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Whenever I visit a new place, I first ask “What do the locals do?”  Well, this weekend THIS local felt like a tourist in my own county.  On Saturday, a small group of my girlfriends gathered together at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville, Indiana for a quick girlfriend getaway.Hamilton Town Center Hamilton Town Center is an outdoor mall – so we were able to feel the sun shining and the breeze blowing as we strolled from shop to shop. We had lunch at a gourmet burger place, where between bites, laughter and chatting was heard from our corner booth.  It was a lot of fun, especially since it has been a long time since we could all just sit back, relax and enjoy a long conversation.

Later in the afternoon we decided to walk over to the Hamilton 16 IMAX to catch a showing of “Time Traveler’s Wife.”  (Side note: As a self diagnosed movie lover, I have been to a LOT of movies and movie theaters – and this theater is one of my favorites.  It is big, clean, open and has the most comfortable chairs).  After the movie we slowly headed back to our cars before sadly parting ways!

ForestparkOn Sunday, we had family over for a visit.  Since it was such a beautiful day we wanted to get out and enjoy the perfect weather, so we drove to Forest Park, also in Noblesville.  Forest Park is a large park with tons of green grass, mature trees, pretty flowers – not to mention places to play, places to eat and paths to wander along.  We had our very own Indiana family adventure!  We started our visit by walking down one of the paths.  We walked by families celebrating birthday’s, friends playing volleyball, teenagers enjoying the skate park and small groups of people tee’ing off at the park golf course.  We stopped to let Christopher play on the playground equipment and to ride the carousel. Then we paused to watch a baseball game that was being played by a group of very dedicated high schoolers.

Alexander's on the Square, photo from DestinationNoblesville.com

Alexander's on the Square, photo from DestinationNoblesville.com

After an afternoon filled with fun activities, we were famished!  We went to Noblesville Historic Square to look for a cool, local dining spot and decided on Alexander’s on the Square (as a warning, Sunday evenings are a little slow on the Square, not a lot of shops/restaurants are open).  When we walked in, we were pleasantly surprised to see the placed filled with families, teenagers and grandparents all happily eating their sweet ice cream treats.  My family sat in the booth by a window offering a great view of the Historic Square.  The food there is tenderloin & chicken fingers type of food, and while we really wanted to get a cone before we left, we were too full from dinner to manage another bite!

What a great way to spend a weekend….

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1. Be apart of the memorable “First Friday’s” event in downtown Noblesville where you will enjoy music, games, prizes and specials from merchants and restauranteurs – Friday, August 7.

2. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. – Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 23.

Willy Wonka performance at The Belfry Theatre

Willy Wonka performance at The Belfry Theatre

3.  Immerse yourself into a magical world of fun, music and candy at a live performance of “Willy Wonka” at the Belfry Theatre in Noblesville – Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9.

4.  Sip half-priced drinks and dine on delicious featured dishes at Peterson’s Restaurant in Fishers – Friday, August 7 – Saturday, August 8.

5.  Take the family for a picnic in the park at Forest Park in Noblesville (I will be there Saturday!).

6.  Boogie down to the tunes of country music star Brad Paisley at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville – Saturday, August, 8.

7.  Take advantage of great sales while you are back-to-school shopping at Clay Terrace in Carmel!

8. Visit the Phrenologist at Conner Prairie to learn what all those bumps on your head REALLY mean…  – Sunday, August 9.

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

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This past week I had the pleasure of taking an Indiana State Tourism blogger, Amy, and her family on a tour of Hamilton County, Indiana.  The day was fun and relaxed – we had a delicious breakfast at Bub’s Cafe, strolled the Carmel Arts & Design District, window shopped in the Carmel Antique Mall and toured the Museum of Miniature Houses.  I was sad to leave her and her family, but I wanted them to continue on their 8 Great Towns family adventure without me tagging along!

I have anxiously been awaiting her blog post on recapping the morning – and was so happy to see they had fun.  Visit the link below for details on everything from the chocolate covered donut holes to the little bitty houses:

http://www.in.gov/visitindiana/blog/

Inside shots of Bub's Cafe in Carmel, Indiana

Inside shots of Bub's Cafe in Carmel, Indiana

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A few weeks ago, I posted about my visit to the Simply Sweet Shoppe in Carmel – it was such a fun trip, but I didn’t have any pictures to show how unique this store is from other shops.  WELL, I found some!  So they are posted below – enjoy as a preview before making sure to go in person:

The outside of the Shoppe

The outside of the Shoppe

YUM!

YUM!

Look at all of that candy - wow

Look at all of that candy - wow

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This past weekend was an eventful one for my girlfriends and me!  Saturday began with us jumping into the car and heading north to visit one of my favorite stores, Lilly LaGarde, in Tipton.   We browsed the racks filled with goodies and talked to the kind employees.  While in Tipton we also stopped by a Flea Market, but were rained out!

Cute stuff at the Atlanta Mercantile

On the way back from Tipton, we stopped in at the Atlanta Mercantile in downtown Atlanta.  Between the rain and not having a train bringing people in, it was a very slow day for them – which was nice for us since we could slowly wander the aisles and look through each and every distinct piece of merchandise.  I couldn’t bear to leave empty handed, so I happily placed an order for several cool boxes that one of the local artists made.  

My group moved on south to Noblesville and had a great lunch at a quaint new café on Historic Noblesville Square. While on the Square we noticed the city was having an Arts & Crafts festival, so we decided to walk around to enjoy all of the paintings and other handmade crafts.  There was a nice crowd, even when the rain picked back up.  To seek shelter from the rain, we ducked into A Corner Cottage – and wow!  A Corner Cottage used to be a soda shop, but the owner remodeled it and it is now a unique shop with clothing items, wall art, clocks, candles, knick knacks and more.  All of us were able to find a few little things to take home, and now we can’t wait to go back to the Square. 

All in all it was a fun outing and my friends enjoyed wandering 2 of the 8 Great Towns of Hamilton County.    For more ideas on things to do with your girlfriends in Hamilton County visit us at:http://8greattowns.com/content/view/23/44/.

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