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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 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!


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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These past few weeks I have been driving around the county interviewing artisans for the new Nickel Plate Arts Trail. Along my way I have not only discovered some cool places, but I have also met really interesting people.  First I traveled to Fishers to learn all about the art of soap making at Herbal Art, then I went up to Tabby Tree Weaver in Arcadia and got a look at how wool becomes cloth. Finally I went north again to Cicero and discovered the cutest coffee shop, complete with a Native American Flutist.

Photo from TabbyTreeWeaver.com

Photo from TabbyTreeWeaver.com

In Fishers I stopped by the Wedding Event Design Offices (WE DO) for handmade soaps and lotions at Herbal Art. This complex houses all sorts of wedding-related businesses, from make-up to photography. Convenient, no?  The soaps smelled great and, as I found out while talking to the creator, Brian, they’re good for the environment and for you. He gave me a little sample and I can’t wait to go back and get more.


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Summer is coming to an end and before you know it fall will be over here, leaving us little time left to enjoy the great outdoors of Hamilton County – or at least while it is warm!  Before the season passes us by, we want to have a contest to encourage you to see another side of Hamilton County, Indiana.

Strawtown Koteewi Park - Photo from MyHamiltonCountyParks.com

Strawtown Koteewi Park - Photo from MyHamiltonCountyParks.com

The idea is simple – pack up your family and camp out under the stars in beautiful White River Campground.  Start early the next morning with a hike or leisurely stroll at Strawtown Koteewi Park (if it is late fall, sit back and watch the leaves change colors).  Take in one of the many interpretive programs the staff offers before heading back for lunch at your campsite.  Don’t miss Potter’s Bridge or check out one of the many free fall festivals in the area.  After the busy day, slow things down with an ice cream cone at Alexander’s on the Water.  The next day take everyone to Geist Lake Marina and rent kayak’s for a day of fun on the water.  If you are in need of a fun Indiana family getaway – look no further!

Here are the details:

PRIZE: A gift certificate for 2 FREE overnight stays at White River Campground in Cicero, a $20 gift certificate for Alexander’s on the Water in Cicero (can also be used at the Noblesville Square location) and 2 gift certificates for buy one kayak rental, get one free from Geist Lake Marina.  Entrance to and programs at Strawtown Koteewi Park are free!

How to win: Answer the following question in our comment section (I will keep comments turned off until the contest is over).  I will throw all the names of the people that correctly answer into a hat and randomly select the winner!


QUESTION:  Koteewi is a Miami Native American word meaning what?

Good luck to all!

hint: http://www.co.hamilton.in.us/parks_details.asp?id=2932

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These past couple weeks I’ve been driving around Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns, both for work and for pleasure.  I’ve learned a lot about the county in my four months at the HCCVB, but it took these seemingly endless miles of driving for me to realize just how many different things this place has to offer.

Having grown up in Noblesville, I always kind of took its historically charming downtown square for granted. Here, old time neighborly camaraderie mixes with modern shopping and urban flair. But, just a few miles away from the square, which houses the county seat, are both bustling cities and a quiet countryside.

The Courthouse at Historic Noblesville Square

The Courthouse at Historic Noblesville Square

Being so close to Indianapolis, the southern part of Hamilton County (Fishers, Noblesville and Carmel) definitely reflects the fact that it is a sprawling suburb. With an outdoor ampitheater, an upscale Arts & Design District, and two open-air shopping malls it’s not difficult to find a city feel in Hamilton County.

The Carmel Arts & Design District at Dusk

The Carmel Arts & Design District at dusk

As I drove northward, however, it struck me just how close the quiet of the country was to all of this hustle and bustle. Driving through Atlanta, Arcadia, Sheridan, and even Cicero and Westfield, I was amazed to find a completely different world. With Morse Reservoir, the Atlanta Mercantile, Boxley Cabin, and the Arcadia Arts Initiative, these towns are full of things to do, just perhaps at a slower pace.

Shoppers strolling outside the Atlanta Mercantile

Shoppers strolling outside the Atlanta Mercantile

From upscale art galleries to traditional art and craft workshops, from a local mercantile to an open-air mall, from history to a lazy day on the lake – Hamilton County’s 8 great towns, collectively, make it a unique place to be and a unique place for an Indiana family vacation.

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Lights Over Morse Lake, Cicero

Lights Over Morse Lake, Cicero

1. Happy 175th Birthday Cicero!  Attend a 3-day birthday party for one of our 8 Great Towns  – Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5.

2. It is a busy weekend at Conner Prairie!  Start with Glorious Fourth, ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage, then stay for the Stars & Stripes Symphony on the Prairie (don’t miss the fireworks after dark!) – Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5.

3. Take the entire family to the July First Fridays event in historic downtown Noblesville.  The theme this month is “4th on the 3rd” – Friday, July 3.

4. Tour historic Boxley Cabin in Sheridan – Friday, July 3.

5. “Ooh” and “Aah” over spectacular fireworks during the annual CarmelFest celebration. – Friday, July 3 – Saturday, July 4. 

6. After celebrating Cicero’s birthday, stop at the Jackson Street Bridge and watch the fireworks light up the sky (and water!) during “Lights over Morse Lake.” – Saturday, July 4.

7. Close to Noblesville?  Don’t miss the 13th Annual Parade & Fireworks Festival – Saturday, July 4.

8. Dance away the afternoon with FREE live music at Seminary Park in Noblesville – Sunday, July 5. 


*Visit us online at http://8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above.

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Today I was reading through the 75 Dishes to Crave article in the June Indianapolis Monthly and found my mouth watering…  So many thingsNoble Coffee & Tea on the list sound absolutely amazing (#38…  #66…  #69…).  After reading #5 on the list I had to muster all of my self-control to NOT drive straight to Matteo’s on the Noblesville Square to devour a plate of “cream-drenched cheese-stuffed tortellini.”  YUM!

The article also made me think – what are some of the dishes in Hamilton County that I crave?  What about my co-workers?  We ARE the self proclaimed experts on all things food in Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns and we have some unique, great local Indiana dining options here – so below is a list of 8 Dishes that WE Crave (thank you to Indianapolis Monthly for the great story – and the extra 5 pounds I will gain as a result):

1. For me, anything from “Happy Hour” at Kona Grill is what I crave.  At various times throughout the week you can eat sushi, pizzas, tacos and other appetizers at unbelievable prices ($3-$5, and drinks are also discounted).  The California Roll is my personal favorite, followed closely by the Margherita Pizza.  14395 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, 566-1400


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