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As the end of my time at the Hamilton County CVB approaches, I can’t help but look back at how much I’ve learned, in terms of both job skills and knowledge about this place I’ve called home for the past 13 years. While the former doesn’t have a place here, I can’t help but share just a few things about the latter.

1. That there are music halls in Northern Hamilton County, the Atlanta Music Hall in Atlanta, and the Hedgehog in Arcadia. Quaint towns and local music make for a different kind of evening out!

2. That Hamilton County – Westfield in particular – was a hot bed of Underground Railroad activity (although I may have learned this in fourth grade social studies and since forgotten). In Westfield there are even haunted Underground Railroad walks, a perfect Halloween activity for a history buff like me.

3. How to navigate all of Carmel’s roundabouts. In fact, I’ve come to like them, they actually do make driving easier, go figure!

4. That Hamilton County was named the #1 place to raise a family in 2008 by Forbes magazine. Good choice, mom and dad.

5. That the Atlanta Mercantile, in Northern Hamilton County, sells local and regional artisan goods, from candies and homemade foods to antiques and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

6. Just how many excursions the Indiana Transportation Museum offers. Growing up I always knew about, and even frequented the FairTrain, Polar Bear Express, and Pumpkin Train, but after a summer here, I’m excited to take a go on the Dinner in the Diner or the Dinner or a Movie too!

7. What a wide variety of quaint and unique local restaurants we have here. From an old Carnegie Library and fine Italian to coffee shops and tea rooms.

8. How wonderful a place Hamilton County is, not only for an Indiana getaway, but also somewhere to live, work and play. There’s so much to do here, leaving me ashamed that I ever spent a weekend lamenting boredom.

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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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