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Tea for 2

Today I went to Serendipity Tea Room in Carmel, Indiana’s Arts & Design District for lunch and had the most delicious turkey asparagus wrap – oh my, it was so good…  This wrap had perfectly cooked asparagus, just the right amount of cream cheese and a soft scone on the side – yum.  I felt so fancy with the marble floors, ornate ceilings and the glass topped tables that were decorated with fresh flowers.  The owner came out from the kitchen to chat with everyone and encouraged each guest to sample her new almond flavored tea.  We all happily sipped the red tea from cute little teacups – it was so fun!

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Today the weather was gorgeous, so several of us from the Hamilton County CVB decided to bike during our lunch hour – who wants to stay inside when you can be riding around on a bike?  We arrived at Carmel Cyclery, hopped on the rentable bikes and rode over to the Monon Trail. We quickly zipped around so we were happy that there was shade from the trees to keep us cool. 

Posing with the Carmel Statue

 

We rode by all kinds of people – families pushing babies in strollers, Carmel Arts & Design District shoppers, serious runners & bicyclists, lunch breakers waiting for a table outside of Bub’s Burgers, dog walkers and even a few of the famous, true-to-life Carmel statues. 


It did take us a minute to get used to the Monon Trail Etiquette (which side to stay on, how to pass by the people walking, when to cross through intersections), but everyone seemed to still enjoy us as we rode by on the left while shouting out “Passing on the right!” 

 

Outside of Bub's Burgers

All in all, the Trail is just over 15 miles, so there is plenty to explore while getting a good work out.  Follow this link for a printable version of all that the Trail has to offer: Monon Map. 

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Whether you are married with children or single and loving it there is so much to do around the county this weekend. The weather has warmed up (70 and 80’s all weekend), so enjoying the great outdoors is an option. Tonight my family is going to attend the Fishers Arbor Day Festival from 4 pm – 8 pm. Tomorrow we will play at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel and go to dinner at the Hamilton Restaurant on Noblesville Square.

However, I have spoken to my “fun-without-children” friends and they are going on the Dinner in the Diner train ride where they will get to enjoy a 4 course gourmet meal while dining aboard the 1930’s Louisville & Nashville car as it rolls through the countryside. I am sure they will also enjoy a little wine with their Parmesan crusted chicken breasts… YUM.

For a detailed calendar of events for this weekend, visit http://hccvb.org/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,128/.

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The weather this past Saturday was amazing – high 60’s and sunny with enough of a breeze to feel great.  A day like that can not be wasted, so my husband and I packed up our 1 year old son and drove over to Forest Park in Noblesville.   We spent several hours walking the tree-lined paths; we strolled by Forest Park Golf Course (Johnny has vowed to go back and play), stopped for a break at one of the many playgrounds and at one point realized we had joined in with a bird watchers group.  One of the nice “park-going” parents recommended that we stop by the Indiana Transportation Museum for a tour of their historic trains – but Christopher was getting ready for a nap, so we had to go. 

One of my favorite parts of Forest Park, the Carousel, was just beginning to spin when we pulled away – but we have all summer, so we WILL go back!  

The train waiting outside of Hobbs Station in Forest Park

The train waiting outside of Hobbs Station in Forest Park

 

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In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, here are a few “green” things to do in Hamilton County:

 –Bike the Monon Trail

-Explore the outdoor areas of Conner Prairie

-Hike Strawtown Koteewi Park

-Kayak the White River

-Quench your thirst with delicious fresh water at The Flowing Well Park

-Plant trees at the Fishers Arbor Day Festival on Friday, April 24 from 4-8 pm. 

Enjoy!

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monon-trail1This travel season everyone is looking for a great value when traveling to Indiana, so we asked a select group of our local partners to put together a coupon, special offer or deal for you to enjoy.  There is something for everyone – discounted tea at locally owned Serendipity Tea Room, savings at Barley Island Brewery Company, Hamilton County’s only brew pub, and antiquing coupons.  If you are looking to get out and about use a coupon to rent a bike to travel the Monon Trail, enjoy a sunny day at the water park or take a thrilling voyage 300 feet in the air at Conner Prairie, there is quite a bit to do in just one day – so be sure to use one of the lodging coupons for your overnight stay. 

This summer I plan to get out and experience the county and our eight great towns – then I will report back to you on this blog, so be sure to check in with us! 

Visit this link for the entire list of printable coupons:  http://hccvb.org/content/view/16/37/  

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