Entegra Coach and Middlebury IN

While our coach goes in for factory service, Stu and I adventure on back roads, museums, brewpubs and a gorgeous greenway near Middlebury, Indiana.

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Entegra Coach factory tours highlight work areas that are amazingly clean and organized. One must be persistently nosey to discover little bits of workers’ personalities.

The Entegra Coach Factory and Service Center is THE BEST place for Entegra owners to receive the excellent customer service they expect. We spent about a month there, and we enjoyed plenty of time for sight-seeing and a factory tour.

sign hanging in building that says salespeople and vendors seen by appointment only

The Entegra Coach Factory and Service Center is THE BEST place for Entegra owners to receive the excellent customer service they expect. We spent about a month there, and we enjoyed plenty of time for sight-seeing and a factory tour.

Techs take the coaches in for service at 6:30 a.m., five days a week. Like having a job, the coach went for work while we played, though we weren’t ready for the late-fall freezing temperatures and snow.

Sight-seeing drives included one to nearby Napanee, where we parked and walked and shopped all around the cute little town. Step inside the shops for amazing little adventures!

 

Attractions we enjoyed near Middlebury included the RV Hall of Fame, the Studebaker Museum, and the Lerner Theater.

Fantastic bulk groceries are available at a nearby Amish Market, E & S Sales, at 1265 N State Road 5, Shipshewana, IN 46565. Ben’s Soft Pretzels is right across the street, but they don’t sell beer to wash all that yeasty goodness down with. Northward on the same street are several other shopping opportunities.

Closer yet to Entegra is the Heritage Ridge Creamery, at 11275 W 250 N, Middlebury IN 46540. They have lots of samples, plus one can order sandwiches and soft-serve ice-cream.

We found three brewpubs we really enjoyed, Iechyd Da Brewing Company and The Chubby Trout in Elkhart, and Goshen Brewing Company in Goshen. Read more about our Brew-Tastic adventures here.

Restaurants for us pesky pescatarians are difficult to find. We were told vegetarian options were available nearby at Aunt Karen’s Cafe. It was rather hard to spot where it sits off the road in a tiny strip mall, but we found it, tried it, and were not overly impressed. Most people would probably enjoy it, though. The address is 12839 US Highway 20, Middlebury. Other places people recommended to us were the touristy Das Essenhaus and the 41 Degrees North brewpub. We went to both, and while the pub had a couple plant-strong options and a choice of stouts, we left disappointed in the overall experience. We weren’t brave enough to try the Amish place after browsing the gift shop and reading ingredient lists, but most of the people we spoke to raved about it. Why are we so picky? LOL

pumpkinvineDays that weren’t too cold and blustery were perfect for bicycle rides along the nearby Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. We parked our car across from it at Pumpkinvine Cyclery, where owners Spencer and Brittany Short, were more than hospitable. They gave us some great bargains: a new helmet with a winter lining for me, and a new trike for Stu. He also had fun spending the $150 they gave him back for in-store accessory purchases.

Finally, if you go to Middlebury in late fall, like we did, you probably want to fill up with propane. It’s easiest at the nearby Ace Hardware, at 103 Crystal Heights Blvd., Middlebury IN 46540. For propane fills on the driver’s side, Big Rig RVs like ours can be driven left, behind the store and around to the front. After parking by the tank, wander into the store and ask for an attendant.

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