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3 Must-see destinations on your Staycation in Mishawaka

Shiojiri Garden | Mishawaka, IN

You don’t have to travel far to have a great vacation in Indiana. In fact, you can stay right here in Mishawaka and enjoy a relaxing, affordable staycation with your family this fall. There are plenty of places you can explore that you probably haven’t visited before. Here are some of our suggestions for must-see Mishawaka destinations for your staycation.

Shiojiri Garden

Want a gorgeous place to take family photos outdoors? Check out Shiojiri Garden! This small yet charming traditional Japanese garden will make you feel like you’ve been briefly transported across the globe. The grounds are dedicated to the sister-city relationship between Mishawaka and Shiojiri City in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan.

East Race Waterway

Did you know that you can paddle kayaks and rafts in nearby in South Bend? Just purchase your pass and take a ride up the urban river against the current on a sunny Saturday or Sunday. It’s one of the many things you can do living so close to South Bend.

Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum

A hidden gem in Mishawaka, this educational museum provides kids with opportunities to learn about historic Mishawaka through hands-on artifacts and interactive programming. The museum has been closed during the pandemic, so call ahead to see if they’ve reopened to the public.

The best way to start your Mishawaka staycation is with a visit to Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka, where you can take a test drive of our luxury SUVs for families, like the Lexus RX or Lexus NX.

Old and New Holiday Traditions to Brighten the Season

Holiday Hot Chocolate | Mishawaka, IN

The holidays are going to be different this year, but that doesn’t mean the joy of the season is going away. Here are some of our favorite old and new holiday traditions here at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka.

Delightful lights

Set aside an evening to drive or walk around and see all the beautiful holiday lights that your neighbors have put up. You can also see spectacular displays in Mishawaka’s Winding Brooks subdivision or at Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart. If you’re feeling ambitious, put up an at-home display of your own!

Socially distanced treats

Organize your friends, family members, or neighbors to do a holiday treat swap. Each person can deliver a delicious dessert to another person’s doorstep. It’s a tasty and socially distanced way to bring a bit of extra joy to the season.

Essential donations

Remember the less fortunate this holiday season by donating toys, food, or money to our local charities here in Mishawaka and throughout the Michiana region. Giving back is sure to make you and your family feel good — and bring cheer to others as well!

With a little creativity and cheer, you can make this a holiday to remember while continuing to prioritize our community’s health and safety!

Ways to Volunteer in Mishawaka During Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving | Mishawaka, IN
Happy Thanksgiving | Mishawaka, IN

During this Thanksgiving, there are many opportunities for you to volunteer in Mishawaka, even amid the coronavirus pandemic. Check out these ways to volunteer with your loved ones throughout the holiday season.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana provides food to individuals in need. For 2020, pantries located in a number of different cities are giving items to shoppers while also following social distancing protocols. You can either sign up to be a volunteer or donate canned protein, pantry staples, and other food to a nearby pantry.

St. Margaret’s House

St. Margaret’s House helps women and children who are currently living in poverty by giving them meals and seeing to their needs. Right now, you can purchase items off of the organization’s Amazon Wishlist and make a contact-free donation.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County

This organization has many volunteer and donation opportunities still available. You can adopt a family and purchase gifts for their young children so that they can enjoy the holiday season. Another option is to bring different items to the food pantry.

We at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and find a way to give back to those in need. If we can assist you with anything at this time, be sure to give us a call.