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2015 / 2016 - Amish Country
> 2015 / 2016
The ONLY experience of its kind in the world!
FREE Annually May 30 through October 1
Your group’s journey begins with this comprehensive guide
that contains unique itineraries, helpful hints, maps and more.
Use this guide along with the Amish Country Travel Guide for
your best Amish Country experience.
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MAPS AND MILEAGE Not sure how to get here? It’s simple.
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WHAT’S HOT These “firsts” make your group’s stay memorable.
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WHAT’S NEW These brand new activities are the perfect add-on
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TOP GROUP ATTRACTIONS You don’t want to miss these
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GROUP FRIENDLY LODGING Need a hotel for 10 or 100?
to make your trip to Amish Country complete .
must-see stops ... by far the most popular in Amish Country!
Nationally recognized, locally owned, group friendly and exclusive
to our unique destination.
We’ve got you covered with a list of group friendly lodging facilities.
10 DAY TRIPS Whether just passing through or planning an eight-hour excursion, we’ve got some great options for the day traveler.
11 THEMED ITINERARIES Exclusive itineraries with only our most popular themes and places in mind. Choose from popular packages or customize your own.
> GROUP FRIENDLY, FLEXIBLE
& READY TO GO!
The Elkhart County, IN Convention and Visitors
Bureau welcomes the opportunity to help you plan a
full menu of group friendly activities in Amish Country
of Northern Indiana.
We offer FREE expert advice, creative itineraries and
over 27 years of experience in customized group travel
planning. Our full service bureau provides all the
resources you need for a memorable, extended stay,
including:
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Complimentary Travel Guides & maps Itinerary enhancements and travel tips
Escort notes
Special arrangement coordination
Group lodging, dining and event options
FAM tours and site visits
Web links
Photography and DVD’s
PowerPoint templates
Flyer shells
Hotel bidding service
Posters
14 GROUP FRIENDLY EVENTS Must-see group friendly events
throughout Amish Country of Northern Indiana.
15 ITINERARY ADD-ON OPTIONS Not your first trip to Amish
Country? Be sure to try these brand new packages and itineraries
- perfect for your group.
FOR PERSONALIZED SERVICE, CONTACT
Sonya L. Nash, CTIS
Travel Trade Marketing Manager
Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau
219 Caravan Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514
p: 800.262.8161 | p: 574.262.8161
c: 574.903.1148 | e: [email protected]
THIS TOUR PLANNER IS A PUBLICATION OF
Elkhart County, IN Convention & Visitors Bureau
219 Caravan Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514
800.262.8161 | 574.262.8161
AmishCountry.org | AmishCountryTours.org
Published rates may change. Please inquire about rates and
admissions when making your reservations.
> TRAVELING ON I-80/90?
From a scenic stop-over to a multi-day stay, you can’t beat
the beauty and bounty of Amish Country in Northern
Indiana.
This easy-to-reach destination - one of the most popular for
groups in the Midwest - is home to the third largest Amish
settlement in the country and has a wealth of unique
experiences and must-see attractions.
Amish Country’s highlights include nationally
recognized destinations and off-the-beatenpath surprises. But one thing they all have in
common - year-round - is easy access from the
Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90).
The Indiana Toll Road, the Midwest’s major
east / west artery, skirts the northern edge of
Amish Country. The convenience and
concentration of attractions en route offers an
ideal break for group tours passing through.
Whatever your destination, I-80/90 Exit 92 is the
best location for a stop along the Indiana Toll
Road. It offers the largest selection of franchise
lodging and dining on the Indiana Toll Road.
- More than a dozen restaurants and over
1,600 hotel rooms
- Names you know and trust, including
Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans and Olive Garden
- Convenient easy-on, easy-off access
For more details, visit AmishCountry.org/exit92
> GETTING TO AMISH COUNTRY
IS EASY!
Using a network of scenic highways, your group
can arrive in the serenity of Amish Country with less
than a day’s journey from the Midwest’s major
metropolitan areas.
Amish Country is easily accessible from the Indiana
Toll Road (I-80/90), State Road 120, State Road 19,
US 6 and US 20.
MILEAGE TO AMISH COUNTRY
Chicago100m/225km
Cleveland230m/370km
Detroit165m/266km
Indianapolis165m/266km
Milwaukee200m/322km
Pittsburgh360m/580km
St. Louis
390m/628km
Toronto 440m/708km
Elkhart and LaGrange counties, home to the very
popular group tour destinations of Nappanee,
Middlebury and Shipshewana, are conveniently
located just 100 miles east of Chicago in Northern
Indiana.
Hundreds of groups from all over the country spend
an average of two to three days enjoying the sites
and sounds of Amish Country.
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> WHAT’S HOT IN AMISH COUNTRY
THE QUILT GARDENS TOURSM
County-wide, 15 minutes (one site) to multi day (10 or more sites)
THE FIRST AND ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY! Elkhart County’s annual Quilt
Gardens TourSM features a glorious rainbow of 1,000,000+ blooms planted in artfully precise
combinations to form a colorful patchwork. 19 vibrant gardens averaging 20-feet-by-40-feet
in size and 21 murals are placed throughout the destination in celebration of the history and
heritage of those who call Amish Country home. Most are based on the patterns of
traditional Amish quilts, considered to be among the most exquisitely crafted in the world.
JUST FOR GROUPS! Add special gardening and quilting programs, get a Master Gardener
Step-On Guide and schedule hands-on activities. See page 11 for details.
BROWN BAG TOUR
County-wide, half-day to full-day
Add to your Northern Indiana Amish Country experience by “bagging” some fun for your group on our popular
“Brown Bag Tour”. Sit back, relax and observe the Amish lifestyle as you travel picturesque back roads of
Northern Indiana. You’ll hear about the area and the history, traditions, and customs of the Amish.
Stop at several Amish backroads shops as you fill your brown bag with goodies.
