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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.

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

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Artomobilia, photo courtesy of CarmelArtsAndDesign.com

1.  Celebrate “Going Local Week” by visiting a weekend Farmers Market, a local winery or a U-Pick.

2.  View the “Berlin Airlift – A Legacy of Friendship” traveling exhibit, now displayed at the Indianapolis Executive Airport – Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12.

3. It’s not too late to participate in the “Tour De Carmel” cycling event! Saturday registrants are welcome to join in on this exciting 10 or 20-mile ride – Saturday, September 12.

4.  Stroll through beautiful Noblesville residences during the “23rd Annual Tour of Historic Homes” – Saturday, September 12.

5.  Study Indiana rocks and fossils during “Science Saturday” at Conner Prairie in Fishers – Saturday, September 12.

6.  Ride the Tipton Pork Festival Train to Tipton, where you can depart and continue on with your adventure at the Pork Festival – Saturday, September 12.

7.  Gather in the Carmel Arts & Design District for Artomobilia and check out an outdoor gallery of seminal designs from automotive history – Saturday, September 12.

8.  Enjoy the music from great live bands during “Sunday Music On The Patio” at Fionn MacCool’s in Fishers- Sunday, September 13.

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

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

1.  Wrap up the 2009 season of Symphony on the Prairie at one of the 4 final shows – Thursday, September 3 – Sunday, September 6.

2.  Spend the first Friday evening of September at “First Friday’s – Upstairs Downtown” on the Historic Noblesville Square – Friday, September 4.

Cool Creek Park - Photo from myhamiltoncountyparks.com

Cool Creek Park - Photo from myhamiltoncountyparks.com

3. While on the Square celebrating First Friday’s, visit Jazz Squared for an evening of great music – Friday, September 4.

4.  Take a hike at Cool Creek Park during one of their guided walks – either the “Saturday Morning Fall Migration Bird Hikes” or the “Woodland Fall Wildflower Hike.” – Saturday, September 5.

5.  Relax with a picnic and family at Veteran’s Park in Sheridan during the “Sunset Mandolin Serenade.” – Saturday, September 5.

6.  On Labor Day, hop aboard a caboose at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park for a quick train ride! – Monday, September 7.

7.  Enjoying your free Monday off of work?  Gather a group of friends and play a round of golf at one of our Indiana premier golf courses.

8.  Gobble up a caramel apple from the Apple Store at Conner Prairie – Open September 1-November 1, Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.

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

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

Explore fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more at "Things That Go Rodeo" Image from www.ci.carmel.in.us

Explore fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more at "Things That Go Rodeo" Image from http://www.ci.carmel.in.us

1. Learn about Chinese landscapes at Chen Hao’s Chinese Art Exhibit: Urban Landscape– Friday, August 28 – Saturday, August 29.

2. Check out cool cars from all eras at the Fishers Community Car Show (all profits will go to benefit Prevail, Inc). – Saturday, August 29.

3. Check out Carmel’s “Things That Go Rodeo” for a fun, free way to entertain the kids. – Saturday, August 29.

4. Wrap up summer in Arcadia with the “Summer Windup” celebration. – Saturday, August 29.

5. While in Arcadia on Saturday night, visit the Hedgehog Music Showcase and watch a variety show that features a wide variety of entertainers and musical genres.

6. Take your taste buds to another time at Conner Prairie’s “Taste the Past” event.  Come hungry because you will be feasting on authentic food from 1816, 1836 and 1886. – Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30.

7. Choo! Choo!  Ride the caboose shuttle to and from Forest Park.  While there, take a walk in the park, spin around on their carousel or enjoy a picnic lunch. – Sunday, August 29.

8. Close out the weekend with a free concert in Noblesville’s Seminary Park.  – Sunday, August 30.

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

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

1. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. Train departs from the Fishers Train Station- Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23.

2. Find a good spot in downtown Noblesville to sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds and ambiance of Jazz Squared. – Friday, August 21.

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

3. Take a bottle of wine, something delicious to eat and a blanket to rock out at Rockapella night at Symphony on the Prairie – Friday, August 21 – Saturday, August 22.

4.  Golf season will be over before you know it, so play 18 of our 297 holes at one of our many Hamilton County, Indiana golf courses!

5.  Travel back to a time of poodle skirts and saddle shoes during “Jukebox Saturday” at Cool Creek Park in Carmel – Saturday, August 22.

6.  Watch local artisans create beautiful works of art at “Arts in the Park” in Sheridan Veterans Park- Saturday, August 22.

7.  Looking for outdoor recreation?  Visit Strawtown Koteewi Park for an evening hike.  Choose between a woodland wildflower hike or a star gazing tour – Saturday, August 22.

8.  Have an exciting family outing during Conner Prairie’s “Family Canoe Adventure.” – Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23.

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

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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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