10 Things to Do in New Carlisle That You Shouldn't Miss

January 30, 2018 Matilde Konrad

New Carlisle is a suburban town in Olive Township, St. Joseph County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 1,861 at the 2010 Census. It is part of the South Bend–Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in New Carlisle

1. Hesston Steam Museum

1201 E 1000 N, LaPorte, IN 46350-8642 +1 219-872-5055
Excellent
66%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Hesston Steam Museum

Reviewed By LARRY M

The train rides are outstanding lots of fun.My grandkids fell in love with this place,I couldn't get them to leave.

2. Journeyman Distillery

109 Generation Dr, Three Oaks, MI 49128-1064 +1 269-820-2050
Excellent
59%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Journeyman Distillery

Journeyman Distillery is a small craft distillery located in the historic Featherbone Factory in Three Oaks, Michigan. Journeyman spirits are certified organic, certified kosher, and made with locally sourced Midwest grains. Our line of spirits include whiskey, gin, vodka, rum and more. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Friday-Saturday: 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Tours: Monday-Thursday: 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM Friday: 12:00 PM, 4:45 PM, 6:15 PM Saturday: 11:45 am 1:15 pm 2:30 pm 3:15 pm 4:15 pm 4:45 pm 6:15 pm 7:45 pm Sunday: 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:15 PM Please sign up on our web site.

Reviewed By Keinika - Chicago, IL

Started off with brunch which they do every Sunday. Its only $20 and it has your breakfast staples like french toast, eggs, bacon, potatoes, etc. But it also had a taco bar, pizza station, donut bar, hot dog cart and bloody mary bar. The food was great! They had some great offerings for vegetarians and vegans. The fresh squeezed OJ was not included but very good and indeed fresh. They also have a full menu.

After brunch we took the distillery tour. $10 a head. There we were able to walk the workshop floor where they craft their amazing liquors. We learned about the distilling process, how they use their materials, about the machinery and even got to taste 180 proof bourbon! Talk about putting hair on your chest! We also got some great history on the building, the founders and the company where it is today.

Last was the fun part, the tasting. We were able to taste 14 of their offerings. You read right, 14. Yum.
Various flavors of vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and liqueurs. They have some great blends including a 4 grain whisky and a jalepeno infused spirit, in which we took both home!

This was a fun visit and can easily be a great day trip. The Three Oaks area is a very cute small town which is a welcome break for us city slickers. There are antique shops, quaint theaters and shopping nearby. Only about an 1 hour 20 min drive from the southside of Chicago.

3. St. Julian Winery-Union Pier

Union Pier, MI +1 269-469-3150
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

St. Julian Winery-Union Pier

Reviewed By Thomas H

After a disappointing visit to another winery, we stopped in at St Julian's where Adrienne was fantastic. She gave us a great history lesson on St Julian's and helped in the selection of wines to sample. We not only enjoyed our conversation but plan to return. As you can tell, we highly recommend this stop if your in the area. Did I say, sample cost is $6 for 5 selections and you keep the glass which was 1/2 the cost of the other place where you got nothing extra than the samples.

4. Basilica of the Sacred Heart

114 Coleman Morse Ctr, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN 46556-4617 +1 603-623-0647
Excellent
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5 based on 514 reviews

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Reviewed By lsulliv4 - South Bend, Indiana

Beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame University. Itaianate (actually, Italian) frescoes, extraordinary stained glass windows created by an order of French nuns, ornate appointments but not overdone. Elegant. Interesting array of sculptures/paintings/relic. Lots of back stories. Home of our Lady's Chapel, where Notre Dame football players gather for prayer and blessing before every home game.

5. Galien River County Park

17424 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo, MI 49117-9243
Excellent
73%
Good
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Galien River County Park

Reviewed By James S - Cassopolis, Michigan

If you see little boats in the picture this is also a relaxing way to enjoy the River/marsh/County park. We (21 k yachts) put in at the riverside boat landing behind the Beach which has a $7 in state fee per boat. Parking free Just off the red arrow highway is a rental location also. The day was gorgeous, the river flat, winds light and we looked up at the people taking our picture on the high lookout the other reviewers discribe. Many birds, turtles, and no bugs (what's up with that?).

