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Saturday, May 08, 2010


The Essenhaus is quite nice but I agree that it pricey. We stay there a lot and always go to the Hilltop Cafe (just west of the Essenhaus on Rte 20. It is a small local kind of place wirh good food (priced nicely) and great pies. The Inn at the Essenhaus is one of the cleanest places to stay you will ever find and the rolls at the bakery are to die for (and if I lived there I suppose I would due to clogged vessals. Enjoy Michigan, it is quite pretty up there.


I grew up in Northern Indiana and had many Amish friends. It's neat hearing they're still thriving. It just so happens we have a tent with a family of seven Mennonites come in last night beside us. I hope to talk to them today. Dee

Howard, we live near several Amish communities in Iowa and there is so much we can learn from them. One of the things that has stuck with me is that they do not celebrate special occasions because everyday is special and a gift from God. What a concept.
We will be in Goshen for the Escapade in September so it was fun reading your blog today.

We found the "Newmar" factory tour at Nappanee very interesting.

If you need any custom cabinet work, Carlyle (the owner) at Focal Wood Products does excellent work. He added a computer desk along with window sills to our Dutch Star last summer. Also bought a coffee table.

Hi guys,

Glad you spent some time in Shipshewana -- we always enjoy a visit there! We typically go with the "Menu side" at Essenhaus . . . can't really justify the price of family style unless you're a really big eater.

We love the meat & cheese store, and E&S bulk foods, and we ALWAYS save room for a pretzel at Jo-Jos in the Davis Mercantile!

Safe travels to Michigan -- let us know if your route brings you up US-23, although from where you are, your best route might be up US-31 (or 131, can never remember which one it is!), and then across 72 to get to Thunder Bay.

Tom & Marci

Enjoyed reading your post about the Amish country. My husband was born and raised Mennonite. It is definitely a culture full of history. Thanks for the pictures. We were hoping to get to Iowa this last Fall but due to major motor home problems we only made it as far as Montana and then Utah.

I enjoy your blog and looking forward to reading it each day.

It is a shame that most Amish and Mennonites consider dogs to be livestock, and then treat them so cruelly in their puppy mills:
Happy Trails, Penny, TX

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