By Donna Christenberry

nappaneeAfter a recent long drive, a stopover in Nappanee was a welcome treat. From the bed & breakfast, to local eateries, to the profusion of flowers in the quilt gardens, Nappanee is an enjoyable visit for travelers in Indiana.

Due to a late arrival in Nappanee, it was necessary to head quickly to Amish Acres at 1600 W. Market St. to sample their Threshers Meal before the restaurant closed for the evening. If visitors arrive early in the day, they can visit the nearby cheese and fudge shop, a shop for home gift items, and take a horse-and-buggy ride and tour of the farm. The complex also contains a theater where tourists can take in a play in the evening.

The Threshers Meal is hearty down-home cooking served family style. Diners pick two meats from a choice of ham, fried chicken or roast beef (which is really so tender it’s almost like pot roast). The opening round consists of ham and bean soup, freshly baked bread with butter and apple butter, pickled vegetables, and sweet and sour cabbage salad. With the meats come stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, beef and noodles, and green beans. On top of that is a choice of dessert – anything from crème brulee to fruit pies and cream pies.

By Donna Christenberry

welcome jasperBoutique shops, a great place to satisfy the sweet tooth, and a stop to snap up some alligator bites – Jasper has all these and more. For the Hoosier traveler looking for a stay-cation, the city offers items for the foodies, the history buffs, and the shoppers.

A recent visit was too brief to hit all that Jasper has to offer, so this article will touch upon just a few.