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Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Carmel Symphony Orchestra

If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1.  Discover your inner rock star during the Kings of Leon concert at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville  – Friday, September 25.

2.  Listen to beautiful music as Micheal Feinstein joins the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for a one-night only performance – Friday, September 25.

3. Play putt putt at Ben & Ari’s or ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage at Conner Prairie (both in Fishers) and see the 8 Great Towns staffers there! – Friday, September 25.

4.  Visit the Museum Of Miniature Houses in Carmel to celebrate the 5th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day. Before you go, be sure to download a Museum Day Pass at smithsonian.com – if you do, you will be given free admission – Saturday, September 26.

5. Unwind while watching a Movie in the Park at West Park in Carmel – Saturday, September 26.

6. Experience “National Take a Child Outside Weekend” at Conner Prairie – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27. UPDATE: Conner Prairie is also honoring the Smithsonian Pass mentioned above – Take advantage of this great deal!

7.  Visit the small town of Atlanta for the 36th Annual Atlanta Earth Festival (and ride the EarthFest Train there!) – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

8.  The Carmel International Arts Festival is back! Attend this free event that showcases talented artists of all kinds – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

Wow that is going up HIGH!

Wow that is going up HIGH!

This Friday the staff of the Hamilton County CVB will be getting out of our offices to experience the county.  A few times a year, we try to have a little get together- last year we feasted on barbeque from Big Hoffa’s and it was delicious!

This year our staff outing begins with a little friendly competition at Ben & Ari’s – putt putt if the weather is nice and bowling if it is too chilly or raining (although the forecast I just looked up shows 80 & partly cloudy on Friday).  After the putt putt/bowling winner is announced, we will chat over pizza.  We will then head over to Conner Prairie to explore the grounds – and for the first time I will ride 350 feet up in the air on the 1859 Balloon Voyage!  Wish me luck.

I will report back on the events of the day – in the meantime, I can’t wait to get out and stretch my legs with my 8 Great Towns colleagues.

When someone asks me where I do for a living, I always say I work for a “tourism development organization.” Because that’s what we really do here. What were once  “tourism marketing organizations” are now economic development entities that spend a lot of time working with communities, businesses and attractions to help shape the “visitor product.”

But no matter how much emphasis we put on the visitor, it’s really about helping support community. We have a saying here: “Great places to live are great places to visit.” And that’s what the Responsible Tourism Congress came about. The Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus is joining with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau and a number of other organizations to host a conversation on how we as communities can embrace authentic, sustainable, “green” tourism. And tourism that’s sensitive to the communities we promote.

On October 8 & 9, Indiana tourism organizations, Main Street representatives, historic preservationists and community development specialists will join in conversation about “responsible tourism” at a congress being held at The Renaissance Hotel in Carmel. Anyone interested in building communities around tourism and tourism around communities is encouraged to attend. Day One is all about how we define what is “responsible” and how we embrace that responsibility in Indiana. Day Two is a toolkit for building responsible tourism communities.

If you’re interested in learning more, visit our web site at 8GreatTowns.com/responsibletourism.

We talk about this as a “conversation” because that’s what it is.

Enter to Win a Fall Getaway Giveaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns!

To celebrate fall, we are having an online contest giving away fall getaways so that you can experience the fun that Hamilton County, Indiana has to offer.  The packages listed below will be given away September 16 – October 9. Packages vary but include 1-night accommodations, a dining gift card and tickets to attractions and/or upcoming festivals.  To win, visit the following link: 8GreatTowns.com and fill out the form, winners are drawn at random (drawing dates are also listed below)!  Good luck and enjoy your Indiana getaway!

Getaway Packages

Arts & Entertainment

Giveaway drawn on September 16

Featuring:

•  Old Town Carmel Bed & Breakfast

•  Carmel International Arts Festival

•  Delicious dining gift cards and other Hamilton County treats

Package based on two adults.

History Comes Alive

Giveaway drawn on September 18, 23, 25

Featuring:

•  Overnight at a Hamilton County hotel

•  Tickets to Fishers Renaissance Faire and Conner Prairie

•  Delicious dining gift cards

Package based on family of four.

Hamilton County Family Fun

Giveaway drawn on October 2

Featuring:

•  Overnight at SpringHill Suites Fishers

•  Tickets to Conner Prairie, an interactive history park

•  Delicious dining gift cards

Package based on family of four.

Hoosier Park Package

Giveaway drawn on October 9

Featuring:

•  VIP experience at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino

•  Plus an overnight at Hotel Indigo

Package based on two adults.

We asked you to send us nominations on great customer service from around Hamilton County and you did!  For individuals, we received nominations for Rachel from the Westfield Historical Society, Cheresa at the Hilton Garden Inn Carmel, Robert at the Springhill Suites Carmel and Britni from the Renaissance Indianapolis/North.  Our committee chose Britni as the winner because of what the person nominating her had to say: Britini-Renaissance

Britni is one of the most dependable, consistent, and friendly associates at the Renaissance Hotel.  Just recently, a guest took the time to send a letter to the GM, Paul O’Conner, to compliment Britni’s dedication to service.  The guest said his arrival experience with Britni was “wonderful!” He told Mr. O’Conner how Britni upgraded him to the Club Lounge floor.  To his surprise and delight, when he arrived to his room at 4pm, Britni had two of his favorite beers delivered to his room with Britni’s compliments.  Britni treats everyone likes VIP and is highly respected around the hotel.

For the business nominations, the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship Committee, Kelties Restaurant and Peterson’s Restaurant were nominated, with Peterson’s winning the award.

Petersons Staff

My husband & I wanted to celebrate our anniversary in a special way, so we went to Peterson’s Restaurant.  From the moment we walked in, the hostess, wait staff, management and chef treated us like royalty. The food was cooked perfectly and came out without any lag time.  As the staff walked by they greeted us with a “Happy Anniversary!” they also brought out a (free) chocolate fudge type of cake at the end – it was so good.  Overall, the ambiance, food and service made for a perfect Anniversary.

Thank you to those that made nominations. Congrats to both the winners and as well as all the nominees.  Excellent service is what makes Hamilton County, Indiana a great place to visit!

Riding the Rails with the Indiana Transportation Museum

Riding the Rails with the Indiana Transportation Museum

If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1.  Buy fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies at the Westfield Farmers Market – Friday, September 18.

2.  Take a group of family and friends to Numa Festival in Westfield for music and dance performances, a chili cook-off, a kids art area and more! – Saturday, September 19.

3. Spend Saturday at the 4th Annual Art in the Park in Fishers, a fun-filled day featuring artists that have been judged and selected specifically for this event. – Saturday, September 19.

4.  All teenagers should head to “Teen Spree” at Clay Terrace for garage bands, cheer squads and giveaways – Saturday, September 19.

5. Have dinner out with the family in a whole new way and ride the Pizza Plus Express Train! – Saturday, September 19.

6.  Stare at the pretty fall sky during the “Star And Satellite Gazing Tours” at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Cicero – Saturday, September 19.

7.  Celebrate Indiana’s farm heritage, play an historic game of base ball and visit the Tent of Wonders- all during Country Fair at Conner Prairie in Fishers – Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20.

8.  Hop aboard a caboose at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park for a quick train ride – Sunday, September 20.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!


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