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Art & Earth Trail
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 ...
Indiana Amish Country
Halfway between Chicago and Toledo (just a two-hour drive in either direction), Elkhart and LaGrange county visitors discover history and heritage, a myriad of attractions, wonderful shopping, an rolling countrysides spotted with Amish buggies and silos. Nappanee, Middlebury, Shipshewana and Bristol are all within an hours drive of each other....
Shipshewana

Shipshewana, the heart of Amish country, is located only a short drive from Bristol and is host to over 100 specialty shops. From arts and crafts, hand made furniture, antique shops, flea markets, horse and buggy/carriage rides, restaurants and tours. You'll be hard pressed to see it all in a day. Oh, and the home cooking? Unbelievable!

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Heritage Trail
One of America's most scenic drives, you will travel through centuries of history, midwest communities and rolling rural landscapes along the 90-mile Heritage Trail. A day trip starting out from the Murphy Guest House Bed and Breakfast, this route explores the rich, diverse heritage that created the Amish Country we see today. Youll see where 20,000+ Amish make their ...
Michiana Area
University of Notre Dame
Home of the Fighting Irish, the largest area employer and by far the most notable landmark in Michiana is the University of Notre Dame. With 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 138 buildings with a property valued at over $2.8 billion, Notre Dame is well known for the beauty of its campus. Over 500 varieties of trees grace the grounds, and the stately architecture with ivy ...
Studebaker National Museum
The Studebaker National Museum has its roots in the Studebaker Corporation's private collection, which originated in the 1890s. Studebaker operated its own museum for many years, and by 1920, their collection included Lafayette's and President Lincoln's carriages, the company's last farm wagon, the first automobile built entirely in South Bend, Indiana, as well as a large ...
Bristol
Bristol Opera House and Elkhart Civic Theatre
For more than 50 years, Elkhart Civic Theatre provided a wide variety of theatrical entertainment in Elkhart County, Indiana. From small beginnings as the Elkhart Little Theatre in the late 1940s, presenting one or two plays a year in borrowed or rented facilities, the organization grew to a full-fledged arts organization. Today, ECT owns and operates the Bristol Opera ...
Bristol Indiana
Convenient to the Indiana 80/90 Toll Road (just five minutes away) and strategically located at the intersection of two Indiana highways, Old US 20 and SR 15, Bristol Indiana remains a picture of the midwestern small town. In the heart of Indiana Amish Country, Bristol IN is just a half hour from Shipshewana to the east and the University of Notre Dame to the west. ...
The St. Joseph River
The St. Joseph River from Bristol to Elkhart Excerpted from the IN.gov/DNR website The entire Indiana section of the St. Joseph can be canoed by putting in at Mottville, Michigan. The first stretch covered in this guide, however, is from Bristol, Indiana, to the Elkhart Dam, a distance of about 8 miles. There is a kayak and canoe rental two (2) minutes from the ...
Annual Events
Quilt Gardens Tour
The Murphy Guest House Bed and Breakfast is pleased to offer a Quilt Garden Special in celebration of this wonderful display of creativity and beauty. Check back for more information. From Memorial Day - October 1 100,000+ glorious blooms , 18 super-sized murals at 12 locations, and 18 gigantic gardens all planted in the heart of Northern Indiana's Amish ...

The Murphy Guest House offers some great bed and breakfast packages. So why not take advantage of one and let us help plan your stay? Looking for a romantic getaway? We offer a rest and relaxation package. How about a scrapbooking weekend, or perhaps dinner and a show? Contact Us to see what we currently offer.

Note: Some venues operate on seasonal schedules or otherwise, so please double check before booking your date.

Not exactly sure when to visit? Just Email Us or call us at: 574.596.2644 and we'd be glad to help secure the right date for your next unforgettable getaway!