachy Amish, Conservative Mennonite, and Mennonite Church USA members. It was conceived of in 1970’s as a reaction to the popularity of Shipshewana’s huge flea market. Mennonite groups of Northern Indiana wanted a place to tell their story and, in 1986, a massive barn-raising marked the beginning of Menno-Hof.

Since the opening of the facility in 1988, Menno-Hof has been a must-stop prior to experiencing the Mennonite and Amish Communities in and around Shipshewana and Northern Indiana.

Visiting Menno-Hof will reveal to you the rich heritage and gentle charm of the world of the Anabaptists. 24 venues using a variety of multi-media presentations, hands-on exhibits, and a variety of displays will immerse you deep within the the life and story of the the Amish-Mennonite people.

At Menno-Hof, you will experience a European courtyard, a dungeon with instruments of torture, a 17th-century sailing ship, a print shop, a simulated tornado, and an authentic meeting house. Each one helping to illustrate the history, life, and deep faith of the Anabaptists.

Menno-Hof also has a book shop specializing in Amish-Mennonite related subjects. The shop also offers locally made, genuine Amish and Mennonite items such as baskets, quilted wall hangings, children’s hand-sewn dolls, candles, cutting boards, decorations, and much more.

Menno-Hof

510 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN
For hours, directions, a virtual tour, and more, be sure to visit the Menno-Hof website: www.mennohof.org

Menno-Hof Lodging
Scottish Bed & Breakfast is located in Bremen – Northern Indiana Amish Country – and has a strong connection to the Amish through our community and our history; Homer Miller, one half of the Scottish Bed & Breakfast teams, was raised Amish. While we’re not Amish, we have a deep respect and love for their history and ways. Be sure to visit our our specials page for a number of Amish-related add-ons to make your Northern Indiana Amish Country vacation that much more special! See you soon!

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

July 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

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.

Beyond oggling and buying items from the artisans at the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival, you also have the opportunity to vote on the best of what you see for the annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival Competition. Judges and festival goers alike cast their votes for the best of the best at the festival. Once the votes are in, the winners will receive awards in the form of cash prizes, including two $1,000 Best of Show Purchase Prizes for two and three dimensional work. Exciting!

And that’s not all – Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival 2015 is also set to include continuous, live, family friendly entertainment on four stages. You’ll also find other forms of entertainment at the festival, distractions and entertainments including square dancing, line dancing, clogging, Swan Paddle Boats, clowns and jugglers, and more.

Along with plenty of tempting handcrafted items to buy, music to dance to and other entertainments, the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival would not be complete without … food! You’ll find delectable offerings, such as hamburgers, hotdogs, fresh pies, homemade bread, candies, pickles, roast pork, homemade ice cream, sassafras iced tea, and too many other things to mention here.

So, now that you know, what are you waiting for?

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

August 6th – 9th, 2015
Thursday through Saturday: 9am to 6pm – Sunday, 10am to 5pm
1600 W Market St, Nappanee, IN 46550
www.amishacres.com

Amish Acres Lodging
Scottish Bed & Breakfast, in Bremen, Indiana is just six miles from Amish Acres, with beautifully decorated guest rooms, a sumptuous gourmet breakfast, luxurious amenities, game room, swimming pool, and our signature attention to detail and service. Let us be your Nappanee lodging choice for a truly relaxing time at the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival or wherever your adventures in northern Indiana Amish Country take you!

The Best of South Bend Museums

June 17th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

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

June 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre 2015 Season

March 17th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Travel Back In Time at the Bremen Holy Walk 2014

November 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Tour the South Bend Chocolate Company

October 18th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

August 23rd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Whitewater Rafting In South Bend, Indiana

July 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Shop ‘Til You Drop at Shipshewana Flea Market

July 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

June 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

June 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

May 24th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

May 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

April 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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

April 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Singing Sands and Wandering Dunes

September 27th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Have you heard the singing sands?

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on the southern edge of Lake Michigan, has singing sand – and you have to hear it to believe it.

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Itinerary for a Perfect Weekend Getaway

July 6th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Are you ready to take a little vacation this summer? Need to break up your routine and do something different, yet relaxing and easy to plan? Look no further! The Scottish B&B in Bremen has you covered! See our itinerary below for treating yourself, your partner or another close friend or family member to a great weekend.

Friday Night:
Arrive at the inn and check in. You are sure to be hungry after your drive, so we recommend ordering our soup & sandwich dinner. For $12.50, enjoy a nice sandwich and homemade soups – like tomato or chicken noodle – with chips, drink and a homemade dessert.

We know that after a long drive you just can’t bear to get back in your car yet – so let us know in advance if you would like us to have a soup and sandwich dinner ready for your arrival! Sit poolside or at the outdoor patio with a cold drink and a hot meal to catch up. Take a swim and cool off! Or, pop in a DVD from our library or watch TV in your room.

Saturday:
Start your day with an amazing breakfast from the Scottish B&B. Then, spend Saturday exploring the area – perhaps you would like to spend the day at Potato Creek Park, just 15 minutes from the inn. The Park has almost 4000 acres for hiking, picnicking and swimming. Plus, there are many paved bike trails that are very popular with our guests!

Saturday Night:

Treat yourself!

Treat yourself!

Get an early meal – you could try the Wooden Peel in Bremen. We like the Wooden Peel for pizza and beers on a Friday night, plus it is only a five minute drive from our inn. Then head back to the B&B for a fun filled summer’s night with Music Under the Stars!

We’ve got local sensation Double Standard playing live music on the patio from 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturday July 20, August 24 and September 7. Double Standard is a two-man band playing covers of favorites from the 60s all the way up to today’s popular music. Enjoy warm weather, great music and new people!

Sunday:
Before checking out, enjoy another wonderful breakfast. Our recipes use fresh Amish farm eggs from grain fed chickens and hormone free bacon.

This is just one small example of how to spend a weekend in Indiana Amish Country. We hope to see you soon!

Amish Rentown Garden Walk and Bake Sale

June 10th, 2013 by Scottish B&B

Every year for the past four years the Bremen, Indiana, Amish community called Rentown is having their Annual Garden Walk and Bake Sale Saturday, June 15, 9 AM – 3 PM. Everyone wanting to attend will meet at the Amish Rolling Meadows School to get their map, registration, bake sale and lunch will be going on all day.

New This Year at the Garden Walk, is a Working Maple Syrup Camp and the ladies are serving lunch, for a fee, of course. I love to see the clean weed-free gardens of flowers and vegetables. I also love the farm animals that I get to visit, horses, cows, chickens, goats and cattle dogs. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

The Amish families are very friendly and very thankful that the money that is donated that day is used for the Amish School for the coming year. Come stay at the Scottish Bed and Breakfast and make an adventure of it.

 

 

 

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