Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Honest-To-Goodness Indiana

I recently had an opportunity to connect with several departments of tourism and visitors' bureaus for various counties and such in the state of Indiana.

And I fell in love with my state all over again.  I wish I could be independently wealthy so that I could spend all my time traveling the state and visiting all of the fun and interesting and unique things that Indiana has to offer!

But since I have a day job and this blog thing is my hobby... I'm going to share a few of the places that I am hoping to visit this summer and fall.

Brown County 

I will soon be heading to a girlfriend getaway long weekend in a cabin in Brown County.  I am excited because there are some really fun events taking place that weekend - like Taste of Brown County.  And Brown County is just a beautiful place - hills and trees and green everywhere.  And so many unique places to stop and visit like the little town of Story or hiking (or even ziplining) in Brown County State Park or visitng the Brown County Art Colony.


I also want to plan a family weekend to Columbus, IN.  I want to make (and buy and eat) marshmallows from one of my all time favorite sweet spots - 240Sweet.  I want to go to The Commons and KidsCommons and Zaharakes.  Columbus has some fantastic walking routes, too, which seem like a great way to see parts of the city and surrounding areas.

Indiana Dunes

Indiana has a beach!  No - really!  This would be a long weekend family trip.  Time at Indiana Dunes, a visit to Kosciusko County and Marshall County.  I want a day on the beach.  I want to hike and explore the dunes.  I want to visit the statues in Kosciusko and maybe catch a show at the Wagon Wheel Theatre, and I want to see a few barn quilts in Marshall County.


This would be a day with Christy.  We would leave early on a Saturday - or maybe make it an overnight and go out Friday evening.  There are some awesome deals for a "Just Us Girls" getaway in Richmond.  Then a day filled with the Wine & Ale Trail, the Chocolate Trail, the Tiffany Window Trail, and a stop at Warm Glow Candles.

Lafayette and Montgomery County

I want to do the zipline adventure in Crawfordsville.  Tree top zipline course that takes a couple of hours to complete - I'm in!  Lunch at the Triple XXX (famous burger joint).  A visit to Wolf Park.  The Butterfly Sculpture Garden at the Columbian Park Zoo.  And there is a Fiddlers' Gathering the last weekend in June that sounds fun!  This could be a family weekend or a fun trip with a friend.

This is just the top of the list of all the places I want to see and things I want to do this summer.  I'm also itching to get back down to Santa Claus, IN but I might wait until this fall when they launch a new fall event.  And there are also all of the great things to do right here in Indianapolis!  I'm eager to get to our Zoo to meet the orangutans later this summer and walk the Canal and attend fun festivals like Vintage Indiana and Dig IN.

So much fun to be had in my state!!  What are your favotire things to do in Indiana?  Or in your local neck of the woods?

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Liz Flaherty said...

Come to the circus in Peru, visit Amish Acres in Nappanee, and have a fun park experience in Clifty Falls, planning to spend Madison time while you're there.

Katherine said...

I love exploring my state. Since our budget doesn't allow exotic islands or European getaways, the good old Midwest is always our destination. It's amazing how much there is to do right at home.

Montgomery County Visitors & Convention Bureau said...

We would love to have you come visit Montgomery County! I just went through the zipline course today and I can tell you it's a LOT of fun! Some long lines, some short lines, some VERY fast lines and some that are still fast but a little more relaxed. :) (Even tried one backwards!)