MOO FUN IN AMISH COUNTRY
County-wide, half-day to multi day
Cultivate acres of smiles for groups with farm tours that yield plenty of memorable moments and surprises.
Meet an Amish farm family and try hand-milking cows, or learn all about the wonders of camel milk at a camel
farm. Walk on the wild side visiting an exotic animal farm, and take a trip to the Wild West at a bison ranch. Everything is just ducky touring a duck hatchery and pretty fishy at tilapia raising facility. Stand next to Percheron draft
horses during a barn tour and learn the secret life of bees at a farm producing honey. All in all, you can
“bet the farm” that these tours will sow fun for your groups.
PIECES, PIES & POSIES TOUR
County-wide, half-day to full-day
A delectable tour guaranteed to make quilt lovers’ mouths water! Participants “hop” to four fabulous fabric shops
and gather fabric “charms” to make a delightful “Pie” quilt. Piece in eye-popping Quilt Gardens and you have a
tour quilters can’t resist.
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> WHAT’S NEW IN AMISH COUNTRY
“GOING GREEN” IN AMISH COUNTRY
Join the ecotourism trend and give your garden loving groups plenty of “green” combined with plenty of fun. At Merry
Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College hear how they are bringing renewal and vitality to ecosystems.
Visit fabulous gardens including the unique DeFries Calendar Garden, Wellfield Botanic Gardens and the Quilt Gardens.
Step into a tiny world of fantasy at a nursery specializing in miniatures. Learn about surprising and innovative growing
practices at an Amish operated hydroponic vegetable farm. And at a community-based organic farm, the focus is on
healthy. Build in a stop at the area’s largest garden center and include fresh and tasty Amish Country meals and you
have a tour sure to take root.
ROCKET SCIENCE ICE CREAM AT COPPES COMMONS
Enjoy a scoop of “out of this world” ice cream from Rocket Science! Each individual serving is crafted from a premium
ice cream mix and real fruits, nuts, candies, and sauces, using their own special recipes. It is then quick frozen right
before your eyes with liquid nitrogen. It’s the creamiest and the most amazing treat you’ll find anywhere in the US.
REAL INDIANA AMISH COUNTRY HOUSEWIVES
Forget reality TV and meet the real housewives of Amish Country. Get a first-hand look at a day in the life of
Amish women. Learn how these ladies do household chores without electrical appliances and run their businesses
without modern technology. Enjoy a cinnamon roll demo with Elaine or Mary Lou. Visit Carolyn’s home for a haystack
lunch and a peanut butter crumb pie making demo. Chat with a basket weaver about her thriving business. Meet an
Amish school teacher and and find out how she manages her classes in a one-room school. Everyone gets an after
school treat too - a whoopie pie to take home. At the end of the day, groups go home with a renewed respect for
these women who live a simple life, yet they’re anything but simple.
RUTHMERE CELEBRATES DOWNTON ABBEY AFTERNOON TOUR & TEA
Step into the past and experience what life was like for the affluent at the turn of the previous century. Tour the
opulent home built in 1910 by Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley, a prominent Elkhart couple. Admire the elaborate
window treatments, silk wall coverings, carved mahogany woodwork, revival-style furnishings and fabulous art works
that adorn the mansion. Peek into Elizabeth’s boudoir where dresses still hang in the closet. Then enjoy a “Downton
Abbey” style afternoon tea complete with hot tea, cold lemonade, tea sandwiches and fresh fruit served in the Game
Room or on the covered Piazza if weather permits. Everyone goes home feeling grand.
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> MORE WHAT’S NEW IN AMISH COUNTRY
AMISH ACRES CANDY KITCHEN
Amish Acres is best known for their historic farm and education on Amish beliefs fostering a tolerance among different
religions and cultures, but did you know the fudge shop makes over 50,000 lbs of fudge and candy a year? Learn how
to make your own delicious candies from one of their expert candy makers and have a treat to enjoy later.
“UDDERLY” FUN AT KNOLLBROOK FARM
See plenty of contented cows touring family-operated Knollbrook Farm in Goshen. It’s one of only ten robotic dairy
farms in Indiana using cutting-edge technology and sustainable practices in maintaining their herd of more than 100
dairy cows. Watch as their “girls” are pampered relaxing on the regularly aerated compost bedding pack (soft, fluffy,
sustainable bedding) and roam freely with no stalls to hamper their movements. Then observe how they line up for
their “candy” treat while being robotically milked. And where there are dairy cows there are always irresistibly cute
calves. Groups love the chance to get close to these “cuties” to pet and feed them. Great photo op too! The farm also
provides plenty of fun photo ops around the “cow” and “spider” made of hay bales. Come autumn (mid-September /
October) their giant corn maze, pumpkin sling shot and carpet ball are extra sure-to-please activities.
Guarantee your group an “udderly” fun day and plan a tour of Knollbrook Farm.
SONSHINE BASKETS
Weave some fun into your tour with a stop at Sonshine Baskets, an authentic Amish Country handcraft experience.
Lovely hand-woven baskets of every shape and for every purpose fill this Amish owned and operated country
shop located on the family farm of Calvin & Anna Yoder. Watch as family members demonstrate and talk about the
processes of turning plain reed into something of beauty and function. And it seems every family member is involved
from weaving to making the fabric liners, from hand-staining to adding the leather handles that adorn many of the
baskets. As Anna says, “We weave our way through life one day at a time!” After learning first hand, take time to shop
for your own piece of authentic “made in Amish Country” basket.
THE GARDEN CAFE AT LINTON’S ENCHANTED GARDENS GROUP BOX LUNCH
The Garden Cafe features over one hundred handcrafted hot and cold drink choices plus fresh baked cookies all day
long. Menu items include healthy breakfast offerings, custom made sandwiches, crisp garden salads and homemade
soups featuring Linton’s own locally grown seasonal herbs and garden vegetables. Groups enjoy a gourmet box lunch
including your choice of sandwich served with Veggie Chips and Linton’s own Mango Lime Salsa, a fresh baked cookie
and soft drink.
