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Elkhart Amish Buggy at Dawn
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Family at Potato Creek State Park
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Marshall County Friends in Lake
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May 22, 2015; South Bend 150 kickoff party
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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our seven eclectic counties filled with all sorts of gems—hidden and otherwise—that you might be surprised to find side by side.

Where else you can ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and visit the world’s largest chocolate shop in the same day? Yeah, it’s eclectic mix—but we’d suggest that’s part of what makes it so cool. Plan your visit to Indiana’s Cool North.

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Places to Explore in the Cool North.

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Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, Porter, Hebron, Kouts

Rolling sand dunes. Relaxing beach vibes. Endless aquatic adventures. And that’s just what you’ll find along the shore. Explore a little more in Indiana Dunes and you’ll discover world-class dining, unique shopping experiences, and fantastic accommodations. A mecca for lovers of the great outdoors, you might need to add another day to your stay with all there is to see and do!

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Michigan City Laporte

Michigan City Laporte

Michigan City, LaPorte, Wanatah, Rolling Prairie

Looking for a laid-back vacation, or is it time to let loose and live it up? You’ll find the perfect blend of both in Michigan City LaPorte. Roll the dice or shop till you drop. Explore the area’s unique history or carve out your own outdoor adventure. Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure—authentic Midwestern spirit comes standard.

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South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend, Mishawaka, New Carlisle, North Liberty

Big city attractions and small town charm. You’ll find the best of both worlds when you visit vibrant Northern Indiana county. The iconic campus of the University of Notre Dame is a must-see, and each community holds its own hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Kid-friendly fun? Definitely. Outdoor activities? Absolutely. The ideal getaway to suit your travel style is waiting in South Bend Mishawaka.

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Kosciusko Winona Lake Park

Kosciusko

Warsaw, Syracuse, Winona Lake, North Webster, Pierceton

It doesn’t get any better than life on the lakes. And with over 100 of them, you’re sure to find a unique experience around every turn. Dine on the water’s edge at The Village at Winona, explore eclectic artisan’s shops, or take an old-school ride on a sternwheeler boat. The name might be a little tricky, but there’s definitely nothing complicated about life in Kosciusko County.

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Shipshewana LaGrange County

Shipshewana LaGrange County

Shipshewana, LaGrange, Topeka

You won’t hear phrases like “daily grind” or “rush hour commute” in these parts. Life in Shipshewana LaGrange County is unhurried, uncomplicated, and definitely unlike anywhere else. Amish culture thrives here, and combined with a focus on the great outdoors, this truly is the place to get away from it all.

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Marshall County Culver Lake

Marshall County

Culver, Plymouth, Bremen

Thanks to its history as a crossroads in Northern Indiana, Marshall County offers an eclectic array of things to do, places to stay, and authentic Cool North attractions. The Quilt Barn Trail paints a charming picture of rural life in Northern Indiana, and the Blueberry Festival is one of the state’s most popular events. It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall County.

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Elkhart Fall Flower Carpet

Elkhart County

Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa

Amish life and culture play a big part in daily life here in Indiana’s Cool North, and Elkhart County is no exception. Whether by car, by bike, or by buggy, tour the Heritage Trail and discover the communities that Northern Indiana is famous for. Winding nature trails and historic downtowns all add to an experience that is original, authentic, and a little outside of the ordinary.

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Festivals & Events

Community

CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MARKET

Every Saturday, May 6 to October 28

An outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown Chesterton

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EPIC ART ALONG THE HERITAGE TRAIL

May 30 - October 20, 2017

Gigantic public art display is open for free viewing this summer only. 56 Seward Johnson life-size bronze sculptures and a 25-foot tall, 27,000 pound monumental scale sculpture.

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Theatre Shows & Concerts in Indiana’s Cool North

See individual theatres for schedule of shows and concerts.

Indiana's Cool North has a number of theatres. See the individual theatres for their show and concert schedules.

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The Shipshewana Corn Maze

Every Friday and Saturday, Sept 1 to Nov 11

Bring your family and friends and come enjoy the challenge of the maze, there is something for all ages to enjoy at the Shipshewana Corn Maze.

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Notre Dame Football Weekends

See website for game schedule

The weekends when Notre Dame Football has a home game are always a little more special than any other weekend of the year.

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FALL HARVEST DAYS AT AMISH ACRES

September 15 - October 31, 2017

Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort will be decorated for the season with corn shocks, pumpkins and scarecrows galore!

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Westville Pumpkin Festival

September 29 - October 01, 2017

Join us for a celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern-style family event.

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Food/Beverage

Valpo Brewfest

September 30 - September 30, 2017

This annual event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it.

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112th Annual Corn School Festival

October 03 - October 07, 2017

Small Town Annual Street Fair. Parades each evening and on Saturday afternoon, food vendors, carnival rides and fun for the whole family.

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Fairs and Festivals

Fall Crafter’s Fair

October 05 - October 07, 2017

A festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event.

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FIRST FRIDAYS: DOWNTOWN OKTOBERFEST

October 06 - October 06, 2017

A celebration of Autumn, with pumpkin carving, autumn specials, and the second annual Purple Porch Oktoberfest Celebration.

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Culver Fall Fest

October 06 - October 08, 2017

Culver Fall Fest is an annual weekend event held in October.

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Oktoberfest & Porsche Festival

October 07 - October 07, 2017

An afternoon of celebrating Germany’s longest going event right here in the Village at Winona.

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Zoo Boo

October 20 - October 22, 2017

Join us for South Bend’s favorite Halloween tradition – Zoo Boo! Pumpkins, lights, and decorations will transform the Zoo into the perfect spot for safe trick-or-treating.

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GATHERING AT FIVE MEDALS

October 21 - October 22, 2017

Join us for this annual reenactment of Midwestern Life from 1660 to 1815.

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Arts and Entertainment

Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show Fall Marketplace

October 28 - October 28, 2017

This indoor handmade and vintage market features juried vendors who specialize in antiques, crafts, handmade items, primitives, artisan goods, furniture, salvage, home & garden décor, baked goods, gifts and so much more.

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Christmas in Shipshewana – November/December

November 10 - December 31, 2017

Drive thru light display, Sleigh Rides (weather permitting) Lighted Parade, November 11

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Flight of Craft Beer
Food/Beverage

La Pour Brew & Wine Fest

November 18 - November 18, 2017

End of the season craft beer festival celebrating many local and national breweries

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Day After Thanksgiving Horse Sale

November 24 - November 24, 2017

The Shipshewana Day After Thanksgiving Auction is a special sale attracting hundreds of horse lovers from all over the country.

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Bremen Holy Walk

December 01 - December 02, 2017

Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a walking tour of Bethlehem!

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Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show Marketplace

December 09 - December 09, 2017

This indoor Holiday Bazaar features juried vendors who specialize in antiques, crafts, handmade items, primitives, artisan goods, furniture, salvage, home & garden décor, baked goods, gifts.

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Shipshewana Ice Festival

December 28 - December 29, 2017

December 28 Ice Carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana

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