Elkhart, IN High: 92 Low: 74 Heat index: terrible!
For those of you who think there is nothing in Indiana to really see or do, you couldn't be more wrong and you'd be missing a slice of Americana that is so unique! Indiana isn't all cornfields although it may seem that way. We haven't explored southern Indiana in many many years, but that's a whole 'nuther story. Lots of hills, beautiful scenery, unique towns, old time crafts, wineries...For right now, we're talking the heart of the midwest, the heart of Amish country, when we're talking about things to do and see in Elkhart, IN and Elkhart County....
Today, a trip to Goshen, IN...the county seat of Elkhart County, a place of restored turn of the century buildings downtown, and gorgeous Victorian homes. Lots of hip boutiques, galleries, corner cafes and cool eateries....go off the beaten path a little bit and find heirloom quilts, woodworking shops, country bake shops making homemade bread and from scratch noodles--like the Dutch Country Kitchen.
Home of a vintage 1930's police booth on the courthouse square, built in 1939 to protect the city residents from gangsters who might be traveling along the old Lincoln Transcontinental Highway.
Just outside of town are walking and biking paths--the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Sparky is going to get on the trail this week.
Locals love the South Side Soda Shop in Goshen, so we stopped there first. CLOSED on Mondays...Phooey! On to our second choice, 101 year old Olympia Candy Kitchen, the "sweetest little place in town since 1912." What a cool place!
An old fashioned soda fountain that got very busy after we got there...Tin ceilings and cool vintage light fixtures.
The burgers and fries were delicious! A very efficient and friendly wait staff just topped the experience....
Fun facts: diabetes test strips, Bactine, One-a-Day vitamins, and Alka Seltzer got their start at Miles Laboratory founded in Elkhart in 1884. (Miles is no longer operational here.)