MUNCH A BUNCH IN AMISH COUNTRY
Groups delight in every bite and no one goes home hungry on this tour that samples the culinary specialties of Amish
Country. Begin at a bustling Amish bakery famous for its addictive cashew crunch candy and cinnamon-caramel
donuts that satisfy every connoisseur’s sweet tooth. A stop an Amish cheese factory is
awarded with tastings of Baby Swiss and Colby Jack cheeses among others.
At a nearby country market watch the Lehman family roll-out made-from-scratch
noodles and put them on racks to dry. They also specialize in fresh-from-the-hive
honey and rich nut butters. Top off this food foray with a cooking demo and hearty
meal in an Amish home complete with a hefty slice of just-baked pie. It’s the perfect
end to a scrumptious tour.
For a complete listing of all the new activities in Amish Country,
visit AmishCountryTours.org or contact Sonya at 800.262.8161.
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> TOP GROUP ATTRACTIONS
AMISH ACRES HERITAGE RESORT, Nappanee, IN
p: 800.800.4942 or 574.773.4188 ext 240
[email protected] | AmishAcres.com
One hour to multi-day
An immersive, all-inclusive Amish Country experience spread over
80 rural acres - a not-to-be-missed, group friendly destination in
the heart of Nappanee that is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places.
- Tour the historic farm on foot and wagon
- Dine beneath the hand-hewn beams in the century-old Amish-built
Restaurant Barn
- Take your seat in the 400-seat Round Barn Theatre for Broadway style
classic musicals
- Relax and recharge at two country inns - the Inn at Amish Acres or the
Nappanee Inn
- Browse four on-site specialty shops packed with sweets, cheese, smoked
meats, quilts, baked goods and more
- Each August, enjoy the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival - an ABA Top 100 Event
- Experience immersive educational programming through on-site
Elderhostel-type events and activities
DAS DUTCHMAN ESSENHAUS, Middlebury, IN
p: 800.455.9471 or 574.825.0052
[email protected] | Essenhaus.com
One hour to multi-day
An unforgettable Amish Country experience, nationally recognized
for its restaurant and bakery (a pie-lover’s paradise with 30
delicious varieties made daily). On-site shops, a charming and
comfortable inn, horse-drawn carriage rides and unique
“groups-only” interactive opportunities round out your stay!
- Dine in Indiana’s largest restaurant - with room for over 1,100 guests
- Enjoy traditional family-style meals or menu options for lighter appetites
- Shop for truly unique gifts, home accents, baked goods, specialty items,
souvenirs, and accessories - coupons provided!
- Experience a group favorite - a variety of “make-it-and-take-it” classes are
available on-site – instructional and informational
- Well-appointed and spacious guest room accommodations with all the
amenities you appreciate and enjoy at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference
Center (breakfast included)
- Stop by both the Essenhaus Quilt Garden and Mural, one of 27 stops on the
official Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, an ABA Top 100 event!
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> TOP GROUP ATTRACTIONS
SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET, Shipshewana, IN
p: 260.768.4129
[email protected] | TradingPlaceAmerica.com
Three hours to full-day
One of the country’s largest outdoor flea markets promises value
and variety. Weekly antique and cattle auctions plus numerous
food booths are available throughout the market.
- Shop up to 1,000 booths spread over 50 acres packed with bargains galore,
clothes and crafts
- Enjoy the 30,000-square foot antique auction PLUS cattle and hay auctions
on Wednesdays
- Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8am to 5pm, May through October
BONNEYVILLE MILL, Bristol, IN
p: 574.535.6458 (for reservations)
[email protected] | ElkhartCountyParks.org
One hour to three hours
A visit to rustic Bonneyville Mill is a step back in time and a step into
the most photographed attraction in Elkhart County. The friendly
miller tells the mill’s history as huge millstones rumble into action.
Take home a bag of freshly ground cornmeal – it’s the best!
- Tour Indiana’s oldest operating stone grist mill
- See beautiful dahlias in August
- Take a group pictures at one of the most photographed spots in the area
- Group Tours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to Noon
COPPES COMMONS, Nappanee, IN
p: 574.773.0002 (for reservations)
[email protected] | CoppesCommons.com
One hour to three hours (with tea party lunch)
Originally the factory for Coppes Cabinets that once produced
the famous “Hoosier Cabinet,” the renovated factory now houses
a variety of small businesses perfect for shopping for locally made,
hand crafted and fresh baked. Groups are given a fascinating
historical glimpse into the Coppes story.
- Taste “out-of-this-world” ice cream at Rocket Science, which uses 320° below
zero liquid nitrogen to flash freeze tasty, made-to-order ice cream perfection
- Enjoy a tea party luncheon at the Tea Pot & More featuring homemade scones
and fresh herb tea all served on hand painted china
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Comfort Suites / 574.206.1555
Country Inn & Suites / 574.206.8488
$81
Econo Lodge / 574.262.0540
$49-57
Fairfield Inn & Suites / 574.970.1688
$80-90
Hampton Inn / 574.264.2525
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ELKHART: AT I-80/90 EXIT 92
Best Western Inn & Suites / 574.262.8761
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> GROUP FRIENDLY LODGING
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Hilton Garden Inn / 574.970.4444
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites / 574.296.1110
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Quality Inn & Suites / 574.264.0404
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Staybridge Suites / 574.970.8488
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Nappanee Inn / 574.773.5999
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PLEASE NOTE: Rates are subject to change and may be higher for Notre Dame home football games, special events and holidays.
Properties listed below provide specalized group services. Visit AmishCountry.org for a full listing of available properties.
The Elkhart County, IN Convention & Visitors Bureau does not maintain responsibility for lodging information contained herein.
