Just minutes from the heart of Fort Wayne, but it feels like a world away.

Grabill, Indiana is located in NE Allen County and offers a glimpse of an authentic, living Amish community filled with fascinating shops, rural scenes, picturesque farms and horse drawn vehicles.

While in Grabill you will want to stop at:

The Country Shops of Grabill featuring over 150 antique and flea market vendors in the historic Souder's Building.

Right next door, The Coffee Cabin Café serves soups, sandwiches, and delicious desserts (be sure to try one of Leah Rose's homemade caramel iced cinnamon rolls - only 99 cents!)

Housed in the most recognized building in Grabill, the H. Souder General Store is a delight for children of all ages. Enjoy penny candy and bottled soda, find delightful rustic home décor, old fashioned toys and games, home remedies, and more!

Other "must sees" in downtown Grabill include the Catalpa Tree Shops, Grabill Art Gallery, Grabill Country Sales, and Grabill Hardware (sure to be a favorite of the men in your group.)

Be sure to come hungry, because Grabill has many great restaurants to enjoy! From the Dairy Sweet (a destination in itself for its burgers and ice cream), to the Grabill Inn, the only full-service sit down restaurant that is open daily. You may also enjoy the hot buffet and salad bar at Grabill Country Sales (a bulk food store).

For special occasions, make plans to visit Nolt's Amish Restaurant, which features authentic Amish cooking with limited Friday and Saturday hours. Be sure to call ahead and ask about the Amish acapella signing and yodeling on Friday nights.

Just outside of Grabill you will enjoy:

Schmucker's Amish Farm Market - Fresh produce, Amish cheese and butter, bulk foods, flowers, seeds and garden plants. It's a real farm market! On Doty Road just south of State Road 37 (5 miles from Grabill)

Katie's - Custom Amish furniture, Amish quilts, Amish canned goods, Amish dolls and much more. Corner of Schwartz and Witmer Road (1 ½ miles from Grabill)

Spencerville Covered Bridge - Just 6 miles from Grabill, this is one of the region's oldest and most treasured covered bridges.

In nearby Leo, you will want to visit The Olde Church Shoppes, for antiques, and the Leo Café and Old Towne Diner (a locals' favorite, for the Friday fish special!)

Leo also offers wonderful outdoor recreation at the Hurshtown Reservoir (where you can rent a canoe) and at Riverside Park (which features biking and walking trails and a new splashpad) and the Leo-Cedarville Imagination Station, a wooden playground that is every child's delight!

In neighboring Harlan, you can also find the Harlan Haus Antiques and Harlan Donuts (be sure to grab a hot donut, right off the racks!)

And, mark your calendar the Grabill Country Fair - always the first Thurs-Saturday after Labor Day weekend. Amazing food, music, activities and fun - its truly a good old-time country fair!

Other resources include:

City of Grabill Website

Map of Grabill and Surrounding Area