Outstanding Food & Entertainment in Shipshewana

Amish/Mennonite Fare, 280 Concerts and Shows, Outstanding Shopping and More.

29 Kinds of
100 Stores

Key Points of Interest

  • Family-Style Dining
  • Musicals and Concerts
  • Over 100 Specialty Stores
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Outstanding Food & Entertainment in Shipshewana

A family at the Blue Gate Restaurant Blue Gate Hospitality encompasses some of the best of what Shipshewana Amish Country has to offer including the Blue Gate Restaurant, Theatre and Garden Inn. A cornerstone of downtown Shipshewana for almost 25 years, the Blue Gate Restaurant has served millions of guests its famous Amish/Mennonite fare. The Blue Gate Theatre offers over 280 shows per year with more than 75 artists and features self-produced award-winning musicals. The newest addition, the Blue Gate Garden Inn, features 154 rooms, many amenities and is located adjacent to the Shipshewana Event Center.

Founded and owned by the Riegsecker family, the other Blue Gate companies ready to welcome you to Shipshewana are the Blue Gate Bakery, Hitching Post Yogurt and Coffee Bar, Hitching Post Toy Store, Craft Barn, Shipshewana Furniture Co., Riegsecker Cabinet Co., Riegsecker Carriage, and Blue Gate Catering.

A History of Craftsmanship

When you visit the Blue Gate in Shipshewana, you enter the world of a master craftsman, Mel Riegsecker. A native of Northern Indiana Amish Country, Mel’s father was an Amish harness maker, who taught Mel every detail of this ethnic skill.

In 1970, for his own enjoyment, Mel created the first of his miniature wagons and six horse hitches with everything from manes to bridles authentically detailed.

This first attempt quickly sold, and because of the incredible quality, this hobby quickly became a successful business and eventually a buyer from a large department store in Chicago discovered Mel’s work, and the rest is history! In 1984, Mel and June renovated an old factory building in Shipshewana. Over time, as Mel listened to visitor requests, new enterprises were added under the Blue Gate name.

What to Expect at Each Stop

The Craft Barn and Shipshewana Furniture Co. offer some of the highest-quality home d├ęcor in the country, many items made locally. They also have the largest furniture gallery in the area with 90% of the finely crafted furniture made within 30 miles of the store.

Riegsecker Cabinets specializes in custom kitchen cabinets and are known for their custom built-in entertainment centers, fireplaces and unique specialty jobs. The furniture and cabinets are displayed at the Shipshewana Furniture Co.

At the Hitching Post, the newest Marketplace store, the shelves are lined with literally hundreds of die-cast farm toys, banks, cars, trucks and semis from ERTL, Spec Cast, First Gear and others as well as unique toys and games for the young, and young at heart.

Curious about the Blue Gate name? Read the legend here. Then start planning your getaway to the heart of Indiana’s Amish country.