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> DAY TRIP IDEAS
Whether just passing through or planning an eight-hour excursion,
we’ve got great options for the day traveler. Choose one of the
following or ask us to customize a package that best fits your tastes
and timetable. Visit AmishCountryTours.org for more day trip ideas!
THE CAPITAL’S FINEST
ELKHART - Elkhart boasts the titles
of both “RV” and “Band Instrument
Capital.” The RV/MH Heritage
Museum showcases that history with
an intriguing display of vehicles
dating back to the early 1900’s.
AMISH COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS
Groups welcome the chance to travel
scenic country roads frequented by horsedrawn buggies and stop at quaint shops to
fill their bags with hand-crafted goods and
sample local treats.
What a comparison when groups tour a local RV manufacturing
facility! Enjoy a guided tour at Ruthmere, the Beaux Arts House
Museum located along the river. The step-on guide gives the
“scoop” on the area’s musical manufacturing history along with
history of the largest populated city in Amish Country as Elkhart’s
founding father Havillah Beardsley.
The best way to experience this is with a
local step-on guide who provides tips and
insights into this unique culture. Plus the
best way to appreciate Amish cooking is
to learn secrets first-hand from an Amish
housewife then top it off with a hearty
dinner in their Amish home.
EMBRACE THE PACE
NAPPANEE - Take an easy
pace as a step-on-guide
leads groups through
the Amish countryside
to learn about Amish life,
visit quaint shops and
dine in an Amish home.
Groups see the birthplace of the famous
“Hoosier Cabinet” and learn about Nappanee’s
illustrious woodworking history at Coppes
Commons, a renovated factory showcasing local
artisans and small retail shops. More one-of-akind “Hoosiers” are on display at the Nappanee
Center along with other fun memorabilia.
Quicken the pace with a stop at the Dutch
Village Market, a 60,000 sq. ft. climate controlled
marketplace, or tour a bustling RV factory.
HISTORY REVIVED – A FABULOUS MYSTERY TRIP
ELKHART - Experience the privileged lifestyle of 1910 touring
Ruthmere, featured on A&E’s “America’s Castles.” At the
Midwest Museum of American Art, groups appreciate the
artistry of Norman Rockwell viewing the Midwest’s largest
collections of his signed lithographs and collotypes.
Stroll paths brimming with blooms and relax in the peaceful
artistic environment found at the new Wellfield Botanic
Gardens. Linton’s Enchanted Gardens provide home decor
and a gift emporium is a shopper paradise.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated
Lerner Theatre.
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> THEMED ITINERARY IDEAS
2015 QUILT GARDENS “HUB & SPOKE” TOURS
Blend timeless traditions with modern-day fun for
an experience that’s just right for your group. Every
special package ensures your group will enjoy the
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail tour with an
experienced Master Gardener step-on guide.
ARTSY GARDEN PARTY
$255 including lodging pp* (based on 30 people)
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- 2 lunches including a Tea Party Lunch and 2 dinners
- Wine & Canvas Artsy Party dinner event
- Visit up to 5 different gardens and garden centers:
QUILT GARDENS TOURSM
Four Days / Three Nights
THE FIRST AND ONLY OF-ITS-KIND IN THE NATION!
This tour features 19 quilt gardens with 1,000,000+
blooms and 21 quilt murals in 7 welcoming communities
throughout the destination.
Each reflects the artistry of Northern Indiana’s prized
quilters, all will have you grabbing for your camera.
Highlights include:
- Every quilt lover loves the chance to examine rare
quilts - imagine their excitement looking over an 1893
one-of-a-kind quilt made entirely of silk cigar labels at
the “Stitches of Devotion” exhibit at the Elkhart County
Historical Museum
- Shop for quilting fabrics, notions, patterns and supplies
at a variety of quilt shops
- Taste jumbo jelly beans at the Wakarusa Dime Store
and see the giant jelly bean quilt
- Enjoy an Amish Heritage Quilt Trunk Show
- Enjoy coffee and chocolate while shopping and
learning at a local fabric shop
- Enjoy the tour with a local Master Gardener as your
step-on guide takes your group to each garden and
gives each person a garden gift
Wellfield Botanic Gardens; Linton’s Enchanted Gardens; Krider
World’s Fair Garden; Benedict’s Nursery; and The Calendar Garden
at DeFries Gardens
- Lace, Linens & Lunch program
- See Indiana’s largest Norman Rockwell Collection
SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET
$230* including lodging pp*
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- Amish “Haystack” lunch; lunch in diner featured on Food
Network; Amish Wedding Feast dinner; and buffet dinner
- Homemade cinnamon roll demonstration and tasting on
Amish farmstead
- NEW! “Richness of Chocolate & Fabric” class and trunk show
- Shop at the Midwest’s largest outdoor flea market
- Vintage Amish quilts “Trunk Show” and talk by noted expert
AMISH ACRES
BEST OF NAPPANEE & AMISH COUNTRY
$216 including lodging pp*
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- 2 dinners, 1 Amish “Haystack” lunch, and 3 continental
breakfasts
- Wine Tasting in the Barn Loft with 20 varieties of wine
- 2 live Broadway musical productions in the majestic
Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre
- Shopping and tour historic Coppes Commons
- NEW! Amish Acres Candy Kitchen demo
(cont)
* Inclusive group package price is valid through September 2014, and based on
double occupancy and availability. Prices subject to change without advance
notice. Other restrictions may apply.
