What On Earth Is Around Here?
We actually have quite a bit of things to see and do within a 45-minute drive of the Woodfield Hills Inn. In 45 minutes you can be in Ft. Wayne or South Bend where there is lots of shopping, minor league baseball in both cities as well as hockey in Ft. Wayne. The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, bike trails, lots and lots of restaurants, playhouses, breweries, wineries, lakes to fish and ski and boat on. Colleges and seminaries, parks, woods, backcountry roads, mom and pop cafe’s, Amish shops and of course, what we have the most of…cornfields. If you are looking for ideas, let us know and we can help you figure out your day.
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… within 10 minutes of Woodfield Hills Inn
Kiyomi Japanese Cuisine $$ (Syracuse) We like to go here a couple of times a month. Good prices – always good.
Chubbies $$ (Syracuse) Typical bar food
The Man Cave Brewery $$$ (5 miles due east) Where we like to take out of town friends.
HopLore Brewing $$ (Leesburg…10 minutes south and west) Only been there once – I have friends that brew their own beer – really like this place. Very limited menu.
Huntington Street Bar & Grill $$$ (Syracuse) WAY beyond what you think of as “bar food”. For us really too expensive – but the food is incredible.
Oak Wood Inn / The Back Porch / The Pier $$$$ (Syracuse) Robin has been here a couple of times – very “top shelf”
The Frog Tavern $$ (Syracuse) Caters to the younger, more rowdy crowd.
Peterson’s Fish $$ (Syracuse) This place is always packed…we don’t care for it – feel “greasy” when we leave. If fried fish is what you are after – this is the place. Also has a large salad/dessert bar.
The Down Under Bar & Restaurant $$ (Syracuse) Eh. We have been here a few times…good food, but more interesting places to eat.
Chicago Dog House $ (Syracuse) if a good ol’ fashioned Chicago dog, or brat with grilled onions and peppers or anything like that is on your radar for lunch – this is the place to be. Fast, Friendly.
Pizza Hut $ (Syracuse) Exactly what you would expect from Pizza Hut.
Pizza King $$ (Syracuse) A small local chain with 6 or 7 locations throughout Northern Indiana – expensive – but amazing pizza.
The Channel Marker $$$$(Syracuse) Good food that they are proud to charge you for.
The Sleepy Owl $$$ (South of Syracuse) 1/2 price pizza Wednesdays are our favorite time to go to “the Owl”
Joe’s Ice Cream $ (South Side of Syracuse) A step above DQ.
Within 25 Minutes of the Woodfield Hills Inn…
The Boat House Restaurant $$$$ (Winona Lake) Exceptional food, staff, atmosphere and view. Reservations and a good idea
Palette, an American Eatery $$$$ (Warsaw) One of many very nice restaurants that have been located in the Wyndham Garden Hotel. I have never eaten there – but if like it’s predecessors, it is very nice and the food will be very good
Noa Noa Wood Grill and Sushi Bar $$$$ (Warsaw) Over the top amazing Caribbean Style Restaurant and Bar. Definitely one of the “must go to” places in the area.
Cerulean $$$$ (Warsaw) A culinary experience that is simply delightful.
La Troje $$ (Warsaw) Great Mexican food in a festive atmosphere
One Ten Craft Meatery $$$ (Warsaw) Never been there. Been inside and spoke with the owner for a video segment I produced…looked really good.
The Chief – Ice Cream $ (VERY kid-friendly) (Goshen) Plan on waiting in line for 45 minutes…we do it a couple times a summer
Harvest Coffee of Milford $ – 10 Minutes away. Kid-friendly, great coffee, the best deal around for lunch through the week – homemade, $6 and that includes a drink.
Main Street Roasters of Nappanee $$ – 20 minutes away. Good Coffee, Family Friendly, and PLEASE make sure if you go in the morning to try the baked oatmeal. Buy a bag of Sumatran. You will thank me later.
