The Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast

435 South Main Street, Middlebury, Indiana 46540
Innkeeper(s): Lori and Arnie Schumacher
  • Spring at the Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast

    Spring at the Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast

  • Clip Clop of the Amish buggies on Main Street

    Clip Clop of the Amish buggies on Main Street

  • Welcome to the Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast.

    Welcome to the Country Victorian Bed & Breakfast.

  • Our delicious Chocolate chip cookies and tea!

    Our delicious Chocolate chip cookies and tea!

  • Checkers on the front porch

    Checkers on the front porch

  • Our delicious Poached Pear!

    Our delicious Poached Pear!

  • Relaxing in the Amish Room

    Relaxing in the Amish Room

  • Refresh in the Serenity Room.

    Refresh in the Serenity Room.

  • Our quaint Sage Room

    Our quaint Sage Room

  • Backyard delights!

    Backyard delights!

  • Restful English Room on the main floor of the inn.

    Restful English Room on the main floor of the inn.

  • Simply Amish twin or king possible.

    Simply Amish twin or king possible.

  • Good Morning!

    Good Morning!

  • Tea anyone?

    Tea anyone?

  • Delicious coffee!

    Delicious coffee!

  • Enjoy the Parlor.

    Enjoy the Parlor.

  • Welcome home!

    Welcome home!

  • Enjoying Nature!

    Enjoying Nature!

  • Welcome to Breakfast.

    Welcome to Breakfast.

  • Stay, be our Guest, become our friend.

    Stay, be our Guest, become our friend.

  • Good Morning!

    Good Morning!

  • Welcome to Breakfast!

    Welcome to Breakfast!

 
  • Introduction

    Rest, relax and refresh at the Country Victorian Bed and Breakfast where comfort, value, and friends come together. The Country Victorian Bed and Breakfast is a turn-of-the-century, fully updated Queen Anne Victorian-style home loaded with charm, and original character. Our location on Main Street in Middlebury, Indiana makes the Inn the perfect place for exploring the area and the Amish Countryside.

    Rest in one of our fie comfortable antique-appointed rooms with private baths. Relax on the front porch of our Indiana inn to watch the Amish buggies clatter by, or sit by the fire in the colder months to chat, curl up with a good book, or work on a puzzle. Refresh yourself with a scrumptious freshly prepared full breakfast with one of our wonderful teas or a cup or two of our freshly brewed, specially blended coffee.

    Come celebrate over 100 years of lovely Victorian living near Shipshewana, South Bend and the Notre Dame campus, many local colleges/universities and area attractions. Our Indiana Bed and Breakfast is located in the center of Middlebury, in the heart of Amish Country. We offer complimentary coffee, tea, cold drinks, and sweet and savory snacks available throughout the day and are now serving dessert each evening to our guests. We are looking forward to making you feel comfortable while resting, relaxing and refreshing yourself at our home away from home!

    Grab your favorite book and beverage and head out to the front porch where you can gain appreciation for the slower pace of Amish Country living. When the weather is nice it is a great place to sit and chat with friends or other guests, or play one of the board games available for guest use. If you prefer some peaceful solitude you can read a book and watch the world go by. You won't have to sit for long before you'll hear the clip clop of the Amish horses and can watch the buggies as they travel past.

    Porch sitting is particularly rewarding in old, urban neighborhoods like Main Street Middlebury Indiana, where there is enough interactions to provide a constantly unfolding show. The allure of watching the world go by the front porch is a nostalgic one. Where on warm evenings families relax exchanging sweet pleasantries with neighbors and passers-by.

    We hope you'll join us for this slower pace and nostalgic past time.

     

     

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Lori and Arnie Schumacher for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at our inn for the following reasons:

    • Our breakfasts which cater to light eaters, vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, lactose intolerance, diabetics, whey allergies, and just about any other food issue.
    • Our attention to details from our amenities, to our handmade chocolate truffles (which we make here at the inn), to our Welcome Tray of cheeses, fruit, and Sparkling Beverages.
    • Our comfortable guest rooms, freshly ironed sheets, cleanliness (we were recently told our rooms were not only clean they sparkled!).
    • Our friendliness and willingness to help each guest in whatever way we can. I have been known to wash clothes for guests who need something cleaned right away and find special tires for a guest who had a flat and ended up needing to replace all four tires! I even went so far as to track them down in person when they didn't answer their cell phone to make sure the price was right and the time for the appointment was okay!
    What are you best known for?
    • Breakfast including desserts
    • Attention to details
    • Our chocolate chip cookies and handmade Chocolate Truffles
    • Our willingness to go the extra mile for our guests

    What makes your inn unique?

