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40 Reasons to Love Indiana Winter

I don't ever see myself retiring and becoming a snowbird, as we call those who leave our state for warmer climates in the winter. My husband says it's cliche, but I truly do love having all four seasons. Where we live, we can go sledding on the hill behind the dam and sometimes we can skate and play…

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Mayberry Café -- Blast from the past

Cast of Andy Griffith Show I grew up watching and loving episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. The small town of Mayberry, North Carolina, with a quirky group of citizens who get themselves wrapped in (mostly innocent) mischief made me and countless other people laugh from 1960-1968. Today, while…

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Relax at Indianapolis Museum of Art

The movie Monuments Men taught us much about appreciation for fine art. A trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art did the same for my family during our first visit to this site with four floors of paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles and china. A special Monuments Men display with a painting…

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Indiana History Center

I'm no stranger to the Indiana History Center in Indy. I've visited numerous times and I always enjoy and learn so much from their exhibits (see a post from my visit in 2013 here). But I love holiday events and I heard they had a new "exhibit" - Festival of Trees . Of course I knew I had to plan a…

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Garfield Park - Indianapolis

Each summer I attempt to create a summer bucket list that guides our activities. There are usually a few places we don't get to and this year one of those was Garfield Park. So when I heard they had some holiday festivities, I thought it would be the perfect time to make a visit (plus my daughter…

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Farmland's Chocolate Moose Restaurant Has Sweet Treats

It’s fun to discover unusual places to visit in Indiana. I call them ‘Serendipity Spots’. One such spot for me occurred recently in Farmland Indiana. Farmland is located in Randolph County on the state’s east border. We were driving north from a visit to Indianapolis when we stopped for a break in…

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Fair Oaks Farms - Holiday Farm Frenzy

Looking for a unique event this coming weekend? Holiday Farm Frenzy is a NEW event for Fair Oaks Farms. It combines shopping, food, twinkling lights and kids activities for one day of fun. On Saturday, December 20 (yes, THIS Saturday) you can visit Fair Oaks Farms from 10am-4pm (CST) to celebrate…

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Christmas at the Indy Zoo

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I'm a sucker for Christmas lights. I had heard the Indy Zoo had a pretty impressive light display and I was delighted we were going to get to experience it this year. What I didn't expect was for it to be so awesome! We took our time walking through the…

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My Family is Thankful For West Baden Springs Hotel

While you may have to spend several months drooling over the possibility of Thanksgiving 2015 at West Baden Springs Hotel, there are many more delightful meals available there for other holidays (including Christmas Feast at Sinclair's, New Year's Eve festivities, and Easter Brunch-- start planning…

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@INTorchRelay will highlight state celebrations in 2016

Dear readers: On Indiana Statehood Day 2014, Gov. Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence announced an exciting new event to celebrate our state's bicentennial: The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. We wanted to share this announcement with our blog readers. Governor Mike Pence announced a new…

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