Authentic and locally made isn’t something new for the town of Middlebury in Elkhart County, it’s been a way of life for generations. Here Amish and modern cultures coexist and combine to bring out the best in all who live here and are smart enough to visit. From every bite of food to every well-crafted product in our shops, you feel the pride put into our work.
Here, every shopping trip is an opportunity to discover the unexpected. Old Creamery Antiques turned the old creamery into a sprawling, 14 room antique mall with everything from vintage postcards to pedal cars and classic automotive memorabilia.
Dutch Country Market produces handmade treats that put store-bought versions to shame. Katie’s noodles and peanut butter spread are legendary in these parts. They make jams, salsas, and more than a dozen varieties of taffy. They also have homespun honey, and they’ll be happy to fill you in on the intricacies of harvesting the honey from the hives.
If you’re looking for a well-crafted piece of furniture to fill out your guest room, living room, or rec room, stop by Pumpkin Patch Market. They’re showroom is filled with authentic hand-crafted Amish furniture in various styles and colors as well as other home goods, toys, and a fresh produce market.
The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus started as a hobby that turned into one of the town’s most talked-about shops. Well crafted quilts are always on display and for sale, and the inventory is always changing to reflect the mood and inspiration of the quilters. The quality and care are so clear, you may put one on your bed year-round, or you may only bring it out for guests and special occasions.
An all-in-one resort in the heart of Amish Country, Das Dutchman Essenhaus has rooms to fit any party, as well as conference space and banquet halls. In the evenings, you can catch a show at Heritage Hall or take an early evening carriage ride to relax from your day.
When it’s time to eat, there are plenty of options ranging from family-style Amish meals to locally made cheeses, and plenty of pies.
Heritage Ridge Creamery was founded by an Amish man to help bring his community’s products to market. Now owned by farmers, it produces fresh cheese and dairy products with flavors crafted to tempt your taste buds and have you ordering more.
For homemade pies that will transport you back to visiting your grandmother as a child, check out Country Lane Bakery. Pies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls are always made fresh. And grab some handcrafted noodles while you’re there.
The great outdoors doesn’t get any greater than in Middlebury. The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail has 17 miles of trails to help you escape the crowds and noise.
The Crown Jewel of Middlebury’s parks is the Krider World’s Fair Garden. Just outside the town center, these gardens were designed for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. Take an Insta-ready picture with the larger than life toadstools, and breathe in the relaxing scents from the gorgeous floral configurations.