Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Destination of the Week: Shipshewana & LaGrange/Steuben Counties Region, IN-Fremont

Destination of the Week: Shipshewana & LaGrange/Steuben Counties Region, IN-Fremont

At the crossroads of two major expressways, the industry of Fremont is truck stops.  But beyond the smell of diesel, auto exhaust, and fast food places is a nice area with enough to offer in the summer for someone looking for a lazy weekend.  Timed just right, one could camp or cabin at the campground, do some outlet shopping in the morning, hit the buffalo preserve for burger patties, pick up some inexpensive wine, and still have plenty of time to relax by the pool.

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Outlet Shoppes at Fremont (formerly Prime Outlets Fremont) – Fading and difficult to navigate outlet mall
6245 North Old 27, Fremont, IN 46737
http://www.theoutletshoppesatfremont.com/

Satek Winery – One of the many fine Indiana wineries
6208 N Van Guilder Rd, Fremont, IN 46737
http://www.satekwinery.com/


Wild Winds Buffalo Preserves – Lodge, buffalo, and cafĂ© all in one place
6975 N. Ray Rd, Fremont, IN 46737
http://www.wildwindsbuffalo.net/


Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake – Camp resort with a water park, RV grounds, and cabins
140 Ln 201 Barton Lake, Fremont, IN 46737
http://www.jellystonesbest.com/










Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Destination of the Week: Shipshewana & LaGrange/Steuben Counties Region, IN-Angola

Destination of the Week: Shipshewana & LaGrange/Steuben Counties Region, IN-Angola

Angola’s location, off of I-65 between Lansing and Fort Wayne, give it that middle of no-where, in the middle of everywhere feel.  The town itself is not the most GLCTer tourist friendly with many attractions closed to visitors or with very limited hours.  North of the city is Pokagon State Park with its access to Lake James.  A number of other lakes are west of the city, some with public access.

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Civil War Monument in Public Square – Name says it all!
Downtown Angola

Old Steuben County Courthouse – Normally not accessible to the public
Downtown Angola

Old Steuben County Jail – Normally not accessible to the public
Downtown Angola

Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center at Pokagon State Park
6 Ln 150 Lake James, Angola, IN 46703
http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/potawatomi/





Powers Church – Normally not accessible to the public.  A good drive from Angola.
Old Road One, Angola, IN 46703
http://www.powerschurch.org/

Steuben County Historical Society Museum
313 East Maumee Street, Angola, IN 46703
http://www.ingenweb.org/insteuben/scgs/histsoc.html


Monday, February 16, 2015

Destination of the Week: Shipshewana & LaGrange/Steuben Counties Region, IN-Shipshewana

Destination of the Week: Shipshewana & LaGrange/Steuben Counties Region, IN-Shipshewana

Shipshewana is the big draw for most people visiting the region.  Even then, the entire town is not much more than a few blocks square.  During the summer during auction and flea market season though the city swells to many times its size.  Many of the area’s attractions are located within a mile of city center, making it perfect if a GLCTer wants to just park the car and walk.

A special note-PLEASE be respectful of the Amish and Mennonites in the area.  Photo taking of Amish is normally highly discouraged.  At night, be very watchful of slow moving horse-drawn wagons.

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Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market-One of the largest outdoor flea markets in the US
345 South Van Buren Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565
http://www.tradingplaceamerica.com/


The Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre-Some very good food, plus an uber family-friendly theatre
105 E Middlebury Street, Shipshewana, Indiana 46565
http://www.riegsecker.com/



Menno-Hof-Learn about the Amish and Mennonite religion
510 S Van Buren Street, Shipshewana IN 46565
http://mennohof.com/














Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum-Yes, an auto museum in the middle of Amish country!
760 South Van Buren Street, Shipshewana, IN 46565
http://www.hostetlershudsons.com/