Trip Idea

Art and Earth Time to Unwind Loop

Escape to Plymouth and Culver in Marshall County for rest and relaxation.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Rural Destinations, Art & Culture

Region: North

Destinations Included: Plymouth Farmers Market, Heartland Artists Gallery, Hensler Nursery, Culver Military Academy, Corndance Cafe, Culver's Swan Lake Resort

Duration: 2 days

Related Trip Ideas: Art and Earth Trail in the Dunes Loop; Art and Earth Trail in the Lakes Loop; Art & Earth Trail in Michigan City-LaPorte; Art and Earth Trail in the Shipshewana Loop; Art and Earth Trail in the Notre Dame Loop; Art & Foodie Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette; Art Abounds in South Bend Mishawaka

About this trip idea

Allow 1-2 days.

Escape to Plymouth and Culver in Marshall County for rest and relaxation. This county’s wide assortment of art and rural getaway options will help put your mind at ease.

A Taste of Tradition in Plymouth
Whether you are buying ingredients for dinner or decorating your house, the Plymouth Farmers Market  offers these household conveniences all in one stop. Vendors from around the area provide customers with fresh and ready-to-serve harvests of vegetables, fruits, meats and herbs, as well as, locally made crafts and healthy plants. Enjoy live  entertainment while strolling through.

Located in the historic downtown Plymouth building, the Heartland Artists Gallery  holds a number of artistic and trendy accessories great as a souvenir or a gift for that someone special. The gallery is full of treasures to suit any artistic taste - handcrafted earrings, photographs, clothing and paintings by Northern Indiana artisans. Also, a variety of workshops are available for aspiring artists.

Going on a horse-drawn carriage and cutting down your own Christmas tree may be an old-fashioned fantasy to most, but at the Hensler Nursery  these tranquil activities become a reality. Depending on the season, visitors can customize their experience - a wagon ride through the colorfully tinted trees to pick pumpkins or sip hot chocolate while picking winter wreaths and garlands. This makes for a perfect family outing, romantic excursion or individual escape.

The Quiet Shores of Culver
Known for its prestige and guidance, the Culver Military Academy  has resided in Culver since 1894 and is one of the most prominent college preparatory boarding schools in the Midwest. The campus is situated on over 1,800 acres of land on the north shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, which makes for a very scenic and interesting campus tour. Don’t forget to check out the Academy’s biggest source of pride - its Black Horse Troop. This troop remains the largest mounted cavalry unit in the United States and has ridden in 15 Presidential Inaugural Parades in the past, dating all the way back to Woodrow Wilson’s in 1913.

Named after the Potawatomi Indians and their distinguished rituals called corndances, the Corndance Café celebrates and honors these historic origins with a cuisine that captures the roots of history. Each serving is prepared with the freshest and most natural ingredients from local ranches, orchards and fields from Indiana’s locally-bred harvests. A variety of appetizers, tapas, salads and entrees are available, some dishes even offer a unique blend of tastes like the coconut shrimp, chicken margherita and buffalo burgers.

Culver’s Swan Lake Resort offers guests an all in one package deal. The resort is a golfer’s paradise as home to the United States Golf Academy and the Indiana National Golf Club. Other resort amenities include The Main Course Restaurant and Lounge, conference and meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and fitness center , newly renovated guest rooms, cottages and log cabins - perfect for a short, weekend excursion.

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