    All of the things we are known for above! Many places do not understand Customer Service and fall short of the mark. We go out of our way to help our guests have the best experience possible.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    The charm and character of its original gingerbread (fret work), crown moldings, and style as well as the history of the house and the area!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The slower pace in Amish Country, learning about the Amish, craftsmanship of the furniture makers, quilters, museums, biking, hiking, gardens, parks, shopping, eating!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "Your food is amazing, your attention to detail is unbelievable, and most appreciated, and you are the warmest, friendliest innkeepers we have ever had the pleasure of meeting!"

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The kindness of everyone in the area!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
    • Visit the Menno-Hof Visitors Center to learn about Amish/Mennonite differences/life
    • Take a buggy ride, visit an Amish farm, have dinner in an Amish home, check out Amish crafters
    • Walk or Bike the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
    • Eat at Kelly Jae's Cafe and/or Venturi's Pizza
    • Catch a show at the Blue Gate Theater, The Round Barn Theater, or the Bristol Opera House
    • Check out all of the Quilt Gardens (June 1- Oct 1) along the Heritage Trail
    • Walk the River Walk in Elkhart/See the Wellfield Botanical Gardens
    • Visit Ruthmere/Beardsley House
    • Take the Heritage Trail Self Guided Driving Tour
    • And a hundred other things
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Pumpkinvine Nature Trail step out of the back garden and walk or bike to Krider Gardens, downtown shops, eateries. The best home made ice cream is right across the street!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Kelly Jae's Cafe in downtown Goshen fresh, local ingredients, can/will do gluten free & vegetarian!
    Venturi's Pizza (Neopolitan Style baked over a wood fire-one of 65 in the entire country, make their own Mozzerella cheese on premises!) Delicious!!! Downtown Goshen
    Rulli's Italian Restaurant -Middlebury yummy House Italian Salad dressing! Very good sauces!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.amishcountry.org and their travel planner Amish Country
    www.VisitLaGrangeCounty.org and their travel planner Amish Backroads

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 all with private bathrooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    While we have a lovely chow/shephard mix named Samantha, we do not accept pets.

     

  • Breakfast

    Each meal at our Indiana Bed and Breakfast is specially prepared every morning from scratch. There is no set menu, but the following are examples of a breakfast that might be available. If you have any special dietary needs or special preferences, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. Breakfast is usually served in the family dining room at 8:30 am Monday-Friday and 9 am on Saturday & Sunday. Should you need an earlier breakfast time please request it when making your reservation. Enjoy our sample menus below.

    Sample One: French Toast Breakfast

    • Baked French Toast with Pralines & Maple Syrup
    • Sausage links
    • Fresh Fruit Cup
    • Assorted juices
    • Assorted Teas and Coffee
    • Sample Two: Omelet Breakfast
    • Garden Vegetable Omelet
    • Southwestern Hash Browns
    • Crispy Bacon
    • Curried fruit
    • Assorted juices
    • Assorted Teas and Coffee

    Sample Two: Omelet Breakfast

    • Garden Vegetable Omelet
    • Southwestern Hash Browns
    • Crispy Bacon
    • Curried fruit
    • Assorted juices
    • Assorted Teas and Coffee

    Sample Three: Pancake Breakfast

    • Irish Oatmeal Pancakes
    • Berry Topping
    • Yogurtini
    • Sausage Links
    • Assorted juices
    • Assorted Teas and Coffee

    Sample Four: Egg Casserole Breakfast

    • Country Victorian Egg Casserole
    • Canadian Bacon
    • Assorted Muffins/Scones
    • Breakfast Banana Split
    • Assorted Juices
    • Assorted Teas and Coffee
    • Sample Three: Pancake Breakfast
    • Irish Oatmeal Pancakes
    • Berry Topping
    • Yogurtini
    • Sausage Links
    • Assorted juices
    • Assorted Teas and Coffee
  • Area Information

    Middlebury:

    • A Town of Beauty and Hospitality – A Center for Local and Visitor Trade
    • Friendly People Loving Where They Live and What They Do
    • Plenty of Family-Friendly Green Space-Play and Picnic Right Downtown

    Middlebury is everyone’s idea of a small town: the neighborhood butcher, the Main Street hardware store, the proud shop owner; all busy serving residents and visitors alike in a thriving Main Street historic district. Amish and “English” come to Middlebury to do business and trade; visitors stop in to be part of the action for a while.

    A tight-knit bunch, the locals take pride in their quality merchandise-and in the hometown service they promise with every sale. Much of their business is the plentiful repeat business of local farmers, factory hands and professional artisans. Visitors and locals alike seek the unique products and locally made foods-pies, muffins, ice cream, cheese and smoked meats.