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> THEMED ITINERARY IDEAS
2015 QUILT GARDENS
“HUB & SPOKE” TOURS (CONT)
PIECES, PIES AND POSIES
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- 2 lunches, 2 family-style dinners, 1 Amish “Haystack” dinner
- Hop to 4 quilt fabric shops, souvenir recipe box,
pie recipes and 4 “Fat Quarters”
- Professional Broadway musical in Amish Acres’ Round
Barn Theatre
- Country shops & history at Coppes Commons
- Hands on quilt tool and piecing program at a fabric shop
MADE IN AMISH COUNTRY
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- 2 tasty, specially prepared dinners
- Find out how Amish buggies, caskets, and foods are
made and meet the Amish people making the products
- Travel through RV history at the RV Museum/Hall of Fame
- NEW! Learn how Indiana’s signature wine is made and
taste it too
- Take factory tours of a Kitchen Cabinet Maker and RV
Manufacturer
PIECES, PIES & POSIES TOUR
Five Days / Four Nights
We’ve baked-up a sweet tour that is sure to keep
quilt loving groups “in stitches”. Enjoy a fabulous
fabric shop hop where group members collect
yummy quilt-fabric “pie” charms. Add gigantic
portions of fun plus exceptional hands-on
activities, events, dining and shopping.
Highlights include:
- Shop and hop to 4 quilt fabric shops viewing
20,000+ bolts of fabric by the end of the day
- Watch, eat and learn how to make delicious
homemade cinnamon rolls at an Amish farm
or collect local pie favorite recipes
- Sit next to Amish women around a quilt frame
as you join their local quilting bee
KIDS’ GRAND TIME WITH GRANDMA & GRANDPA
Two Day / One Night Suggested Itinerary
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- Ride a hand carved carousel
- Visit a comic book and superhero museum
- Roll your own pretzel to eat and learn it’s story
- Tour an Amish dairy farm and taste fresh whole milk
- See how Amish buggies are made
- Tour an Amish one-room schoolhouse
- Make-n-take craft class with grilled cheese sandwiches
GIRL FUN GETAWAY
4 Day / 3 Night Suggested Itinerary
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
- Step into the working studios of the area’s finest ceramic
artists and get to know the people at the potters wheel
- Feast on a traditional Amish wedding dinner in the
charming setting of “Miller’s Country Kitchen”
- Learn the enchanting story of how a fragrance and its
brand is born in one of the nation’s perfumeries
- Enjoy dinner & theatre in the Amish Acres Round Barn
- Delight in a Tea Party Luncheon served by Amish women
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AMISH COUNTRY
Five Days / Four Nights
Take a journey to the past that’s loaded with
plenty of modern-day fun. Get a true look at
the Amish lifestyle and learn about their history.
Tour country roads more traveled by buggies
than cars. Stop at shops filled with goods your
grandma probably used. Step into an Amish
kitchen and learn cooking secrets. Savor hearty
Amish style fare, including a traditional Amish
“Haystack” supper. Shop at the Midwest’s largest
flea market and then make a birdhouse. Hear an
acclaimed quilt historian talk about Amish quilts
and see her “quilt museum on the road.” You’ll
be busy all the time, loving every minute!
BACKROADS FALL FROLIC
Four Days / Three Nights
Enjoy hayrides, pluck apples from the tree and sip freshly
pressed cider. Travel country roads bursting with color passing
century old farms, majestic barns and teams of huge draft
horses guided by Amish farmers. Visit Indiana’s oldest operating
grist mill, the most photographed spot in the county. Design a
birdhouse at an Amish furniture shop. Hand feed bison in their
natural habitat. Enjoy hearty autumn fare passing platters of
family-style favorites. Take in a musical production in an
authentic round barn. That’s only the beginning of a tour sure
to have groups fall for Fall in Amish Country.
Highlights include:
- Board a hayride at Indiana’s largest apple orchard and enjoy
a cup of freshly pressed apple cider
- Tour Indiana’s oldest operating grist mill and see corn ground
by a century-old stone wheel
Highlights include:
- Tour the third largest populated Amish
community in the United States
- See how the Indiana Amish are different from
Amish in other destinations by traveling the
backroads with your local step-on-guide
- Meet local Amish entrepreneurs and their
families as you stop and shop on the
popular Brown Bag Tour then fill your bag
with goodies from popcorn to cheese,
noodles to oatmeal plus many more options
- Tour the only Old Order Amish home listed
on the National Register of Historic Places
- Delight in the professional Broadway
musical theatre production inside a 1920
restored round barn now a beautiful theatre
- Take a breakfast break at an Amish home and sample hotout-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls
- Get a tangy surprise tasting homemade
condiments from the mastered recipes of a
local Amish housewife
- Visit a pumpkin patch, enjoy scents and spices of autumn,
dip your own caramel apple and relive childhood memories
of bonfires with your local step-on-guide
- Take ahorse drawn buggy ride in the personal
vehicles of an Amish family traveling down
gravel lanes past Amish homes and farms
- Get up close and personal with the great American bison
at Cook’s Bison Ranch
- Visit an Amish school, dairy farm, and an
Amish general bulk food store
- Tour a kitchen cabinet factory
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> GROUP FRIENDLY EVENTS
AMISH ACRES ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Nappanee; AmishAcres.com
July 30 - August 2, 2015 | August 4 - 7, 2016
ABA TOP 100 EVENT FOR SEVEN YEARS!
This nationally-recognized, award winning
annual event is a shopper’s delight!
- 350 juried artists and crafters plus 4 stages of
entertainment included in admission
- Festival food booths with pre-paid lunch
vouchers available
- Special up close bus parking and pick-up
- Discounted group admission of $5pp
Visit ElkhartCounty2016.com for details!
ELKHART JAZZ FESTIVAL
Elkhart; ElkhartJazzFestival.com
June 19 - 21, 2015 | June 17 - 19, 2016
- Festival showcases more than 100 performers
and draws an audience of 15,000 to celebrate
America’s classic art form - jazz
- Free main street stage OR jazz pass options
for groups (pass prices vary)
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> ITINERARY ADD-ON OPTIONS
Whether just passing through or
planning a multi-day excursion,
we’ve got great options to enhance
your itinerary.
Choose some of the following or ask
us to customize a package that best
fits your tastes and timetable.
