Learn why Noble County is a great place for young people to live, work, and stay!
At first glance, Noble County may seem like a typical, rural region more attractive to farmers and hunters than up-and-coming young professionals. Don't let the under 50,000 population statistic fool you! Situated in one of the fastest-growing regions in the county, minutes from Fort Wayne yet miles from traffic jams and long lines, Noble County is bursting with opportunities for off-the-road adventures, arts and entertainment, and affordable nightlife options. Take a quick tour with us of some must-sees to begin to imagine how you can #MaketItYourOwn!
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Insider Tip: After going through our suggestions, reach out to the Noble County Young Professional Network and Thrive Noble County to learn more about professional and personal development and networking opportunities!
Get and stay fit and healthy
Noble County is an outdoor lover's paradise! Chain O'Lakes State Park and other local parks and preserves are flooded with Instagram-able moments, TikTok adventures, and vlo
g-worthy experiences. Kayak one (or more) of the Chain's thirteen lakes, hike miles of trails, or get that summer glow on a beach.
You can also enjoy our award-winning golf courses, miles of walking and biking trails, ranked disc golf courses, axe throwing, a corn hole event center, sand volleyball, and other recreational activities. Noble County is a great place to rejuvenate with nature every day!
For the foodies
Noble County offers unique dining experiences., including ten stops on Indiana Foodways Alliance's passport trails! Only here for the weekend? Stop by St. James in Avilla for an authentic German plate, Try the Albion Ale House for one of the region's best burgers or Hoosier tenderloin - and wash it down with one of the twelve craft brews on tap, made on the premises!
Jen's Bistro in Historic Downtown Kendallville is the place to go for delicious paninis and shareable charcuterie boxes. Head to Ligonier for some of the region's best International cuisine, including multiple family-owned Mexican restaurants, a local favorite Chinese buffet, or the historic Fashion Farm where seasonal pumpkin donuts and ice cream are sure to delight!
If a flight of craft beers doesn't float your boat, how about a flight of ice cream? Find that and out-of-this-world baked desserts at Whatchamacakes in Kendallville, Smack your lips for authentic European desserts at Gabriela's European Desserts and More in downtown Ligonier, and pop over to nearby King Korn to choose from more than 30 varieties of gourmet popcorn and - yet another - flight of ice creams! Find even more local hot spots at ShopNoble where the community goes to discover and support exclusively, locally-owned establishments.
Visit one of our three (and growing) breweries and premiere tasting room for craft beers, signature cocktails, and acclaimed wines. Whether you're looking for a fun trivia night, a chill evening, or live music, these hangouts have these experiences and more! Prepare for a great night out with friends or with your special someone. Learn more here:
Noble County is like the hitting the farmers' market jackpot during summer! The county is home to five markets, each offering a different flavor of homegrown charm. Albion, Avilla, Ligonier, Rome City, and Kendallville each host markets sure to entice. Check out this list to learn more.
Great date nights (and days)
Locally owned, atmospheric coffee shops offer chi, espresso, steamers, baked goods, and more, with world-class favors at affordable prices. These are great places to network, meet, and have fun! Discover Grounded Coffee House in Ligonier and The Fox Den on the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Albion. As the list grows, we have you covered! Explore Noble County’s Coffee Houses any time at SHOPNoble!
Check out the latest films at one of Indiana's longest, continually operated theatres, in historic downtown Kendallville! The Strand Theatre offers the comfort and nostalgia of the past but uses modern, digital equipment to present first-run movies.
Enjoy a cozy summer evening in The Alley, right next to the theater, or walk across the street to enjoy more summertime seating in the Main Street Pocket Park!
If you're open to the next chapter of life and all that Northeast Indiana brings to the table, we hope you'll get out and experience Noble County and not just play, but stay!
Be sure to tag your captured moments on social media using hashtag #VisitNobleCounty so we can share your experience with other young people looking for a great, affordable adventure and home!