Our experiences start with the Amish and their way of life. Our guide will escort us from place to place she will show us the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail , which then becomes a “Quilters & Gardeners dream tour.

DATE 18th June – 28th June 2018
DEPART London Heathrow. Flights can be arranged from some local airports.
LOCATION Shipshewana Indiana.
INCLUDED
Schedule flights. Transport while in the USA.
9 night’s accommodation & Breakfast,
Lunch & Dinner where stated.
Admission to Quilt Exhibitions, museums, historical houses, private talks and behind the scenes tours.
Guides where necessary.
COST Double room 2 sharing £3350.00 per person.Single £3650.00
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Day 1

Flight to South Bend International Airport Indiana. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner not included
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Day 2

QUILT GARDENS along the Heritage Trail.
Our experiences begin at the Amish Visitor’s Centre, where we will explore the many themed gardens, we continue along the Heritage Trail setting the scene for an exceptional tour wrapped in quilt and gardening themes.

Next, we go “behind the scenes” at the Lerner Theatre. A newly renovated “theatrical palace” which has hosted a variety of big bands and theatrical reviews including stars such as Bob Hope.

“Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is remembered that? Mr Albert Beardsley founded the company that created Alka Seltzer in Elkhart, Indiana. His elaborate 1910 beaux-arts style house, Ruthmere is here and we will have a guided tour of the house. A busy day, but there will time for coffee at “b’s” by the river. Breakfast & Lunch included.

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Day 3

SHIPSHEWANA QUILT FESTIVAL
Today we visit “the trading place of America” Midwest’s largest outdoor flea market with over 900 booths covering 60 acres-paradise. Next is the annual Shipshewana Quilt Festival, explore the Quilts along with the vendor’s stands.

Dinner – enjoy a unique Amish Haystack Dinner, quite delicious. After dinner, we will enjoy an Amish Quilt Trunk Show, which discusses how the changes in society have affected the Amish and their quilts. The format is described as a “quilt museum on the road” Then we shall sit down with our hostess, as she invites us to join her, her family and friends in an Amish quilting bee. Breakfast & Dinner included.

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Day 4

SHIPSHEWANA QUILT FESTIVAL.
We return the Quilt Festival to look for that fat quarter you cannot live without.

Next is Yoder’s Department Store and Quilt Fabric Shop, over 12,000 bolts of fabric, 2,800 pairs of jeans, 10,000 pairs of shoes and boots can all be found here. Yoder’s is known for being the centre for the local community.

A visit to Elkhart County Historical to see and touch rare quilts from the Museum archives. Hear the remarkable history behind each quilt and learn about the people who lovingly crafted them.

This is a first for Amish Patchwork Tours “feasting” at a traditional Amish Wedding Dinner in the charming setting of the “Miller’s Country Kitchen.” see an Amish bride’s wedding dress and hear the customary German Wedding song. Breakfast & Dinner included.

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Day 5

QUILT GARDENS & QUILT SHOPS of Shipshewana & Middlebury
This morning we take a “breakfast break” at an Amish home. When we have finished we will move on to Lolly’s fabric store, fabric collections include Moda, Kauffman, RJR, and much more.

Visit the Davis Mercantile featuring over 24 shops located on 4 floors easily accessible by elevator. Next are Emma town Fabrics and Gift shop which is located in the tiny town of Emma, just a short drive from Shipshewana.

Our tour now takes us on a visit the Menno-Hof Amish centre where we will learn the religious beginnings and background of the Amish, Mennonite and Hutterite people as they were persecuted in Europe before arriving in America.

Dinner is followed by a visit to Pumpkin Vine Quilt & Fabric Shop. Here you will “Make and Take” a fabric flower project! Breakfast & Dinner included.

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Day 6

THE QUILT GARDENS & QUILT SHOPS
of Wakarusa, Goshen and Bristol
Today we go to the Quilt Gardens in Wakarusa along with shopping at the Wakarusa Dime Storeold. The Wakarusa Dime Store Jumbo Jellybean has become “World Famous” shipping over 35 tonnes per year. Lots of Free samples.

Explore downtown shops see the “GIANT JUMBO JELLY BEAN QUILT”.

