Elkhart Travel Guide

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Elkhart Things to Do

  • History. Take a photo, grab a brick and...

    Grab a piece of hisotry in Elkhart. or atleast a brick or two.. Of Elkhart's Manufacturing history.I have made a point over the years of grabbing a brick or two everytime Elkhart decides to bulldoze its history away. Now carefull inscribed with a magic marker as to their origin. I now have enough bricks to build a nice tribute to my childhood...

  • Elkhart Railroad Museum

    An intersting collection of historic rail cars , engines, and related items.Sure to stir the heart of any railroad enthuisist.Located in the old Downtown Elkhart Freight terminal, just across the tracks from the historic Elkhart Train Depot. Enjoy the displays while numerous modern Freight trains roar by on the adjacent tracks through out the day,...

  • gkitzmil's Things to Do Tip

    The other reason to visit the Elkhart area is to have a good hotel while visiting the Shipshewanna Flea Market on Tuesday! It is the LARGEST FLEA MARKET I've ever attended (it can take a full day to browse everything!)TuesdayWednesday May-OctoberOpening DayMay 1, 2001


Elkhart Hotels

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  • Microtel Inns & Suites Elkhart

    3301 Plaza Ct., Elkhart, Indiana, 46514, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hilton Garden Inn Elkhart

    3401 Plaza Court, Elkhart, Indiana, 46514, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hampton Inn Elkhart

    215 North Point Blvd, Elkhart, Indiana, 46514-6766, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Elkhart Restaurants

  • It's Italian !

    Hard to find any decent Italian on Saturday night in Elkhart anymore.But a drive halfway to Bristol to Sam and Mary Rulli's on C.R. 17 solved that problem nicely.The wait was minimal, the service good, the food was fine.All I could have asked for, for a last minute decision, with hungry pizza cravers in tow.I'd recommend it. And will return. I had...

  • It's Back. And now featuring even less

    The Cubby Bear finally arrived in the spring of 2014 to replace the defunct "Mad Anthony Brewhouse & Pizza"in the "historic" State Theater downtown Elkhart.The planned opening was plagued with delays.Maybe that should have been the first warning.Originally planned and opened as a "order and pick up at counter" type set up,only a month into business...

  • Its not Gubi's anymore

    I went to stop in last week, and its called ChiCago something or another now,so I didnt stop. I assume Greg is gone, dead, lost it in a divorce or gambing thing, or something. I used to go to GUBI's long before they moved to "Landmark" even,way back when they were at Simonton Lake Tavernville. Way before Lynn bought the old place, before, .. well...


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    Mad Anthony's Old State Ale House: Just like a bad accident..

    by Phlebas2 Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    You can't help but just stand and stare.. And wonder what happened...
    and I am not sure exactly how to describe it..

    Like the Elkhart Truth reported..
    "There's something oddly familiar about Mad Anthony's... ".
    And, I have to agree, but perhaps "disturbingly familiar" might be a better phrase to describe the place. Or perhaps "disturbingly uncomfortable", like a pair of childhood Buster Brown shoes that don't fit quite right.

    The beers seem to pretty good, certainly better than most microbrews I've had in Elkhart.
    Nicely chilled and rather fresh tasting.. But something about the place's theme reminds me of a Rocky Horror Picture Show party. with Freddy Mercury hosting. Many of the decor references are a little too " dated " a little too "camp" too feel comfortable. Sort of like an "Alien Probing" of my youth..

    Overall not a bad experience if you can overlook the obvious under staffing and organizational problems.
    The menu's (Yes, multiple Menus) can be confusing and are in very small print on a hard to read distracting background when you are trying to read them in the dark., while being bombarded by Karaoke.

    MAD Anthony's seems to be a great name for the place, and the camp references to "It's a MAD MAD World" appropriate.. It was a zany Military struggle to get service, and I was pretty MAD when I had to keep taking my glass back to the bar in order to get my server to bring me back a beer 20 minuets later. I spent over an hour waiting for a total of 3 beers And the Pizza, once we deciphered the menu took another 45 minutes.. Not a "bad pizza" at all, appeared to be fresh, but for $16 and change i could have spent the 45 minutes it took to arrive driving to Kroger's to pick up a Freschetta , taken it home, baked it and returned, and still been waiting for my 2nd beer.

    Hopefully the place will survive long enough to work out some of its quirks. It could be a very fun place with good food, beer, and some zany entertainment. But at this point I would have to say that my "return to battle" them for service , will dissuade me from a repeat evening visit. Perhaps I might try lunch sometime.. and hope that I can get my food and drinks in under an hour.

    The beers are generally pretty good. The " Almost Famous Gourmet Pan Pizza, a deep dish Chicago style pizza " like the service in general, could have generally good IF it hadn't taken so long to get. But hey, it IS Elkhart after all?

    The Old State Theater has been though many regrettable episodes of reincarnation in the last few decades, let's hope that Mad Anthony's tenure isn't going to be another.

    Just like the Realtors say..Location Location Location
    I think they would have been a lot better off in The South Bend "Old" State Theater,
    than the Elkhart "old" State Theater.

    Like Fox Mulder said "I want to Believe" Almost.. But hey, it is ELkhart after all.

    2011 update.. "11:44 PM Jan 27, 2011
    Mad Anthony's Old State Alehouse closes unexpectedly
    Elkhart, Ind. Another blow to Elkhart's economy as a downtown restaurant has unexpectedly closed. Reporter: Rich Molina
    Email Address: rich.molina@wndu.com"

    Anybody wanna buy a old theather reovated into a "brewhouse"?
    Bet you can get a god price on this place.
    In a classic "Dine and Dash" the owners skidded out in the middle of the night leaving Elkhart to foot the bill for tax abatements and loans.
    etruth reports: For Elkhart businesses, the name for low-interest loans is Aurora
    Posted: 04/25/2011
    "Mad Anthony's was given a $50,000 Aurora loan. It's unclear from court documents how much of that loan still is owed. "They will be leading the charge in how to dispose of that," Garrett said of the city's legal department. "At this point, it's in legal's hands."
    The restaurant also was given $95,000 in forgivable downtown development loans by the city, of which $47,000 remains and is being sought in court.
    The primary lender, First State Bank, is seeking foreclosure and sheriff's sale against Mad Anthony's. If there is money left over after property taxes and bank debt are paid, the city will be paid for its loans."


    Update Jan 2012 : Our friends at Loopnet tell us
    Former Mad Anthony's
    528-532 S. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46516
    Turnkey restaurant for sale. 6,220 SF restaurant space with banquet room for private parties, outdoor patio dining area and full basement. Sale includes all restaurant equipment, fixtures and furniture. Three apartments upstairs with total of 2,146 SF of space.
    Several flexible options available for lease or purchase.


    Hey Elkhart give us a forgiveable loan.. lol

    Dress Code: Appears to be very casual, but feel free to get you cowboy gear and a feather boa out

    Tip to Owners, put Now Hiring sign BACK UP QUICK
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  • The ONLY reasons to visit...

    The ONLY reasons to visit Elkhart:1) you have family there2) You have business there - musical instruments, RVs, light manufacturing, custom vans 3) you want to learn about the Amish4) you want to go to the Flea Market in nearby Shipshewanna (see below) While downtown Elkhart is not really vibrant it at least is still a functioning downtown

  • gkitzmil's General Tip

    Elkhart was named for a 'heart shaped' island in what is now called the Elkhart River. That Island is now a nice park in the Center of town

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