Visit AmishCountryTours.org for
more itinerary add-on options!
BRISTOL
FRUIT HILLS WINERY (1 hr)
David & Michelle Muir invite you to
join their family inside their brand
new wine tasting room in the scenic
fruit hills of Bristol. Featuring several
varieties such as Riesling, Cabernet
and Traminette (Indiana’s signature
wine). Sample different wines, see
the process of pressing and
preparation, shop for a bottle to
take home or step outside and enjoy
the view. Complimentary wine
tastings, ask for details
BLOOMING ACRES, FIELDS
OF LOVE (30 min)
Hear the secrets of growing prizewinning dahlias and see fields of
magnificent dahlias, some as tall as
5 feet. $2pp; July - August
BONNEYVILLE MILL (45 min)
Producing quality flour for over
150 years, the oldest continuously
operating grist mill in Indiana. Take a
guided tour, watch flour being stone
ground or snap a picture in the scenic
park. $3pp
WHITE-GLOVES, BEHIND-THESCENES QUILTS (1 hr)
Learn about rare quilts that won’t be
seen again for years. $3pp
ELKHART
ELKHART (cont)
AMISH COUNTRY / ELKHART
COUNTY VISITOR CENTER “QUILT
GARDENS TOUR” VIDEO & FREE
QUILT DISPLAY (1 hr)
Welcome to Amish Country by
beginning your experience with a
stop at the Amish Country / Elkhart
County Visitor Center. You’ll begin
with a video and overview about
the unique, one-of-a-kind Quilt
Gardens to orient you to the area.
Then explore beautiful, handmade
works of art by local fiber artists
Diana Bennett and Lina Zerkle on
your own. Visitor center hours are
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free
> NEW! LACE, LUNCH & LINENS
AT THE WOOD & GAGE (1.5 hr)
Step into a cozy neighborhood
restaurant for an afternoon that’s
“laced” with fun. Enjoy a house
specialty luncheon and learn about
the various kinds of handwork found
in vintage linens including drawn
work, embroidery, tatting and cut
work. Hear the secrets to using and
taking care of these. $15 pp incl
‘B’ ON THE RIVER (1 hr)
Breakfast, lunch, dessert or shopping!
Specialities include chocolate
croissants, cheesecakes, quiche,
soups and artisanal breads as well
as a creative assortment of
house-churned gelatto. Linger and
shop for beautiful gifts, cards and
artwork. Price Varies
COOKIES & CANVAS “ARTSY PARTY”
(2 hr) The world is your canvas at this
“Artsy Party” where everyone has
a great time expressing their inner
Renoir. It’s fun; it’s easy. Sip a drink
while a talented artist gives step by
step instructions on how to complete
the night’s featured painting. this
party is a brush stroke of
genius for groups! $20 pp incl
(alcohol available for individual purchase)
LERNER THEATRE BEHINDTHE-SCENES TOUR (1 hr)
Get a behind the scenes and
backstage look at this newly,
magnificently restored theatre in
downtown Elkhart. 2,000 crystal
beads shimmer on chandeliers,
appointsments glisten with gold leaf
and leaded glass windows replicate
the building’s design elements. $8pp
> NEW! THE GARDEN CAFE AT
LINTON’S ENCHANTED GARDENS
GROUP BOX LUNCH (3 hr)
Explore the various themed gardens:
Japanese Tea House, Victorian House,
Southwestern Garden with Mine
Shaft, Dutch Garden, Grist Mill and
more. Then head over to The Garden
Cafe featuring over one hundred
handcrafted hot and cold drink
choices plus fresh baked cookies all
day long. Menu items include healthy
breakfast offerings, custom made
sandwiches, crisp garden salads and
homemade soups featuring Linton’s
own locally grown seasonal herbs
and garden vegetables. Groups enjoy
a gourmet box lunch including your
choice of sandwich served with
Veggie Chips and Linton’s own
Mango Lime Salsa, a fresh baked
cookie and soft drink. Gardens free,
lunch $12 pp incl
LUNCH AT CRACKER BARREL (1 hr)
From hearty, made from scratch
comfort foods to nostalgic gift items,
there’s no better place to eat, shop
and relax. Located off I-80/90,
Exit 92. Price Varies
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ELKHART (cont)
GOSHEN
GOSHEN (cont)
MIDWEST MUSEUM OF AMERICAN
ART NORMAN ROCKWELL EXHIBIT
(1 hr) The presentation, “Norman
Rockwell: The Making of an
American Legend,” gives groups a
chance to explore the myth and
reality of this American icon while
viewing the largest Rockwell print
collection in the Midwest. $5pp
> NEW! GARDEN PARTY AT THE
GARDEN TEA ROOM (2 hr)
Come relax at the Garden Tea Room,
a charming tea shop in a country
setting. Find time to visit as long
as you wish in a calm, relaxed
atmosphere. On your way from the
parking lot to the tea room, take time
to stroll through the herb garden.
The Garden Tea Room offers fresh
homemade food. A typical Victorian
High Tea menu includes a freshly
baked scone served with lemon curd
or strawberry jam, tea sandwiches,
salad or soup (depending on the
season), tea bread, cheese ball and
crackers, and fresh fruit served with
hot tea, lemonade, or raspberry tea.
Finish with a variety of petite sweets
including their signature Turtle
Cheesecake. Linger and shop for
cards, inspirational photo art, and
trendy crafts in the gift shop. $12.95
pp incl tip PLUS tax
> NEW! DINNER AND HOLIDAY
DESSERT COOKING DEMOS AT
GOSHEN COLLEGE WITH CHEF
CORSON (2 hr)
Chef Corson brings his expertise
and knowledge to tour groups by
presenting a holiday meal with an
entertaining dessert demonstration
experience. Taking place on the
Goshen College campus, your group
will learn new tips, techniques and
flavors for the holidays. Plated meal
is offered with three menu choices
(to be ordered in advance) followed
by demonstrations. Entrée choices
served with Roasted Soy and Garlic
long Green Beans, with Belgian
Carrot Straws. Plus Mixed Spring
greens salad and an assortment
of fresh baked rustic breads, and
baguettes, whipped sweet & herbed
butters. Beverages include Hot
Beverage Service, Iced Tea, and ice
water. Please email for entree choices
and dessert demo choices. $30 pp incl
PLUS $190 room rental fee
RUTHMERE HOUSE MUSEUM (1 hr)
Experience the lifestyle of the
Beardsley family in the early 1900’s.
