• From: Winona Lake
  • Title: The past blends with the present for an eclectic mix of arts, food and history
  • Press Release: Immediate Release

On a quiet canal of Winona Lake, architecture of old meets new elegance and combines for the most eclectic mix of art galleries, unique shops and one-of-a-kind eateries.

The Village at Winona has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Kosciusko County. Now a quaint village that reflects the past and captures the arts, each of the businesses and shops are older homes that were relocated from throughout the town to one centralized location and extensively remodeled. The natural colors and wrap-around porches of each shop lend a certain elegance unmatched to anything else.

In the Village at Winona, artisan shops and art galleries attract those with a flair for the finer things in life. At Canal Street Gallery, Park Avenue Gallery and the Robert A. Hudson Fine Art Gallery, leave plenty of time to browse among the exhibits of many art forms, styles and medias by local and regional artists.

In other shops, finely crafted furniture and tools can be found in the unique offerings. Whetstone Woodenware divulges the secrets of handcrafting wooden kitchen tools in designs passed down by ancestors of pioneer days.

There are plenty of shops offering unique home décor ideas and, in the tradition of the art theme of the Village, the Pottery Bayou gives its guests the opportunity to be the artist and create his or her own personalized gifts.

While the women peruse the many shops of the Village, men can relax at Village Barber, a traditional barbershop where contemporary hairstyles and old-fashioned beard trims and shaves are still offered.

In addition to its many shops, the Village at Winona offers fine dining restaurants in casual dining atmospheres. Between Vintage France, the Blue Lion Coffeehouse and The Boathouse Restaurant, the variety of French cuisines, steaks, seafood and fine coffees are sure to satisfy any palate.

There are also plenty of ways to indulge in the sweeter things. Clock Tower Bakery and Kelainey’s Sweet Dreams Ice Cream is where, respectively, guests may find fine quality baked goods and pastries with an international atmosphere, and premium ice cream and toppings.

But the Village at Winona is not all about shopping and eating. Also in the Village, The Billy Sunday Visitors’ Center chronicles the life of famed evangelist Billy Sunday through displays, exhibits and memorabilia. The center is constructed to resemble the original 7,500-seat Billy Sunday Tabernacle built in 1920 where countless evangelistic revivals, services and events were held until its demolition in 1992.

The Hillside Amphitheater provides a lovely site for large or small outdoor weddings and its setting, against the hillside and among might trees, the amphitheater is also a popular location for outdoor concerts.

Next door, Lakeside Chapel is tucked among the trees and overlooks beautiful Winona Lake. It is the perfect setting for small, intimate weddings.

The newly restored Winona Hotel, formerly dormitory residences for Grade College students, is now an upscale condominium complex on the shores of Winona Lake. The historic structure has undergone complete renovation to blend perfectly with the Village at Winona.

Whether looking for a weekend getaway or a one-day excursion, The Village at Winona promises to be a favorite.