Middlebury, located along the Heritage Trail, is a lively little town in Amish Country that easily blends Amish traditions with a modern mix.

It’s difficult to talk about Middlebury without including Das Dutchmen Essenhaus. This well-known attraction offers Amish inspired fare served family-style, a bakery noted for its variety all made-from-scratch , horse drawn carriage rides, miniature golf, bike rentals, and specialty gift items in The Village Shops.

Middlebury downtown area has beautiful parks, great dinning, family activities, and events. Krider “World’s Fair” Garden near downtown is a historic, flower-packed garden popular with locals and visitors alike.  Stroll or bicycle along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and take in the relaxing views along the way.

Main Street in Middlebury is a classic small town gathering of locally owned businesses that serve both the “English” and Amish communities. Stop in and have a cup of freshly-brewed coffee at The Legendary Grind or dine at the Village Inn Restaurant for Amish homemade meals and service.  Varns & Hoover Hardware, the Cinnamon Stick, Gohn Brothers, Legacy Home Furniture and Old Hoosier Meats are a sampling of places offering high quality with good service.

Then there are my favorite Middlebury events -- Middlebury’s Summer (August 10 &11) and Fall (September 21 & 22) Festivals. Amish buggies and happy kids line the streets as the town’s parade down Main Street begins. Merchants offer special deals and the whole town seems to get in the act.  It’s a guaranteed fun time in Middlebury.

What is your ‘hot-spot’ in Middlebury?