This elegant beaux-arts mansion is
listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and was featured on
A&E’s “America’s Castles.” French silk
wall coverings, stained glass windows
and murals provide an opulent
setting. $7 pp
RV/MH HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
(1 hr) This shrine to the RV in the “RV
Capital” traces the history of RVing
from early 1913 travel-trailers to
today’s state-of-the-art motor homes.
The 80,000 sq. ft. museum showcases
a fascinating collection of one-of-akind camping cars, house trailers, and
house cars including a gem custom
built for Hollywood screen siren Mae
West. $6 pp
STEP-ON GUIDED ELKHART CITY
TOUR (45 min) “Havilah Beardsley”,
Elkhart’s founder, boards your coach
for a locally flavored driving tour of
the city’s musical instrument and RV
heritage. $95 total
WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS
(1 hr) Water from Elkhart’s historic
well field once powered the city’s
19th century mills. Today the
woodland setting, just minutes from
downtown’s RiverWalk and
restaurants, features winding stone
paths, charming pump houses and
whimsical sculpture. $4.50 pp
A GARDEN THAT CYCLES THE
SEASONS (30 min)
Bricks mark the days of the month,
plants show the seasons, and
gazebos symbolize the solstice in
this Calendar Garden. Self-guided
HANDS OF CLAY TOUR POTTERY
DEMONSTRATION
Step into the working studios of the
area’s finest ceramic artists and get to
know the people behind the potter’s
wheel. Watch talented artists turn
simple clay into a thing of beauty.
Hear their stories and learn from the
best. $10pp
SUNRISE ORCHARD (1 hr)
Take a hayride into the largest
apple orchard in the state of Indiana.
Learn all about apple types,
planting and growing as well as
watch the processing for sweet apple
cider. This tour is best in the fall
although the orchard is open all
year-round featuring all types of fresh
produce. $3pp
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GOSHEN (cont)
MIDDLEBURY (cont)
MIDDLEBURY (cont)
> NEW! “UDDERLY” FUN AT
KNOLLBROOK FARM (1 hr)
It’s one of only ten robotic dairy
farms in Indiana using cutting-edge
technology and sustainable practices
in maintaining their herd of more
than 100 dairy cows. Watch as their
“girls” are pampered relaxing on the
regularly aerated bedding pack and
roam freely with no stalls to hamper
their movements. Then observe how
they line up for their “candy” treat
while being robotically milked. And
where there are dairy cows there are
always irresistibly cute calves. Groups
love the chance to get close to these
“cuties” to pet and feed them. Great
photo op too! The farm also provides
plenty of fun photo ops around the
“cow” and “spider” made of hay bales.
Come autumn (mid-September
/ October) their giant corn maze,
pumpkin sling shot and carpet ball
are extra sure-to-please activities.
Guarantee your group an “udderly”
fun day and plan a tour of Knollbrook
Farm. $5 pp for dairy farm, $7 pp for
dairy farm WITH corn maze
> NEW! THREE NEW FUN STOPS
AND OPTIONS TO EXPAND THE
AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES ON THE
BROWN BAG AND/OR DOWN THE
ROAD BACKROADS TOUR (Varies)
Get to know Amish entrepreneurs
and see first-hand how they operate
their unique enterprises. Hear the
stories of friendly, hardworking
people who use their special talents
to create products and businesses
that serve the local community and
beyond. Get a behind the scenes look
at an Amish buggy maker in his shop.
Peek inside an Amish coffin, empty
of course, and learn the differences
between coffins and caskets. Pet and
feed camels at an Amish camel dairy
farm. Fee included as optional stops on
Brown Bag Tour
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (1 hr)
Junior and Rosetta Bontrager keep
groups busy as bees at their “B” Honey
store. This Amish couple started their
business with just two hives next to
the garden on their farm in 1986.
Now they tend 70 hives producing
fresh-from-the-hive honey. Junior
takes groups out to a hive, tells them
all about the mysteries and miracles of
the bees and shows how he harvests
the pure honey they produce.
Groups also get a chance to spend time
browsing the stores shelves loaded
with honey and beeswax based lotions,
soaps, candles and balms plus Rosetta’s
hand sewn billfolds, handbags and
purses. Free
MIDDLEBURY
AUNT KAREN’S (1.5 hrs)
The staff at Aunt Karen’s is as
welcoming as the atmosphere.
Specialties include homemade soups
like their “Loaded Potato” or “Chicken
Tortellini” plus house made deli salads
and crisp, fresh field of greens plates.
Generous sandwiches come on
home-baked breads and desserts are
tempting and fresh-from-the-oven.
Evening reservations for groups are
accepted. $5 to $10 pp for plated
lunches or box lunches plus 7% sales
tax and 18% gratuity for groups of
10 or more
> NEW! SONSHINE BASKETS (1 hr)
Weave some fun into your tour with
a stop at Sonshine Baskets, an
authentic Amish Country handcraft
experience. Lovely hand-woven
baskets of every shape and for every
purpose fill this Amish owned and
operated country shop located on
the family farm of Calvin & Anna
Yoder. Watch as family members
demonstrate and talk about the
processes of turning plain reed into
something of beauty and function.
