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Explore Elkhart and the “574”

One of the best things about college is the weeks off weíre given for holiday breaks. But it always seems like after being home from about four days, college students are ready to head back to their respective universities. This coming winter break I promised myself that I will take advantage of the awesome local activities provided for young adults like myself in my hometown, Elkhart, IN.

Elkhart is located in the most Northern part of the state and is within a short driving distance to cool neighboring cities such as Goshen, Mishawaka, and South Bend. Iíve compiled this list for all college students returning to Northern Indiana for winter break, and really anyone who find themselves in the area.



Jules Boutique
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Jules Boutique is a trendy fashion boutique located in Goshen that offers womenís clothing, shoes, jewelry, gifts, and home dťcor for a reasonable price. Jules is one of my favorite locations to stock up on seasonal items and cute tops.

Located in the heart of downtown Elkhart, Mod Closet is a vintage clothing store stocked with clothes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Hats, shoes, gloves, scarves, records, house ware and other vintage items are also sold in store. I love the storeís handmade and costume jewelry. You never know what hidden gems you might find!

The Picture Show, also located in Elkhart, is the perfect place to find a unique and thoughtful item for someone special or for yourself! Whether youíre looking for a gift for a friend, parent, wedding, teacher, baby shower, you name it, The Picture Showís got it.

If youíre looking for name brand chain stores, take a 25-minute drive over to Mishawaka and visit University Park Mall where youíll find everything from J Crew and Coach to Forever 21 and Bath and Body Works. While youíre in the neighborhood, check out Heritage Square for stores like Camellia Cosmetics and White House Black Market.


Chubby Trout is an awesome casual spot in Elkhart to enjoy a quality fish dinner, or a scrumptious burger with a craft beer. Looking for a deal? Sushi is Ĺ price from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, but get there early if you donít want to wait.

Fat Tomato is a family owned Italian restaurant that makes you feel right at home! Feeling pizza, pasta, or sandwiches? This is the place for you. Carry out is available.

Miles Lab Burger

A juicy burger from Miles Lab
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Miles Lab is by far the best place to grab a quick burger and a beer with family or friends. The restaurant offers a unique burger selection and offers up to 18 local and regional craft beers. You want the sweet potato fries as a side.

523 Tap & Grill is the place to go downtown Elkhart if you want something a bit fancier. Itís a great place to go with Mom and Dad or for a birthday dinner. Steaks and Fish are the restaurantís specialty.



Iechyd Da

An interior view of Iechyd Da brewery
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Iechyd Da is a recently opened brewpub located downtown Elkhart that offers handcrafted ales, lagers, pizzas, and sandwiches. The atmosphere is comfortable and cool, incomparable to any other beer joint in the city. Perfect for a Friday date night.

Do you prefer your weekends be filled with a live DJ, fun drinks, and crazy fun club goers? Club Landing, located in South Bend, was voted the ďBest Place to go DancingĒ by the South Bend Tribune. If youíre ready to party, you wonít be disappointed.

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant isnít unique to only Elkhart, but I can easily say itís a favorite among everyone at home. Indulging in margaritas, daiquiris, and chips & salsa happens at least once among friends during every college break.

Day Trip

If Northern Indiana is known for one thing, itís the University of Notre Dame. Whether youíre a fan or not, the beautiful campus and church worth well worth touring. Consider attending a tailgate or sporting event if your schedule allows it!

Eddy Street Commons

Eddy Street Commons
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Spend the rest of your day in South Bend exploring Eddy Street Commons. Itís located next door to Notre Dame’s campus and offers a great variety of shops such as Urban Outfitters and Outpost Sports. End the day with dinner and drinks at Brothers Bar & Grill or one of the many other restaurant options.





Donít spend another moment watching Netflix next time youíre in Elkhart or another nearby city in Northern Indiana. This is only a snippet of what the area has to offer!

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