Amish Acres

Nappanee, Indiana

Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort, in Nappanee, Indiana, offers bus tour groups an escape to a quiet way of life nearly forgotten in today’s fast-paced world. Here, time stopped more a century ago to preserve and share the heritage of these intriguing people. The historic farmstead is the only Old Order Amish Farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places. With more than four decades of motorcoach experience, the farm staff provides homey hospitality that includes personal attention to ensure each group’s complete satisfaction.

The farm is a complete destination, with lodging, food service, historical interpretation, shopping and live theatre. Its two picturesque country inns offer a combined total of 130 hotel rooms that include a complimentary continental breakfast. From day trips to extended getaways, the group sales team is ready to plan your group’s getaway. The most popular visit is the two-day, one-night package; however, custom itineraries can be easily arranged.

Your group begins its visit to Amish Acres with a private welcome reception at your host hotel. Bus passengers then head out to explore the farm and learn the whys and ways of the Amish, with a guided tour of the 150-year-old farmstead. Your group will dine in the old barn restaurant beneath its hand-hewn beams. A favorite among all travelers is the Threshers Dinner, a family style feast of Amish country favorites that ensures no one leaves hungry.

The menu, which hasn’t changed in nearly five decades, features ham & bean soup from an iron kettle, country chicken, smoked ham, tender beef roast or festive turkey. Trimmings include hearth bread, apple butter, sage dressing, mashed potatoes and beef & noodles. Tins of homemade pies top off the dining experience.

Following dinner, your group enjoys a musical in The Round Barn Theatre, performed by a professional company assembled from countrywide auditions. Once a working round barn, the structure was dismantled and reconstructed at Amish Acres as a state-of-the-art performing arts theatre. The Round Barn Theatre is the National Home of Plain and Fancy, a gentle musical romance set in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. It made its Broadway debut in 1954, competing against musicals such as The Pajama Game, Fanny and CanCan. It enjoyed a successful 461-show run on the Great White Way, has been staged internationally and is currently celebrating its 31st anniversary at The Round Barn Theatre.

Following a restful evening at your host hotel, your group will awaken to a breakfast featuring baked goods straight from Amish Acres Bakery. A Countryside Tour with an Amish Acres step-on guide will take your group along the back roads of Nappanee for a look at pristine Amish farms, fields and gardens. Shopping at Amish Acres proves there is something for everyone. Tour passengers can stop by the W. H. Best Meat & Cheese Shop, where sampling is expected, and visit the Log Cabin Soda Shop & Fudgery, with homemade fudge, candy and old-fashioned sodas. The Greeting Barn Gift Shop features handmade crafts and authentic Amish dolls. The second story of the Greeting Barn is a quilter’s dream, filled with homemade quilts hanging from the rafters.

Each August, the farm is transformed into a shopper’s paradise during its Arts & Crafts Festival. Celebrating its 55th year in 2017, the annual event boasts handcrafted items by more 300 vendors from around the country. Four entertainment stages and festive foods make this an event your group will not want to miss.

For group sales, contact janislogsdon@amishacres.com or beckymaust@amishacres.com or phone (800) 800-4942. From package options and custom itineraries to marketing images for promoting your tour, the professional staff can help you to plan the perfect Amish Acres visit for your motorcoach group.