While I’m not a native Hoosier, I consider myself one, having lived in the state of Indiana for nearly 15 years. Fall is by far my favorite season and that always brings to mind Indiana’s plethora of corn fields, historic farmhouses and rural landscapes.
The Amish represent this side of Indiana, living off the land and trotting by in their horse-drawn carriages, and the way they live — without many modern amenities — is fascinating. A great fall getaway, especially if you live in the Midwest, is a trip to Amish country in Indiana: Nappanee or Shipshewana.
Step back in time as you drive past their lovely farms, watch their kids play without video games and listen to the clip clop of the horses as you pass them along the road.
Amish Acres is an actual Amish farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places where you can experience life as it is lived by the Amish. Tour the 138-year-old farmstead, learn about their way of life, participate in family-style dining, catch a performance at the round barn theatre and take a horse and buggy ride around the 80-acre farm.
You spend your overnights in either the Inn at Amish Acres or The Nappanee Inn. They do note on their website: “The inn is not slick, flashy or trendy. The latest chain fad you won’t find here.” It’s a good place to get away from the demands of modern life and unwind a bit — even if just for an evening.
Right now, you can stay an evening and enjoy many of the amenities for just $99 per night with their Getaway Package. Amish Acres is about 2-2 1/2 hours away from major cities like Chicago, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis.
During October, they’re also having special events like cider pressing, apple butter boiling, a harvest market, pumpkin patch & more. Fall in Indiana rocks! 😉
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