Next stop is an Amish fabric shop Calico Point featuring 3,000 bolts of fabric displayed on swinging racks…hard to explain….you will have to come and see for yourself! For lunch why not try the South Side Soda Shop, Goshen.
Still thirsty? The Fruit Hills Winery Wine Tasting – join the Muir family, inside their wine tasting room in the scenic fruit hills of Bristol. Lots of beautiful wines to try.

The Lavender Patch Quilt shop is our last stop for today. You will take an “Origami Fabric Folding” class. Watch fascinating demonstrations on various folded fabric techniques and embellishment options. Breakfast included.

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Day 7

AMISH ACRES HISTORIC FARM & THEATRE EXPERIENCE.
Tour the nation’s only 80-acre restored Old Order Amish farmstead, this the focal point of Amish Acres.

Travel on a sixteen foot covered farm waggon with padded seats as it travels down the gravel lanes past the historic buildings through the woods including a stop at the one-room Amish School.

Next is an Amish Acres famous family style “Threshers Dinner” – farm fresh food served family style.
Later enjoy a matinee production of a popular Broadway musical in the majestic restored 1911 Round Barn Theatre. Breakfast & Dinner included.

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Day 8

LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS.
We start at the South Bend Chocolate Factory for an “Inside Scoop”…. includes chocolate dipping spoon, tour, museum, and gift bag.

Lunch will be at Tippecanoe Place Restaurant. Tippecanoe Place was completed in 1889 for the Clement Studebaker family, it is known for its hospitality and as a gracious setting for fine dining.

Get to know the local Amish entrepreneurs on our BACKROADS tour. Hear the stories of friendly, hardworking people, see how Amish buggies are made. Peek inside an Amish coffin, empty of course. Breakfast & Lunch included.

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Day 9

BROWN BAG TOUR.
Sit back, relax as we step back in time and learn about the fascinating lifestyle of these “plain people”. Bag some fun with a new twist to our Amish Patchwork Tour, you will be given a “Brown Bag” as we visit locally owned shops along the Amish Country Backroads, get special treats to fill your “Brown Bag”. Lots of surprises.

One of our stops is a family-run wood shop, see exclusive hand-crafted walnut, cherry and other hardwood items.
The “B” honey store stop is where you will be kept busy as bees, you will be told all about the mysteries and miracles of the bees, how they harvest the pure honey they produce, plus much more.

Dinner is at The Wood & Gage, a cosy restaurant filled with gifts, baked goods and home décor, for an afternoon that’s “laced” with fun as we sit down to delicious dinner.

The evening is spent with an antique dealer specializing in vintage linens. Breakfast & Dinner included.

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Day 10

FAREWELL.

Sadly our last morning, one of our last visits, we step into a rustic rural shop to smell that irresistible aroma of finely cured leather. Hides hang from the walls; exotic skins drape the workbenches alongside tools for cutting, stamping and sewing. An Old Order Amish couple work with expertly tanned cowhides, rare skins like shark, python, eel and alligator. Watch as custom wallets belts, purses and other leather goods are hand cut. You’ll leave with great memories and (we promise!) at least one piece of handcrafted perfection.

We will weave some fun into our last tour stop….Sonshine Baskets in Millersburg, hand-woven baskets of every shape and for every purpose fill this Amish Country shop located on a family farm where all family members are
involved from weaving to making the fabric liners, from hand-staining to adding the leather handles that adorn many of the baskets. As the Amish say, “We weave our way through life one day at a time!” Breakfast included. Do you need a little more information? Call me on 01332 905601

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
July 15, 2017

Recently returned from this trip and enjoyed every minute of it, from the Shipshewana Quilt Show where we saw some beautiful quilts, went to an Amish Fabric Shop with 3,000 bolts of fabric, Yoders with 12,000 bolts!!! Wine tasting, learning how to make a cinnamon roll then having to eat one… scrumptious! Hearing about vintage linens, and meeting the Amish people who explained about their history, traditions and customs, and much, much more! The ladies I met on this trip were such great company too. This was my 5th trip with ‘amishpatchworktours’ all accompanied by owner Janet Wallace.
Hopefully will be booking another tour for 2018.

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