LOCATED ONE HOUR WEST OF FORT WAYNE; TWO-AND-A-HALF HOURS NORTH OF INDIANAPOLIS; TWO-AND-HALF HOURS SOUTHWEST OF CHICAGO
3-DAY TRIP ITINERARY
DAY 1— Start off your day at the Warsaw Cut Glass Company. Opening its doors in 1911, the master glass artisan painstakingly hand-cuts each piece of crystal on belt-driven wheels. Each piece a true original. Next, venture a few blocks into downtown Warsaw to MudLove, a clay product shop where you can see their unique process of creating handmade wristbands, jewelry, mugs, and more! You’ll hear their story of starting in a tiny garage in 2009, and see the staff work on their craft while you shop! Next, travel to Winona Lake for a lakeside lunch at the upscale- casual BoatHouse, offering an extensive menu ranging from soups and sandwiches to Italian and steak entrées. After lunch, tour The Village at Winona with over 20 Victorian homes that have been converted into quaint shops. Next head to Pierceton and shop for the little ones at Stephan Baby. This international company began in 1987, when Jan Campbell designed a child-friendly ice pack in the shape of a bunny for her nephew’s booboo. The Boo Bunnie Ice Pack remains one of the top sellers! Take time to browse the antique shops in Pierceton! This little town has a big reputation as one of Indiana’s top antiquing destinations. After your adventurous first day, have a relaxing dinner at The Old Train Depot in Pierceton, a restored 1860s’ train station with a beautiful brick and wood interior.
DAY 2— Start off your second day in Silver Lake by visiting the charming Whetstone Woodenware workshop, where you’ll see the finest in handcrafted wooden utensils and accessories being made. Then make your way over to Mentone to the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum Inc., dedicated to Mentone native Lawrence Bell, who founded Bell Aircraft, which invented the first supersonic jet and more. For lunch, head over to Teel’s Restaurant and enjoy old-fashioned dining by sampling the ALL-YOU- CAN-EAT buffet made from treasured family recipes. After lunch, head back into downtown Warsaw and stop at the Kosciusko County Old Jail Museum, built in 1870. You’ll tour the old sheriff’s home attached to the jail along with the actual cells and bullpens. There’s no better way to end the day than relaxing in a salt cave! The Cave on the Square is a unique experience in relaxation and healing. Located in the Latte Lounge and Gallery in downtown Warsaw, the cave allows you to be surrounded with holistic healing powers for arthritis, lupus, sinus problems and allergies. For dinner, enjoy Warsaw’s new Italian restaurant, Bella Vitale, located under the same roof of Wyndham Garden hotel, offering an intimate atmosphere with attentive service. To wrap up Day 2, see a live theater production at the award-winning Wagon Wheel Center for the Performing Arts, one of Indiana’s oldest and largest theaters known for high-quality theatrical productions and concerts in the round.
DAY 3— Start today at Warsaw Biblical Gardens as you walk through biblical times among the plants, flowers, trees, and herbs. Started in 1986, it’s now the third largest of its kind in the U.S. Adjacent is The Gardens of Central Park, open to the public for self-guided tours. Next, venture to The Party Shop—Hallmark Ornament Museum, which contains over 4,000 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments and is the only place where you can see the complete collection of Hallmark ornaments open to the public. For lunch, enjoy a nice sit-down lunch at American Table in Warsaw, a hometown favorite offering 130 made-to-order quality menu items, and celebrating almost 30 years in business. After lunch, head to North Webster and discover Pilcher’s Shoes, which opened in 1947, and carries every size shoe from AAA to GG. Bob Pilcher and his staff can size your feet and advise you on the type of shoes you should be wearing. There’s no better way to spend the evening than on a boat ride! Choose from three: The Dixie Boat on Webster Lake (Indiana’s oldest sternwheel sightseeing boat), the SS Lillypad (offering private dinner cruises), and the Oakwood Tour Boat on the 3,000-acre Lake Wawasee. For dinner, relax and experience sunsets like no other in Syracuse at either The Channel Marker or The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant at Oakwood Resort. Casual elegance with indoor and seasonal outdoor dining is available at both restaurant locations.
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