And it seems every family member
is involved from weaving to making
the fabric liners, from hand-staining
to adding the leather handles that
adorn many of the baskets. As Anna
says, “We weave our way through life
one day at a time!” After learning first
hand, take time to shop for your own
piece of authentic “made in Amish
Country” basket. Free
NAPPANEE
BENEDICT’S COUNTRY NURSERY
SHOWCASES SMALL WONDERS
(1 hr) Learn all about tiny alpines and
other remarkable species that make
ordinary plants seem huge in
comparison. Free
> NEW! CANDY KITCHEN DEMO AT
AMISH ACRES (1 hr)
Amish Acres is best known for their
historic farm and education on Amish
beliefs fostering a tolerance among
different religions and cultures, but did
you know the fudge shop makes over
50,000 lbs of fudge and candy a year?
Learn how to make your their delicious
candies from one of our expert candy
makers and have a treat to enjoy later.
$6pp
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NAPPANEE (cont)
COPPES COMMONS (45 min)
Visit the historical 1883 Coppes
Kitchen factory building now
restored and home to shops, artisans,
cooks, craftsmen and more. Visit the
bakery, bookstore, bulk food & deli,
tearoom and get some Rocket
Science Ice Cream. YUM! Free
MAKE-BAKE-N-TAKE SHOOFLY PIE
AT AMISH ACRES (1 hr)
Hosted by Old Order Amish
bakery manager, Frieda Miller, in the
8,000-square foot kitchen. Groups can
learn first-hand the secrets to baking
“The Best” Shoofly pie, as picked by
the Chicago Tribune. $7pp
SHIPSHEWANA
AMISH WEDDING FEAST (90 min)
A once-in-a-lifetime experience
feasting on a traditional Amish
wedding dinner in a charming
country kitchen setting. $23pp
MENNO-HOF AMISH / MENNONITE
INTERPRETIVE CENTER (1.5 hrs)
A unique setting in an Amish built
barn that tells their story with
multimedia presentations, historical
environments and colorful displays.
$6pp
WAKARUSA
WAKARUSA DIME STORE (45 min)
Shop for old-fashioned candy treats.
Explore additional downtown shops
and visit the Quilt Garden as time
allows. Free
“GOING GREEN” IN AMISH COUNTRY
Join the ecotourism trend and give your
garden loving groups plenty of “green”
combined with plenty of fun. At Merry Lea
Environmental Learning Center of Goshen
College hear how they are bringing renewal
and vitality to ecosystems. Visit fabulous
gardens including the unique DeFries Calendar
Garden, Wellfield Botanic Gardens and the
Quilt Gardens. Step into a tiny world of fantasy at a nursery specializing in
miniatures. Learn about surprising and innovative growing practices at an
Amish operated hydroponic vegetable farm. And at a community-based
organic farm, the focus is on healthy. Build in a stop at the area’s largest
garden center and include fresh and tasty Amish Country meals and you
have a tour sure to take root. $59 pp incl, full day tour, guide for 8 hrs, lunch,
snacks, gifts & demos
REAL INDIANA AMISH COUNTRY
HOUSEWIVES
Get a first-hand look at a day in the life of
Amish women. Learn how these ladies do
household chores without electrical appliances
and run their businesses without modern
technology. Enjoy a cinnamon roll demo with
Elaine or Mary Lou. Visit Carolyn’s home for a
haystack lunch and a peanut butter crumb pie
making demo. Chat with a basket weaver about her thriving business.
Meet an Amish school teacher and and find out how she manages her
classes in a one-room school. Everyone gets a whoopie pie to take home.
At the end of the day, groups go home with a renewed respect for these
women who live a simple life, yet they’re anything but simple. $50 pp incl,
full day tour, guide for 8 hrs, lunch, snacks, gifts & demos
MUNCH A BUNCH IN AMISH COUNTRY
Groups delight in every bite on this tour that
samples the culinary specialties of Amish
Country. Begin at a bustling Amish bakery
famous for its addictive cashew crunch candy
and cinnamon-caramel donuts that satisfy
every connoisseur’s sweet tooth. A stop an
Amish cheese factory is awarded with tastings
of Baby Swiss and Colby Jack cheeses among
others. At a nearby country market watch the Lehman family roll-out
made-from-scratch noodles and put them on racks to dry. They also specialize in fresh-from-the-hive honey and rich nut butters. Top off this food
foray with a cooking demo and hearty meal in an Amish home complete
with a hefty slice of just-baked pie. It’s the perfect end to a delish tour. $45
pp incl, full day tour, guide for 8 hrs, lunch, snacks, gifts & demos
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DESTINATION-WIDE
DESTINATION-WIDE (cont)
BROWN BAG BACKROADS TOUR
OF AMISH COUNTRY (Varies)
Start off with each tour group
member receiving a “Brown Bag”.
As groups visit select, unique,
locally owned shops along the scenic
Amish Country backroads, they get a
special treat to fill their “Brown Bags”.
Sit back, relax and observe the Amish
lifestyle traveling picturesque back
roads of Northern Indiana. With a
knowledgeable guide hear about the
area and the history, traditions, and
customs of the Amish. Brown bag is
provided with goodies at each stop;
$175 for tour guide PLUS $16 pp for 3-4
“bag” components
ON-THE-ROAD: AMISH QUILT
HERITAGE “TRUNK SHOW” (45 min)
Renowned collector / historian
Rebecca Haarer shows her vintage
Amish quilts and tells their stories.
$8.50pp
PIECES, PIES & POSIES TOUR (8 hrs)
A delectable tour guaranteed to
make quilt lovers’ mouths water!
Participants “hop” to four fabulous
fabric shops and fill their special
container with cute fabric “cinnamon
rolls” wrapped in winning recipes
OR gather fabric “charms” to make a
delightful “Pie” quilt. Piece in eyepopping Quilt Gardens and you have
a tour quilters can’t resist. $35pp for
Delicious Stitches / $25pp for Pieces,
Pies & Poses Tour
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