Morning

Start off your day with a visit to the Light Rail Cafe & Roaster. Enjoy the morning sunrise with a cinnamon roll, French toast, house bacon and fresh roasted bottomless coffee or gourmet espresso. Light Rail Cafe serves food that features locally sourced ingredients and they purchase their coffee beans from the farmers that grow them and micro-roast the beans in-house giving you the best cup of coffee you’ll find anywhere. It tastes homemade because it is!

Light Rail Roasting Co. Coffee is served at both the Cerulean Restaurants in Indianapolis and in Winona Lake, and can be purchased at the Cerulean Restaurant and at the Light Rail Café in Winona Lake. This intimate cafe atmosphere allows you to enjoy the outdoors on the wrap-around porch as you watch blue Heron, Canadian geese or a flock of seagull paddling along in the canal leading to Winona Lake.

After breakfast, your group can visit over 20 artisan store fronts offering demonstrations and hand’s-on experience of jewelry making, clay pottery, soap making, knitting, etc. The Village at Winona offers you the full artist experience from beginning, the process of creation, to the final product.

You and your gal pals can have a pottery session making your own cup, learn to knit or create your own jewelry with the craft master at Pottery Bayou, you’re the artist! This “paint-your-own pottery” studio allows you to create your own unique masterpieces in a creative, fun atmosphere. Your group will create personalized gifts, or design and make their very own fused glass jewelry.

Or maybe you would want to try your hand at the Poppy Cottage, where the old becomes new again! Whether it’s a cherished piece of family furniture or a roadside gem, The Poppy Cottage can help you breathe new life into a classic piece that you will love again. The Poppy Cottage is the only retailer to offer the full line of decroative paint called Chalk Paint® and fabric line created by Annie Sloan. The Poppy Cottage also offers Chalk Paint® workshops.

Lunch

On beautiful Winona Lake, have lunch at our group friendly Boathouse. The outdoor seating gives an unparalleled dining experience. Offering an extensive menu including steaks, seafood, ribs, chops, pasta and gourmet sandwiches. Or learn what is like to have lunch presented in an artful way with Ceruleans. Ceruleans brings Asian Fusion and our local agricultural community to new heights. Every presentation is so beautifully displayed but eating causes one to ponder the combining of unique seasonings and ingredients. Whether you’re trying locally raised duck, ginger soba noodles or Potato salad with wasabi you can help but want to come back again and again.

Afternoon

The Village at Winona contains over 20 Victorian homes that have been converted into quaint shops to keep you browsing for hours. You won’t have to hunt for long to uncover a wealth of treasure in this little village.

At Sacs & Co., learn the process of making natural bath and body products and everyone will have the opportunity to MAKE YOUR OWN BAR OF SOAP. Store named by the owner’s niece for soaps, candles, sisters and children. Guests will melt and pour the soap into molds and add scent. You will learn about the history of the shop and the Village of Winona, soap takes 20-30 minutes to hold.

At The Beaded Peacock, you’l find a wide selection of stone and glass beads, as well as jewelry and fine art. Jewelry classes are available where they demonstrate jewelry making techniques and educate guests about the sources and special properties of the stone beads. There is always something in the process of being created in the fabric and metal studios and a classroom.

At The Bungalow, you and the girls will find a cute boutique featuring home furnishings, decor, and gifts. This shop is constantly changing but is always curated with both vintage and contemporary furniture and accessories. The Bungalow blends timeless and of the moment furniture and home accessories. The shop specializes in unique accents, gift and design staples. You will want come back again just to keep up with the ever-changing and evolving inventory.

At The Olive Branch, you will taste flavors of the best EVOO’s and Balsamic Vinegars found from all over the world. These oils come from Spain, Italy, Greece, Australia, Israel, Tunisia, Chile, and California. The oils are purchased from the country that is currently producing to ensure freshness. All oils are extra virgin and first cold pressed. Receive a sample of The Olive Branches finest oil to take home with you. Learn about simple and fast ways to enhance your cooking. Your friends and family will think Rachel Ray is in your kitchen!

At Spice Merchants, your group will hear the health benefits of seat salts, loose leaf teas and learn about the different spices and teas from all over the world. Recipes available with cooking demonstrations. Gluten free products available. Everyone will receive a spice sample.

Just when you think you’ve shopped til you’ve dropped, there is more shopping yet to be done! You and the girls will then head to Pierceton and take a mini shopping trip on behalf of your favorite baby or toddler at Stephan Baby. This international company began in 1987, when Jan Campbell designed a child-friendly comforting ice pack in the shape of a bunny for her nephew’s booboo. The Boo Bunnie Ice Pack remains one of the top sellers to this day!

Your group will enjoy hearing how Jan built her company and have time to browse the Stephan Baby outlet store. Stephan Baby is a wholesale baby company. Retailers all over the world purchase their items for their retail stores. The retail room offers 25% off retail for the general public. Baby items. Blankets, clothing, keepsakes, toys and much more. Your group will leave with a Stephan Baby memento.

Before you leave Piereceton, make sure to take time to browse the antique shops! Pierecton is a little town with a big reputation as one of Indiana’s top antiquing destinations. With one of the largest number of antique shops in the area, plus other stores and restaurants, it’s easy to build a day of shopping fun here.

Antique shops line up in a quarter-mile stretch of the downtown business district. You’ll find Victorian furniture, fainting chairs, antique and vintage jewelry, American and English armoires, clocks, mirrors, rugs, glassware and so much more.

In addition, several shops sell the works of local and regional artists, including painters, potters, china painters, photographers and jewelry makers. You can even dine in a restored depot. It all started with one antique shop in 1940, and has continued to expand in the ensuing years. It’s no wonder Pierceton is called “The Antique Town.” You’ll be sure to find the perfect treasure to take home.

Evening

For dinner, enjoy Noa Noa Wood Grill & Sushi Ba. Though nowhere near a coast, this Caribbean-style restaurant offers fresh sushi and seafood in a casual yet sophisticated setting. Island decor features bamboo and breezy windows flanked by plantation shutters. The large menu is booklet-style with a sushi section, specials sheet and drink menu. Regardless of what you order, it’s all good! Seafood comes overnight from Boston and Hawaii, and dinner specials reflect the available catch. Reservations are necessary, even on weekdays.

To wrap up a perfect Girls Get Away Day, see a show at the award-winning Wagon Wheel Center for the Performing Arts, one of Indiana’s oldest and largest theaters that is known for high quality theatrical productions and concerts in the round. The Wagon Wheel has championed leadership in the arts since transitioning from a simple tent to an innovative theatre-in-the-round in 1956. Be entertained by a fabulous musical, theatrical production or concert at the Wagon Wheel. This theatre has been entertaining families and groups for over 52 years and provides a unique experience by being a theater in-the-round where you will never be more than ten rows from center stage!

You and the girls and a great time, you bags are stuffed and the memories are full, time to depart for home.

To view a current Kosciusko County Group Planner with a complete listing of attractions, entertainment, dining prices/options and lodging options, please click here.   Contact Tina to discuss this tour and to customize a tour for your group!