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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.

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Spend a romantic night away in Hamilton County’s 8 Great Townson us!

We are having a contest on the blog that will give you some time away with a loved one.  If you win, you will first travel back in time while at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers.  You can spend your day strolling the grounds, working on a farm, gobbling up caramel apples from the Apple Store or flying 350 feet above Hamilton County.  After a fun filled day, slow down during a romantic dinner at the Glass Chimney restaurant in Carmel.  Dine on a mouth watering meal of steak, seafood, dessert and more.  Once you have finished dessert, tuck into a comfy bed at the Quality Inn & Suites in Noblesville. Head home the next day filled with a lifetime of happy, romantic memories.

Prize:

2 general admission tickets to Conner Prairie, $50 Gift Certificate to the Glass Chimney, 1 overnight stay at Quality Inn & Suites

How to enter:

To win, answer to the following question in the comment section of this post: How many days/months/years/decades have you loved your significant other (we have to keep it romantic, right?)?  The winner will be selected at random!  See the blog policy tab for more details on contest policies.  This contest closes at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.

(we are having another contest on our website where we are giving away “Fantastic Fall Getaways” – enter to win!)

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Spend September 6-12, 2009 by “Going Local” in Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns.

I found out from the Going Local blog that it is “Going Local Week,” which is a time to celebrate and enjoy Indiana’s wide array of fresh, locally grown foods, spices and treats.  Sounds good to me!

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Here are a few ways to “Go Local” in Hamilton County:

-Visit one of the four great Farmers Markets (click for details)

-Stop by the Apple Store at Conner Prairie for fresh Indiana apples

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

-Sip wine at Ferrin’s Fruit Winery or Grape Inspirations, both in Carmel

-Satisfy your sweet tooth with a pie from Lisa’s Pie Shop or candy from Uncle Henry’s Candies

-Visit a Hamilton County Farm or U-Pick: Gatewood Vegetable Farm or Spencer’s You-Pick in Noblesville, Wilson Farm Market in Arcadia, or Sheridan’s Stuckey Farm

For more Indiana food ideas, restaurants and recipes go to the Indiana Foodways Alliance website: IndianaFoodways.com

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Yesterday marked the 3 year anniversary of my husband and I getting married.  In 3 years time we have done so much (bought a house, had a baby) that we decided to take it slow for the celebration.  We handed the little guy over to a trusted sitter and drove to Peterson’s Restaurant in Fishers…

Now, we are not used to the kind of comfortable luxury that is Peterson’s.  In the past 15 months since C was born, we have been more of the pick up a quick meal kind of people.  As soon as we walked in, we were treated like royalty.  The hostess took our name and said “Happy Anniversary!  Would you like a picture to mark the occasion?”  Johnny and I have a lot of strengths as a married couple, but picture taking is not one of them, so we passed on the photo.

The ambiance of Peterson's - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

The ambiance of Peterson's - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

The hostess then led us back to a dimly lit corner booth.  The first thing we noticed was that the restaurant was pretty full, but still quiet enough to where we could hear each other and actually have a conversation.  Our server, Bill, was quick to greet us and we never felt a lag between courses.  We started with jumbo lump crab cakes for me – yum – and a lettuce wedge with blue cheese crumbles, dressing, tomato and bacon for him.

We both ordered the filet, and they came out cooked to order.  I added scallops to my filet and he topped his with a creamy garlic butter.  The sides were large enough for 2 (or more) to share – so we also sampled a variety of perfectly cooked side items (more on those in a moment).  The entire time we ate, we talked about dessert.  To our surprise, they were kind enough to bring us a complimentary chocolate-y fudge type of dessert (that was covered in a raspberry sauce) to share in the joy of our anniversary.  Did I mention the 2 glasses of tasty Riesling (I can’t remember which Riesling I selected from the long wine list, but I am sure that Bill can remember) or the sweet truffles that are given to each guest as they depart?

Thank you truffle - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

Thank you truffle - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

After we left I asked Johnny what he would say if he were to blog about the experience.  Here is what he said:

I ordered the double filet and ate every bite of the perfectly cooked dish…  I regrettably had to share the side items with my wife because the creamed spinach, asparagus and au gratin potatoes were amazing.  At one point I left the table for no more than 2 minutes, and when I came back she had eaten almost every bite of the chocolate dessert.  I had to fight her off for the last few bites.

If you are here for a romantic Indiana getaway or are looking for an unforgettable (local) Indiana dining experience, visit Peterson’s Restaurant.  You will not leave hungry OR disappointed.

