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This tiny town just a few miles northeast of LaPorte may be small, but is growing in renown, thanks to its part in a new shopping venture – the Barn Shop Hop – not to mention some great places to eat. The community claims a long history, with the first cabin built here in 1831. Settlers named their community Rolling Prairie because of its scenic, undulating landscape.

Creative entrepreneurs have built businesses here that draw shoppers to lovely farmsteads just outside of town filled with amazing finds. At Barn Style, quality antiques take their place next to home décor items that are carefully chosen to accentuate the vintage finds, such as lighting fixtures, candles, and accents, all handmade in the U.S. The owners totally refurbished a dilapidated old barn to create a perfect spot for the shop.

Nearby, Fawn Run Farm Mercantile features exquisite primitives, handcrafted folk art, early wares, and farmhouse furniture, as well as an array of soothing, scented items such as candles and dried flowers. Both shops are open the first weekend of each month, but also by appointment.

The shops are part of the LaPorte County Antique Barn Shop Hop that takes place in the spring, fall and at holiday time. Fawn Run and Barn Style team up with three other unique shops that offer antiques, folk art, salvage, repurposed vintage finds, furniture, yard art and more. Maps are provided and shoppers who visit all five places are entered in a gift certificate drawing.

Rolling Prairie also is home to friendly restaurants that draw raves from local residents and visitors alike. The parking lot always seems to be full at Jennie Rae’s, where diners feast on homemade soups and pies, daily specials and fish fries featuring Lake Perch and Alaskan Pollack. Breakfast is a specialty here too, with huge biscuits and homemade gravy a popular favorite along with homemade jam you can buy to take home. Little Tavern Too features daily specials, fish fries and prime rib. At the Blacksmith Shop, horseshoes, billows and tools of the trade adorn the walls.

You’ll leave Rolling Prairie with a vow to visit again soon!

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