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Traveling straight through Northern Indiana’s Amish Country, Indiana’s Lincoln Highway is a great route to experience this serene picture postcard lifestyle with tables groaning with the bounty of fresh from the farm food, horse drawn buggies, men sporting suspenders and broad brimmed straw hats and women in modest bonnets. When you visit this area, please make sure to respect their culture, yet spend time chatting with the shop owners, take care driving, keep an eye out for buggies as you crest hills and round corners, do not honk your horn, don’t ask for photographs and take cash, because some businesses do not use credit cards.

While here, make sure to visit the absolutely unique, not found anywhere else in America, 17 Quilt Gardens – beautiful gardens with brightly colored flowers planted in the same patterns as Amish quilts. Also, plan to have an authentic Amish meal, served family style, but come hungry. The all you care to eat meals include meat, vegetables, noodles and fresh baked breads. And always save room for pie!  Great places include Mullet’s Dining, The Carriage House and A Taste of Shipshewana.