Hoosier Fun in the Summertime!

May 5th, 2016 by IBBA

Despite the cooler temperatures lately, summer will be here before we know it!  If you are looking to keep busy this summer, check out this Top Ten List of Summer Events provided by Amish Country!

Quilt Gardens Tour May 30-October 1
Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival, Inc. June 10-11
Arts on the Millrace June 11
17th Annual Pumpkinvine Bike Ride June 18
Shipshewana Quilt Festival June 24-27
Elkhart Jazz Festival June 24-26
Elkhart ArtWalk July 13
Elkhart County 4-H July 22-30
Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival August 4-7
Taste of the Gardens August 27

A little bit of everything is happening in Northern Indiana this summer.  Come for the day or come for the weekend.  Experience only the Best in Hoosier Hospitality by staying at one of our member inns in the area.  The Homespun Country Inn – Nappanee, Scottish Bed and Breakfast – Bremen, The Oliver Inn – South Bend, Country Victorian B & B – Middlebury (Shipshewana), That Pretty Place Bed and Breakfast – Middlebury (South Bend) are all great options.  You can check availability by visiting their websites or giving them a call.

Happy Travels!




“Indiana Impressions: The Art of T.C. Steele”

April 19th, 2016 by IBBA

The Indiana Historical Society will be showcasing art from legendary Hoosier impressionist artist, T.C. Steele at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.  They will be honoring Steele by exhibiting 43 paintings of his work from private collectors.  The showcase will run April 21 through July 9, 2016.

image_large“On Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m., enjoy a Storytelling Arts and IHS presentation of a commissioned piece about Steele’s life by Lou Ann Homan at the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at the History Center. Hear about the life and loves of this extraordinary man who chose to live by his mantra, “Every morning I take off my hat to the beauty of the world.” Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. IHS members may pay the advance price at the door.”

While you are exploring this wonderful exhibit as well as the many sites and activities Indianapolis has to offer, The Old Northside Bed and Breakfast would be a great place to relax after a day of exploring.  The Old Northside Bed & Breakfast is located on the periphery of downtown Indianapolis in the Historic Old Northside. In addition to being 2 miles from the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, the inn is within walking distance or a short drive to The President Benjamin Harrison Home, Morris Butler House, Monument Circle, Circle Centre, RCA Dome, Indiana Convention Center.  To check room availability, visit The Old Northside Bed and Breakfast‘s website or give them a call at 317-635-9123.

Photo Credit: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center website


Spring is in the air!

April 6th, 2016 by IBBA

I think it is safe to say, that Spring is here to stay! Flowers are beginning to bloom and the grass is getting greener and soon will need to be cut.  The smells of spring are always refreshing and new.  The scent of flowers blooming, grass being cut, cotton sheets drying outside on a clothes line are all favorites.  Ever wish you could keep those smells forever?  Well, you can!


The Warm Glow Candle Company, located in Centerville, IN is a “…destination worth traveling for!”  Check out the enormous candle attached to the 22,000 sq. ft. building that houses over 60 different fragrances of candles, home decor, floral, chocolate, and so much more!  You are guaranteed to find many treasures to suit your taste.  Be sure to visit The Watering Can, the sister store to the Warm Glow for all your garden-themed home decor and garden accessories.  The Warm Glow’s Spring Open House is taking place the weekend of April 29-May 1, 2016 and will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The Warm Glow Candle Company is a great stopping point on your weekend getaway in Centerville, Indiana.


Photo Credit: Warm Glow Candle Company Facebook page.


Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2015 by IBBA

Best wishes for a blessed holiday season and a New Year filled with peace and happiness!


Holiday Music

December 4th, 2015 by IBBA

Holiday-CarolersThe first time I heard a Christmas song on the radio this holiday season, was on November 1 when one of my XM radio stations was taken over by some of Santa’s elves!  There’s something about Christmas music that brings those holiday memories flooding back.  Christmas concerts in school, going to church on Christmas Eve, visiting family, holiday dinners, visiting Santa and sharing our most precious wishes for Christmas gifts.  How quickly you can be taken back to those special moments with one song.  Do you have a favorite holiday song?  One of my favorite holiday songs, is O Holy Night.  My earliest memory of this song was during our midnight service at church as a child.  One of our choir members would sing this song every year.  She had a beautiful voice.  There was a point in that song that goes very high and as a kid, I always giggled when she’d hit that high note.  The song now, as an adult, can move me to tears.  Josh Groban’s version of this song is beyond words and is a holiday favorite of mine.  I hope you make wonderful memories with your family this holiday season.

Our member inns are ready to help you make your holiday memories special this season.  Our office staff can help get you in touch with an inn that best suits your needs and travel destinations.  Gift Certificates also make a thoughtful gift for a loved one.  Gift Certificates can be purchased directly from the inn in which you are interested in staying.

Enjoy the holiday season!