Mugshots Coffee House and Eatery $$– Between Syracuse and North Webster on US 13, directly east of the Woodfield Hills Inn by about 5 miles. Family Friendly, OK coffee, Breakfast, and lunch. (shares their building with Man Cave Brewery)
The River– 15 minutes away – has the best coffee around ( May 2018 they started getting their coffee from Utopian Coffee in Ft.Wayne- yes….they are a big deal). ST Rd 13 south to North Webster. “downtown”, at the light, in the big building that looks like a castle on the northeast corner.
The Blue Barn Berry Farm
1 mile. An amazing little berry farm/farm market/event venue that was started by Robin’s Aunt Peggy and now ran by Robin’s cousin Shanda. Just about a 1 mile away as the crow flies, pulling out of our cul-de-sac, turn right onto CR1000N. Go approx. ¾ of a mile until CR1000N tees into CR300E. Turn left or south. Travel approx. another ¾ of a mile and the Blue Barn Berry Farm will be on your right.
Indiana’s Largest Natural Lake attracts approx 40,000 to this rural area every summer.
( Public Landing / south side) 8 Miles. Turn left out of the cul-de-sac and follow CR1000N around a series of curves and turns. About ½ mile up the road bear right (if you find yourself on a dirt road, you didn’t turn right). Stay on CR1000N for about another 7 miles. You will cross ST RD 13. Bear right after you pass Wawasee Middle School (you will understand when you get there) and within about 2 miles you will see a large field on the left with Lake Wawasee beyond it. The public access site is just a few hundred yards on the left, parking on the right. If you just want to kill an hour or more and see extravagant lake homes, keep driving past the public landing and remember to bear left when forced to do so. Get Google maps out so you can follow the shoreline around the big lake.
Warsaw / Winona Lake
20 Minute Drive. Warsaw is known as the “Orthopedic Capital of the World” boasts the corporate offices of Zimmer/Biomet and a half dozen smaller orthopedic companies. Winona Lake is a historic religious hotspot that was put on the map in the 1920s by an evangelist by the name of Billy Sunday. A young preacher by the name of Billy Graham is said to have gotten his start in Winona Lake. The Village of Winona is an area that was renovated about a decade ago and brought a whole neighborhood of homes back to their former glory along the east shore of Winona Lake that now features a variety of shops and stores. Including some very good restaurants and a coffee shop. Winona Lake is home to Grace College and Seminary and the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
Nappanee / Amish
A 20-minute drive. A community with deep Amish roots. Amish Acres, on the west side of town on US 6, is the site of the original Amish settlement in Nappanee. Please Note Amish Acres closed down after 50 years this last winter. The property was sold and several investors purchased it with the intent of re-opening it. Lots to see and do in Nappanee, or just take a relaxing drive around. While driving please be watchful for slow-moving buggies and bikes. Also, Amish folks don’t particularly like having their picture taken, please respect their wishes. Make sure and stop in Coppes Commons on the St RD 6 to get a good flavor of the town. Pick up some fresh Amish baked goods and some “Rocket Science Ice Cream” while you are there.
A quaint little Amish settlement that isn’t much more than a literal bend in the road. The Grocery store is a big – “off the beaten path” kind of place to stop at. across the street, the Dutch Maid Bakery is worth stopping at for breakfast or lunch. Drive a bit further west and at the turn in the road stop in and see Wayne Helmuth at Mint City Millworks – he has quiet a business building clocks – tell him I said hi.
…Or ‘Shipshe” as the locals call it…
North and east about 45 minutes on St Rd 5, Shipshewana is a mecca for tourists. During the warm months, the flea market draws people by the thousands. Downtown are shops and restaurants – all worth stopping at and looking around. The “strip” on the south side of town has everything an Amish man could ever want. Lots of tourists, but if you hit it early / late season or go early during the summer, it is worth the drive. On your way back, drive into Topeka. On the east side of Topeka is Tiffany’s Restaurant. If you stop – make sure and bring Tim back a piece of Dutch Apple pie. Tim’s “go-to” spot when he is in the area.
Another Amish settlement, but the big draw is the restaurant “Das Dutchmen Essenhaus” – you need to experience it at least once in your life. They serve all three meals…just don’t plan to be too active afterward. If you are wanting a leisurely drive, when you leave the Essehaus, catch county road 22 and head toward Goshen. Pretty farms and just pretty scenery.
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