The Town of Bristol
History, culture, fresh clean air, and a wine tasting to wash it all down. The town of Bristol in north-central Elkhart County, Indiana offers all that and more. From well-crafted Chicago-style cuisine and locally made vino to amazing local theater inside a classic 19th-century venue, a deep dive into Bristol will leave you with stories, pictures, and experiences you never thought possible.
The hometown feel of Bristol invites you in to discover everything it has to offer. The Elkhart Civic Theatre resides inside the iconic Bristol Opera House, which dates back to 1897. Before the show, take a look around to soak in the history that awaits around every corner. When the curtain goes up.. enjoy the show! The troupe has been around for decades in venues across Elkhart County and began presenting one-act plays. This isn’t just a night out, it’s an experience.
Bristol is also the curator of Elkhart County’s history and culture. The Elkhart County Historical Museum gives you an authentic feel for what it’s like to live here. More than 30,000 curated artifacts help you connect with our people, our culture, and our lives. The Crossroads exhibit has three galleries to guide you on your journey. The research library is rich with pictures, diaries, and other unique family records all telling our story.
Your social feed won’t be complete until you make a trip to the historic and picturesque Bonneyville Mill. Built in 1837, it is the most photographed and painted spot in the county. It is also authentic history, as it is a site on the historic registry while continuing to operate today.
There is plenty to do in the great outdoors! Raber Golf Course offers 27 holes to test your driver and putter alike. This public course is first come, first served. So with no need to make reservations, you can make a day on the links a spur of the moment decision.
The best parts of the St. Joe River flow right through Bristol. Bring a line, cast away, and see if you can catch your dinner. Or explore the best of Bristol from the middle of the river. Kayak rentals are available. Cruise at your own pace, breathing deep the fresh air and enjoying the sounds of nature.
When the hunger pains hit, feast away at Chicago’s Downtown Eatery. Try a Chicago style hotdog or go for the authentic deep dish. Or order the famous Kitchen Sink Pizza (yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds!)
When you’re ready to wash it all down, do it with a glass of authentic Indiana wine at Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard. This family-owned business opened in 2010 thanks to a passion and dream. In addition to traditional reds and whites, they offer a Hard Cider you have to taste! You can buy bottles to take with you, but first, buy a couple of glasses and enjoy on their deck, overlooking the orchard and providing the most stress-free view you will ever enjoy with a glass in your hand.