Holiday Shopping

November 27th, 2015 by IBBA

penny-auction-holiday-shoppingNow that we all have awakened from our Thanksgiving food comas, its time to get that holiday shopping started!  Today is Black Friday!  Do you like to be out and about with the crowds of people at the stores getting the “deals of the century?”  I have a few favorite stores that I like to go to, but mostly I wait until Cyber Monday and finish up my shopping from the comfort of my own couch!  My philosophy is if I don’t have to physically touch it to buy it, I won’t step foot in a department store until sometime after January!

If you are like me, and don’t care to be with the masses for the next month, purchasing a gift certificate from one of our member inns for a loved one is a great option.  Many of our Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association members offer gift certificates and may also have some holiday packages you can take advantage of.  If you are in close proximity to one of our member inns, staying at a bed and breakfast is a great option for out of town family members this holiday season.  Couldn’t we all use a little weekend retreat, close to home, but still feel far away?  Sometimes a little pampering is all we need to feel rejuvenated after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

The IBBA office staff is just a phone call away to help you with your holiday accommodations before and after the holiday season.  We can get you in touch with a member inn based on your needs and travel destination.  We can be reached daily from 9AM – 5PM at 1.877.846.4222 or via email at info@indianabedandbreakfast.org.

Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Treats!

November 7th, 2015 by IBBA

Thanksgiving for Blog

Thanksgiving for BlogThanksgiving is only 19 days away and you know what that means…Christmas is right around the corner!  Where has the year gone??  As you prepare your Thanksgiving feast, do you have any favorite Thanksgiving treats that you prepare?  Maybe you have a family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation.  This is one of my very favorite holiday dishes in our family that started with my Grandma.  There’s usually an argument on who gets the leftovers.  I’m sure it’s a recipe that a lot of folks make, but we always thought Grandma made the best mashed potatoes….EVER…and we honor her memory every holiday by making them.  For my Grandma, I am thankful.


Grandma Debelak’s Holiday Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 lbs of potatoes – peeled and rough chopped
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Garlic to taste
  • Butter
  • Paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel and rough chop potatoes.  Cook potatoes until soft and drain.  Reserve 1 cup of the potato water.

Mash potatoes with the 1 cup of potato water.  Add sour cream, cream cheese and garlic.

Spray a casserole dish with Pam and add the potatoes.  Push down 4 pats of butter in each corner and sprinkle top with Paprika.

Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until potatoes are hot in the center.

From the Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association family to yours, we hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving.


Enjoy the 40th Annual Nappanee Apple Festival

August 24th, 2015 by IBBA

11894421_10153493510372319_8527378102388161313_oIt’s that time of year again in Northern Indiana!  The 40th Annual Nappanee Apple Festival is scheduled for September 17-20, 2015.  The 7′ apple pie is a treat to behold – over 800 slices will be served!  The four day festival will begin on Thursday at 5:00 PM and run through Sunday until 6:00 PM.

With the family-friendly atmosphere, the festival attracts more than 80,000 people annually and has become one of the largest festivals in the State of Indiana!

The Nappanee Apple Festival showcases two stages of entertainment, 130 craft vendors, 60 commercial vendors, carnival rides, and so much more.

Crates of fresh apples can be found on any corner in the downtown area with more than 25 food vendors for your festival favorites.  Plenty of apple inspired foods like apple pie, apple fritters, apply dumplings and they ever popular apple butter are available for you to enjoy or take home!  Come and enjoy some Hoosier Hospitality at the Nappanee Apple Festival!

Photo credits:  Nappanee Apple Festival

Consider a stay at The Homespun Country Inn right in the heart of Nappanee!

This century old clapboard  Inn was built at the turn of the century and features antiques and family pieces to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Stained glass and leaded glass windows give a prism effect on sunny mornings during breakfast. The five non-smoking guest rooms have private baths and are tastefully decorated with antiques and photos of the original occupants. The parlors are the perfect place to read or work on our ongoing puzzle, or relax on the large front porch on the swing where you may catch a passing horse and buggy.

We look forward to your Amish Country visit during your next Indiana vacation getaway.  “A Better Way to Stay”!

You can visit The Homespun Country Inn’s website for room availability or call 1.800.311.2996.


Congratulations to The Oliver Inn!

June 16th, 2015 by IBBA

Indiana Bed and Breakfast member, The Oliver Inn, is proud to announce that they have been awarded with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award Hall of Fame Award for 2011- 2015!

Innkeepers, Tom and Alice Erlandson would like to thank their guests for giving them consistent praise and recognition!!  Congratulations!


Second Saturday in Nappanee, IN!

March 12th, 2015 by IBBA

If you are traveling through the northern part of our state, this weekend is Second Saturday in Nappanee!  Lots of events for kids as well as the third annual Souper Bowl taking place at Coppes Commons!  Ceramic bowls made by local Northwood High School ceramics class students will be offered for sale.  Local restaurants provide delicious all-you-can-eat soups for your sampling.  Enjoy the fellowship of  friendly locals and do a little shopping while you’re here as well!

All proceeds from the Souper Bowl will benefit the Family Christian Development Center.  Their mission is to see lives transformed and the life of the community enhanced by encouraging the oppressed, defending the cause of the weak, and maintaining the rights of the poor by bringing together the resources of the caring community as a demonstration of the good news of Christ.