Shipshewana, Indiana is said to be the State’s #2 spot for tourism.
There are many area attractions to visit since the Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana Lake is located in the heart of an Amish community and tourist area www.shipshewana.com. One attraction of special interest is the Menno-Hof Center www.menno-hof.org. The Menno-Hof Center is a museum portraying the history of the Mennonites and Amish. Shipshe-Shopping is of interest to all of our guests. Downtown Shipshewana has 100 craft and gift shops that exhibit the Amish heritage everyday but Sunday. The newly rebuilt Davis Merchantile is the largest timber frame building in the United States offering: 24 gift shoppes on three floors, a 1926 carousel with hand carved wooden horses and a 350 year old Canadian fir in the grand stairway. The Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction is touted as the Midwest’s most popular flea market. It is not unusual for this quiet little town of 536 people to swell with thousands of tourists attending the Flea Market and Auction each Tuesday and Wednesday from May to October. Special events are held throughout the year such as: Mayfest, Quilt Festival in June, Fall Crafters Sale in October, Country Christmas in November and December, and Pajama Sale in February. Though close to many attractions, the Brethren Retreat provides a peaceful setting away from it all on the shores of Shipshewana Lake.