Nearly 30,000 votes were cast with Visit Indiana in its 20IN20 Best of Indiana people’s choice campaign. This year, Visit Indiana asked Hoosiers their top choices in doughnut shops, lakes and unique sleeps, and the winners are: Rise’n Roll Bakery & Deli, Lake Wawasee and French Lick Resort, respectively.
“It may be hard to narrow your choice in these categories, but what’s great about the Best of Indiana is you get to learn about other voters’ favorite locations and ones you might want to visit as well,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch.
The Amish-run Rise’n Roll began in Shipshewana in 2001 and has since expanded to several locations across the state. The bakery also received a record number of votes with 3,935. H & R Bakery in Salem finished second in the category and Fingerhut Bakery in North Judson took third.
Voters named Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County as the best lake in the state. It is the largest natural lake in Indiana, spanning more than 4.6 square miles. Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline finished second in the voting, with the beaches and trails of Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park as reasons for voters choosing the shoreline. Indiana’s second-largest natural lake, Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, finished in the third spot.
French Lick Resort was the state’s choice as best unique sleep, with voters touting both the French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs hotels. The former “Eighth Wonder of the World” was touted for its six-story dome and French Lick Resort for its casino and golf courses. Old Jail Inn in Rockville finished second in the category, with voters expressing the uniqueness of the five cell-block room hotel that formerly housed the Parke County Sheriff’s Office and jail for more than 100 years. Number three on the list of unique sleeps is Sleeping Bear Retreat in Orange County, where guests sleep in tepees.
Click here for a list of previously released 20IN20 lists.