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Blue Gate purchasing Amish Country Inn and waterpark


Riegsecker Marketplace, parent company of The Blue Gate Restaurant Bakery and Theater, has announced a purchase agreement for The Amish Country Inn and Wana Waves Waterpark located at 800 S. Van Buren Shipshewana. 

The 154-room inn and 26,000 sq. ft. waterpark property was built in 2006 by Focus Development and has been operated by the company since then. No date has been set for turnover of the property, but Riegsecker Marketplace is looking to be the owner by the end of May.

“An upscale hotel has been a part of our company’s vision for quite some time. We planned on building a lodging facility as a complement and extension to our restaurant, theater, and retail stores and this opportunity matched our goals without adding more rooms to Shipshewana’s five existing hotels,” said President Ryan Riegsecker. 

The hotel will be rebranded as the “Blue Gate Garden Inn” and will offer all of the amenities of a full service hotel including standard rooms, multiple room suites, adjoining rooms, wireless internet, exercise room, gathering and recreation areas and free continental breakfast.

The Wana Waves Waterpark that is attached to the hotel will be closed as part of the purchase agreement between the companies. “We feel that to better fit the needs of the hotel’s visitor, transforming that area into a different type of hotel amenity instead of a paid attraction will be more beneficial." Riegsecker stated. 

According to Andy Rohrer from Riegsecker’s, no decision has been made on what they will do with the waterpark area. “It’s a big space. There’s lots of discussion on what to do with it,” Rohrer said.

In the meantime the hotel will be in full operation and will be serving visitors to Shipshewana.

The acquired hotel joins the Riegsecker Marketplace family of companies; The Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery, Blue Gate Theater, The Shipshewana Furniture Company, The Craft Barn, The Hitching Post Toy Store and Frozen Yogurt Shoppe, Riegsecker Cabinet Company, and Riegsecker Carriage.

Reservations at the hotel can be made by calling 260-768-7688 or using the current website at www.AmishCountry