Art & Earth Trail guide

La PORTE COUNTY — The Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC) kicked off their sixth year of attracting visitors to Northern Indian with the 2015 Art and Earth Trail Guide. This trail, through seven northern Indiana counties, features more than 150 artists, artisans, crafters, agriculture producers, unique accommodations and specialty restaurants. Visitors to the trail will experience firsthand the talent and cultural diversity found in Northern Indiana. The seven loops of the trail sweep from Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes to areas known for sparkling inland lakes, past the Golden Dome of Notre Dame and onto roads where horse-drawn Amish buggies seem to outnumber cars.

The trails are Indiana Dunes, Michigan City La Porte, Notre Dame, Time to Unwind, Lakes, Heritage and Shipshewana.

The Art & Earth Trail provides an authentic destination experience and increases visitation through a regional arts and agricultural trail network connecting artisan and agricultural venues, communities and associated points of interest in the Northern Indiana Tourism Region.

The Art and Earth Trail promotes and provides a regional voice and brand for the arts and agricultural trail system to internal and external markets through the creation of "top-of-mind" destination awareness.

A map/online guide describes a drivable tour of artistic and agricultural venues where guests can experience the art, culture and food of the region in its native environment.

Some of these tour stops include a potter's studio where guests can watch/interact with the potter at work, a dairy farm where guests can experience not only the cows in the field but the end food products as well. Each of these stops is connected with driving directions and auxiliary stops that help guests understand and experience the Northern Indiana regional culture.

Some of these additional stops include a historic inn, a restaurant featuring locally-grown products or a museum of local history. The trail offers experiences one family at a time or a few visitors traveling via their own personal vehicle to 'off-the-beaten-path' places — studios, galleries, in-home studios, farms, inns, etc.

We have it all in La Porte County with miles of Lake Michigan beaches, great fishing and swimming, artist studios and galleries, farmer's markets, orchards and winery, plus luxurious inns, bed and breakfasts and family friendly resorts.

La Porte County members of the Art and Earth Trail include:

Barker Mansion, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Blue Heron Inn, Blueberries of Indiana, Duneland Beach Inn, Footlight Theatre, Garwood Orchards & Farm Markets, Great Lakes Grand Prix, Heston Supper Club, Hook Pottery Paper, International Friendship Gardens, La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau Gift Shop and Gallery, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Maple City Grand Prix, Mucho Mas, Pickle & Turnip Restaurant & Wine Bar, Purdue University-North Central, Radke's Orchard, Shady Creek Winery, Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant, Southern Shores Art Association, Uptown Arts District/Michigan City Mainstreet Association, Washington Park & Beach, Washington Park Zoo,

Trail participants can be identified by a window decal. For more information and a complete trail guide, visit www.artandearthtrail.com or www.michigancitylaporte.com

Better still, pick up a trail guide at our office or at one of the participating trail partners and start your adventure. Make your plans now to spend a day, weekend or entire week on the trail.

 

La Porte County CVB Community Relations Manager Jane Daley can be contacted at 872-5055 or jane@michigancitylaporte.com.

 

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