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In June we posted about 8 Dishes WE Crave, which was inspired by an Indianapolis Monthly article.  Well, we all love food so much and we have so many unique Indiana dining options here that we couldn’t stop at 8 items – in fact, I think we’ll struggle to stop after this round.  Either way, below are 8 MORE Dishes that WE Crave.  Enjoy!

Pie in a Jar from Lisa's Pie Shop

Pie in a Jar from Lisa's Pie Shop

1.  Between the food, the tea and the experience, Ashley can’t select just 1 goodie from the Ruby Pear in Noblesville; “Something that I always enjoy is a trip to the Ruby Pear. From the delicious soups to the dainty sandwiches, their delicate lunches are always a treat. The real treat are the scones and fat rascal cookies, I personally LOVE the vanilla cookies. I usually save the chocolate covered strawberry for a later indulgence!” 1095 Conner Street, Noblesville, 317-770-8322

2.  Our intern, Emma, craves a fried delight from Sahm’s, “Although they are not technically a dish, Sahm’s carrot curls surpass any other crunchy, fried snack I have ever encountered.  They are light, crispy, and are dusted with just the right amount of salt.  Plus carrots are vegetables, so they are still good for you… Right?” 11590 Allisonville Road, Fishers, 317-842-1577

3. As a Christmas treat a few years ago, we gave away Pie in a Jar from Lisa’s Pie Shop. The Pie in a Jar was initially created as a way to salvage pies that weren’t perfect, and then they took off!  Both the sweet filling and crust are served in the jar and makes for an unforgettable surprise.  She has a variety of flavors; Apple, Apricot, Peach, Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb and Black Raspberry – my favorite is the good old fashioned Apple.  YUM. 5995 S US Highway 31, Atlanta, 317-758-6944

Continue reading for delicious details on Serendipity, Fionn MacCool’s, Bub’s Cafe, Sullivan’s Steakhouse & Keltie’s….

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This past Saturday my boyfriend Marc and I had our first opportunity this summer to do whatever we pleased…  no weddings, parties or other plans.

Photo from BubsBurgersAndIceCream.com

Photo from BubsBurgersAndIceCream.com

With a free day ahead of us, we decided to dress in comfy clothes and head out to explore the county.  We started the day at Bub’s Café in Carmel.  As a self diagnosed coffee junkie, I was delighted to see that they had fresh brewed coffee for those waiting to be seated.  I drank 4 cups of the hot, fresh roasted brew!  Marc and I then ate a selection of delicious breakfast delights.  He ordered the biscuits and gravy (which I stole bites of throughout the meal), while I ordered the granola, yogurt, and fruit dish, along with a side of fried potatoes (I was ½ way healthy..ha!).  What I noticed the most was that with the fun decor, great location (right on the Monon Trail) and delicious food, Bub’s Cafe is a truly unique Indiana dining experience.

After enjoying the scrumptious breakfast, we decided to walk the Monon Trail to work off the calories we had just consumed!  We walked south on the Monon Trail down to the area where the Regional Performing Arts Center is under construction.  It was Marcs’ first time to see the site, and he was really impressed and he cannot wait to enjoy live performances next year when it is completed.

After a good workout, we headed out to run errands (grocery shopping, the bank, etc.) around Hamilton County and before we knew it, it was Saturday evening!  We wanted to do something enjoyable and fun, but still inexpensive.  We decided to go putt-putting at Ben & Ari’s in Fishers.  The competition of who would be champion began and due to a hole in 1, I beat Marc by 1 stoke -even after losing my ball twice in the water!

All in all, it was a wonderful, relaxing day spent in Hamilton County.  Who knows when we will have another day to just explore, but when we do there are so many places I cannot wait to discover!

Ben & Ari's in Fishers

Ben & Ari's in Fishers

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Photo from Kelties.com

Photo from Kelties.com

Our intern Emma recently went a luncheon meeting at a local meeting place called The Fern of Westfield and had this to say about her experience:

“Interning at HCCVB has been an awesome experience, and yesterday’s luncheon meeting at The Fern in Westfield was definitely the so called “icing on the cake.”  The Fern is a lovely foursquare home in downtown Westfield that has been transformed into a meeting and event space.  Upon arriving, we were greeted by the proprietor, Jane.  She showed us around before the meeting and you can tell that she takes great pride in the home that was clearly restored with a lot of love and hard work.

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