Eighteen not-for-profit entities have joined in a partnership with the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau to participate in the 2018 Elkhart County Area Guide.

The not-for-profit organizations will receive a total of $18,021 in matching funds from the ECCVB, allowing local museums, attractions and chambers of commerce to advertise in the area guide at a discounted rate.

More than 140 Elkhart County attractions, restaurants, shops and lodging properties will be featured in the 2018 area guide, a 68-page glossy magazine titled Heritage Trail Adventures. About 200,000 copies will be distributed throughout the Midwest to potential readers who request the guide by mail or pick it up at Elkhart County businesses or travel plazas along the Indiana Toll Road and visitor centers across Indiana and neighboring states.


The Ruthmere Museum in Elkhart appears in the 2018 Elkhart County Area Guide.

“The area guide is full of amazing experiences, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident who wants to explore our area,” said Janis Logsdon, director of advertising sales & leisure marketing. “Elkhart County has everything from well-known and highly regarded attractions and museums to hidden gems that more and more people are discovering.”

The not-for-profit organizations which applied for and received assistance to advertise in the 2018 area guide are:

  • Amish Country Bed and Breakfast Group.
  • Town of Bristol.
  • City of Elkhart Parks & Recreation Department
  • Elkhart Civic Theatre.
  • Friends of Elkhart County Parks.
  • Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.
  • Goshen Chamber of Commerce.
  • Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.
  • Hall of Heroes Museum.
  • Middlebury Chamber of Commerce.
  • Midwest Museum of American Art.
  • Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Friends of the New York Central RR Museum.
  • Premier Arts.
  • Ruthmere Museum.
  • RV/MH Heritage Foundation.
  • Wakarusa Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Wellfield Botanic Gardens.

“The area guide benefits the Elkhart County Parks by helping us to attract over 10,000 visitors to Bonneyville Mill each year. Not only do local residents bring their family and friends, but our guest book is filled with visitors from almost every state as well as other countries,“ said Ronda DeCaire, director of Elkhart County Parks.

The Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official tourism advertising/marketing and public/community relations organization for the Elkhart County hospitality industry. The ECCVB champions local businesses, programs and projects that serve residents, visitors and hospitality interests.

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For more information, contact Terry T. Mark, director of communications and public relations of the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 574-262-8161 or terry@amishcountry.org.