Get into Something Good: Middlebury, Indiana

Get into Something Good: Middlebury, Indiana

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Downtown Middlebury, Indiana

Experience the good old days…today. With a slogan like that, you get that idea that Middlebury, Indiana has it together.

Cute as a button and about as small, this little place is absolutely adorable.

Middlebury, Indiana

We stayed at The Country Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Easy to find and right downtown, this was super convenient.

Unfortunately, I lost two rolls of film I had used on Middlebury (and even part of Nappanee and Monticello.  Ugh.). Yes, I am still in mourning over the great shots that are most likely gone forever.

So, the images on this page are not my own. On the plus side–I did get a nice new Canon DSLR instead. Film and traveling do not a good match make!

Middlebury, Indiana Restaurants

While generally bumming around the town, we saw several options for dinner, including Middlebury’s well-known and super touristy Das Dutchmen.

Based on Lisa’s recommendation, innkeeper of a great Indiana bed and breakfast, The Country Victorian Inn, we went to the nearby Culinary Treasures.

We ate what is one of the best meals we have ever had in a small town so far (beating many pricey big city meals as well). No kidding! I sincerely wish we had had room for dessert. What a nice family owned place.

Indiana Antiques

There’s more than just food in Middlebury! This Indiana town had a bunch of antique shops some of which were even open on Sunday. Hooray!

Of course, we completely ran out of time (it was a very leisurely breakfast and we did have to get back and pick up the kid from grandpa and grandma’s house) so we didn’t get to actually go inside anywhere!

They looked wonderful, too! These are great Indiana antique shops and not just flea market type places. You can bet that’s on the list for next time!

Go There

We both really enjoyed Middlebury. There is so much to do in the area as a whole that I think it would be very hard to get bored.

We’ve heard there are more than 75 antique, specialty, and crafty shops all found within a 10 minute drive.

It’s a shopper’s paradise–and you don’t even have to fight any traffic.

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

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Middlebury, Indiana in Elkhart County

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It’s SO rare that I will ever use someone’s photos here (definitely not something I hope to ever have to do again) but in this case? I can’t use my own! Image courtesy of Flickr, Mark Bajek.

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."


  1. Jessica Nunemaker April 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Thank you! We had a great time at the Media Marketplace Mixer. 🙂

    That sounds like a place we need to try! And antiques? Awesome. We have to make a return trip to Middlebury (now that little Indiana is more focused and found direction!). I think we’ll see if we can’t fit that in sometime this summer.

    Glad to meet’cha,
    Jessica Nunemaker
    Social Media Cupcake/Writer

  2. Tammy Tilley April 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

    We met you at yesterday’s media marketplace in Indy. Melissa and I were representing Shipshewana and LaGrange County, but we both live in neighboring Middlebury. We were thrilled to have met you!

    If you like ribs, you’ll need to grab some on a Thursday evening at Old Hoosier Meats, an authentic, old-fashioned butcher shop in Middlebury. Randy, the owner, has a very old smoke house attached to the shop, and he smokes his ribs…300 or more every Thursday, and sells out every Thursday.

    The Creamery, in my opinion, is the best spot for shopping antiques in Middlebury. We have several pieces–6 to be exact–in our home we purchased from there.

    Sadly, Culinary Treasures is no more. But if you contact me when you come, I’ll hook you up with some locals who will show you the back roads of Middlebury!

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