Summer Fun in Elkhart County
Are you ready to break away but don’t want to break the bank? Check out this fun summer getaway trip idea in Elkhart County.

Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center

Stay at Das Dutchman Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center

Experience true relaxation at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center. Spacious guest rooms offer all the luxuries guests expect while traveling.

Unwind by the lobby fireplace and the NEW outdoor courtyard & fire pit or relax in the therapeutic whirlpool; warm rural charm and a wholesome environment are discovered around each corner.

Following a peaceful night’s rest, guests are invited to a complimentary deluxe breakfast. The 4,000 square foot conference center provides an ideal location for meetings and events.


Pumpkinvine bike trail in Elkhart County, Indiana

Get Active on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Three trails, the MapleHeart Trail, Maple City Greenway and the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail connect Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. The trail system passes through urban areas, small towns and agricultural communities. The countryside along the trails includes the third largest Amish community in the United States.

Most of this 16.5- mile trail is on the abandoned Pumpkinvine railroad corridor. The trail surface is asphalt, except from State Road 4 to County Road (CR) 28 northeast of Goshen where the packed limestone surface is accessible and suitable for narrow-tired bicycles. Maps are available on website.


Amish Buggy in Amish Country, northern Indiana

Explore the Heritage Trail

Get ready to explore a living patchwork quilt of diverse downtowns and colorful experiences. This urban-rural fusion is connected by the Heritage Trail as it weaves its way through a thousand and one unique moments. You’ll find hometowns where shop owners can still be found standing behind the counter.

Country roads that lead buggies home to steaming bowls of mashed potatoes. Vibrant downtowns filled with fascinating museums, eclectic shops and local eateries. And landscapes that capture the way each season brings new character to old favorites. Discover how our heritage and culture has shaped our way of life - how our Amish communities bring a sense of peace to surrounding regions and how our RV industry has fueled our sense of adventure. We live it, you’ll love it! We’ve highlighted some must-sees to help you plan your weekend adventure along the Heritage Trail.


Amish style dinner of fried chicken, noodles, green beans, and bread

Dine at Das Dutchman Essenhaus

Our Amish country kitchen has a table waiting just for you! Authentic family-style dinners are all-you-can-eat complete with beverage and dessert or enjoy an all-day buffet. Visit for hours.

Gather around the table! Experience the time-honored tradition of sharing a meal together with your loved ones. Enjoy multiple dining options, including menu, buffet, and family-style. Relax in the polished casual atmosphere and savor generations-old, authentic Amish-style recipes served since 1971.


Hall of Heroes

Play at the Hall of Heroes Comic and Superhero Museum

Explore the 80+ year of history of Super Hero's in comics, toys, film and animation. Featuring 70,000 comic books, 150+ pieces of original art and over 10,000 toys and props. Exhibits include: Adam West's personal Batman costume, Chris Evans' Captain America Shield, Nicholas Cage's Ghost Rider motorcycle from Fast N' Loud, a 65 Iron Man Shelby Cobra donated by Richard Rawlings.


Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County, Indiana

Instagrammable: Quilt Gardens

Annually May 30 - September 15

The annual, award-winning Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening and art into a one-of-a-kind event featuring super-sized hand-painted Quilt Murals and more than one million vibrant blooms in gigantic Quilt Gardens.

This colorful patchwork of quilt-inspired gardens and hand-painted, quilt-themed, super-sized murals deliver dazzling views in the communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, and Wakarusa. It’s the only experience of its kind in the world!