If you’re planning to visit Indiana, one of the places that should be on your itinerary is Shipshewana. It might not be as popular as other tourist destinations but, if you want to have a glimpse of what the real Indiana is like, you’ll see that this town is definitely worth a day or two — or even a week! —of your vacation time.
The Wonders of Shipshewana
So what exactly can you expect when you go to Shipshewana? Well, if you time your visit right, you’ll get to see and even take part in several cultural events. These include the Shipshewana Quilt Festival (which happens on the fourth week in June), the Shipshewana Antique Festival (which falls on the first Saturday in August), and the Fall Crafters Fair (which takes place on the second Friday and Saturday in October).
You can also visit several museums that will give you a deeper understanding into the local history and culture, such as the Hostetler’s Hudson Museum and the Menno-Hof Amish History Museum. Don’t forget to drop by the Blue Gate Theatre, which provides excellent family-friendly entertainment and features popular musicals and well-known artists.
If you’re traveling with your kids, there’s no need to worry since it’s easy to find kid-friendly attractions in Shipshewana. You can go on a buggy lane tour (i.e. riding a horse-drawn buggy while exploring the town’s attractions) or visit the Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park, which has a petting area as well as a safari-style ride. You’ll also want to visit the Shipshewana Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, which has corn mazes for both kids and adults as well as hay rides, straw pyramids, and straw bale mazes.
Love shopping? This won’t be a problem in Shipshewana since there are a range of shopping options to choose from! Start with the Shipshewana Flea Market, which takes place Tuesdays and Wednesdays and has more than 900 booths for you to explore. Make sure to visit artisans and galleries to find beautiful handicrafts as well as specialty food shops that offer fruit jams, marble cheese, gourmet popcorn, and other delicious treats.
Relaxing After Your Shipshewana Adventure
Once you’ve experienced everything that Shipshewana has to offer, you’ll most likely end up with a full heart but tired feet. There’s no need to fret, though, since you can always rest and relax at one of the Shipshewana hotels!
There are many options available but, if you want to make the most of your time and money, you’ll choose Oakwood Resort. It’s known to be one of the best corporate meeting locations near Indianapolis, but it’s also a great place for romantic getaways and family reunions. Here, you’ll have a warm and comfortable room that will help you have a good night’s sleep and revive your energy. You’ll also have access to an in-house spa that offers a range of massages and beauty services as well as an in-house restaurant that provides delicious food and beverages prepared by a world-class culinary team.
One of the best things about Oakwood Resort is its location. It’s situated right beside Lake Wawasee, which is known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in Indiana. Because of the resort’s strategic location, you can enjoy wonderful views of the lake and behold the breathtaking sunsets that it offers every afternoon. You can even go down to the lake itself and go for a dip off the swimming pier!
Water sports equipment are available in the resort, so you can go kayaking or paddle boarding on the lake whenever you want to. If you’re up for a bigger challenge, you can rent a pontoon for a day and spend plenty of time just gliding on the water and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.
Spending a night (or more!) at Oakwood Resort is the best way to end your adventure in Shipshewana. Contact us now to make your booking!