Das Dutchman Dishes

Welcome to My Place to Yours!  While we’re traveling this week, there’s no tablescape … but there are LOTS of dishes.  Pick a favorite and tell me what it is!
 
When Renaissance Man and I visit Northern Indiana, we very often stay at this quiet, Amish Country inn.  The environment is clean, peaceful, wholesome … and the food cooked from generations-old recipes is delicious.  We’ve often been here when the ground was snow-covered, but we’ve never been here in oppressive heat … until now.

Year-round, the village environment draws in locals and travelers alike with its restaurant, bakery, quaint shopping, conference center, and overnight accommodations.

As you might guess, I’m always drawn to the dishes.  I think you will be, too, so come stroll with me through the large restaurant building … and let’s see what we see.
 

I love this mug, and for only $6.99, I would have taken it home with me … but it couldn’t be used in the microwave or dishwasher.  Um, no …  There is no “Susan” without a dishwasher or microwave!
 
 

Of course, there had to be a little Fourth of July picnicking provision …  Yes, those ARE ants on the “paper” plates!

Have you seen these?  I hadn’t.  Plates made to look like paper plates … but they’re not.  So what do you think?  Good idea … or not?

Of course, I always look at the clearance section …
 

This visit, I got a “dishes” surprise when I noticed a large cabinet containing a museum-style display of Das Dutchman Essenhaus history.  Camera phone pics taken through glass aren’t the best, but I don’t think you’ll mind.
 
The Essenhaus opened in 1971.  Even if you live in a different part of the country, this will be a trip down Memory Lane … assuming you’re old enough to have walked it the first time!
 

 
 
 

Look at these early prices!
 
 
 
 

The next time you’re in Northern Indiana and need a good meal … or a room at the inn … check out Das Dutchman Essenhaus.  I hope they’re around for another 40+ years!



My mind keeps buzzing back to those cute bee bowls.  Which dishes are YOUR favorite?


I’ll be sharing these dishes at Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Comments

  1. Can I just share that I have had the best time catching up here this morning? You have some of your best posts ever, IMO. That’s saying something since I generally enjoy them all.

    I would have loved this place, too. I’m really intrigued by those “paper” plates, and I love that whole display with the orange and green.

    BTW, just thought you would be interested: Guess whose boots will be on American soil in less than a week? They won’t see Georgia clay for a while, but American soil is pretty good too.

  2. YEA! I knew it was about time for his return. Praying for his continued safety and a joyous return.

  3. What a delightful place! I can’t decide how I feel about the non-paper plates – interesting idea and nice shape … but the ants on the plate? Yuck! I felt the same what about some red/white gingham fabric with ants that I saw a few years ago. My favorite dishes are the blue/white from the 70’s (followed closely by the similar red/white). Of course, I love anything remotely like transferware, so not a stretch to choose those as faves 🙂

    Patty

  4. Susan- What a great post and I love that place. I am not crazy about the ants on the plates either!’>) I had some material with ladybugs on it and made it into skirts for my granddaughters and the one started freaking out and wouldn’t put it on…she hates ants even worse.lol

    I am not crazy about the “paper” plates but then I don’t really like real paper plates much anyway.

    What a fun trip of memories- xo Diana

  5. What a fun trip and even more fun to look back at how the dishes (and prices) have changed over the years. Hmm…we have to pick a favorite dish…my eye caught the little yellow and white polka dot bowls. They look like the perfect size for some ice cream on these hot summer nights! Have a great weekend.

  6. Thanks for your sweet comment. I love the blue and white, of course!

  7. No way could I pick a favorite…I want them all. Thanks for taking the pictures and sharing..I feel like I had a mini-vacation. How much fun!

  8. Wow, love places like this. I would actually plan a trip just to go here :). I love the dishes I saw with the corn on them, truthfully, I like everything I saw. xo

  9. Oh, there are too many choices for me to pick one. I do not like the faux paper plates, though.

  10. do you know who the manufacturer of the rooster series plates and other stuff were? I remember seeing them at cracker barrel but didnt buy them then! Now I have decided to redo my kitchen COMPLETELY into rooster/farm/primitive and WANT THESE… Can you help!?

    • I tried to respond to you via email, but your blog is set to “no reply.” Hopefully you’ll come back here. 🙂

      I’ve checked eBay and Replacements.com to see if I could ID the maker of the rooster plates you saw in this post Unfortunately, I had no luck. If you’ll send me your email address, I’ll ask my readers if they know. Good luck with your search!

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