Get set for a journey of discovery in Northern Indiana that will take you to places that you might otherwise overlook. Northern Indiana has a rich and diverse heritage of artisans, crafters, and farmers and the new Art and Earth trail allows us to share these nowhere-else-to-be-found treasures with you.
The seven Loops of the trail sweep from Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes to areas known for sparkling inland lakes, past the Golden Dome of Notre Dame and onto roads where horse-drawn Amish buggies seem to outnumber cars.
Discover a genuine getaway where you can shake the hand of the crafter who creates one-of-a kind works and talk to the farmer while you pick his blueberries. Settle into historic bed and breakfasts and inns, taste foods authentic to the region, and sample our region’s rich bounty from apples to cheese to artisan breads at farmers markets, u-pick farms and festivals. Northern Indiana is rich in history and you’ll discover trails that Native Americans first walked and the mansions of visionaries who built entrepreneurial empires on their dreams. The past is lovingly preserved throughout the region.
How do you start on an adventure that will have you looking forward to the surprises just down the next road or around the next bend? We’ve made it easy by mapping out routes in each county that will lead you to their finest offerings. The beauty of the guide is that you can pick and choose what interests you the most and pursue it. There’s plenty of time to explore.
You’ll find only the best in our guide. In putting together the Art and Earth Trail, we followed strict criteria for the stops that would be included. Each place had to be authentic and unique to the region, whether it was an Amish farm where you can stop to buy quilts and homemade jam, a luxurious South Bend bed and breakfast once the home of a famous family, or a shop in refurbished Winona Lake where artists’ creations reflect serious thought as well as whimsy. Most important of all, each venue had to be friendly, easily accessible and reflect the values we treasure here in Northern Indiana. You won’t find chains or cookie-cutter businesses listed, just one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, museums and lodgings dedicated to the most important person visiting here…you.
So join us and plan to linger. We have the welcome mat out and hope you’ll return again and again.