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 the Cerulean Restaurant and can also be purchased 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.
After breakfast, you and your gal pals can have a pottery session making your own coffee mug, plate, figurine, create personalized gifts, or design and make their very own fused glass jewelry with the craft master at Pottery Bayou! This “paint-your-own pottery” studio allows you to create your own unique masterpieces in a creative, fun atmosphere where you get to be the artist!
The Village at Winona contains over 20 Victorian homes that have been converted into quaint shops to keep you browsing for hours. This quaint shopping village offers you the full artist experience from beginning, the process of creation, to the final product with demonstrations and hand’s-on experience of jewelry making, clay pottery, soap making, etc. 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’ll 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 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. Learn about simple and fast ways to enhance your cooking and receive a sample of The Olive Branches finest oil to take home with you. 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.
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.
For more shopping fun, you and your girlfriends can head to Piereceton 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, 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. 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 and your girlfriends will be sure to find the perfect treasure to take home.
After you leave Pierceton, on your way back into Warsaw stop by Superior Landscaping along US 30 to visit Himalayan Salt & Scents where you and your girls will find relaxing salt products including salt lamps, bath salts, edible salts and essential oils.
Experience three Himalayan salt therapy rooms:
an 20-person salt cave
a 3-person infrared salt sauna
and a 1-person halo therapy salt bed.
Also, check out their fairy gardens and fairy village, 5 3/4 ton stump that weighs approximately 12,000 lbs, also find a huge variety of cast aluminum products of all sizes including lawn art and statues!
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, head up to Tippy Creek Winery. At Tippy Creek Winery, your group will experience multiple flavors in one trip as they enjoy wine tastings, wine flights, wine slushies and hard cider. Everyone will leave with a wine glass!
Or end the day with seeing 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!