I’d like to share some thoughts about one of my favorite towns, Bristol, Indiana.  It’s a great little community full of great folks, good times, and tasty treats, and it’s the place I currently call home.

Located along the Heritage Trail driving tour in northern Elkhart County; this small town is the community after Elkhart that visitor’s drive through on the Trail.

Just within the town limits on the west side of the street is the Elkhart County Historical Museum. This local treasure offers visitors a look back in time at life in Elkhart County. Interestingly, this museum used to be the town’s only high school. As a local, I’m proud to say my Grandparents met there and later married - nearly 60 years ago. The area that was once the school gymnasium is still used as a venue for a lot of local activities from craft bizarres and family reunions to the annual storytelling festival. That festival brings in folks from all over the country.

Up the road there’s a beautiful old restored house that’s now a floral and gift shop - Camille’s. The rooms throughout the house each offer something different, and most have some surprises. The ladies who work there are friendly and willing to take time out to help. Recently, they made a beautiful flower arrangement for me that I gave to my fiancée. All I needed to tell them was her favorite color.

Within walking distance of Camille’s on the same side of the street is another historic building that houses Stone Soup Emporium and Bonnie & Clyde’s Soda Fountain. I’ve covered this in a previous blog, but I enjoy it so much and want to note that they’ve added a candy case! So along with an old fashion soda, and a locally crafted piece of artwork, you can treat yourself to a hand dipped, delicious piece of chocolate. Stone Soup Emporium is  definitely a not-to-be-missed experience. The owners also have plans to renovate another portion of the building so they’ll be able to provide full meal options.

The newest addition to Main street businesses is the Lavender Patch. Here you can watch quilters piece together their quilts. They also have a wonderful selection of locally made fiber art work available for purchase. Lavender Patch is also hosting classes to share and pass on their techniques. See their website for class information.

I also want to mention a few places of interest that are local favorites.

  • Chicago’s Downtown Eatery. The BEST pizza and sandwich shop (in my opinion).
  • Interstate Coin Exchange - full of historically interesting coins.
  • Evan’s Sidewalk Café. Great coffee and the place to go for affordable breakfast fare.
  • Bonneyville Mill - you can spend an entire afternoon here wandering the trails, picnicking, and taking pictures. Peaceful, beautiful, and historic. Plus they sell mill-ground flour.

What is your favorite town in Amish Country?