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As you may know from our previous blog post, last week the HCCVB had the pleasure of taking Indiana State Tourism blogger, Amy, and her family on a “staycation” of Hamilton County, Indiana.

Although I only tagged along for the Carmel portion of the tour, Amy and her family continued on to Noblesville. Being a native Noblesvillian, I was excited to learn that they hit two of my favorite spots, The Wild Book Store and Alexander’s On the Square.

From kitty cats to ice cream cones, click on the link below to read about this family’s adventures in Historic Downtown Noblesville:

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

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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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Last summer my husband and I went to visit my dad/stepmom in Cleveland, Ohio.  We were trying to think of something fun and different to do when my dad mentioned that we should try Letterboxing.  Letterboxing?  What is that?  He let me know it is when you have a set of clues and search for the hidden “treasure” (usually a book where you place your own personal stamp).  Huh?

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Letterboxing goodies

For a more accurate definition, I sought out Letterboxing.org for answers.  Basically, letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places.  The idea is someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and sometimes other goodies.  The “hider” then writes directions to the box, which can be straightforward, cryptic or any degree in between.  Often the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks, but they don’t have to.  Once the clues are written, “hunters” in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clues and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, his personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. Once the hunter successfully deciphers each clue and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box’s stamp. The box’s logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbooks.

Well, after figuring out what it was all about, my family and I went out on a hunt for this treasure and it was FUN!  We went to a beautiful park and had a little treasure hunt.  We hiked around, stopped at the sites, laughed as we attempted to follow the directions and then happily found the treasure.  It was a great way to get outside with family and DO something (for FREE!) – not to mention the scenery was lovely.  So this day inspired me to look up Hamilton County, Indiana locations –and I discovered that we have 14 hidden boxes.  For more details (and to take your family out for an unforgettable day of treasure hunting) go to Letterboxing.org.

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1. Dance with friends in the pavilion of Verizon Wireless to some of your favorite songs at the No Doubt concert – Friday, July 10.

2. Looking for a free event that is perfect for the whole family?  West Park in Carmel is hosting “Movies in the Park” – Friday, July 10.

3. Buy fresh fruits, veggies, flowers and more at the Fishers Farmer’s Market – Saturday, July 11.

4. Rock the District in Carmel and enjoy 3 stages of music, highlighting the best in local bands, food, fun and more! – Saturday, July 11.

5. Wander Noblesville Square while browsing artwork on display by local artists and craft makers.  Many creations are also available for sale!  – Saturday, July 11. 

6. Hop aboard the train in Noblesville and ride to Fishers on the Nickel Plate Limited – Saturday, July 11.

7. Get spooked on the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk Tour– Saturday, July 11.

8. Tee off with pals at one of our beautifully manicured local golf courses – Sunday, July 12. 

 

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

 

Rock the District, Photo Courtesy of Wyant Photography

Rock the District, Photo Courtesy of Wyant Photography

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If you have $250-$550 – then you have a Hamilton County 8 Great Towns Vacation!  We recently put together fun vacation packages at an affordable price – bring your spouse, best friend or the whole family for a weekend getaway filled with discoveries…  

For $250, you can start your day in Fishers at Conner Prairie, an interactive history park, for a day of pioneer fun.  Dine with the family at Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse in Westfield – where you will enjoy a delicious Big Hoffa combo meal starting at $30 (feeds a family of four).  After dinner is finished, visit Unseenpress for Historic Ghost Tour.  Retire for the evening at one of our great local hotels (we have 30 to chose from) and head home the next day!

For $350, you can experience the fun of Conner Prairie – and fly 350 feet up in the air on their new 1859 Balloon Voyage (If you see an AM/PM BP Gas Station, stop in for $5 off coupons).  Once you have seen the view from the top, make the short trip to Historic Noblesville Square for a tasty lunch at Alexander’s on the Square – don’t forget your sweet treat!  While you are in Noblesville, take an unforgettable train excursion with the Indiana Transportation Museum.  After a good night of rest, wake up in the morning and splash around Carmel’s Monon Center Aqua Park.  

For $550, after you explore the grounds of Conner Prairie and go 350 feet in the air on their 1859 Balloon Voyage – stay for dinner under the stars while listening to the tunes of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.   The next day rent bikes at Carmel Cyclery to ride the Monon Trail or rent kayaks for a scenic float at Geist Lake Marina.  

For more details on these packages, including pricing and free activities, visit us at 8GreatTowns.Com.

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This came to me through an email & I had to share the story:

Have you been to the Monon Center in Carmel yet?  If not – it is a must.  This past Saturday I took my 18 month old there, and my mom came along with us to help me keep an eye on my little guy.  We had a blast!  They have a wonderful baby pool, a baby slide, fun water toys and even a lazy river…  Easton & I clapped as my mom flew down the water slide, and we all splashed around for a few hours before it was time to go.  Easton was asleep before we pulled out of the parking lot!  – Sarah 

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Our Sales Manager, Kori, has really been out and about this summer!  On Tuesday of this week, she went to the Free Concert in Fishers, and had a great time: 

For the summer, Tuesday nights feature a FREE concert at the Fishers Municipal Complex.  It is one of my favorite things to do because you can pack up a picnic or just a chair and hang out on the lawn while enjoying some great summer music.   I always go with my sister and my niece.  It is so much fun to watch my niece and a ton of other kids run around and safely play with other kids, toys, tricycles and bicycles.

This last Tuesday was the band Endless Summer and they were great.  Every week has themed music and Endless Summer pretty much played everything.  Most of the bands are cover bands, so you can relate to & sing along with the songs through out the evening.  Going to the concerts is a unique way to get out and do something enjoyable (and FREE!).  The Wednesday night summer series concerts are in Carmel and I have yet to attend one of those.  I have heard that they are fun- not as many kids, but tons of fun for the adults.   

My family is going this summer for sure – and I will be sure to follow up with our experience.  These concerts are on Tuesday nights from 7 pm – 9 pm – and continue until July 28, so whether you are in town for business or pleasure – this is a great way to spend an evening.  

 

The happy crowd at the Fishers Free Concert

The happy crowd at the Fishers Free Concert

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