This trip was part of my daughters 19th Birthday present and we had a really nice time. We chatted on the 3-1/2 hour trip (each way) and then had an absolutely perfect day walking around the town shopping together. Many of the shops have locally made items but not all. Some items came from China and India. Most of the time you can tell the items origin by the price but you can also look at the tags if you want to be sure.
One of the places we really enjoyed was a small art gallery, Galarina Folk Arts which housed the work of several Amish artists and artists close to the Amish as well Will Moses and others.
Our favorite activity was eating at the Blue Gate Inn. This was a real treat for us and more than I would usually spend for lunch. The food is simple Amish/country food. Knowing that we would be walking the meal off we opted for the all you can eat buffet but unlike other buffets, the items are brought to your table and refilled if needed. This is so much nicer than trying to carry your over filled plate back from the usual buffet line. The Buffett has choices, you can get 2 meats plus Chicken, 1 meat plus Chicken or the lowest cost at 15.99 was the Chicken Buffett
Our server was a very nice young man and he made sure we had every thing we needed.
Our chicken meal included, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade noodles, dressing and green beans all brought on a tray and set at the end of our table.
This was one of many gardens we saw.
I enjoyed going into Lollys, looking at the quilting fabrics and there was another shop affiliated with Lolly's in the same building that had lots of cute cuddly fabrics. I spent a good bit of time looking at both quilting and apparel fabric in Yoder's department store. As difficult as it was I did not buy any fabric. If you could see my overflowing and disorganized sewing room you would understand why. I did however purchase a cute pillow pattern and feet for a bag I might make in the next week or so. Don't worry I saw lots of packages make their way on the buss so I believe that the fabric stores needed restocking after we left.
I also purchased some wooden spoons. These spoons come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are made in Silver Lake Indiana from trees grown close by. The ones I picked out are sturdy and strong without feeling too large, awkward or heavy. They should last for many years but when they wear out I can throw them in my compost pile rather than the trash.
This was my second trip to Shipshewana with ASG, the last trip was in 2009, My daughter and I enjoyed every part of the day, it was nice to be in the company of so many sewing friends and our wonderful favorite bus driver Shirley.