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Season Finale At Hobart Indiana’s Biggest Tourist Attraction

October 25, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

County_Line_Orchard_1by_SteveCardwellIf you still need a pumpkin for your Halloween display, or have a sudden urge to pick your own apples for that turn-key hand-crafted pie, these are just a few of the activities you can cross off your 2011 bucket list at Hobart Indiana’s famous County Line Orchard. But as the season winds up in a final frenzy of harvest activities, the end is near–at least until next summer–because October 31  is the last day for this  year

The enormous new authentic post-and-beam timber frame barn has been a huge hit in attracting visitors from across Northwest Indiana and handling the increased crowds of fun-seeking families.  All week long school buses line up in the parking lot bringing kids on field trips.  And weekends have live entertainment and ramped-up assortment of outside food vendors.

Traveling troubadour, and a favorite of the author, Dave “Hutch” Lymon was playing from the barn’s balcony loft level during a recent visit. And throughout the season, a long list of name local talent has been playing at the outdoor stage.

County_Line_Orchard_2by_SteveCardwellSo what is all the buzz about? Some of the activities at the Orchard include guided tractor rides through the operating orchard farm, and similarly, a toddler train for the kids. There is a corn maze (or do you say Maize Maze?). You can pick your own pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, and likewise pick your own apples or, if you are old-fashioned, buy them prepackaged. There is a picnic area where both families and mid-sized groups are all accommodated. There is a gift shop with country themed novelty items and apparel for sale. But it is the combination of the retro and the modern features that make the County Line Orchard such fun. There are no period costumes here, just regular folks.

Food is the main attraction of Harvest season. Fresh baked pies and fresh home made doughnuts are very popular. And a variety of sandwiches and hot entrees are available from the main kitchen, plus special treats such as home fries and roasted sweet corn from stalls outside. A gigantic array  of private-labeled apple cider, locally raised honey, jams and jellies, sauces, marinades, and other canned goods are available from the Orchard kitchens.

Although the harvest season is nearly over, County Line Orchard is available year round for special events. Gardeners can rent private plots in the Community Garden for their own personal planting, starting in May; with some tilling services, water, and compost handling provided. The Orchard’s various indoor spaces and outdoor facilities are available as a catered wedding and banquet venue year round. So even though they will be closed for the winter, the Orchard’s facilities function for your own special gatherings year round.

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Steve Cardwell

Steve Cardwell is an Indiana Realtor working with residential buyers and sellers throughout Northwest Indiana. He likes to stay current on the housing market by analyzing real estate trends with a focus on the towns of Highland and Munster Indiana. His broker affiliation is Red Key Realty Leaders in St John, Indiana. Learn more about Steve and visit www.SteveCardwell.com.

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2 Responses to “Season Finale At Hobart Indiana’s Biggest Tourist Attraction”
  1. Looks beautiful! Reminds me of the covered bridge tour in southern Indiana.

  2. Unfortunately, I have not been back to County Line Orchard since the family owned business sold out to corporate America. Not a big fan of being herded like cattle to buy some overpriced apples. That’s just my opinion.

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