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Northern Indiana Art & Earth Trail

Explore the Lakes Loop

Throughout the community, talented artists talk about their creations in refurbished homes that have been turned into shops and working studios. Annual summer music festivals invite visitors back to the shores and antique and art lovers have a special place in the quaint town of Pierceton. Be sure to follow signs that invite you to buy home-grown produce and tempting home-baked goods from the region. Begin your journey at the Visitors Center and see where your travels take you.

Blue Pearl Fine Estate Jewelry & Antiques

Blue Pearl Fine Estate Jewelry & Antiques

Get your art, antiques and vintage jewelry all at one stop, with Indiana flair. This unique shop specializes in Hoosier artists, who create landscapes, Native American art, pop art and more on canvas, board and paper. You’ll also find their creativity in sculptures, photography, metal works ... More

T: 574-594-9800    E: bluepearl@kconline.com    W: View Website

Cerulean Restaurant

Cerulean Restaurant

Will it be tapas for dinner or a Japanese style bento box for lunch? And maybe a bottle of one of over 150 wines to choose from? The choices are astounding at this sleek eatery tucked in a clapboard house, where sun spilling in through the windows reflects shiny floors and locally-created ... More

T: 574-269-1226    E: info@ceruleanrestaurant.com    W: View Website

Channel Marker

Channel Marker

Situated on a channel connecting lakes Wawasee and Syracuse, Channel Marker makes a great location for boaters and others looking for casual dining. The menu is largely beach food - sandwiches, burgers and seafood served in paper-lined baskets. Regulars recommend the Baja fish tacos with mango ... More

T: 574-457-5900    W: View Website

Creative Fish Art Gallery

Creative Fish Art Gallery

You won’t believe the wealth of artworks these 85+ regional artists display and sell, from Raku pottery, textiles, fine jewelry and paintings to wearable art, handmade tiles, fine art, and outdoor sculptures. They’re dedicated to making art an integral part of the community and to having it ... More

T: 574-457-2789    E: artsyqueen4@embarqmail.com    W: View Website

Dixie Days Festival and Art Fair

Get set for family fun during Dixie Days in this welcoming community. Hop abroad the renowned 1929 Dixie Sternwheeler, one of the few old-time riverboats still in operation, for a cruise on Webster Lake. Browse sidewalk sales downtown and enjoy live music Saturday. During the day Saturday, lace ... More

T: 574-834-7076    E: nwttchamber@gmail.com    W: View Website

Dixie Sternwheeler, Inc.

Dixie Sternwheeler, Inc.

Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. You’ll get a little history, lots of old-time music and loads of fun on a 75-minute cruise around Webster Lake. Indiana’s oldest sternwheeler, built in 1929, pass several sites of historical interest the site of the Yellow Banks Hotel, where the ... More

T: 574-834-1080    E: ridethedixie@hotmail.com    W: View Website

First Friday's in Downtown Warsaw

First Friday's in Downtown Warsaw

Downtown Warsaw comes alive with a wide variety of entertainers, vendors and artists during themed First Friday events. February brings the Fire and Ice Festival, with exquisite ice sculptures plus hot cider, cocoa and s'mores to warm visitors. Enjoy free watermelon, hot dogs and old-fashioned ... More

T: 574-267-6311    E: firstfridaywarsaw@gmail.com    W: View Website

Lakeland Art Gallery

Lakeland Art Gallery

Artist members of the Lakeland Art Association showcase and offer their original paintings, photography, pottery, and jewelry art forms at this friendly gallery where a host will be happy to answer your questions about the artists and their creations. The exhibits change every four to six weeks.... More

T: 574-594-9950    E: Lakelandartassociation@gmail.com    W: View Website

Light Rail Cafe & Roaster

Light Rail Cafe & Roaster

They choose their coffee beans with care and roast them all right here to give you the freshest, most delicious cup of java or a specialty latte or cappuccino. Combine that with menu, including breakfast, made with locally produced products whenever possible. Try the Bagel Bomb filled with ... More

