As we recently traveled to Indiana, one of my favorite experiences was visiting the Amish community of Shipshewana. It is a small town with beautiful picturesque farms surrounding the area. The shops were unique and attractive. We had lunch at the Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery. It was in a pretty setting and the service was great. The menu included traditional amish favorites including chicken and noodles, chicken pie and wonderful desserts. Mr. D and I had meat loaf and I was amazed at how sweet the sauce was that was served over the meatloaf. The dish was served as a Shepherd’s pie with a layer of fluffy mashed potatoes covered with the meat loaf and then a generous helping of cheddar cheese. It was delicious. Our grandchildren had the traditional chicken and noodles and I loved the thin Amish noodles included in their dish. Mr. D had sugar free cherry pie for dessert and I had sugar cream pie. That is the official pie of the state of Indiana. The sugar cream pie was good and had a custard texture and a caramel taste. Mr. D loved the cherry pie and the beautiful flaky crust.
Here is a link to the Blue Gate Restaurant: http://www.riegsecker.com/shipshewana/bluegaterestaurant/ Below is apicture of downtown Shipshewana from the front of the restaurant.
We truly enjoyed visiting the Amish Country and it felt like such a homey place. The picture below was taken in nearby Grabill, IN as an Amish man is getting ready to hitch his horse to his buggy.
Below is a picture of downtown Shipshewana, IN
We had a wonderful time touring the this area of Indiana.
Now, I must make a confession. This Southern girl had never been in further north than Virginia before she went on this trip. It had always been a curiosity to me and I was very happy to see so many things I had heard of but never seen. Below are some of the things that I think I will always remember:
The corn fields all over the place. I have rode through rural areas of the South but I have never seen such large farms and so much corn and so many soybeans. Different from what I have seen but still very beautiful. I love seeing the windmill farms too.
The Ohio River and the trestle bridges. That is something I have not seen in the South and I was fascinated by them.
The vastness of Lake Michigan. I kept thinking I was at the Ocean but realized there was no waves.
The beauty of Louisville, Kentucky. They have done a wonderful job of revitalizing their downtown area and there are so many different activities for their citizens.
The size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I was amazed at just how awesome it is.
I can say the same thing about Churchill Downs but it is so small but such a tradition. I am amazed that over 150,000 people attend the Kentucky Derby every year and the entire race lasts three minutes.
The mountains of West Virginia are absolutely beautiful.
I drove home from Kentucky and I knew I was in the South when I started hearing, “How Y’all Doing?” I enjoyed this experience so much and it makes me want to travel to other parts of this wonderful country.
However, I must say I was so happy to see the sign that said, Welcome to Tennessee and I was extremely happy to see the sign Welcoming Me To North Carolina.
There is no place like home. Thanks for stopping by.