6. Spicer Lake County Park

900 East, New Carlisle, IN
Excellent
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5 based on 9 reviews

Spicer Lake County Park

Reviewed By Mar L - Chicago, Illinois

Take 1000 North to 900 East and turn north. Just 1/8 of a mile on your right is Spicer Lake County Park. This is over 300 acres of pristine wetlands and woodlands with two very pretty small lakes for your enjoyment. Trail maps are at the visitor center and I would strongly suggest picking one up because not all the trails have well placed signs and you could easily get lost in the woods here! This is a very quiet and unpopulated park. They have built a beautiful walkway through the wetlands so you can experience the beauty. Building that boardwalk must have been some task! There are picnic tables here at the entrance near the parking area. Just a beautiful place for a hike!

7. University of Notre Dame

100 Eck Ctr, South Bend, IN 46556-5661 +1 574-631-5000
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 840 reviews

University of Notre Dame

Renowned for its rich athletic tradition, the university is a beautiful place to visit, with such religious attractions as the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, the park-like setting of its huge stadium and the abundant artwork.

Reviewed By EricJohnson54_40 - 54-40

Wonderful campus, great staff to organize the tours (helen) and nice bookstore. A bit too much junk in the bookstore and a bit overpriced, but I guess that's the way it is.

8. La Porte County Historical Society Museum

2405 Indiana Ave, LaPorte, IN 46350-6062 +1 219-324-6767
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

La Porte County Historical Society Museum

Reviewed By Tom V - Canadian Lakes, Mi

Staff is very friendly and the curator has helped me in the past when I did research. Many items have a local county connection. Along with the county historical collection is a privately owned display of antique and vintage automobiles. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.

9. Round Barn UNION PIER Tasting Room

9185 Union Pier Road, Union Pier, MI 49129 +1 269-469-6885
Excellent
50%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 90 reviews

Round Barn UNION PIER Tasting Room

Round Barn Tasting Room in UNION PIER, Michigan. Please check our website to confirm hours are correct. Trip Advisor doesn't always list them correctly! Approx. 24 wines, 6 beers and 5 spirits are available to taste. PLUS Free Run Cellars (our sister winery) wines & spirits too! Fun and friendly staff.

Reviewed By mmccandl - Lafayette, Indiana

We visited the tasting room on a Monday on our way out of town after the Apple Cider Century. We had ridden our bikes past the Baroda estate several times but had never sampled the wine. What a fantastic experience! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful (I'm sure it helped that we visited at a rather slow time in the middle of the afternoon.) We don't know much about wine but our server made us very comfortable and was very down to earth. She listened to our preferences and made recommendations based on our feedback. We had so much fun!

It was $12 per person for a 6 sample tasting; this included a mini stemless glass to take home. When it became clear that we were interested in making a larger purchase, we ended up trying several other samples (for free) as we attempted to narrow down our preferences. Try the sangria! We left with a couple of howlers as part of the case that we purchased. If you love Irish cream, try the Black Walnut Creme over ice or in your coffee. We even bought a few of these to give as gifts.

10. Vickers Theatre

6 N Elm St, Three Oaks, MI 49128-1118 +1 269-756-3522
Excellent
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5 based on 29 reviews

Vickers Theatre

The Vickers Theatre is a 102 year old classic art-house cinema, and a delightful movie-going experience. We feature the best in independent, documentary, foreign language films. We show 2 different films each week, and proudly serve popcorn with REAL BUTTER, nostalgic movie theater candy, and coffee drinks. The theatre seats 126, including cafe seating, and limited private balcony seating.

Reviewed By BaldEagleMenace - Porter, Indiana

This is a small theater that shows films that only rarely would make it to a metroplex. Oscar nominated foreign films and shorts are only some of great films the owner selects and introduces at the beginning of the presentation. He wears many hats: sells tickets and popcorn, overseas the espresso and his intros are great background for the film. Small venue with a few tables and chairs at the back. We are hooked on this find!

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