Want to see more of Allen County? Outside the city of Fort Wayne, these small communities have character and charm. Dunfee, Grabill, Harlan, and Huntertown are all within thirty minutes of the Fort Wayne Visitors Center and are a great way to experience more of what our area has to offer.
Stop by Dunfee, Indiana, and grab at bite at Pickles Café, a small but delicious restaurant open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They serve breakfast, lunch, coffee, and other pastries. The restaurant is located in a timeworn building that has an antique charm. While you're there, stop by the Painted Pony Tack Shop for unique gifts. Read a review from one of our insiders here.
Grabill (Amish Country):
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Harlan is a small community in the Northeast corner of Allen County. The Harlan Days Community Festival takes place the first weekend in August and features a parade, 5K run, food tent, and other Indiana festival favorites. You can read more about this event on our blog. When you're in town, stop by the Harlan Café and Bakery.
The Hurshtown Reservoir has areas for fishing, walking, and other outdoor activities. The 20-foot deep reservoir was built in 1969 to provide water to Fort Wayne if there was a drought. Most of its water is pumped in from the St. Joseph River. Open Tuesday through Sunday, admission fees are $4 per car, and fees for boat and life jacket rentals are very affordable. Be sure to check ahead for seasonal hours.
In early August, don't miss Huntertown Heritage Days Festival, an event celebrating the area and supporting local parks. Catch a parade, see a talent show, and eat great food from local food vendors. For shoppers, be on the lookout for unique stores on Dupont and Lima Roads, as well as the Chocolate Thimble. This candy and quilting store is a great for crafters and chocoholics. Read our insider's review here.
New Haven: Hop on over to New Haven just east of Fort Wayne by taking the Rivergreenway trail just past Kreager Park! Grab a bite to eat at Rack & Helen’s, and then enjoy the classic New Haven Canal Days, in early June. At the New Haven Canal Days, you expect classic festival foods, rides, and, of course, great Hoosier hospitality! And, if you’re looking to beat that summer heat, then make a stop at Jury Pool for a dip, splash, or a jump into their many pools.