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Shipshewana's is a great place for meetings and conventions of any size. From family reunions to national conferences the Blue Gate has the facilities and services to make any kind of get-together a success. Located in the heart of the famous little town the Blue Gate's many facilities will be the hub of your event with easy access to a world class destination. The Blue Gate offers three main facilities; The Blue Gate Garden Inn, the Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre, and the Shipshewana Event Center.

The Blue Gate Garden Inn offers five different banquet rooms with dozens of possible configurations and has all the services and amenities you'll need. Adjacent to the Event Center, the Garden Inn can serve as a great place for seminars and side meetings location. Full service catering is available and on-site.

The Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre is located one mile north from the Garden Inn in the downtown shopping district. From the Conference Room designed especially for business meetings and groups up to 40, to the full service professional theatre seating a possible 320 guests, they have your perfect sized room. All rooms have a sound system available, as well as multimedia and presentation equipment and even a stage if you desire. And to really put on a show (literally), rent the entire Blue Gate Theatre!

Shipshewana's Event Center combines old-world charm with modern-day amenities. Located adjacent to the Blue Gate Garden Inn, the Shipshewana Event Center offers more than 15,000 square feet of special event space in a multitude of room configurations to accommodate groups of all sizes.
Additionally, there is available over ten acres of outdoor event space including paved and lighted areas with electric hook-ups and manicured lawns ideal for tents, picnics, banquets and special events. The sales and event coordination team, combined with on-site catering services, provide the insight and experience you need to make your next event… your best event.

Give us a call and we'll work with you to make sure your event is perfect.


Blue Gate Garden Inn

Site Features

  • 154 hotel rooms, 5 meeting rooms
  • Free full hot breakfast
  • Capacity for groups up to 200 people
  • On-site Catering

Banquet Additions

For a nominal fee we offer the following:
  • Coffee and Tea Service
  • Audio-Visual Equipment & Projection Equipment Available
  • Podiums/Stage
  • Various Banquet Room Arrangements
  • High Speed Internet Access (Limited Availability)
  • Welcome Reception
  • Shuttle service to downtown
  • Linens Available

Total Sq. Ft

Room Size (Ft)

Classroom

Theater

Banquet (5)

Conference

U-Shape

Square

Empress Room*

2,106

78 x 27

120

234

175

70

60

75

Magnolia Room

3,038

98 x 31

250

330

253

101

87

100

Wisteria Room

1,600

50 x 32

67

170

133

38

46

57

Hydrangea Room

1,092

42 x 26

45

120

91

26

31

39

Lilac Room*

910

35 x 26

38

100

76

22

26

30

*The Empress Room can be split into 4 rooms, the Lilac Room can be split into 2 rooms.

Blue Gate Restaurant & Theatre

Site Features

  • Dinner Seating for up to 350 persons
  • Theater Seating for up to 320 persons
  • Various Corporate Meeting Packages available
  • Buffets or Plated Meals

Banquet Additions

For a nominal fee we offer the following:
  • Sheet Cakes or Special Occasion Cakes
  • Audio-Visual Equipment & Projection Equipment Available
  • Linens Available
  • Podiums/Stage
  • High Speed Internet Access (Limited Availability)
  • Various Banquet Room Arrangements
  • Piano
  • Carriage Rides

Total Sq. Ft

Room Size (Ft)

Classroom

Theater

Banquet (5)

Conference

U-Shape

Square

Garden Room

1,833

47 x 39

70

160

144

44

n/a

52

Banquet A*

675

25 x 27

24

60

54

16

35

19

Banquet B*

756

28 x 27

24

60

54

18

35

21

Banquet C*

675

25 x 27

24

60

54

16

35

19

Conference

540

27 x 20

18

40

48

13

33

15

Victorian Room

1,568

56 x 28

45

100

120

38

45

50

Theater

371

*Banquet Rooms can be combined into one large room.

Shipshewana Event Center
  • 15,000 square feet of Customizable Convention and Special Event Space in the Shipshewana Conference Center and Shipshewana Town Center.
  • A Full-service Shipshewana Events Coordination Specialist to Provide Turnkey Meeting Planning and Catering Services for Functions from 10 to 1000 Guests.
  • Business Services Center and Communications System, featuring High-speed Internet Access and a complete line of presentation equipment.
  • Attractions and Services On-site, including:
    • Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum
    • LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Shipshewana Town Center
    • Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association
    • Shipshewana Area Historical Society
    • Hudson, Essex, Terraplane Historical Society’s National Office
    • Over Ten Acres of Outdoor Event Space Including Paved and Lighted Areas with Electric Hook-ups and Manicured Lawns Ideal for Tents, Picnics and Special Shipshewana Events.
Shipshewana Conference Center Equipment
  • 35mm Slide Projector
  • Cable Modem
  • DVD Player
  • Flip Chart and Markers
  • Group and Event Packages
  • LCD Projector
  • Lectern
  • Microphone
  • Overhead Projector
  • VCR
  • Whiteboard

Total Sq. Ft

Room Size (Ft)

Classroom

Theater

Banquet (5)

Conference

U-Shape

Square

Room A (Cabriolet)

4,760

-

240

480

240

-

-

-

Room B (Speedster)

2,380

-

120

200

128

-

-

-

Room C (Phaeton)

4,970

-

240

512

288

-

-

-

Rooms A, B, and C

12,100

-

720

1200

768

-

-

-

Rooms A and B

7,140

-

408

832

320

-

-

-

Rooms B and C

7,350

-

408

768

324

-

-

-

Conference Room

660

-

-

50

-

-

-

-

2 Conference Rooms

-

-

-

100

-

-

-

-

 * All rentals include available tables and chairs set up to your specifications. The Shipshewana Event Center does supply table linens.

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