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Affordable Summer Getaway in Elkhart County

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment
Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County

Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County. Image provided by the Elkhart County Visitors Center.

Guest Blogger:
Jackie Hughes, Elkhart County Visitors Center

Elkhart County, IN – August 18, 2011 — Looking for a different and fun getaway that won’t break the bank before summer ends?  The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana Amish Country deliver 36 juried designs all bursting with color and a one-of-its-kind experience.

18 eye-popping quilt patterned gardens packed with more than 100,000 annuals blanket the communities of Elkhart, Bristol, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa, Indiana – all along the nationally recognized Heritage Trail route.    Then add 18 vibrant outdoor quilt art murals gracing buildings throughout the area.  Maps show the way to each location and signs tell the special story about each pattern.  The gardens and murals are all viewable at no charge through September.

Pair the Quilt Gardens with a special event for extra color and local flavor.  Taste of the Gardens, Saturday, August 27 at Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart combines the beauty of tranquil gardens with exhibiting artists, scrumptious fare, fine wines and musical entertainment.

Get Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail maps and detailed information at  For more information on other things to see and do in the area visit or contact the Elkhart County (IN) Visitors Center at 800-262-8161. 

Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail Locations

Central Park, Elkhart, garden                                      Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, garden & mural

Concord Mall, Elkhart, mural                                       Dutch Country Market, Middlebury, garden

Elkhart County Visitors Center, mural                     Greencroft Middlebury, garden

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens, garden                      Krider Garden, Middlebury, garden

Ruthmere, Elkhart, garden                                          Cinnamon Stick, Middlebury, mural

Time Was Museum, mural                                           Varns & Hoover, Middlebury, mural

Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart, garden           Farmstead Inn, Shipshewana, garden

Elk. County  Hist. Museum, Bristol, garden           Menno-Hof, Shipshewana, garden

Bonneyville Mill, Bristol, mural                                   Weaver Furniture, Shipshewana, garden

Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, garden      Amish Acres, Nappanee, garden

Elkhart County Courthouse, garden                         Nappanee Center, garden

Goshen Chamber of Commerce, mural                  John’s Butcher Shop, Nappanee, murals

Goshen College, mural                                                  Downtown Wakarusa, garden & mural

Old Bag Factory, Goshen, garden & mural