T: 574-269-1000 

Mudlove Pottery

Mudlove Pottery

Watch the wheel work as potter Luke Wright creates mugs, bowls, vases, jewelry, teapots and more out of clay. You can also see him doing the detail work on his creations. You're sure to find a perfect treasure to take home. If you want to place a custom order, Luke will happily work with you and ... More

T: 574-306-2746    E: mudlovepottery@gmail.com    W: View Website

Noa Noa Wood Grill & Sushi Bar

Noa Noa Wood Grill & Sushi Bar

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. ... More

T: 574-372-3224 

Syracuse Artisan and Farmer Market

Syracuse Artisan and Farmer Market

Oh, that sweet bounty fresh from the earth! At this popular farmer’s market in Syracuse, you’ll find an array of goods as the season moves on. Summer brings tomatoes, corn, tender green onions, green beans and much more. When fall begins, pick from pumpkins, squash and gourds. All season, ... More

T: 574-457-3440    E: cjonsson@syracusein.org    W: View Website

The Island Weaver

The Island Weaver

It's time to take a deep breath, relax and sit a spell in this colorful shop where weaving is the word. You're surrounded by an array of hand-woven, knitted, crocheted, felted and hand-sewn wearables, linens and home décor items available for sale. Many visitors linger to knit, crochet or spin ... More

T: 574-268-9276    E: theislandweaver@gmail.com    W: View Website

The Old Train Depot

The Old Train Depot

You’ll get a taste of Pierceton history along with delicious food at this new restaurant and bar, located in the refurbished Old Train Depot, built in 1867. Downstairs, the restaurant retains the original floor and upstairs, the bar (where you also can order food) is paneled with original ... More

T: 574-594-2090    E: theolddepot@centurylink.net    W: View Website

The Water Lily Art Gallery, Inc.

The Water Lily Art Gallery, Inc.

If you love looking at the lakes in this county, you can take home a lasting memory in the form of a painting of Lake Wawasee or one of the area's other lakes available at this studio. There's more to choose from, including oils and watercolors of landscapes, birds, wildlife and people. Gallery ... More

T: 574-528-5050    E: waterlily@bnin.net

Village Antique Gallerie

Village Antique Gallerie

Antique lovers are sure to find a perfect treasure or two at this shop filled with American and European finds, some rare for the area. If you have furniture in mind, you'll find French and English armoires and draw leaf tables, chairs, buffets, footstools and Welsh dressers. There are loads of ... More

T: 574-594-9494    E: alned@kconline.com    W: View Website

Wagon Wheel Theatre

Wagon Wheel Theatre

The award-winning Wagon Wheel Theatre is one of Indiana's oldest and largest theatres. In operation since 1955, this intimate theatre-in-the-round is nationally renowned for its Broadway quality theatrical productions. Dozens of Wagon Wheel alumni are currently starring on Broadway, television, ... More

T: 574-267-8041    E: boxoffice@wagonwheeltheatre.com    W: View Website

Warsaw Cut Glass

Warsaw Cut Glass

You’re sure to find a treasure here – goblets, pitchers, platters and bowls, all in gleaming hand-cut crystal with a history dating back to 1911 when the Warsaw Cut Glass Company opened in this community. It’s one of the last U.S. companies cutting glass in its original building with ... More

T: 574-267-6581    E: warsawcutglass@comcast.net    W: View Website

Weckmuller Fine Chocolates

Weckmuller Fine Chocolates

Diana Heckman has loved chocolate her whole life and you are the beneficiary of that. The owner of this chocolate shop never stops experimenting with treats that include 15 varieties of truffles (think espresso, amaretto, caramel, apricot and Jamaican rum flavorings), her white chocolate lemon ... More

T: 574-594-3444    E: weckmullerchocolate@earthlink.net    W: View Website

Whetstone Woodenware

Whetstone Woodenware

Who can imagine the painstaking care that goes into creating the smooth wooden spoons and other kitchen-related items created by John Whetstone and the artisans in his shop. Find out by watching the craftsmen at work. Their knowledgeable staff can explain all the steps of producing the spoons, ... More

T: 260-352-2093    E: sales@whetstonewoodenware.com    W: View Website