Our days are filled with “to-do” lists and there don’t ever seem to be enough hours in any day. Too many times we focus on what we have to get done instead of doing what brings us joy. Escape reality and enjoy a slice of paradise at Oakwood Resort! There’s so much to do and experience – from our private beach area to a peaceful kayak adventure on Indiana’s largest natural lake. You can also enjoy a bicycle ride around our well-manicured 27-acres and wrap up your day enjoying a spectacular sunset at our waterfront restaurant and bar.
However, if you’re anxious to explore outside our immediate area, venture out to Shipshewana! A lovely quaint town roughly 40 minutes from our resort, northern Indiana is the third largest old-order Amish community in the United States – behind Ohio and Pennsylvania. Fewer than 1,000 residents make it their home, but in the bustling summer months, several hundred thousand visit to experience a slower pace and an entirely different culture.
Home to the Blue Gate Restaurant where generations-old Amish family recipes are served family-style in heaping platters and bowls, you can also visit E&S Sales, an Amish bulk-food grocery store where aisles are filled with everything from baking supplies to cereals and cheeses to candies.
The Blue Gate additionally boasts a theatre where musical performances by gospel and country groups can be enjoyed. They also offer theatrical performances, musicals and plays at budget-friendly prices.
Shipshewana also holds the midwest’s largest flea market, The Trading Place, which is open to the public from May through September each year. Tour buses and families travel to the area to purchase apparel, Amish woven rugs, jewelry, home décor and more.
More than 100 unique shops and stores are located along the side streets in downtown Shipshewana. Antiques, beads, heirloom quality furniture, quilts, musical instruments, specialty handbags, homemade candles…if you can’t find it in Shipshewana, it may not exist!
Take a jaunt outside of town and discover many Amish home-based family businesses. Ask the residents – they know where all the popular places are! Your family can watch cheese being made, visit a bakery where the family makes, packages and sells hand-cut noodles, pile the kids in a horse drawn Amish buggy for a carriage ride or visit an Amish gentleman who handcrafts caskets. There are treasures to behold around every corner in Shipshewana so come for a day…or a few. Oakwood Resort is the ideal location; close to everything but far from ordinary!