On the Banks of the Wabash River sits a hidden gem that locals simply call ‘The State Park’ due to the historically conflicting pronunciation of “Ouabache.” Ouabache State Park is home to a herd of bison, a restored fire tower, Kunkel Lake beachfront, and a variety of trails to explore. For a more serene and secluded nature hike visit Acres Along the Wabash, or the Native Habitat Waterway along the River Greenway. The River Greenway’s paved path is a scenic travel route for easy access to Historic Downtown Bluffton—perfect for summer bike rides to Toppings Ice Cream Parlor and family-friendly free concerts held at Parlor City Plaza or Kehoe Park outdoor venues. We welcome you to wander Wells County and stay awhile with us!
For a quick stop before you shop, the drive thru at The Crimson House and a fresh Heyerly’s Bakery Donut, an Ossian staple since 1931, is the perfect pairing. Right around the corner is Rod’s Rustics & The Modern Eclectic Boutique with one-of- a-kind finds. If a leisurely pace is more for you, start your morning in Historic Downtown Bluffton with Hugh’s Coffeehouse & Bakery for a seasonal coffee flight with friends. Bustling with boutiques like The Broken Vessel Sign Co., Magnolias & Minis, Ellie Grace & Co, Fields of Grace Floral Boutique, Fraction Apparel & Consignment, American Salvage just to name a few. While in Downtown, grab a late lunch at Unique Blue Bar & Grill with mouth- watering drinks and food specials each week.
The sprawling Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall is known as the ‘Wunderkammer of the Wabash’ and will require at least half a day to explore over 100 dealers and 30k square feet of relics and antiquities. Take a break from your shopping and fill your appetite at Bummies Drive-In with old fashioned root beer, coney dogs, and onion rings (cash only).
For 21+ the Parlor City Brewing Company, Bluffton’s microbrewery, offers a seasonal food menu—bread pudding or pretzels with beer cheese are a few of the local favorites. More of a wine-o? Dash-90 Wines is located just on the southern border of the county offering their very own grape-grown wine selection along with light bites, live music, and food trucks. On Wednesdays & Sundays from 1- 4p.m. history buffs can learn more about the roots of piano manufacturing, The Deam Oak, E.B. Williamson Iris Farms, Bluffton Free Street Fair and more at the Wells County Historical Museum. The museum is also open by appointment outside of usual hours by contacting 260-824-9956.
• Stauffer Farms Fall Fest features artisans, baked goods, pumpkins, and free activities for kids
• Bluffton Free Street Fair is the longest standing fair in Indiana–since 1898
• The “Hallmark movie come to life” Parlor City Christmas in Downtown Bluffton includes a live nativity, trolley rides, reindeer, goodie walk, shopping fair and SO much more
• The Wells County Creative Arts Council showcases seasonal ballet and theater productions sure to put a sparkle in your eyes.
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