On this wonderful 3-day, 2-night tour, explore your family connections in Goshen or satisfy your curiosity about Mennonite migrations to this area. Stay in a Mennonite-owned hotel. Dine at the in-house restaurant to remember favorite dishes from bygone days. Explore intriguing shops in Goshen and nearby Elkhart. Visit Mennonite historical sites, including the Mennonite Church USA Archives and Mennohof. On a full-day excursion to Barns at Nappanee, tour the farmhouse, enjoy a wagon-tour ride around the farm, and end your visit with a fresh, hearty feast. Take this tour with friends or family of all ages. Suitable for groups of 5-10.
Explore American Mennonite History – Goshen, IN
Day 1: This morning, visit Mennonite Church USA Archives in Elkhart to hear about the history of the Mennonite Church in the United States. See documents from their extensive collection. With advance notice, your interpreter can reference your family connections to the area. Later, check into your hotel and enjoy some of the on-site amenities. Relax over a home-cooked meal at the restaurant.
Day 2: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Today visit the Barns at Nappanee for a house tour, farm and wagon tour, buggy ride, and a delicious farm feast meal. You may even be able to participate in one of their special fall events, such as apple butter or apple cider demo. In the evening, browse some shops in downtown Goshen or relax at the hotel.
Day 3: Try something different for breakfast or have your favorite again. Explore some local shops for meats and cheeses or visit one of the many local flea markets (dependent on the day of the week). Tour the surrounding Goshen/ Elkhart area, stop at the Menno Hof an interactive interpretive center about Anabaptist, Mennonite & Amish history in Shipshewana, IN. Depart for home after one more meal together or extend your stay to take in more local attractions.
*This itinerary is fully customizable. We would be happy to assist you with customizing this program to meet your family’s needs.
Step 1: Reserve your family’s adventure and choose one of the following Hotels.
240 US-20, Middlebury, IN 46540, United States.
This hotel has an on-site restaurant and theatre. Unwind by the lobby fireplace or relax in our therapeutic whirlpool. Discover the warm rural charm and a wholesome environment around each corner. Following a peaceful night’s rest, tuck into a complimentary breakfast. Known for its pies, Indiana’s largest restaurant serves homestyle American fare in a folksy setting. Spacious guest rooms offer all the luxuries you expect while traveling.
Blue Gate Garden Inn – Additional $25 per person.
105 E Middlebury St Shipshewana, IN 46565.
Today when you come for a visit, you can enjoy some of the best Amish\Mennonite cooking around, outstanding entertainment, shop for locally crafted furniture, and much more. The company now has three retail stores, a restaurant, bakery, theatre, hotel, event center, catering, backroad Amish tours, and carriage business.
Step 2: Enhance your tour by visiting other local attractions. Click below for more exciting options.
Step 3: Add an Extension to your Trip.
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