    All around town, the sights are familiar to the locals: people enjoying the “Middlebury life”. Amish women and children wading in the Little Elkhart at RiverBend Park; couples strolling hand-in-hand at the immaculate Krider Gardens or along the new bike trail; and families picnicking in the downtown gazebo in Memorial Park.

    Above text courtesy AmishCountry.org.

    Summer Attractions

    • Shipshewana Flea Market (Tues/Weds)
    • Antique Auction (Weds.)
    • Hiking and biking trails
    • Antiques shopping
    • 7 area golf courses
    • Art Galleries
    • Numerous museums
    • Elkhart County 4H Fair
    • University of Notre Dame (35 minutes away)
    • Great local restaurants
    • Menno-hof: the Amish and Mennonite story
    • Bonneyville Mill

    Winter Attractions

    • Cross country ski trails (gently rolling)
    • Great sledding hills with warming pavilion
    • Nibco Ice Skating Rink
    • Downhill skiing (30 minutes North)
    • Horse-drawn sleigh or carriage rides
    • Outlet malls (45 minutes east)
    • Middlebury/Shipshewana shops
    • Over 75 different gift, antique, craft, quilt and specialty shops within 15-minutes drive
    • Notre Dame home football/basketball games

    Year-Round

    • Amish Acres (March 1–December 31)
    • Theatre in the Round
    • Ruthmere
    • Amish buggy rides
    • RV Hall of Fame
    • Elkhart Community Theatre/Bristol Opera House
    • South Bend area 35 minutes away
  • How To Find Us

    Easy access to I-80/90

    (Indiana Toll Road), take the Middlebury exit, #107 (SR13) south to Middlebury, 6 miles, continue south past the main light 4 blocks, we're on the right.

    From US20 at SR13 turn north.

    We are 1 mile up on the left. Just 7 minutes from Shipshewana, 10 minutes from I-80/90 Indiana Toll Road.

    From the Chicago Area

    1. I-90E/194/Dan Ryan Expy E toward Skyway/Indiana Toll Rd
    2. Exit 59A toward Indiana Toll Rd
    3. Take exit #107 Constantine/Middlebury US-131/IN-13
    4. Turn Right onto IN-13
    5. We are approximately 6 miles south of toll road on the right

    From the Detroit Area

    1. I-94 W toward Chicago
    2. I-96 W/Jeffries FWY exit 213 B toward Lansing
    3. MI 14 W towards Ann Arbor
    4. MI 14 exit 45 towards Ann Arbor
    5. I-94W to I 69 S (exit at 108 towards Ft. Wayne)
    6. Merge onto I-80W-I-90W/Indiana Toll Road via exit 156
    7. Indiana Toll Rd to exit 107 Constantine/Middlebury US131/IN-13
    8. Turn Right onto IN-13
    9. We are approx. 6 miles South of toll road on the right.

    From the Grand Rapids

    1. US 131 S
    2. Left onto N. Washington/US 131 S crossing into Indiana
    3. US 131 becomes IN 13
    4. CVBB approximately 7 miles from the Michigan/Indiana border on the right

    From the Toledo Area

    1. I-75 toward Dayton
    2. OH-795/I-80/I-90/Ohio Turnpike
    3. Exit at 195 toward Perrysburg
    4. Take I80/I90 Ohio Turnpike toward toll road
    5. Merge onto I-80W/I-90W toward Chicago crossing into Indiana
    6. Take Exit 107 Constantine/Middlebury US 131/IN 13
    7. Turn right onto IN-13
    8. We are approximately 6 miles from toll road on the right

    From the Cincinnati Area

    1. I-75 toward Dayton
    2. Take OH 696 at exit 135 toward Delpho/Upper Sandusky
    3. Turn right onto E. Lincoln Hwy/OH 696
    4. Merge onto US 30 W toward Ft. Wayne crossing into Indiana
    5. Merge onto I-469N/US30W
    6. Merge onto I-69N/US27N via Exit 31 A toward Lansing, MI
    7. Take US 20 via exit 148 toward Lagrange/Angola
    8. Turn left onto US 20 W
    9. Right onto IN13/S Main St
    10. We are about 1 mile from light at US 20 & IN 13 on left

    From the Indianapolis Area

    1. Take US 31 N to the US 20 Bypass East towards Mishawaka/Elkhart
    2. Take Us 20 Bypass East to IN 13/S Main St (light at intersection)
    3. Turn left onto IN-13/S Main St
    4. We are approximately 1 mile from light on left
 
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