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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!

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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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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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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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Saturday, September 12th officially kicked off “Carmel Arts Month” in the Carmel Arts & Design District.  The first event of this month long celebration was “Artomobilia,” which showcased the deep roots that Indiana has with the artful evolution of the automobile.

I had the pleasure of going to this unique event with a close friend.  The weather was just beautiful with lots of sun and light breeze.  As we wandered around, we discovered over 140 cars on display.  We were fascinated with the oldest car – a 1905 Brush Roundabout in mint condition! Some of the other cool cars were a 2008 Lotus Exige S240, an old Cadillac covered in pennies, sleek Lamborghinis and, of course, iconic race cars!  The Penny Car was quite the sight to see- with the sun shining off the pennies it almost looked like a car covered in small mosaic tiles.

My favorite cars were the ones from the late 50’s to late 60’s.  My friend and I were taken back in time as we remembered cruising around in our parents cars and only putting $1.00 worth of gas for a Friday or Saturday night on the town. I certainly enjoyed taking that walk down memory lane!

It was a beautiful afternoon to take in the sights and enjoy some fine food and drinks.  Take a Saturday afternoon this month to appreciate one of the upcoming arts events in the District; a Gallery Walk on the 19th or the Carmel International Arts Festival on the 26th-27th.

Photo from carmelartomobilia.com

Photo from carmelartomobilia.com

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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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If your family is in need of an Indiana weekend getaway, look no further than Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns.

Day 1 begins at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, where your family will be transported back in time.  You will be guided through history with the aide of Interpreters as your family visits a pioneer village, a working farm and a Lenape Indian camp.  See a Headless Horseman, exhibits, rare animal breeds and theatre performances.  Ride 350 feet into the air on the 1859 Balloon Voyage.  Don’t leave without eating a hand dipped caramel apple at the Apple Store – and don’t deprive yourself of the sweet, tasty cider slushy…

The 1859 Balloon Voyage ready for take off! Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/connerprairie/

The 1859 Balloon Voyage ready for take off! Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/connerprairie/

Once the day is done at Conner Prairie and you are ready for a good, affordable dinner, stop by Alexander’s on the Square in Noblesville.  Alexander’s is a local family friendly restaurant with great food, delicious ice cream and it won’t hurt your wallet.  Drive back to the hotel (need ideas on lodging in Hamilton County?  Click here: Where to stay) and get plenty of rest – because your weekend is not over!

Start the next day with breakfast at Bub’s Café (try the Cinnamon Croissant French Toast, wow).  As a family, take a walk or a bike ride under the trees of the Monon Trail (bikes can be rented down the road from Bub’s Café at Carmel Cyclery).

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Biking the Monon

Once the group is ready for lunch, drive straight to Big Hoffa’s Barbeque in Westfield.  The food is amazing and prices range from $4.50 to about $10.00 (you can also split a larger combo meal between the whole family).  After the feast is complete, drive a few minutes east to Forest Park in Noblesville.  Settled into the park setting is the Indiana Transportation Museum – where you can tour trains or take a train ride.  This fall, you’ll want to hop aboard the Pumpkin Train.  The train takes you through the countryside of Hamilton County and let’s you off at a local farm so that you can search for the perfect pumpkin.

The Pumpkin Train

The Pumpkin Train

In the late afternoon, the train will bring you back to Forest Park to depart.  Grab dinner on the Historic Square before you head back to the hotel to call it a night!

For a detailed, printable map of these activities, visit: http://8greattowns.com/content/view/39/78/

Enjoy your fall Indiana family vacation!

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