Gather With Friends & Family
If it's been too long since you've hung out with friends, you can leave behind Zoom meetings, e-learning and cooking dinner (again.) Gather your friends and come to Elkhart County where you'll find everything from classic small towns to our unique urban vibe.
You and your besties will find a vibrant arts scene, hand-crafted meals, drinks and desserts, and creative makers. It's timeless fun (along with safety measures to keep everyone healthy)!
Elkhart County is located along the Indiana Toll Road, I-80/90, offering an easy drive between Chicago, Toledo, Detroit and Indianapolis.
Start planning your getaway today. Check out everything Elkhart County has to offer for your next gathering.
Not sure where to start? Check out some of these ideas:
Casual Fun Food (lunch or dinner) at South Side Soda Shoppe
Dine in a restored diner with a dining car & a 1940s soda fountain on classic American eats, shakes & malts. Featured on The Food Network “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and in Gourmet magazine.
Linton’s Enchanted Gardens is Indiana’s largest Home and Garden Center and a truly unforgettable experience. Enjoy 9 acres of outdoor space which features many unique attractions for kids of all ages, many of which are free including the petting zoo and exotic bird aviary. Train rides, swan paddle boat, gemstone mining, water orbs, quad cycle family bike and other adventurous attractions are priced individually and per person.
Fruit Hills Winery Wine Tasting
David & Michelle Muir invite you to join their family inside their wine tasting room in the scenic fruit hills of Bristol. Featuring several varieties such as Riesling, Cabernet and Traminette (Indiana’s signature wine). Your group will be seated under the new open-air pavilion sampling 18 different wines (1/2 ounce each) while hearing direct from David, the Vintner, as he shares the history, tones and notes of each wine.
Create a “Square in a Square” Wooden Quilt Block at Teaberry Wood Products
You and your friends will love this meet & make opportunity. Create a work of art worthy of gifting or kept as a treasured memory of your travels. Highly collectible, a new pattern will be offered each season - keeping it fresh and new year after year.
Escape in the Country and have fun on the Das Dutchman Essenhaus campus
Welcome to Das Dutchman Essenhaus, home of Indiana’s largest restaurant and a peaceful escape in the country which offers a unique combination of dining, lodging and shopping opportunities. Relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride around the immaculate grounds, play a round of miniature golf or go shopping in the Village Shops all on the same facility grounds.
Homemade Cinnamon Roll Making Demonstration & Soup/Salad Luncheon at The Carriage House, an Amish family farm
Enjoy a homemade cinnamon roll, just out of the oven, plus coffee or tea as you watch Elaine, the Amish baker, demonstrate how she makes her special delicacy.
Annie Oakley Perfumery Studio Tour
See perfumes being hand-made and have an amazing sensory experience including some rare and vintage essences. Sample more world-class fragrances and essences in the gift shop after your tour and perhaps even create your own signature personalized fragrance just for you!
For More Info:
We're ready to welcome your small gatherings of groups, clubs, organizations or families. For more ideas for your micro group experience, contact Sonya Nash. Or if you have a group of 20 or more, check out our suggested group itineraries here.