Start off the day with your group visiting the charming Whetstone Woodenware workshop. Here you will see the finest in handcrafted wooden utensils and accessories being made. Located in the quaint town of Silver Lake, this small artisan shop contains maple woodenware that will add a unique touch to your kitchen décor. Visitors will collect a wooden spoon for their treasure.
Your group will then make their way over to Kerry and Kim Goshert’s sixth generation farm in Mentone to learn about the process of soy production and the benefits of using their soy products. With K & K Soy Products, you are guaranteed to receive 100% soy wax candles that burn 99% soot-free and contain high-quality fragrance oils. Your group will make and take home a soy candle for your gem!
After leaving the farm, head into downtown Mentone and have lunch at Teel’s Restaurant. Enjoy Old fashion dining by sampling the ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT buffet made from long forgotten tresured family recipes. The taste of the food will make you want to peek in the kitchen to see if your grandmother is there preparing your meals!
After lunch, only two blocks away from the restauarant, your group can walk or load back on the bus to Robert Hudson Art Gallery. Take a special tour of the Hudson Gallery and meet artist Robert Hudson. Robert will entertain your group with a stories of his adventures and paintings and can even be persuaded to play his cello upon request! Guests will take home a package of 12 postcards which contain prints of Robert’s original paintings.
Head back into Warsaw and stop at the Kosciusko County Old Jail Museum and learn how our ancestors united to build this great land we call home. Located in downtown Warsaw, Indiana, this Gothic Revival Building was designed by George Garnsey and built by Richard Epperson in 1870. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and currently serves as the headquarters for the Kosciusko County Historical Society.
The Old Jail Museum & Genealogy Library are also housed here. Your group will get to tour the old sheriff’s home attached to the jail along with the actual cells and bullpens of the criminals from the early 1900’s to 1980. Everyone will leave with a John Dillinger headline newspaper.
There’s no better way to end the day than relaxing in a salt cave! The Cave on the Square is a unique experience in relaxation and healing. Located in the Latte Lounge and Gallery in downtown Warsaw, they focus on making your whole visit relaxing and comfortable. Sit in the Himalayan Salt Cave that offers your group to be surrounded with holistic healing powers for arthritis, lupus, sinus problems and allergies. Himalayan salt is also edible as a gourmet salt for cooking. You will receive some culinary salts samples during your visit!
After your adventurous first day, your group will be ready to have a nice entertaining dinner at the Old Train Depot in Pierecton. This 1860’s restored train station with beautiful interior including lots of brick and wood. There are two fireplaces at this must see facility. You can also chose to be entertained by “Rik” Lovelady on stage. Mr. Lovelady plays jazz banjos, guitars, mandolin, Greek Bouzouki and Harmonica. Rik is also accompanied by his wife on an electronic horn. Your group is sure to be entertained and will enjoy this unique dining experience.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between bottled water and water from your kitchen faucet? Find out when your group tours Whispering Springs! This water bottling plant will show you how water is regulated and bottled. Add to your growing bounty with two bottles containing different types of water so everyone can taste for themselves! So which is worthy of your treasure bag?
Next your group will get to stretch their legs and take a hike along the Pisgah Marsh Boardwalk and Golden Eagle Deck. Managed by Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, this three-tenths of a mile-long boardwalk was constructed to allow visitors the opportunity to experience and understand the natural habitat and diversity of the marsh while protecting the habitat. The Pisgah Marsh Area is a hidden treasure in northeast Indiana. Two state-endangered species are found there, the Massasauga rattlesnake and Blanding’s turtle. The wetland also provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, sandhill cranes, beavers, rails, squirrels, raccoons and deer.
Your group 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.
The American Table Restaurant is a hometown favorite restaurant known for their variety of 130 made-to-order quality menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Celebrating over 20 years of serving valued guests in a clean, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere.
After lunch, your group will make your first discovery at The Party Shop – Hallmark Ornament Museum. This museum contains over 4,000 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments and is the only place where you can see the complete collection of Hallmark ornaments open to the public.
The Party Shop is a 12, 000 square foot Gold Crown Hallmark store, but unlike any other card store you have ever been in. They carry the areas largest & best selection of Hallmark cards, gifts, collectibles & home decor items. However, the main attraction for visitors from all over the Midwest & the country is the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Museum.
The Party Shop Hallmark Ornament Museum has the ONLY complete collection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments from 1973 to present on public display. Ornaments include: miniature, lighted, Easter, Halloween & Collectors Club Ornaments. The museum even has Hallmark Ornaments that weren’t officially produced but a few prototypes were made & some error designs.
Visitors will receive a Christmas ornament for their gem collection.
At the next stop, your group will enjoy a guided tour of the Warsaw Biblical Gardens as they walk through biblical times among the plants, flowers, trees, and herbs. This garden of biblical plants was started in 1986 and has since grown to be the third largest of its kind in the United States, offering more species of plants than any other with the exception of the Holy Lands.
The gardens are comprised of six microclimates which represent the main environments of which the Bible speaks.
Adjacent to the Warsaw Biblical Gardens is a second gardens called The Gardens of Central Park. This gardens is open to the public for self-guided tours. Signage at each bedding area details information about the plants. Your group can walk along the paths of flowering plants and enjoy the wonderful colors and seasons.
At the end of your tour, each person will be given a unique treasure with a book of all the plants they have viewed and references to where they are mentioned in the Bible.
No treasure hunt is complete without a little ale and brew to end your journey. Afterwards your group will sit down to a delightful dinner at Mad Anthony’s Tap House. This branch of Fort Wayne’s Mad Anthony’s microbrewery offers upscale American fare with a separate bar. Along with their hand-crafted ales, Mad Anthony’s is also famous for their deep dish Chicago-style pizzas, “unwraps,” and traditional pub fare.
Your group will spend their third day exploring the Village at Winona. This is a thriving arts community nestled on the shores of beautiful Winona Lake. Come for a day of shopping, dining and fun. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find a delightful array of original artwork and handmade gifts along with a variety of dining options. This truly is your hidden jewel to discover. There are so many shops you won’t be able to finish them all in a morning. You will need the afternoon, too, as there are over 20 Victorian homes that have been converted into quaint shops to keep you browsing for hours. You won’t have to hunt long to uncover a wealth of treasure in this little village.
Your group will have lunch lakeside at the upscale-casual Boathouse Restaurant. Located on the shores of Winona Lake, this fine dining establishment offers an extensive menu ranging from soups and sandwiches to Italian and steak entrees.
After lunch, be sure to browse the Winona Mercantile, the gift shop connected to the Boathouse, where you can find charming home décor items and small gifts and affordable prices. You now have the remaining afternoon to finish the rest of your shopping in the Village at Winona.
After your group has seen all there is to see in the Village, your group will then tour the Winona History Center and the Billy Sunday Home. At the Winona History Center, your group will learn about this famous evangelist. Billy Sunday made his home in Winona Lake from 1911 until his death in 1935. As a former professional baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs), Billy Sunday inspired millions with a captivating mixture of theatrics, humor, and hellfire. His widow, “Ma” Sunday, continued to live in the family home until she died in 1957. You will be able to visit their well-preserved home and hear heart warming tales about this special family.
End your treasure hunt by letting us spoil you with dinner and a show. Be entertained with a fabulous musical or theatrical production at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. This theatre has been entertaining families and groups for over 50 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!
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!