Northern Indiana & Amish Country

Explore the Quilt Gardens and experience something you’ve never seen before.  More than a million vibrant blooms, 19 gigantic gardens and hand painted super-sized murals. Every quilt garden has its own intricate pattern, many are original designs and each has its own unique story.  See a simple way of life and a faith that dictates foregoing modern amenities, including electricity, automobiles and telephones that guide the Amish.  They are farmers and their homes are the center of Amish life.

 

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • Dairy Adventure at Fair Oaks Farm
    • Escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.  Don’t miss the birthing barn, bus adventure and 4D theatre!
  • Amish Wedding Feast at Miller’s Country Kitchen
  • Guided tour of quilt gardens of Middlebury, Bristol & Shipshewana
  • A special treat for your brown bag at a bakery, bulk food & popcorn store
  • Tour Teaberry Wood Products
    • An Amish Country store showcasing exclusive hand-crafted walnut, cherry and other hardwood items.   Watch how puzzles and beautiful wooden nativities are made on site and cut out by hand on scroll saws.  See how their baskets are unusual in the way that they are designed and are sturdy and very functional.
  • Amish Buggy Shop
    • Travel up a quiet country road to the local Amish buggy shop.  Watch and learn how Amish buggies are ordered and made.  See what options are offered and find out answers to questions about this mode of transportation.
  • Spring Valley Coffin Shop
    • Learn Amish coffin making from LaVern Miller of Spring Valley Woodcraft.  This friendly young man’s primary business is making coffins for the Amish and caskets for the non-Amish clients.  LaVern show what goes into producing a coffin, points out the differences between coffins and caskets.
  • Fun buggy ride along with cooking class at an Amish family home
  • B & L Woodcraft Amish Furniture Shop
    • Custom make your own souvenir birdhouse.  Select colors, decorations and make customized sayings.  The Amish family will physically put the birdhouse together and have it all ready for you to take home with you.  After making your birdhouse, you can explore the numerous furniture items & gifts found on the farm.
  • Linton Enchanted Gardens
    • Explore the many themed gardens of this new, large garden center including the Japanese Tea House, Southwestern garden with Mine Shaft, Victorian House, Dutch Gardens and Grist Mil
  • Ruthmere Historic Mansion
    • Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh, what a relief it is!” the famous Alka Seltzer advertisement.  Mr. Albert Beardsley helped found the company that created Alka Seltzer in Elkhart, Indiana.  His elaborate 1910 beaux-arts style house, Ruthmere, was named after his daughter Ruth. You’ll see a fine art collection including Tiffany leaded glass, Rodin sculptures, velvet window coverings, hand painted walls, and walnut woodwork.
  • Antique Classic Car Cruise-In
    • Many antique classic cars cruise-in and features cars for you to enjoy and if you’re old enough, they may bring back some fond memories. 
  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
    • Features five historic areas and one of the most visited outdoor museums in the country.  Take an 1859 Balloon Voyage by stepping into the gondola of their tethered balloon and be lifted 350 feet over Conner Prairie
  • 6 lunches, 5 dinners, 5 breakfasts at hotel
  • First Bank Kansas has purchased Travel Insured Group Protection Plan on behalf of all travelers
  • This trip requires a lot of walking

 

DINING:

  • Culver’s Restaurant
  • Farmhouse Restaurant
  • Miller’s Country Kitchen
  • Dinner with cooking class in an Amish home
  • Box lunch at Linton’s Enchanted Gardens
  • Das Dutchman Essenhaus
  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  • Ravanelli’s
  • Corner Café

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • Drury Inn & Suites
  • Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center

Notice

  • On trips four days or longer, First Bank Kansas has purchased Travel Insured Group Protection Plan on behalf of all travelers.
  • All trips are based on double occupancy, deluxe motorcoach transportation with wi-fi from Salina, and all gratuities.
  • Members of the First Bank Kansas Travel Club are:
  • Customers age 50 and better who have an Elite or Select checking account
  • Freedom Club Members
  • Non-Members are:
  • Simple Checking Customers
  • Ask us how you can become a member!

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